Odesma Dalrymple, PhD

Odesma Dalrymple
Phone: (619) 260-7654
Office: Loma Hall 217

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • PhD, Purdue University
  • MENG, Morgan State University
  • BS, Morgan State University

Dr. Dalrymple is an engineering education scholar by training. She attained a PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University, and a MEng. in Industrial Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering, both from Morgan State University. Dr. Dalrymple conducts research on tools and techniques that can be readily applied in real engineering learning environments to improve student learning and teaching. In this respect she has pursued three main lines of research: The first looks at artefact-inspired discovery–based pedagogy, i.e., learning activities where students’ exploration of STEM knowledge is self-directed and motivated by interactions or manipulations of artefacts. The second looks at the development of faculty expertise in outcomes-based course design through the use of the Instructional Module Development system (imods), a self-guided web-based training tool (still under development). The third, which is both the most recent and now the most significant, looks at teacher professional development, i.e., the development of engineering thinking in teachers of 4th – 12th grade, and the translation of that thinking in their teaching of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics

Dr. Dalrymple is also the co-founder of the STEAM Labs™ program, an outreach initiative that challenges teams of participants to learn and apply the engineering design process to build chain-reaction machines in a project-based environment that can span one or more sites connected through the Internet. The program teaches participants real-world engineering skills, provides experience with systems thinking and multi-team collaboration, and creates a pathway for participants to master 21st Century competencies and better understand careers in engineering, and other science, technology and math fields. This program has been successfully deployed in formal and informal education settings with 1700+ middle and high school students across 18 U.S. sites and 1 site in Trinidad and Tobago. A total of 600 teachers have also been trained to implement aspects of this program through various workshops.