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Catherine Berdanier

Assistant Teaching Professor


  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

206 Reber Building


Research Areas:

Engineering Education

Interest Areas:




  • BS, Chemistry, University of South Dakota, 2010
  • MS, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 2013
  • Ph D, Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2016


Parts of Book

  • Catherine Berdanier, T. Zephirin, M. F. Cox and S. M. Black, 2016, Teaching MSE students to teach: A design-based research model for introducing professional skills into the technical curriculum, IGI Global, Business Science Reference, Hershey, PA, pp. 444-470
  • Catherine Berdanier, T. Zephirin, M. F. Cox and S. M. Black, 2015, Teaching MSE students to teach: A model for introducing professional skills into the engineering curriculum, IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 369-396
  • S. T. Pillai, T. Fischer, T. T. Clikeman, Jennifer Esbenshade and Catherine Berdanier, 2015, Single site metal ions on the surface of TiO2 nanorods—A platform for theoretical and experimental investigation, ACS Symposium Series, American Chemical Society, pp. 103-116

Journal Articles

  • Catherine Berdanier, Xiaofeng Tang and Monica Cox, 2018, "Ethics and sustainability in global contexts: Studying engineering student perspectives through photoelicitation", Journal of Engineering Education
  • Gracemarie Fillenwarth, Mary McCall and Catherine Berdanier, 2018, "Quantification of Engineering Disciplinary Discourse in Résumés: A Novel Genre Analysis with Teaching Implications"
  • Catherine Berdanier, Robin H Tate, Tom Iwinkski and Anil K Kulkarni, 2017, "Student usage of online engineering course videos in a second-year thermodynamics course", Journal of Engineering Education Transformations
  • Catherine Berdanier, Anne Tally, Sara Branch, Benjamin Ahn and Monica Cox, 2016, "A Strategic Blueprint for the Alignment of Doctoral Competencies with Disciplinary Expectations", 32, (4), pp. 1759–1773
  • Catherine Berdanier and M. F. Cox, 2015, "Research and assessment of learning environments through photoelicitation: Graduate student perceptions of electronics manufacturing in India", Advances in Engineering Education, 4, (4), pp. 1-24

Conference Proceedings

  • Catherine Berdanier and Natascha Trellinger, 2017, "Development of a Method to Study Real-Time Engineering Writing Processes"
  • Catherine Berdanier, Sanyukta Baluni and Carey Whitehair, 2017, "Investigating strategies of pre-tenure women engineering faculty to overcome microaggressions in the classroom"
  • Joshua Lenart and Catherine Berdanier, 2017, "A genre analysis of graduate student literature reviews in engineering: Toward understanding patterns of disciplinary argumentation"
  • Carey Whitehair and Catherine Berdanier, 2017, "The role of trust in collaborative research settings: Opportunities for future research in graduate engineering education"
  • Catherine Berdanier, Robin Tate, Anil K Kulkarni and Tom Iwinski, 2017, "Student usage of online engineering course videos in a second-year thermodynamics course", International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education
  • Catherine Berdanier, Mary McCall and Gracemarie Mike, 2016, "Résumés in the Development of Undergraduate Engineering Identity: A Genre Analysis with Teaching Implications", IEEE Professional Communication Conference
  • Catherine Berdanier, Mary McCall and Gracemarie Mike, 2016, "A Degree is Not Enough: Promoting Engineering Identity Development and Professional Planning through the Teaching of Engineering Résumé Writing", IEEE Professional Communication Conference
  • R. Adams, Catherine Berdanier, P. Branham, N. Choudhary, T. Fletcher, M. Goldstein, C. Joslyn, C. Mathis, E. Siverling, N. M. Trellinger and M. D. Wilson, 2014, "A community of practice approach to becoming an engineering education research profession", 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN

Research Projects

  • August 2017 - July 2020, "Investigating the Formation of Engineers and the Future Professoriate: Linking Writing Approaches and Attitudes to Doctoral Socialization, Persistence, and Attrition," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).

Honors and Awards

  • IEEE New Faculty Fellow, IEEE, October 2017
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellow, NSF, August 2013 - May 2016
  • Hayhoe Fellow Award, IEEE Professional Communications Society, October 2016
  • ASEE Graduate Studies Division Best Paper Award, ASEE Graduate Studies Division, June 2016
  • Engineering Education Outstanding Research Award, Purdue School of Engineering Education, April 2016
  • School of Engineering Education Graduate Student Service Award, Purdue University, April 2015
  • Graduate Aeronatics Scholarship Program Fellow, NASA, 2011 - 2013
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Awardee, NSF, 2011


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Graduate Policies Committee, August 2016
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Graduate Recruitment Committee, August 2016
  • Participation in Recruitment and Retention Activities, Panelist, STEM Open House: Faculty Panel, October 2017
  • Participation in Recruitment and Retention Activities, Panelist, Career Services/Graduate School, October 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Committee Member, June 2016



The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519