Joi Mondisa

2785 IOE

1205 Beal Avenue

Ann Arbor, MI 48109



Ph.D., Engineering Education                                                                                                                 August 2015

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN                                                                                                                    

Thesis: In the Mentor’s Mind: Examining the Experiences of African-American STEM Mentors in Higher Education

Advisor: Dr. Robin S. Adams                                      


Master of Science in Industrial Engineering                                                                          December 2014

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN                                                                                  

Thesis: Designing Sustainable Mentoring Programs: Examining the Role of Social Community in the STEM College Student Experience        

Advisor: Dr. Sara A. McComb


Master of Business Administration                                                                                                     August 2010

Governors State University, University Park, IL 


Bachelor of Science in General Engineering                                                                                       May 2001             

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign                                                                                                         


Research Interests

  • Mentoring underrepresented populations in STEM
  • Mentoring experiences and intervention programs in higher education
  • Mentoring in global contexts
  • Designing and assessing learning experiences
  • Resilience, grit, and persistence in engineering education
  • Engineering management


Research Experience

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering                                     09/16 – Present

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI                                                                                                   

  • Conducts research focused on mentoring; STEM mentoring experiences of underrepresented populations in higher education; how mentoring intervention programs promote the persistence and success of undergraduates in STEM majors; and designing learning experiences.
  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in industrial engineering and engineering education.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Industrial and Operations Engineering                09/15 – 08/16

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI                                                                                                   

  • Conducted research using effective project management skills and actively seeks out collaborations with faculty and administrators on projects focused on teamwork, mentoring, diversity, and inclusion.

 Graduate Research Assistant, Engineering Education      

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN                                                                                                  08/12 – 08/14

  • Researched and compiled information on multidisciplinary engineering education topics and wrote research papers that communicated research details, results and analysis.
  • Actively sought collaborators as evidenced by publication of multiple conference proceedings and journal articles.

 STEM Education Research Intern                                                                                          06/14 – 08/14

Cyber Innovation Center, Louisiana Tech University, Bossier City, LA                                        

  • Wrote and developed engineering problem-based curricula for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
  • Exhibited diverse communication skills as an assistant facilitator of professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers.

Summer Scholar Intern, ADVANCE Program                                                                     05/13 – 08/13

National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA                                                                                       

  • Conducted a portfolio analysis of the NSF ADVANCE program and succinctly synthesized information for program officers’ use in budgetary planning and projection meetings.
  • Presented portfolio results and insights to program officers and managers in team meetings and prepared detailed evaluation and assessment reports after program site visits.


Teaching Experience

Adjunct Faculty, Engineering Technology                                                                             08/08 – 08/15       

Triton College, River Grove, IL                                                                                                               

Demonstrated strong communication and teaching skills as evidenced by the ability to effectively teach diverse populations at varying levels of understanding in lean manufacturing (ENT 103 Introduction to Lean Manufacturing and Automation) and physics (ENT 123 Technical Physics) courses.


Adjunct Faculty, Business Administration                                                                                 05/15 – 06/15

Governors State University, University Park, IL                                                                                 

  • Instructed STAT 2700 Statistics for Management summer course featuring applications of statistics to business problems.
  • Wrote and developed curriculum and syllabus and implemented group work activities and discussions to engage students in active learning (i.e. problem- and project-based learning activities).


Adjunct Faculty, Business Administration                                                                               08/11 – 05/12

Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN                                                                                         

  • Instructed BUSN 101 Introduction to Business Administration course and facilitated class discussions via Blackboard’s online learning management system.
  • Engaged students in long-distance team projects to help them develop management and teamwork skills.


Professional Experience

Associate Technical Editor                                                                                                               05/06 – 08/11                                                                                        

Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, Inc., Tinley Park, IL                                                                             

  • Exhibited excellent project management skills as evidenced by initiating, planning, and developing editing projects of secondary, post-secondary, and vocational manuscripts, text, and artwork in the areas of technology, programmable logic controllers, and automotive systems.

Senior Engineer of Operations                                                                                                        02/04 – 05/06                                                                                    

La Petite Academy Corporate Headquarters, Chicago, IL                                                                                  

  • Effectively managed and assessed profit & loss and market information for special projects for the company which was comprised of over 600 business units with total revenues of $120 million.
  • Trained 200 field personnel on new programs, cost savings opportunities, and company information and directed assessment teams regarding field improvement programs.


Corporate Engineer – Sales & Applications                                                                               07/02 – 02/04

THK America, Inc. – Linear Motion Systems Manufacturer, Schaumburg, IL                                                                                                                      

  • Organized and provided sales and technical support information to customers in addition to application engineering duties (i.e. sizing linear systems for engineering clients).
  • Managed and trained 30 staff personnel about linear system products.


Mechanical Engineer – Mechanical Applications                                                                         06/01 – 07/02   

THK America, Inc. – Linear Motion Systems Manufacturer, Schaumburg, IL                                                                                             

  • Applied analytical skills and conducted applications and projects for over 75 diverse companies and trained 10 sales administrators on product, engineering, and sales topics.


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