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Cynthia Finelli

Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering; By Courtesy Professor, Marsal Family School of Education


(734) 764-0244


4227 EECS Building
1301 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122

My research area is engineering education. I currently study student resistance to active learning, the impact of the classroom space on teaching and learning, the use of classroom technology to increase student learning and engagement, and faculty adoption of evidence-based teaching practices.

I also led a project to develop a taxonomy for the field of engineering education research, and I was part of a team that studied ethical decision-making in engineering students. I am Founding Director of the Center for Research and Learning in Engineering at Michigan, which supports college-wide initiatives in engineering teaching and learning, and I currently serve as Director for Engineering Education Research in the College of Engineering. Learn about the Engineering Education Research initiatives at the University of Michigan, including our new EER graduate program, here.

I am a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Education, and past chair of the Educational Research and Methods Division of ASEE. I’ve also been named a “pioneer” in the field of engineering education.

Prior to joining UM in 2003, I served as Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Richard L. Terrell Professor of Excellence in Teaching, and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Kettering University.