Kristine R. Csavina, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies and
Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Headshot of Dr. Kristy Csavina outdoorsKristine (Kristy) Csavina has academic, clinical and industry experience that she brings to Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Csavina received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Dayton in 1992 and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from Arizona State University in 2003. Her research interests include motion analysis of human motion in movement disorders, orthopedics and sports, human motion aided by wearable technologies, and engineering education research in student learning and pedagogical approaches.

Csavina comes to CSM from Arizona State University, where she was associate director for engineering program innovation in The Polytechnic School Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering programs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.  She was the lead instructor for the two-semester senior capstone design experience, where she taught design and professional skills and managed over 20 student teams on eProjects (industry-partnered capstone experiences).  She was also active with the ABET accreditation, helping to develop the course assessment and program evaluation process for the department.  Prior to ASU, Csavina was founding faculty in the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University.  As an assistant professor from 2007-2012, she helped develop the curriculum for the bioengineering design courses and for biomechanics, and was involved in teaching courses from the sophomore to senior levels.  Csavina had active research in biomechanics in partnership with physical therapy faculty at FGCU, including studies with Parkinson’s disease and stroke patients.

Csavina has a strong interest in improving her own teaching and in the research of pedagogical approaches in engineering education.  She is finishing work with the Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE) as co-PI on ASU’s grant.  ASU was one of 12 institutions involved with this University of Washington initiative funded through the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Foundation.  She helped lead a yearlong campus effort to promote reflection at ASU, hosted several reflection workshops at national conferences, and presented work resulting from her own research on reflection in design courses.  She has participated in ASCE’s Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop in 2008 and served as an assistant mentor for the 2013 ExCEEd Teaching Workshop. She has attended various workshops in engineering education research and presented her work with colleagues at the American Association of Engineering Education (ASEE) for over ten years.

Csavina has previous clinical and industry experience.  From 2013-2016 she consulted with Phoenix area companies, including British Aerospace Engineering, to assist with the analysis of human motion influenced by exoskeletons and wearable technologies.  From 2005-2007 she served as director of the SHRI-CORE Orthopedic Research Labs in Sun City West, Arizona, helping to start a full gait lab for orthopedic research and a biomechanics lab for bone/implant testing. From 1992-1997, she worked at NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as a test engineer in several different aeronautical test facilities.




  • Carberry, A., Brunhaver, S., Csavina, K. R., & McKenna, A. (2016). Comparison of written versus verbal peer feedback for design projects. International Journal of Engineering Education, 32(3), 1458-1471.
  • Csavina, K, Nethken, C., Carberry, A. (2016). Assessing Student Understanding of Reflection in Engineering Education. 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
  • Kunberger T., Csavina K., and O’Neill R. (2013). Scaffolding Assessment from Lesson Objectives through Student Outcomes: Faculty Perspectives of a Viable Continuous Improvement Model.”  Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. (online at 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000151 , A2513001)
  • Kunberger T., & Csavina K. (2011). Experiences from a Combined Statics and Dynamics Course in an Integrated Lecture – Lab Environment.  Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education Vol 2, No 2.
  • Highsmith MJ, Kahle JT, Carey SL, Lura DJ, Dubey RV, Csavina KR, Quillen WS. (2011) Kinetic Asymmetry in Transfemoral Amputees while Performing Sit to Stand and Stand to Sit Movements. Gait & Posture.  2011; 34(1): 86-91.
  • Estes C., Rhee P., Shrader M.W., Csavina K., Jacofsky M., Jacofsky D.J. (2008) Biomechanical Strength of the Peri-Loc Proximal Tibial Plate:  A Comparison of All-locked versus Hybrid locked/non-locked Screw Configurations. J Orthop Trauma. May-Jun;22(5):312-6.

Recent Courses

  • Dynamics
  • Senior Design