Jon Sticklen

Jon Sticklen


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  • Associate Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Psychology and Human Factors
  • PhD, Computer Science, Ohio State University
  • MSc, Computer Science, Ohio State University
  • MS, Astronomy, Columbia University


Dr. Sticklen has an academic career spanning four decades and two major disciplines. His two major areas of expertise lie broadly in theory and, secondly, applications for artificial intelligence/knowledge-based systems and the pedagogies of active learning theory and application for early engineering education. In his academic careers, Dr. Sticklen has been lab director for AI/KBS Lab at Michigan State, the director of the Center for Engineering Education Research (MSU), the director of the BS in Applied Engineering Sciences program (MSU), and Chairperson of the Engineering Fundamentals department at Michigan Tech.

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Innovation in Education

  • Infusion of systems viewpoints to applied engineering sciences
  • Growth in enrollment achievement
  • Led a strong faculty team to systemically reimagine and implement the Tech First-Year Engineering Program

Research Interests

  • Factors enhancing student engagement in their own learning
  • Systemic approaches to distance learning that enhance active learning, and 
  • Applications of Design Thinking as an exemplar of client-centered design with application to Problem/Project-based learning