Heidi M Steinhauer

Professor and Associate Dean
Engineering Fundamentals
College of Engineering

Areas of Expertise

Assessment of Spatial Visualization

Additive Manufacturing and 3D Modeling



Heidi M Steinhauer

Dr Steinhauer has taught at ERAU since 1997. Currently, she is an Associate Professor and the Department Chair of the Freshman Engineering Department.  She teaches: Introduction to Graphical Communication, Introduction to Engineering Design, Spatial Visualization Development, Advanced 3D Modeling, and Additive Manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping.

Her research interests include the development of engineering curriculum that utilize the power of 3D modeling to foster deeper learning by providing students a scaffold to successfully implement an interdisciplinary approach, and the effect of engineering design skills on student learning and academic success in the engineering field, specifically its impact on the recruitment, retention, and success of women.

Dr. Steinhauer has been integral in the development of several instrumental retention and outreach programs at Embry-Riddle.  In 2006 she co-founded the ERAU Women’s Baja SAE Team and in 2007 she co-founded the College of Engineering’s FIRST Program, a coaching program geared toward the success of women in engineering.   In 2009 and 2010 she was the co-director for the GEMS summer camp.  She has also been the faculty advisor for Project Piquero, which developed an UAV to police for illegal shark finning in the Galapagos Islands.

She has authored over 15 journal and conference articles.  Steinhauer, a three time recipient of Embry-Riddle women's Vision award in 2007, 2009, and 2011 and also has received the ABET Diversity Award in 2010.  She is an active member in the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE, American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE, Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network, WEPAN, and the American Educational Research Association, AERA.

  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Human Factors and Systems: Systems Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Engineering Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • ME 428: Design for Mfg & Assembly

EGR 100 Spatial Visualization

EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering
EGR 111 Graphical Design
EGR 120 Graphical Communications
EGR 195 Spatial Visualization Development
EGR 305 3D-CADD and Engineering Documentation
EGR 495 Three Dimensional Applications and Mechanical Finite Element Analysis
HF 422/HFS 535 Applications of Ergonomic Design, Analysis, and Application
ME 424/610 Automation and Rapid Prototyping

ME 428 Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

GEMS, Girls Experiencing Math and Science Summer Camp: Four Years Later
Hands On Approach to Diversifaction in Engineering
Six Years of ERAU's Women's Baja SAE Team: Mapping the Emergent Trends
The Impact of Contextualized, Hands-On, Collaborative Learning on Women's Persistance in Professional Engineering: Preliminary Findings from a Mixed Methods Study
The Transferability of the PSVT:R and the MCT For Measuring and Predicting Student 3D CAD Modeling Abilities
Graphical Communications: A Concept Inventory for Pre/Post Test Assessment
Correlation Between a Student's Performance on the Mental Cutting Test and Their 3D Parametric Modeling Ability
Improving the Aerospace Capstone Design Experience Through Simulation Based Learning


Spatial Visualization
3D Modeling
CNC Milling/Machining
Parts Design and Analysis
Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping





COE (CATIA Operator's Exchange)

Co Advisor Women's BAJA SAE Team
Advisor FIRST Program
Advisor Project Piquero