Dr. Alison Polasik joined the Campbell School of Engineering in August 2018. Previously, she was an assistant professor of practice at Ohio State University’s Materials Science & Engineering Department. In this position, she designed curriculum for and implemented a number of active learning strategies in large courses on materials engineering, processing, and selection. She was part of the first cohort of instructors to design and implement a new required 3-semester computational lab sequence in the MSE curriculum at OSU in 2013. From 2014 – 2017, she developed and led a program providing materials-science focused professional development to high school science teachers that was funded by the Ohio Department of Education. Much of her work in these areas has been presented at ASEE National Conferences and published in the peer-reviewed proceedings. Polasik has also presented her work at the North American Materials Education Symposium (2014 – 2017) and Materials Science and Technology (2015 and 2017) conferences.
At Campbell, Dr. Polasik teaches courses in materials science, statics and mechanical behavior and thermodynamics. She spearheaded the initial development of the Energy Lab in the Engineering Annex. In 2018, Dr. Polasik became an ABET program evaluator for materials engineering programs and joined the TMS Accreditation Committee. She is a member of TMS, ASM, ASEE, and SWE.
Dr. Polasik received her bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Arizona State University in 2002, followed by MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering from Ohio State University in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Her doctoral research focused on understanding microstructural effects on fatigue in titanium alloys, and was funded by the US Air Force and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.