Odesma Dalrymple Receives CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award

Odesma Dalrymple with Perla MyersOdesma Dalrymple, PhD (left) with Perla Myers, PhD (right) at the CHR@USD awards luncheon.

On Friday, March 15th, Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Odesma Dalrymple was one of six USD employees to be honored with the CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award, representing the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

The objective of the award is to create role models and communicate noteworthy accomplishments to reinforce behaviors important to the university and to increase morale by recognizing extraordinary employee contributions.

Awardees were selected from the nominees exemplifying the university’s mission statement, core values and strategic initiative in an extraordinary fashion — including  excellence in advancing inclusion and diversity, social justice, creativity and innovation, community outreach, environmental stewardship and student service.

Simply stated, Dr. Darlymple embodies a resounding commitment to each and every one of the requirements and considerations for the award in every aspect of her professional life. Her passion, authenticity and dedication are both sincere and contagious.

“I am an engineering education scholar,” explains Dr. Dalrymple. “My professional pursuits are focused on transforming engineering education and its public image; making it more inclusive and socially connected. This mission is partially actualized through my research that seeks to identify, develop and evaluate tools, techniques and pathways that can facilitate deep learning and sustained interest in engineering and other STEAM fields, particularly for populations that have been historically under-represented in the STEM workforce in the United States.”

To illustrate just a few of the ways Dr. Dalrymple’s professional pursuits extend beyond her core teaching responsibilities: she serves as the faculty lead for the Engineering Exchange for Social Justice (ExSJ); she is the co-founder and co-teaches week long summer camps via the STEAM Team Summer Academy; she is co-founder of the USD STEAM Youth and Community Conference; she is a PI of the National Science Foundation-funded project STEMWoW, which seeks to understand middle-school students’ STEM interest development through their informal learning experiences; and since 2014, she has been traveling to Tijuana, Mexico with engineering students to teach local Advancing Students Forward students about the engineering design process.

“Whether she is leading a discussion, assisting students as they work in groups or individually, lecturing, engaging with community, mentoring, having students present, leading a dance to get the wiggles out of squirmy middle schoolers or being a guiding light, Dr. Dalrymple is an extraordinary teacher and scholar who exemplifies academic excellence, creativity, insight and care,” says Perla Myers, professor of mathematics. “She is unmatched in her ability to provide motivation for the ideas she presents and thoughtful reflection opportunities for her students that help them learn how to learn.”

Dean Chell Roberts concludes, “Dr. Dalrymple is an amazing scholar and even more so a dedicated colleague within the the school and across the campus community. We celebrate her incredible achievement.” 

We also wish to acknowledge Budget Manager Choa Kang, who received a nomination for the award within the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. 


Michelle Sztupkay

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