Associate Professor of Engineering Fundamentals
Engineering Fundamentals
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Office Hours

I have dedicated office hours posted outside my office door which change from semester to semester, though generally I will meet with anyone if they come by my office.

Dr. Verleger is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Fundamentals department.  He teaches the EGR 101 (Introduction to Engineering), 115 (Introduction to Computer Programming), and 120 (Introduction to Engineering Graphics) courses. Prior to joining the Embry-Riddle faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Utah State University for two years where he taught courses in numerical methods and computer programming.

Dr. Verleger’s research interests are in near-immediate impact classroom innovation.  He has been studying how students learn to develop mathematical models for complex engineering problems.  He studies this through the use of Model-Eliciting Activities (MEA), a type of Problem-Based Learning.  To facilitate his analysis, he developed the MEALearning.com website infrastructure for helping to manage the complex interactions of MEAs in the classroom.  This led to a general interest in eLearning and how to develop eLearning software and tools.  He is also developing the Platform for the Investigation of Concept Networks on the Instrumentality of Knowledge (PICNIK), a mechanism for data-mining instructional resources to generate a concept map for engineering.

He has a Ph.D. in Engineering Education and an M.S. degree in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, and a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering.

​Dr. Verleger has authored papers for conferences and journals addressing a variety of engineering education topics ranging from the first-year experience to faculty development.  He has also explored issues in retention of undergraduate students, graduate student professional development, and education in the field of automation.  He currently has works in progress in collaboration with colleagues which address topics in developing and selecting better peer reviewer and rigorous analysis of a flipped classroom for a numerical methods course.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Education, Purdue University System : Purdue University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Agricultural & Biological Engr, Purdue University System : Purdue University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Purdue University System : Purdue University

  • EGR 120: Graphical Communications

EGR115 - Introduction to MATLAB Programming
(At a prior university)
Numerical Methods
Visual Basic Programming


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
  • Verleger, M., H. Diefes-Dux, M. Ohland, M. Besterfield-Sacre, and S. Brophy. 2010. Challenges to Informed Peer Review Matching Algorithms. Journal of Engineering Education 99 (4):397-408.
Book Chapters Authored
  • Pasik-Duncan, B., & Verleger, M. (2009). Education and Qualification. In S. Y. Nof (Ed.), Springer Handbook of Automation: Springer.
Peer-Reviewed Presentations/Conference Papers
  • Verleger, M., Diefes-Dux, H., (2013) A Teaching Assistant Training Protocol for Improving Feedback on Open-Ended Engineering Problems in Large Classes. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Atlanta, GA. (In Review)
  • Pembridge, J., Verleger, M., (2013) First-Year Math and Physics Courses and their Role in Predicting Graduation
  • Bishop, J., Verleger, M., (2012) Feedback Effects: Comparing the Change Resulting from Peer and TA Feedback to Student Solutions of Model-Eliciting Activities. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Bishop, J., Verleger, M., (2011) Work In Progress  Using the Levenshtein Distance to Examine Changes to Teams Model-Eliciting Activity Solutions throughout a Semester. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Rapid City, SD.
  • Schreuders, P., Verleger, M., (2011) Multidiscipline Interactions in STEM: Analysis by Artifact. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Rapid City, SD.
  • Cardella, M., Diefes-Dux, H., Verleger, M., Fry, A., Carnes, M., (2011) Work-in-Progress: Using Multiple Methods to Investigate the Role of Feedback in Open-Ended Activities. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Rapid City, SD.
  • Verleger, M., Diefes-Dux, H., (2010) Facilitating Teaching and Research on Open-Ended Problem Solving Through the Development of a Dynamic Computer Tool. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Louisville, KY.
  • Torres, A., Bumblauskas, D., & Verleger, M. (2010) ASEE Student Members Needs Analysis: Implications for the ASEE Student Constituent Committee. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Louisville, KY. (Best Student Paper  Graduate Studies Division)
  • Diefes-Dux, H., Verleger, M., (2009) Student Reflections on Peer Reviewing Solutions to Model-Eliciting Activities. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Diefes-Dux, H., Verleger, M., Zawojewski, J., & Hjalmarson, M., (2009) Multi-Dimensional Tool for Assessing Student Team Solutions to Model-Eliciting Activities. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Austin, TX.
  • Cardella, M., Diefes-Dux, H., Oliver, A., Verleger, M., (2009) Insights Into the Process of Providing Feedback to Students On Open-Ended Problems. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Austin, TX.
  • Verleger, M., Diefes-Dux, H. (2008) Impact of Feedback and Revision on Student Team Solutions to Model-Eliciting Activities. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Verleger, M., Velasquez, J., and Jurich, J. (2008) A Teaching Assistant Orientation Program: Preparing Todays Graduate Students to be Tomorrows Teachers. Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Forum 2008, Madison, WI. (Poster Presentation)
  • Verleger, M., Velasquez, J. (2007) An Engineering Teaching Assistant Orientation Program: Guidelines, Reactions, and Lessons Learned from a One Day Intensive Training Program. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Velasquez, J., Verleger, M. (2007) Training of Teaching Assistants on Technology Driven Lesson Development. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, HI.
  • Diefes-Dux, H., Zawojewski, J., Verleger, M., Moore, T., and Oware, E. (2006) Guided Peer Feedback for Improved Student Team Responses to Open-Ended Engineering Problems. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Verleger, M., Diefes-Dux, H.A., and Rickus, J. (2006) Kevin Bacon, Tactical Warfare, and Protein Networks - An Interactive Online Quantitative Cellular Biology Learning Module. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Chicago, IL.
  • Verleger, M., Diefes-Dux, H.A., Rickus, J., and Schaffer, S. (2005) An Online Bioengineering Learning Module: Gene Regulation. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Mong, C. J., Huang, W., Ottenbreit, A., and Verleger, M. (2005) Development of a Diagnostic Interactive Instructional System for Autonomous Learning. National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), Philadelphia, PA. (Poster Presentation)
  • Verleger, M., Diefes-Dux, H.A., Rickus, J., and Schaffer, S. (2005) Drag the Green Ion - An Interactive Online Quantitative Cellular Biology Learning Module. ASEE National Conference Proceedings, Portland, OR.
  • Verleger, M., Diefes-Dux, H.A., Rickus, J., and Schaffer, S. (2005) An Online Bioengineering Learning Module: Phylogenetic Relationships. ASEE Illinois/Indiana Section Meeting, Dekalb, IL.
  • Verleger, M., Diefes-Dux, H.A., Rickus, J., and Schaffer, S. (2005) Interactive Online Cellular Biology Learning Modules - Their Design, Their Use, & Their Effectiveness, Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, West Lafayette, IN.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Posters
  • Velasquez, J., Verleger, M., Jurich, J. (2008) Teaching Assistant Orientation Learning Gains, IUPUI Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Verleger, M., Velasquez, J., Jurich, J. (2008) Teaching Assistant Orientation Week 2008, CIRTL 2008, Madison, WI.
Invited Conference Attendance
  • Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) - 2008
  • Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) - 2006
(This list was last updated on February 5, 2013.)