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Teaching Numerical Computing to STEM Students with Open edX

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Lorena A. Barba of George Washington University discusses how she has used Open edX for STEM education at the 2014 Open edX conference.

Lorena A. Barba has a PhD in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology and BSc/PEng degrees in mechanical engineering from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile. She is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Prof. Barba has previously lived in England and Chile (where she grew up) and has several years of experience in higher education. She is an advocate of open-source software for science and open educational resources, and shares her courseware on iTunesU and You Tube. She is also interested in education technology, social learning and the recent spread of massively open online courses, as well as innovations in STEM education, including flipped classrooms and other forms of blended learning.

Prof. Barba received the NSF Faculty Early CAREER award (2012), was named CUDA Fellow by NVIDIA Corp. (2012), is an awardee of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) First Grant program (2007), is an Amelia Earhart Fellow of the Zonta Foundation (1999) and a leader in computational science and engineering internationally. Her research includes computational fluid dynamics, high-performance computing, computational biophysics and animal flight.

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