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Denise Wilson

Denise Wilson
Sensors and Photovoltaics
Engineering Education

M222 EEB
Box 352500
University of WA
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 221-5238

Distributed Microsystems Laboratory 

University of Washington 2008 M.Ed.
Georgia Institute of Technology 1995 Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology 1989 M.S.
Stanford University 1988 B.S.

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Research Summary

Our research is focused in two areas: (a) engineering education; and (b) sensors and photovoltaics. In both areas, we look at research questions whose answers add to the basic knowledge in the field and also inform applications of that knowledge. For example, in engineering education, we seek to understand the role that belonging plays in the undergraduate experience (basic knowledge) but also to apply that knowledge to increase persistence of engineers after they graduate. In photovoltaics, we look at basic questions regarding the viability of alternative PV technologies in portable and grid applications, but also work to develop optimized array management systems that when applied, increase energy harvested from a portable system, regardless of the component PVs in the system.


S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award 2008
Outstanding EE Teaching Award 2001
National Science Foundation Career Award 1997-2001 
National Science Foundation Fellowship 1992-1995 
Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship 1992-1995 
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (1989, 1993, 1994) 

Recent Journal Publications

Denise Wilson, Diane Jones, Fraser Bocell, Joy Crawford, M.J. Kim, Nanette Veilleux, Tamara Floyd-Smith, Rebecca Bate, and Melani Plett. “Belonging and Academic Engagement Among Undergraduate STEM Students: A Multi-institutional Study,” Research in Higher Education, March 2015, pp. 1-27.

Denise Wilson, “Arsenic Content in American Wine,” Journal of Environmental Health, October 2015, vol. 78, no. 3, pp. 16-22.

Denise Wilson, Cassandra Hooper, and Xingyi Shi. "Arsenic in Juice: Apple, Citrus, and Apple-Base," Journal of Environmental Health, December 2012, vol. 75, no. 5, pp. 14-20.

Cheryl Allendoerfer, Denise Wilson, Joy Crawford, Diane Jones, Tamara Floyd-Smith, Melani Plett, Elaine Scott, Nanette Veilleux, and Rebecca Bates. "Strategic Pathways for Success: The Influence of Outside Community on Academic Engagement," Journal of Engineering Education, 2012, vol. 101, no. 3, pp. 512-538.

Vaibhav Vaidya and Denise Wilson. "Maximum Power Tracking in Solar Cell Arrays using Time-Based Reconfiguration," Renewable Energy, 2012, vol. 50, pp. 74-81.

Robin Adams, Antonio Dias de Figueiredo, Demetra Evangelou, Nicholas Mousoulides, Alice Pawley, Carmen Schifellite, Reed Stevens, Marilla Svincki, Julie Trenor, and Denise Wilson, "Multiple Perspectives on Engaging Future Engineers," Journal of Engineering Education, 2011, vol. 100, no. 1, pp. 48-88.

Jeffrey Kissinger and Denise Wilson, "Portable Fluorescence Lifetime Detection for Chlorophyll Analysis in Marine Environments," IEEE Sensors Journal, 2011, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 288-295.

Recent Conference Papers

Denise Wilson, Mee Joo Kim, and Rebecca Bates, "How Engineering Students view Dilemmas of Macroethics: Links between Critical Thinking and Ethical Literacy," ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Conference 2014: Indianapolis, Indiana.

Denise Wilson, James Pembridge, and Caitlin Wasilewski, "Public vs. Private, Large vs. Small: Significant Differences in Student Affective Experience," ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Conference 2014: Indianapolis, Indiana.

Melani Plett, Tamara Floyd-Smith, Denise Wilson, Diane Carlson Jones, Melani Plett, Rebecca Bates, and Nanette Veilleux, "People Matter: The Role of Faculty and Peers in Students' Academic Engagement," ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Conference 2014: Indianapolis, Indiana.

Denise Wilson, Cheryl Allendoerfer, Mee Joo Kim, Elizabeth Burpee, Rebecca Bates, Tamara Floyd-Smith, Melani Plett, and Nanette Veilleux. "STEM Students outside the Classroom: The Role of the Institution in Defining Extracurricular Activity," ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Conference 2013: Atlanta, Georgia.

Cheryl Allendoerfer, Denise Wilson, Mee Joo Kim, and Elizabeth Burpee, "Attitudes toward Instructional Change among STEM faculty in higher education," American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA) 2013: San Francisco, California.

Denise Wilson and Brian Ferguson, "Optimization of Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors for Environmental Monitoring," IEEE Sensors 2010: Waikaloa, Hawaii.

Vaibhav Vaidya, Xiahong Zhang, Bernard Kippelen, and Denise M. Wilson, "An Organic Complementary Differential Amplifier for Flexible AMOLED Applications," Intl Symposium Circuits and Systems: Paris, France, 2010.

Active Research: Engineering Education

Connection, Community, and Engagement in STEM Education

Sustainability Education for Engineers

Persistence among Early and Mid Career Engineering Graduates

Active Research: Sensors & Photovoltaics

Optimized PV Array Management for Portable Systems

Evaluation of PV Technologies for Portable Systems

Active Research: Environmental Health

Arsenic Contamination in the U.S. Food, Water, and Beverage Supply

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