Shryock, Srinivasa and Froyd win Frontiers in Education's 2011 Conference Benjamin Dasher Best Paper Award



Shryock HeadshotDr. Kristi Shryock, a senior lecturer, assistant department head, and director of undergraduate programs in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, Dr. Arun Srinivasa, a professor in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Jeffrey Froyd, a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station research professor in Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs at Texas A&M University won the Benjamin Dasher Best Paper Award that was submitted at the 2011 Frontiers in Education Conference.

Asrinivasa HeadshotThe trio authored the paper, “Developing instruments to assess first-year calculus and physics mechanics skills needed for a sophomore statics and dynamics course” (http://fieconference.org/fie2011/papers/1058.pdf).

Froyd HeadshotIn the paper Shryock, Srinivasa, and Froyd addressed concerns that some engineering faculty members have: students taking some core sophomore engineering sciences courses are not prepared when it comes to mathematics and mechanics-based physics. The authors used input from faculty members teaching statics and dynamics to construct learning outcomes and two instruments to assess mathematics and physics preparation. They administered the instruments near the beginning of the statics and dynamics course and analyzed the data. Now, faculty members can obtain a better understanding of the background of their students, giving them a clearer idea of how students are prepared for the pivotal sophomore course in several engineering disciplines.


Shryock joined the Texas A&M Career Center in 2000 after completing her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering at Texas A&M. She later received her master’s degree in aerospace engineering and her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary engineering from Texas A&M.

Srinivasa join the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1997. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Froyd began his career at Texas A&M in 1999 as a visiting professor in the Electrical Engineering Department. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Shryock, Srinivasa, and Froyd will attend the FIE Conference in October 2012 in Seattle, Washington to accept the award.