Faculty Research Forum to be Held November 8

November 03, 2011

The University of Mount Union will hold a faculty research forum on Tuesday, November 8 at 10:35 a.m. in Room 206 of the Engineering and Business Building.
Presenting their research will be faculty members Dr. Sudhir Kaul and Ting Shen. Kaul, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will present Fracture Dynamics, Diagnostics & Control. Shen, assistant professor of foreign languages and cultures, will present Adolescents’ Use of Academic Language in their Historical Writing.
Kaul most recently served as a senior lecturer in the department of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. While at the University of Pretoria, he taught courses such as machine design, structural integrity, probabilistic design and structural dynamics and control. Throughout his career, he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin and as an engineer for the Harley Davidson Motor Company, Hero Briggs & Stratton Corporation and Herion Fluidtronic, all where he specialized in design and development.
He earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and master and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin, both in mechanical engineering.
Aside from teaching in the classroom at Mount Union, Shen is taking the lead on the ­development of The Discover China Program, a multi-faceted Chinese cultural program, which will begin in the fall of 2012. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Union, she served as a Chinese instructor and international education coordinator at Nova Southeastern University and the lead instructor at the STARTALK Institute of the Idaho State Department of Education where she provided professional instruction to teachers, developed curriculum and taught in a Chinese immersion program. Shen also was a Chinese tutor at Maryland University, a graduate research assistant and teaching assistant at the University of Florida, program assistant at the Hunan Provincial Education Department in Hunan, China and Chinese teacher and Chinese program coordinator at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida, among other roles.
Shen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Peking University and a Master of Philosophy degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. This fall, she will graduate with a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida.
The Faculty Research Forum, held biannually, highlights the academic research that the University of Mount Union faculty members across multiple disciplines are currently conducting. The forum is free and open to the public.
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