CPREE Core Team


Dr. Cynthia J. Atman is the founding director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), a professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering, and the inaugural holder of the Mitchell T. & Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair at the University of Washington.  She was director of the NSF-funded Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), a national research center that was funded from 2003-2010. Dr. Atman is the author or co-author on over 115 archival publications. She has been invited to give many keynote addresses, including a Distinguished Lecture at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 2014 Annual Conference.

Dr. Jennifer Turns¬† is a professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She is also a faculty affiliate with the UW Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching. Dr. Turns’ research interests lie at the intersection of engineering education, cognitive/learning sciences, and user-centered design. Her engineering education work has focused on engineering design learning, knowledge integration, and disciplinary understanding, and has involved the use of a wide variety of research methods including verbal protocol analysis, concept mapping, and ethnography.


Lauren D. Thomas, PhD – Sr. Research Scientist

Michael Grazewski – Program Coordinator

Lesley Pfeifer – Evaluation & Financial Coordinator

Graduate Students

Ahmer Arif – Human Centered Design & Engineering

Mania Orand – Human Centered Design & Engineering

Kathryn Shroyer – Human Centered Design & Engineering

Contact: cpree@uw.edu