Faculty Profile

Jennifer Amos

Jennifer Amos
Jennifer Amos

Primary Research Area

  • Cell and tissue engineering


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Cell and Developmental Biology Concentration, University of South Carolina, 2008
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Minor in Computer Science, Texas Tech University, 2004

Academic Positions

  • Teaching Associate Professor, 2015-present
  • Sr Lecturer and Chief Program Advisor, 2012-2015
  • Lecturer and Chief Academic Advisor, 2009-2012


Other Professional Employment

  • Sr IDEAL￿Scholar and Program Assessment Workshop Facilitator, ABET, 2012-present
  • GAMES Camp Coordinator for BIOE, 2012-present
  • IGERT Lab Module Leader, Mechanobiology, 2011-2015
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Syracuse Biomaterials Research Institute, Syracuse University, 2008-2009

Other Professional Activities

  • BMES Program Evaluator, 2012-present

Teaching Statement

My teaching philosophy involves focusing on big ideas, applied engineering and using systems-thinking approaches to problem solving. I like to introduce a little bit of theory behind topics, either the historical perspective or show derivations for relationships, and then show application. I also use projects as a way for students to explore concepts and apply their knowledge. For example, I teach our capstone design sequence where the students work on clinical and industry relevant projects and I also teach the Bioreactor Lab where students learn techniques and experimental design for tissue engineering careers. This also compliments my role in the department to look at the curriculum as a large system and analyze overlap, map concepts through courses, and make sure that we are covering what needs to be covered. We have a really unique curriculum and the faculty focus a lot of time and energy on constantly improving it.

Student Organizations

  • BMES Chapter

Other Undergraduate Advising Activities

  • Faculty Advisor on Graduate Independent Research Project - Female Emotional Experience in the College of Engineering
  • BMES EOH Faculty Mentor - 2011, 2012, 2013

Research Statement

My main research objective is to study applications of research-based pedagogy in the classroom and across a curriculum as well as design of assessment strategies for measuring student learning. Most of my educational research is at the program level, focusing on changes in faculty development and training needed to support new pedagogy as well as tracking student performance and development across the curriculum. I also have a passion for bringing professional skills (communication, ethics, historical perspectives, intercultural competency, and life-long learning) into the forefront of engineering education. My work spans K-12 outreach, undergraduate, graduate, and professional education settings.

Research Interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Bioreactor Design and optimization
  • AFM of biological samples

Selected Articles in Journals

Other Publications


Magazine Articles

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Program Committee, ABET Symposium 2016, Chair for Program Assessment Track

Other Scholarly Activities

  • CITL Assessment Fellow
  • I-STEM Affiliate

Professional Societies

  • BMES Member and BMES Student Chapter Advisor

Teaching Honors

  • Distinguished Teacher Scholar (May 2015)
  • Rose Award for Teaching Excellence (May 2013)
  • Amy L. Devine Faculty Recognition Award (2012)

Research Honors

  • Assessment Fellow (2014)
  • Education Innovation Fellow (May 2013)
  • Fulbright Scholar (2015)

Public Service Honors

  • Chancellors Public Engagement Award (2014-2015)

Other Honors

  • Honorary Knight of St Patrick (2015)
  • Outstanding Academic Advisor (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Improvement Activities

  • IDEAL Scholar Training, 2011
  • Engineering Ambassador Workshop Training as Faculty Mentor, 2012