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Creative Engineering and Design in Action

Friday, November 10
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 217 BC

The logical dependency of engineering on creative thinking is self-evident in “the design focus” of engineering activities. This presentation focuses on the first iteration of our design-based research, Project Creative Engineering and Design in Action, in which we designed and evaluated enrichment activities connecting engineering and creativity. Thematic analyses of qualitative data show areas of creative thinking that we have appropriately addressed in those activities, such as elaboration, originality, analyzing, seeing relationships, desire to resolve ambiguity, problem sensitivity, fantasy and imagination, and desire to create. We share examples of hands-on activities from curricula connecting creativity and engineering.

Mehdi Ghahremani

RA/GA/Ph.D. Student
Purdue University

Mehdi is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies. He worked for more than 10 years in the Iranian National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), where he had studied as middle and high school student. He was the head of the Physics department in the Allame Helli gifted high school, in Tehran (2004-2011). He was also a teacher of Physics (grades 6-11) for more than 10 years. He received his Bachelor's and first Master's degree in Physics from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran. He received his second masters in Education from University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, in 2013. He is a PhD student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Education, at Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI), Purdue University. Mehdi’s research interests are gifted education, critical thinking, wisdom, creativity, science and physics education, and STEM.


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Nielsen Pereira

Assistant Professor
Purdue University

Nielsen Pereira is an Assistant Professor of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education from Purdue University. His research interests include the design and assessment of learning in varied gifted and talented education contexts, understanding gifted and talented student experiences in talent development programs in and out of school, and conceptual and measurement issues in the identification of gifted and talented populations. He is a regular presenter in national and international conferences on educational research, gifted education, and STEM education and has published in peer-reviewed journals in the United States and in Brazil. He currently serves as Associate Editor for Gifted and Talented International.


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Ophelie Desmet

PhD student
Purdue University

Ophélie Desmet is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented studies at Purdue University and has worked with gifted and talented kids since 2012 as a counselor and teacher. She co-authored a book on how to deal with gifted underachievement. Her research focusses on educational effectiveness and teacher development related to underachievement, creativity, twice-exceptionality and underrepresented groups.


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