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IMSE chair Kremer receives ASME Spria Outstanding Design Educator Award

Gul Kremer

Gul KremerGül Kremer, professor and C.G. “Turk” & Joyce A. Therkildsen Chair of the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University, has received a top American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) award for advancing engineering design education.

Kremer was named this year’s ASME Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Educator Award winner “for outstanding achievements in design curriculum development; sustained contributions to workforce development through design education and research; and exceptional leadership within ASME’s Design Engineering Division, particularly in building the design education community.”

The award, established in 1998 to recognize those who exemplify the best in furthering engineering design education, was presented to Kremer on August 8 at an ASME conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kremer has made significant contributions to research that aims to improve engineering education so that the next generation of engineers can best take on the challenges and opportunities of the future. For instance, she has developed new techniques for identifying what processes and conditions of engineering education best prepare students – and new techniques for assessing how ready engineering educational institutions are to meet those needs. Kremer has also created a new framework to assess engineering students’ professional skills, such as teamwork, ethics, problem solving, and global awareness.

In addition to her work in engineering education research, Kremer is also an active life-cycle design scholar, who has published more than 80 journal articles and 200 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. A Fellow of ASME and a senior member of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, Kremer is the recipient of several best paper and teaching awards.

Kremer joined Iowa State University in 2016. Before that, she held the position of professor of engineering design and industrial engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, and she was a program officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Kremer served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland from 2010-11 and held other faculty positions at Penn State beginning in 2000.

Kremer holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering from the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, an MBA from Istanbul University and a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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