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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Milo Koretsky

McDonnell Family Bridge Professor

Milo Koretsky

McDonnell Family Bridge Professor

Phone 617-627-3900
Science and Technology Center
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
Research: 
engineering education research, learning and engagement in the university classroom, development of disciplinary practices, instructional design and technology development, instructional practices, organizational change, social practice theory
Biography: 

Milo Koretsky received his BS and MS degrees from UC San Diego and his PhD from UC Berkeley, all in chemical engineering. Prior to joining Tufts University in April 2021, he was a faculty member in the Department of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). Koretsky began his career pursuing canonical chemical engineering research focusing on plasma processes and thin film materials research. In a mid-career transition, he switched to engineering education research where he led the transition of the curriculum in chemical, biological, and environmental engineering to a studio model and led the development of technology based instructional tools such as the Concept Warehouse. He is author of the popular textbook, Engineering and Chemical Thermodynamics.

Education: 
PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1991
MS, Chemical Engineering, University of California at San Diego, 1985
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of California at San Diego, 1984
Research Interests: 

Professor Milo Koretsky’s group focuses on integrating technology into effective educational practices that promote the use of higher-level cognitive and social skills in engineering problem solving. They also seek to promote change in educational systems by motivating faculty to use research-based instructional practices. The group has a particular focus on what prevents students from being able to integrate and extend the knowledge developed in specific courses in the core curriculum to the more complex, authentic problems and projects they face in professional practice.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2019: Fellow, American Society for Engineering Education
  • 2019: Inaugural Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Oregon State University (OSU)
  • 2018: Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Research, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2016: William Elgin Wickenden Award, Best Paper in the Journal of Engineering Education
  • 2016: CACHE Award, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Chemical Engineering Division
  • 2016: Fellow, Oregon State University STEM Research Center
  • 2014, 2015: Best Paper Awards, ASEE Professional Interest Councils
  • 2014: Alumni Professor Award, OSU
  • 2011: Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award, OSU
  • 2009: Outstanding Teaching Award, PN-ASEE
Professional Memberships: 
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)
International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)