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  • Dr. Carmen Cioc is Associate Professor in the Engineering Technology Department. She received her first Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute in Bucharest and her Doctorate in Engineering Science from the University of Toledo in the field of thermal sciences and under the guidance of Dr. Theo Keith, Distinguished University Professor, in 2004.

    Passionate about renewable energy, Dr. Cioc pursued a second Master of Science in Physics - Professional in Photovoltaics also at UT, degree awarded in 2012. In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious SunShot Fellowship with the Solar Program at The Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., where she continued to work until June 2013.

    In the summer of 2013, Dr. Cioc returned to UToledo, first as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and afterwards Assistant Professor and Associate Professor.

    Passionate about teaching, Dr. Cioc has developed a productive student-centered teaching strategy which combines teaching the required course topics with additional up-to-date information about the latest developments in the engineering fields, in-class open discussions, problem-based learning (PBL), project-based learning (PBL), and peer assisted learning (PAL). This continuously improving teaching strategy showed excellent results. Dr. Cioc loves to teach, and most students enjoy her teaching style developed over the years, which is evident from the excellent teaching reviews and course evaluations scores she has received year after year. For Dr. Cioc, teaching is a continuous work in progress, and she treats each class as unique, adapting her teaching style to the classes’ needs.  Dr. Cioc acknowledges that students value real-life applications introduced in addition to the taught theory. She also noticed that students appreciate her consistency and fairness in grading and her constant willingness to listen to each student comments and questions.

    Furthermore, in the past three years Dr. Cioc developed four new DL courses, all passing the Quality Matters Certifications (Undergraduate level: MET 2120, MET 2210, MET 4200 & Graduate level GMEM5500).

    Dr. Carmen Cioc’s professional activity is divided into three focus areas, namely engineering pedagogy, STEM, and tribology. 

    Part of Dr. Cioc’s research to improve the students’ involvement in classrooms through PAL and peer-review was published by the ASEE North Central Conference and received the Best Paper Award – First Place (2018). Just one year before, Dr. Cioc and her co-authors had received the Best Paper Award – Third Place, by the ASEE Zone 2, for their work related to retrofitting laboratory demonstration units Capstone Senior Design Project. Recently, Dr. Cioc and co-authors received the ASEE North Central Conference Best Paper Award – Second Place (2021) for their work regarding incorporating information literacy in an upper level MET fluids course.

    Switching gears, Dr. Cioc’s graduate research towards her doctoral degree was in the field of tribology, focusing on deterministic modeling of thermal elastohydrodynamic lubrication (TEHL). One of her earlier published papers on developing physics based lubrication models for high speed rotorcraft transmission components was awarded the prestigious Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award in 2004 by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). The award is conferred to the best published paper on the practical aspects of lubrication. Over the past years, Dr. Cioc continued to research in this tribology area, through research collaboration with Dr. Sorin Cioc from the MIME Department, regarding the cavitation phenomena in bearings.  

    Since spring 2021, Dr. Cioc took the role of program director for two MS programs: The UToledo's online general engineering MS program and the Master of Science in Engineering with a Concentration in Energy Engineering. Also, she took the role of assessment coordinator for the COE’s Graduate Programs as well as the Engineering Technology Department’s Assessment Director.  Her new jobs are to manage and coordinate all educational activities related to the MS programs and the assessment processes at different levels.

    Regarding the service activities, for the past years Dr. Cioc was engaged in a multitude of activities at all university’s levels, and below are just a few of those activities. 

    • Department level: Dr. Cioc mange & run the Brown Bag Webinar series dedicated to engineering pedagogy. The webinar is open to all colleagues for COE.
    • College level: Dr. Cioc continued her involvement with the recruitment efforts and community outreach;
    • University level: Cioc continue her membership in UToledo Retention Committee, UToledo Teaching Center, and the recent Advisory Board.

    Few of Dr. Cioc’s professional service activities include: graduate faculty member; ASEE campus representative; reviewer for national and international conferences and an international journal; organizer and chair of a regional ASEE NC Section Conference (spring 2021), etc.

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