Associate Professor of Engineering
Glenn Ellis is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Smith College. Dr. Ellis received his doctorate in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University. Now in his eighth year at Smith College, Dr. Ellis teaches courses in engineering mechanics, artificial intelligence, and educational methods for teaching science and engineering. As one of the founding faculty members of the Picker Engineering Program, he helped create the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college. The winner of numerous awards for teaching, advising, and research, Dr. Ellis received the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year Award for Baccalaureate Colleges from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education—the only national award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
Dr. Ellis has worked extensively with college faculty, K-12 teachers, public and private school systems, and colleges and universities to reform engineering and science education. His research applies the findings from the learning sciences to encourage deep, intentional learning and has received regular funding from the National Science Foundation and various corporate foundations. His current research focus is the use of narrative to seed knowledge building in engineering education. His outreach activities include working with schools systems to reform engineering and science education and support professional development for teachers. He is also working with a professional writer to create fiction books with educational activities that introduce middle school students to engineering.
Married with two sons, Dr. Ellis collects early American art and antiques and has restored an 18th-century home. For fun he likes to hike, dig with his backhoe, lindy hop, and throw Frisbee with his dog.