Instructors 2019

Jean Hertzberg, PhD

Associate Professor

I have been a Mechanical Engineering faculty member at the University of Colorado, Boulder, (CU) since 1991, teaching fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, experimental techniques and design to graduate and undergraduate students. My disciplinary research is generally human-scale experimental fluid physics ranging from combustion to cardiac hemodynamics, and always features some type of flow or data visualization.

Since 2006 I have been interested in engineering education research, when I found students responded to my Flow Visualization elective in a big way, and I wanted to know why. The answer to that question led me to become active in faculty development and CU’s excellent disciplinary based education research (DBER) community, where I have learned about the science of teaching and learning. Participation in the NSF-funded CIRTL network has given me the opportunity to develop EBIT (formerly STRIPE) which I’ve been teaching since 2013, with the assistance of wonderful co-instructors: Rique Campa, Clayton Lewis, Andrew Martin, Kathryn Spilios and now Sarah Hokanson.

Sarah Chobot Hokanson, PhD

Assistant Provost, Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs

Sarah is responsible for postdoctoral affairs, professional development programming and resources for doctoral students and postdocs across the University, as well as supporting the development of University policies related to postdoctoral scholarship. She also provides resources for faculty mentors and PIs applying for grants related to doctoral and postdoctoral training. Sarah is the multi-PI of the Postdoc Academy, a $1.8m NIH project focused on providing digital and in-person professional development opportunities for postdocs nationwide. She is co-PI of an NSF AGEP Alliance (CIRTL AGEP) focused on improving the research climate for graduate students and postdocs, and is co-Director of the Workforce Development Core within Boston University’s NSF Engineering Research Center (CELL-MET). Sarah serves in leadership positions nationally, including most recently on the AAMC Postdoctoral Leaders Steering Committee and the Cross Network Operations Group within the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network. Sarah received her BA in Chemistry from Boston University, a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship-funded PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and did a Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University in Chemistry and Chemical Biology.