Kelsey J. Rodgers

Title
Assistant Professor of Engineering Fundamentals
Email
Department
Engineering Fundamentals
College
Daytona College of Engineering

Areas of Expertise

first-year engineering, mathematical models, computational models, model-eliciting activities, peer feedback, instructor feedback, nanotechnology education
Kelsey J. Rodgers


Dr. Kelsey Joy Rodgers received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2011. As a student at ASU, she helped start the Women in Science and Engineering (W.I.S.E.) student organization on the Polytechnic campus. While she was attending ASU, she worked as an intern at a materials engineering company and as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Odesma Dalrymple. As an undergraduate research assistant, she worked on a team conducting research on how students learn LabVIEW through Disassemble, Analyze, Assemble (DAA) activities. This research inspired her to pursue her doctorate degree in engineering education.

Upon her graduation from ASU, Dr. Rodgers attended Purdue University and began working with her graduate advisor Dr. Heidi Diefes-Dux. While a graduate student, she conducted research on Purdue University's First-Year Engineering Program with the Model-Eliciting Activities (MEAs) Educational Research team, the Network for Nanotechnology (NCN) Educational Research team, and a few fellow STEM education graduates for an obtained Discovery, Engagement, and Learning (DEAL) grant. She graduated from the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University with her doctorate in engineering education in 2016. 

Dr. Rodgers began as an assistant professor in the Engineering Fundamentals Department here at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Fall 2016. Her primarily research interests are investigating how students develop mathematical models and simulations and effective feedback.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Education, Purdue University - Purdue University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Arizona State University

  • EGR 115: Intro Computing for Engineers
  • EGR 101: Intro to Engineering

EGR 101: Introduction to Engineering (taught since Fall 2019)

EGR 115: Introduction to Computing for Engineers (taught since Fall 2016)




Journal Publications:

Kong, Y., Douglas, K. A., Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K. (2017). Size and scale framework and assessment for first year engineering students. Journal of Engineering Education. 106(3). pp. 431-453. DOI: 10.1002/jee.20172.

Verleger, M., Rodgers, K. J., & Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2016). Selecting effective examples to train students for peer review of open-ended problems. Journal of Engineering Education, 105(4). pp. 585-604. DOI: 10.1002/jee.20148.

Rodgers, K. J., Horvath, A. K., Jung, H., Fry, A. S., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Cardella, M. E. (2015). Case study: Solution changes based on feedback in problem-based learning. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 9(2). https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/vol9/iss2/2/

Jung, H., Horvath, A. K., Diefes-Dux, H. A., Rodgers, K. J., & Cardella, M. E. (2015). Characteristics of feedback that influence student confidence and performance during mathematical modeling. International Journal of Engineering Education, 31(1), pp. 42–57.


Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings:

Rodgers, K. J., McNeil, J. C., Verleger, M. A., Marbouti, F. (2019). Impact of a modeling intervention in an introductory programming course. Proceedings of the 126th Annual American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference & Exposition, Tampa, FL.

Pembridge, J. J. & Rodgers, K. J. (2018). Examining self-efficacy and growth mindset in an introductory computing course. Proceedings of the 48th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. San Jose, CA. Oct. 3-6.

Rodgers, K. J., Pembridge, J. J., Long, L. L., III, Verleger, M. A., & Steinhauer, H. M. (2017). Small wins - Big impact: Narratives from behind the scenes. Proceedings from 2017 First-Year Engineering Experience (FYEE) Conference in Daytona Beach, FL.

Rodgers, K. J., Dala, N. J., & Madhavan, K. (2017). How First-Year Engineering Students Develop Visualizations for Mathematical Models. Proceedings of the 124th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Columbus, OH.  

Rodgers, K. J., Boudouris, B., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Harris, M. (2016). Integrating exposure to nanotechnology through projectwork in a large first-year engineering course. Proceedings of the 123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. New Orleans, LA. June 26-29.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K. (2015). Impact of simulation development on mathematical model development. Proceedings of the Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES), Dublin, Ireland, July 13-15.

Diefes-Dux, H. A., Rodgers, K. J., & Madhavan, K. (2015). Students’ understanding of mathematical models, simulations, and their relationship. Proceedings of the Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES), Dublin, Ireland, July 13-15.

Rodgers, K. J., Kong, Y., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K. (2015). Framework of basic interactions to computer simulations: analysis of student developed interactive computer tools. Proceedings of the 122nd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Seattle, WA. June 14-17.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., Madhavan, K., & Kong, Y. (2014). Mini Workshop – Developing engineers for a changing world through modeling and simulation-based pedagogy. Proceedings of the 44th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 22-25.

Rodgers, K. J., Marbouti, F., Shafaat, A., Jung, H., & Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2014). Influence of teaching assistants' motivation on student learning. Proceedings of the 44th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 22-25.

Rodgers, K. J., Tafur, M., Marbouti, F., & Siepel, J. (2014). Physical response to feedback in game-based learning. Proceedings of the 44th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 22-25.

Shafaat, A., Marbouti, F., & Rodgers, K. J.,  (2014). Utilizing MOOCs for blended learning in higher education. Proceedings of the 44th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Madrid, Spain,

Kong, Y., Diefes-Dux, H., Rodgers, K. J., Douglas, K. A., & Madhavan, K. (2014). Work in progress: Development and validation of a Nano Size and Scale Instrument (NSSI). Proceedings of the 44th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 22-25.

Hanoglu, O., Rodgers, K. J., Kong, Y., Madhavan, K., & Diefes-Dux, H. (2014). Work in progress: First-year engineering students¹ knowledge of nanotechnology. Proceedings of the 44th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Madrid, Spain, Oct. 22-25.

