Doctoral Student in STEM Education
200 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Mary received her B.S. in Civil
Engineering from University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2006, and her
M.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts in 2008. While working as a
Geotechnical Engineering Consultant, Mary realized that she wanted to
pursue her Ph.D. in STEM Education and has since been involved in
various research projects at both undergraduate and K-12 levels.
B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2006
M.S. in Civil Engineering, Tufts University, 2008
Mary is currently researching how children engage in engineering
design during Novel Engineering design activities. In a Novel
Engineering activity, elementary students engineer solutions to help
fictional characters overcome problems in stories. For some
students, the activity supports their engagement in engineering
reasoning and acting: they design solutions to meet fictional
clients' needs while adhering to the setting constraints. For
others, however, the open-endedness of the task may enable them to
engage in other types of activities, such as imagining fantastical
solutions or treating the task like a graded homework assignment.
Mary's research involves exploring the complex dynamics of student
engagement in Novel Engineering activities to understand the nuanced
and idiosyncratic ways in which students act like beginning
Mary works on the Novel Engineering project and is involved in
professional development efforts and kids' engineering camps.
- McCormick, M., Lawyer, K., Wiggins, J., Swan, C., Paterson, K., and
Bielefeldt, A. (2014). "Sustainable Engineering Assessment Using
Rubric-Based Analysis of Challenge Question Responses." J. Prof.
Issues Eng. Educ. Pract., 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000211 ,
- McCormick, M., Bielefeldt, A., Paterson, K, & Swan, C. (in review).
Assessing Students' Motivation to Engage in Sustainable Engineering.
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
- McCormick, M. (2014). Engineering for Colonial Times. Proceedings
from Annual American Society of Engineering Education Conference and
Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN.
- McCormick, M., Wendell, K., O'Connell, B. (2014). Student Videos as
a Tool for Elementary Teacher Development in Teaching Engineering:
What Do Teachers Notice? Proceedings from Annual American Society of
Engineering Education Conference and Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN.
- McCormick, M., & Hammer, D. (2014). The Beginnings of Engineering
Design in an Integrated Engineering and Literacy Task. Proceedings
from the International Conference of the Learning Sciences Annual
Conference, Boulder, CO.
- McCormick, M. & Hynes, M. (2012). Engineering in a Fictional World:
Early Findings from Integrating Engineering and Literacy.
Proceedings from Annual American Society of Engineering Education
Conference and Exhibition, Texas.
- McCormick, M., Lawyer, K., Berlin, M., Swan, C., Paterson, K.,
Bielefeldt, A., Wiggins, J. (2010). Sustainable Engineering via
Service Learning: Preparing students to overcome future challenges,
Proceedings of 117th Annual American Society of Engineering
Education Conference, Louisville, KY.
- McCormick, M., Swan, C., Matson, D., Gute., Durant, J. (2008).
Enhancing Engineering Education: Learning to solve problems through
service-learning projects. Proceedings of 115th Annual American
Society of Engineering Education Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
- McCormick, M., Swan, C., Matson, D. (2008). Reading between the
Lines: Evaluating self-assessments of skills acquired during an
international service-learning project. Proceedings of 115th Annual
American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Pittsburgh,
- McCormick, M., Swan, C., Gute, D., Matson, D. (2008). Expanding the
College Classroom: Developing Engineering Skills through
Project-Based Service-Learning. Proceedings of the World Environment
and Water Congress, 2008, Honolulu, HI.
- Portsmore, M. Watkins, J. & McCormick, M. (2012). Planning, Drawing,
and Elementary School Students in an Integrated Engineering and
Literacy Activity. 2nd P-12 Engineering and Design Education
Research Summit, Washington, D.C.
- Swan, C., McCormick, M. (2009). ABET Outcomes via Project-Based
Service Learning Attributes: Assessment via successful intelligence.
Proceedings of 116th Annual American Society of Engineering
Education Conference, Austin, TX.
Invited Presentations and Speeches
Hammer, D., & McCormick, M. The complex dynamics of how
students frame what they're doing. Keynote Presentation at the 2nd
P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Washington,
"The Beginnings of Engineering in an Integrated Engineering and
Literacy Task," (2013). STEM Education Presentation Series, Tufts
"Educate to Innovate: Increasing the Participation and Performance
of Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math through
Children's Literature (K-8)," (2012). Invited Speaker for Aquidneck
Collaborative for Education: Critical Issues in Education, Newport,
Invited to give Welcoming Address to all
incoming/prospective students and alumni events and receptions:
Tufts University, 2008, 2009, 2010
University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010