Dr. Ley is a civil engineer at Oklahoma State University with a passion for concrete… that’s right concrete! Join us as Dr. Ley introduces this versatile and widely utilized material, which covers the earth, and emphasizes the role of engineers in improving the world all around us!
Dr. Ley is an NSF Early Career Awardee. His grant work uses new experimental techniques to investigate the microstructure and elemental makeup of industrial byproducts to be used as cements for construction applications. This work aims to improve the sustainability, economy, and long term performance of concrete, the second most used commodity in the world (over 6 billion cubic meters produced annually).
Ley hopes this website will be used to supplement the elementary science and math curriculum and to highlight career applications of these basic skills. While there are a number of excellent, online STEM career videos targeted for young adults – such as the Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers – our plan with this project is an innovative combination of virtual media, student-led activities, and teacher resources that will fill a new niche – providing an age appropriate, career mentoring model that will encourage and broaden participation of individuals that are underrepresented in Oklahoma STEM education and workforce.
Colston, N., Thomas, J., & Ley, M.T. (2017). Integrating technology and career learning in elementary engineering education: A formative curriculum evaluation. Proceedings of the 2017 Midwest Section Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Stillwater, OK.
Colston, N., Thomas, J., Ley, M.T., Ivey, T., & Utley, J. (2017). Collaborating for early-age career awareness: A comparison of three instructional formats. Journal of Engineering Education 106 (2), 326-344. doi: 10.1002/jee.20166
Thomas, J., Colston, N., Ley, T., DeVore-Wedding, B., Hawley, L.R., Utley, J. & Ivey, T. (2016). Developing a rubric to assess children's drawings of an engineer at work. Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Educators, New Orleans, LA. doi: 10.18260/p.26985
Colston, N., Thomas, J., Ivey, T., Ley, T. & Utley, J. (2014). Engineer-led videos: A broader impacts model. Proceedings of the 2014 Midwest Section Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Fort Smith, AK.
Ivey, T., Thomas, J., Colston, N., Ley, T. & Utley, J. (2014). Engineering is Everywhere: Engaging engineers in elementary pre-service teacher training. Proceedings of the 2014 School Science and Mathematics Convention, Jacksonville, FL.