Professor Monica F. Cox Ph.D. is the Inaugural Chair of recently created Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University.

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Summary Bio:

  • Dr. Monica Cox is a Professor and the Inaugural Chair in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University
  • Her research is focused on the use of mixed methodologies to explore significant research questions in undergraduate, graduate, and professional engineering education; to explore issues of intersectionality among women, particularly Women of Color in engineering; and to develop, disseminate, and commercialize reliable and valid assesment tools for use across the engineering education continuum.
  • In 2011, she became the first African American woman to earn tenure in the College of Engineering at Purdue University
  • In 2008 she also earned a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the US Government on outstanding scientists and engineers
  • Monica is the Founder and CEO or Prepared to Be A Pioneer, where she serves as a speaker and consultant

Here's a sneak peek of what's inside today's episode:

In this episode, we discussed:

  • 04:00 –  The point she recognized her interest in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • 05:00 –  Her early stage mentors, including her parents and professors at Spelman College
  • 06:50 –  Her strategic approach to attaining the degrees she did and her desire to become a University President since the age of 19
  • 07:45 –  We spoke about her new job at Ohio State and what her day to day there is like right now
  • 10:15 –  We talked about perseverance and how she was able to push ahead through some of her road blocks as a pioneer
  • 15:45 –  How often she looks at her goals and tracking them
  • 17:20 –  We talked about what we as a community and for those of us as parents, can begin doing to expose our children to S.T.E.M.

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