The Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC) was approved by the Montana Board of Regents in September of 2016. The purpose of the MEERC is to Transform Engineering Education through interdisciplinary, empirical research on improving student success. The overarching research thrusts that MEERC affiliates are interested in are:
- Preparing engineering graduates to meet the grand challenges of the 21st century.
- Broadening participation in the engineering workforce.
- Improving learning efficiency.
- Understanding why students opt out of engineering during their degree or after entering the workforce.
To contribute to the body of knowledge in these research areas, the MEERC has four goals:
- Significantly increase faculty productivity in the area of engineering education research at MSU. This is measured by the number and amount of funded research projects and scholarly publications.
- Initiate large-scale research projects at MSU in the four interest areas listed above. This will be measured by the number of ongoing projects and number of students impacted.
- Establish MSU as a leader within the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). This will be measured by the number of papers published in ASEE outlets, the number of leadership roles that MSU faculty hold within ASEE, and the number of awards that MSU faculty receive from ASEE.
- Contribute to the training of tomorrow’s professoriate. This will be measured by the quality of initiatives put in place at MSU to prepare engineering Ph.D. students to become professors who thrive in both research and teaching scholarship.
The MEERC is a center within the MSU College of Engineering. Its directors report to the dean of the college.
Brock J. LaMeres, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. LaMeres was appointed the Director of the MEERC in October of 2016. He received
his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 2005. Dr.
LaMeres joined the MSU faculty in 2006 where his scholarly interests are in digital
systems and education research.
Paul Gannon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
Dr. Gannon was appointed as Associate Director of the MEERC in January of 2017. He
received his Ph.D. in engineering from Montana State University in 2007. Dr. Gannon
joined the MSU faculty in 2008 where his scholarly interests are in material science
and education research.
William Schell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Dr. Schell was appointed as Associate Director of the MEERC in January of 2017. He
received his Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Alabama
in Huntsville in 2010. Dr. Schell joined the MSU faculty in 2012 where his scholarly
interests are in engineering management and education research. He currently serves
as Chair of the Engineering Management Division for the American Society for Engineering