TSU Alum Highlight: Dr. Sophoria Westmoreland

Mechanical Engineering Alumna Westmoreland Becomes Assistant Research Professor at US Naval Academy

Recent alumna Sophoria Westmoreland (Ph.D. ’12) accepted a position as Assistant Research Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the U.S. Naval Academy starting in Fall 2012.

Westmoreland will teach the department’s senior design course, which is a perfect fit for her – she was a teaching assistant for an equivalent course at the University of Maryland.  She also worked with her advisor, Dr. Linda Schmidt, on a variety of design-related publications and projects. Examples of her work include a visual-based coding scheme for capstone design reports and a cognitive coding scheme to code cognitive activities that occur during the design process.  Her membership in the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s Future Faculty Program also helped her prepare for a career in academia. Not only did she learn essential teaching tasks such as planning and crafting a course and honed her public speaking skills, she also had the chance to travel to three conferences through the funding that the program provides to its members. “I am grateful that I was able to be chosen to be in the program,” Westmoreland said.

Westmoreland plans to expand her network and skill set by shifting her research to materials science with Associate Professor Joel Schubbe at the Naval Academy.

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Sophoria Westmoreland Graduated with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University.

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