Sara Willner-Giwerc

Sara Willner-Giwerc

Doctoral Student in Mechanical Engineering
617-627-5888
200 Boston Avenue, Suite G810
Medford, MA

Biography

Sara is currently a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering at Tufts University after graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering and a double minor in engineering education and engineering management in 2018. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, which supports her research at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) on solution diversity in educational robotics interventions. Her main research interests center around lowering barriers to entry for using existing technology in classrooms, engineering new technologies and methods for enabling learning by doing, and making engineering education accessible for all educators and learners. Her dissertation research focuses on designing instructional tools for robotics activities that inspire a diverse set of solutions spread across a class.

During her undergraduate career at Tufts, Sara was an infielder for the Tufts softball team, which won a historic undefeated national championship in 2015. She was also a research assistant at the CEEO, where her work was focused on developing learning experiences and technologies to bring engineering into K–12 classrooms.

Education

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 2018

Selected Publications and Presentations

Willner-Giwerc, S., Rogers, C., & Danahy, E. (2020). Placemat Instructions for Open Ended Robotics Activities. In International Conference on Robotics in Education.

Willner-Giwerc, S., Wendell, K., Danahy, E., Rogers, C., & Stuopis, I. (2020). Solution Diversity in Engineering Computing Final Projects. In American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.

Willner-Giwerc, S., Rogers, C., & Wendell, K. (2020). The SymbIOTics System: Designing an Internet of Things Platform for Elementary School Students. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 11(2), 64–79. https://doi.org/10.14434/ijdl.v11i2.26719

Willner-Giwerc, S., & Wendell, K. (2019). Work in Progress: Analyzing a Distributed Expertise Model in an Undergraduate Engineering Course. In First Year Engineering Experience. State College, PA.

Johnson, A. W., Willner-Giwerc, S., Grogan, P. T., & Danahy, E. E. (2016). Pre-college students’ use of systems engineering methods in design. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (Vol. 2016-Novem). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2016.7757657

Johnson, A. W., Willner-Giwerc, S., Grogan, P. T., & Danahy, E. E. (2016). Pre-college students’ use of systems engineering methods in design. In Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE (Vol. 2016-Novem). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2016.7757657