- University of Michigan, B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, 1995
- University of Michigan, B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, 1995
- University of Michigan, M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, 1997
- University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2000
- Pedagogy and student learning
- Transformative learning and the faculty change process
- Nanocomposites derived from biopolymers and naturally occurring reinforcements
- In vitro materials degradation of medical devices
...Materials Science and Engineering actually explained aspects of how the world around us works and why.
— Professor Harding
I started studying Materials Science and Engineering in 1992 when I took an introductory class in the subject. This class was a breath of fresh air to me. So much of engineering up to that point had been about solving esoteric equations with little understanding of how and when to apply them, but Materials Science and Engineering actually explained aspects of how the world around us works and why. I absolutely loved that, and I've been passionate about the subject ever since.
I am also passionate about student well-being and development. I began learning about alternative pedagogies in graduate school, and have been involved in professional organizations seeking to improve teaching and learning ever since. Currently, I am very interested in how engineering students learn to make ethical decisions, how reflection can play a role in deepening the learning experience for students, and how to create the conditions for a more transformative learning experience. I am also deeply interested in the development of new materials from renewable sources, such as biopolymers and nanocomposites.