Susan M. Lord
- Associated organizations
- University of San Diego
- IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award
Considered by students and colleagues as an extraordinary educator and role model, Susan M. Lord is making engineering education more accessible and appealing to diverse students. At the University of San Diego (USD), Lord has coordinated redevelopment of the first-year engineering course multiple times to enhance student learning and improve retention. She also implemented laboratory programs for engineering design to foster continuous improvement. In her drive to make engineering education more welcoming to students of diverse backgrounds, she has conducted research to help faculty better understand who their students are, their pathways into engineering fields, and their classroom experiences. Lord was the first USD engineering faculty member to incorporate service learning where the students present hands-on science to middle- and high-school classes.
An IEEE Fellow, Lord is a professor and chair of engineering at the University of San Diego, CA, USA.