Rynearson teaches the Campbell School of Engineering‘s first-year engineering design sequence and student-success seminars.
Rynearson completed his Ph.D. in engineering education from Purdue University in May 2016. His doctoral dissertation is on “Promoting Teaming Metacognition in a First-Year Engineering Course.”
At Purdue, he was a Future Faculty Fellow and taught two honors First-Year Engineering courses (2014-16). He also served as the lead graduate teaching assistant (2013-14), overseeing a team of 20 undergraduate students and four graduate students. He was awarded Purdue University’s 2015 Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, the university’s highest graduate teaching award. Other awards he has received include the Purdue University Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award (2014) and the Purdue University College of Engineering Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013).
He also has been the co-author or co-presenter of a dozen works of scholarship related to teaching undergraduates, including presentations at the ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in 2015 and in the Transactions in STEM Education journal.
Before beginning his Ph.D. studies, he worked for over four years as a Project Education Center research associate at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Kanazawa, Japan (2008-12). In that position, he provided classroom instruction on engineering design, teaming, estimation, and other topics in English.
His industrial experience includes working as a technical intern at DuPont Engineering Mechanics (2007) and as a technical intern at BAE Systems (2005-06). He earned dual Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degrees from The Rochester Institute of Technology in 2008.