Rodgers, K.J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K.  (2014). Investigating first-year engineering students understanding of computer simulations and interactivity. Proceedings of the 41st SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference, Birmingham, England.

Rodgers, K. J., Kong, Y., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K. (2014). First-year engineering students’ communication of nanotechnology size and scale in a design challenge. Proceedings of the 121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Indianapolis, IN. June 15 – 18.

Jung, H., Moon, A., Rodgers, K. J., & Marbouti, F. (2013). Mathematical modeling problems: What affects teaching assistants’ ability to provide feedback? Psychology of Mathematics Education. Chicago, IL. Nov. 14 – 17.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K. (2013). Case studies: First-year engineering nanotechnology-based design projects. Proceedings of the 43rd ASEE/IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, Oklahoma City, OK. Oct. 23 – 26.

Moon, A., Jung, H., Marbouti, F., Rodgers, K. J., & Diefes-Dux, H. (2013). Undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants’ perceptions of their responsibilities – factors that help or hinder. Proceedings of the 43rd ASEE/IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, Oklahoma City, OK. Oct. 23 – 26.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H.A., & Madhavan, K. (2013). First-year engineering students explore nanotechnology in engineering. Proceedings of the 40th SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference. Leuven, Belgium. Sep. 16 – 20.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H.A., Madhavan, K., & Oakes, B. (2013). First-year engineering students’ learning of nanotechnology through an open-ended project. Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Atlanta, GA. June 23 – 26.

Marbouti, F., Rodgers, K.J., Jung, H., Moon, A., & Diefes-Dux, H. (2013). Factors that help and hinder teaching assistants’ ability to execute their responsibilities. Proceedings of the 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Atlanta, GA. June 23 – 26.

Rodgers, K. J., Fry, A. S., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Cardella, M. E. (2012). First-year engineering students’ peer feedback on open-ended mathematical modeling problems. Proceedings of the 42nd ASEE/IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, Seattle, WA. Oct. 3 – 6.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Cardella, M. E. (2012). The nature of peer feedback from first-year engineering students on open-ended mathematical modeling problems. Proceedings of the 119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX. June 10 – 13.

Mathis, P. D., Rodgers, K. J., Huffman, T. J., Purzer, S., & Gong, Y. (2012). Comparing the process of modeling for local and global problems completed by first-year engineering students.  Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Illinois-Indiana Section. Valparaiso, IN.


Other Conferences and Presentations:

Shah, N., Thaker, P., Rodgers, K. J., & Verleger, M. A. (2020). First-year engineering students’ identification of models in engineering. Poster presented at Discovery Day by the Office of Undergraduate Research at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. April 20 - 23.

Rodgers, K. J., Kong, Y., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K. (2015). Development of a guided-instructional tool for evaluating simulations. Poster presented at Engineering Education (ENE) Industrial Advisory Council semester review meeting, West Lafayette, IN. April 14.

Rodgers, K. J., Kong, Y., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Madhavan, K. (2014). Development of a guided-instructional tool for evaluating simulations. Poster presented at Engineering Education (ENE) Industrial Advisory Council semester review meeting, West Lafayette, IN. November 7.

Rodgers, K. J., Kong, Y., & Madhavan, K., Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2014). Development of a guided-instructional tool for evaluating simulations. Poster presented at first nanoHUB user conference, Phoenix, AZ. April 9 – 11.

Kong, Y., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Rodgers, K. J. (2014). Nano size and scale instrument (NSSI). Poster presented at first nanoHUB user conference, Phoenix, AZ. April 9 – 11.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., Jung, H., & Cardella, M. E. (2013). A comparative analysis of feedback from undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants on open-ended problems. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2013 American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA. April 26 – May 1.

Jung, H., Diefes-Dux, H.A., Rodgers, K. J., Cardella, M. E., & Horvath, A.K. (2013). Characteristics of feedback that influence student confidence and performance during mathematical modeling. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 2013 American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA. April 26 – May 1.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Cardella, M. E. (2012) Preparing first-year engineering students to give effective peer feedback on open-ended mathematical modeling problems. Poster presented at the Annual Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium. West Lafayette, IN.

Rodgers, K. J., Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Cardella, M. E. (2012) Learning to engage in peer review: a foundational aspect of stem practice. Poster presented at the 2012 Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Awards Competition Poster Session. West Lafayette, IN.

Rodgers, K. J. (2011) Formative feedback: Impacting the quality of first-year engineering student work on model-eliciting activities. Poster presented at the New Directions in Engineering Education Symposium. West Lafayette, IN.


Faculty Co-Advisor,  ERAU Collegiate Section of Society of Women Engineers,              Summer 2018 – Present

Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE),              January 2011 – Present



Best Paper Award Recipient, awarded by the ASEE 2019 annual conference First-Year Program Division for the paper "Impact of a modeling intervention in an introductory programming course."

  • The annual award recognizes the best conference submitted to the division.

Honorable Mention for the William Elgin Wickenden Award of the American Society for Engineering Education, for an article that appeared in the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Engineering Education - “Selecting Effective Examples to Train Students for Peer Review of Open-Ended Problem Solutions.”

  • The annual Wickenden Award recognizes an article that represents the highest standards of scholarly research in engineering education among the articles published in the Journal in each volume year.

ENE Outstanding Research Award, Purdue University's School of Engineering Education, Spring 2015

  • One award given by the School of Engineering Education to acknowledge outstanding research conducted.

2011 WISE Success Story Award, Women in Science and Engineering, Arizona State University Polytechnic, May 2011

  • Award received “in recognition of valuable contributions to Arizona State University Polytechnic”.