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Tonya Nilsson, Ph. D.
Tonya Nilsson is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University. Previously, she was on the faculty at California State Univeristy, Chico where she was a tenured Associate Professor. Dr. Nilsson has her Professional License and has worked in industry on structural engineering projects. She received her Bachelors in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1991, her Masters in Structural Engineering from Stanford University in 1993, and her Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics from University of California at Davis in 2002. Her Ph.D. research focused on the development of new material properties to model crack propagation on ductile materials. Dr. Nilsson has a strong interest in engineering education and worked for eight years with ASCE's ExCEED Teaching Workshops to train other engineering faculty on effective teaching methods and served for four years on the national ASCE, Committee on Faculty Development. She is also a member of School of Engineering's NSF "Engage" team.
Dr. Nilsson maintains a strong interest in pedagogy in the classroom and the development of hands-on, interactive learning methods in Strength of Materials. She is also interested in construction methods to mitigate damage during seismic and high-wind events in structures built with non-conventional materials and construction methods.
Nilsson, T; Aschheim, M; King, B; "Ecological Building: Recycled and Low CO2 Materials for Low-Cost, Earthquake-Resistant Housing in Haiti", 13th International Conference on Non-conventional Materials and Technologies, September 2011, abstract accepted.
Estes, A.; Welch, R.; Ressler, S.; Dennis, N.; Larson, D.; Considine, C.; Nilsson, T; O'Neill, R; O'Brien, J. and Lenox, T.; "Ten Years of ExCEEd: Making a Difference in the Profession", International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol 26-1, 2010
Emerson, T., "Minds in Motion – An event to engage K-12 in Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering", American Society of Engineering Education Conference Proceedings, Portland, OR, June 2005
Emerson, T. and Ward, M., "Students Are Leaving Engineering Curriculums; Can Our Educational Approach Stop This?", American Society of Engineering Education Conference Proceedings, Portland, OR, June 2005
Emerson, T. and Mills, R., "Student Chapters – An Adjunct to Engineering Education", American Society of Engineering Education Conference Proceedings, Nashville, TN, June 2003 – Winner of the Gerald R. Seeley ASEE Fellow
Emerson, T., "Enhancing Students' Understanding of Key Engineering Concepts Through the Use of Civil Engineering Toys in the Classroom", American Society of Engineering Education Conference Proceedings, Montreal, Canada, June 2002 – Winner of the Glen L. Martin Best Paper Award
Registered Civil Engineer, State of California.
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