Michael C. Loui

Michael C. Loui

Purdue University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Structured Pairing in an Electronics Laboratory, and A Model of Research Mentoring

Wednesday, January 15
10:30AM – 11:30AM
Peralta Hall, Room 120


I will present two unrelated projects. First, in an electronics laboratory for first-year engineering students, we conducted a quasi-experimental, mixed-methods study of an adaptation of pair programming, which we called structured pairing. To compare lab sections that used structured pairing with lab sections that used traditional groups, we administered a survey and conducted focus group interviews to obtain data on student confidence, satisfaction, and retention. (Joint work with Nicholas Fila.) Second, in a grounded theory study, we analyzed the reflective journals and mentoring philosophy statements of eighteen graduate student mentors of undergraduate researchers in a summer research program. We developed a model of research mentoring that describes how the mentoring relationship can evolve and explains how mismatched expectations can arise. (Joint work with Renata Revelo.)


Recently retired, Michael C. Loui was the Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University from 2014 to 2019. He was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published articles in computational complexity theory, in professional ethics, and in engineering education research. He currently serves on the Advisory Group for the Online Ethics Center at the National Academy of Engineering. He is a Carnegie Scholar, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. Professor Loui was the editor of the Journal of Engineering Education from 2012 to 2017 and the executive editor of College Teaching from 2006 to 2012. He was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 and the B.S. at Yale University in 1975.