Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Director, Advanced Manufacturing Program
Jenifer completed her Ph.D. at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Germany under a Fulbright Fellowship. Her thesis was on manufacturing techniques and characterization of various nanoparticles that could be used for gene and drug delivery systems. Jenifer also holds a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering and a B.S. in Engineering Management for Miami University in Oxford, OH. After graduating from undergrad, Jenifer worked in industry as a Project Manager at TESCO Engineering Firm, designing and installing assembly lines for GM and Ford. During her time in industry, she took night courses at Wayne State University in Biomedical Engineering where she completed her M.S. degree with a thesis on polymerization of crystalline structures for gene and drug delivery systems.
Before starting in academia, Jenifer was a NRC Post Doctorate at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Boulder, CO. There she worked on the industry standardization of gold and silver nanoparticle manufacturing along with standardization and production of protein coated nanoparticles.
Jenifer’s research has focused on engineering education for the past several years. Within this area, she concentrates on innovative ways of incorporating project-based learning and hands-on curriculum into the classroom. She is also co-PI on a NSF-RFE grant focusing on teaching sociotechnical concepts in technical engineering courses. Jenifer enjoys designing and developing new courses and active learning techniques for the classroom.