Howard S. Kimmel, PhD is a professor in the department of chemical engineering and executive director of the Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) at New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research interests include: assessment of student learning; linking learning objectives with student outcomes; implementation and assessment of standards-based lesson planning; problems and challenges faced by teachers in the adaptation of engineering applications in a standards-based instructional environment; and the appropriate use of technology in the support of teaching and learning.
Kimmel has been a leader in the area of pre-college programs from the inception of the Center in 1979. He has directed in-service training programs for pre-college teachers for more than 30 years and is responsible for all professional development, curriculum efforts, assessment, and outreach programs operated under the auspices of CPCP.
BS Brooklyn College 1959
MS West Virginia University 1961
PhD City University of New York 1967
Awards and Honors
First recipient of the Foundation Overseers Public and Institute Service Award, 1981. American Society for Engineering Education 1985 Vincent Bendix Minorities in Engineering Award.
Fellow of the New Jersey Science Teachers Association.
Presidential Award for outstanding contributions to Science Education by the New Jersey Science Supervisors´ Association.
Center for Pre-college Programs selected by American Association of State Colleges and Universities for the Center´s exemplary pre-college program for recruitment and retention of minority students and its cooperative efforts with the public schools.
Allan R. Cullimore Distinguished Service Award for 1991.
American Society for Engineering Education CENTENNIAL MEDALION for “Significant Lasting Impact on Engineering Education,” 1993.
Assessment of student learning: Linking learning objectives with student outcomes.
Implementation and assessment of standards-based lesson planning.
Problems and challenges faced by teachers in the adaptation of engineering applications in a standards-based instructional environment.
Appropriate use of technology in the support of teaching and learning.
Current Research Projects
A protocol is a Standard Implementation Planning Model to help students achieve the standards has been designed. A proof-of-concept project seeks to enhance, implement, and document the protocol for standards-based teaching and learning. The project is a feasibility study of critical implementation factors and methodological refinements for transforming a promising standard-based instruction protocol from early development in a pre-service teacher education setting into a fully documented and substantiated model for in-service professional development of teachers. The study is evaluating the effectiveness of the model in diverse instructional settings.
A proof-of-concept project seeks to explore the adaptability of engineering instructional modules, such as the “Teach Engineering” modules. The project is exploring the utility of the materials for K-12 teachers, and to demonstrate how they can be made into standards-based lessons.
Kimmel, S.J., Deek, F.P., and Kimmel, H. “Using a Problem Solving Heuristic to Teach Engineering Graphics,” International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 32 (2), 135-146 2004. Kimmel, H., Gibbons, S., Hirsch, L., Bloom, J., and Rockland, R., “Middle School Students’ Attitudes to Engineering.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2004), Gainesville, FL, October 16-21 2003. Kimmel, H., Burr-Alexander, L., Bloom, J. “Engineering Design Competitions: A Motivating & Learning Experience.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2004), Gainesville, FL, October 16-21 2004. Cano, R., Berliner-Heyman, S., Koppel N., Gibbons, S., Kimmel, H. “Evaluation of Summer Enrichment Programs For Women Students.” Proceedings of the 2004 ASEE Annual Conference, 9 pages (June 2004). Deek, F.P., Kimmel, H.S., and Kimmel, S.J.. “The Common Skills of Problem Solving: From Program Development to Engineering Design,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 19 (6), 810-817, 2003. Hirsch, L.S., Gibbons, S., Kimmel, H., Rockland, R. and Bloom, J. “High School Students’ Attitudes To And Knowledge About Engineering.” Proceedings 33nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Boulder, CO, November 2003. Gibbons, S., Kimmel, H., Rockland, R. and Bloom, J. “Counselor´s Attitudes and Knowledge about Engineering.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2003), Valencia, Spain, July 2003. Rockland, R., Bloom, J., Marganoff, B., and Kimmel, H. “A Segmented Approach to a Pre-Engineering Outreach Program,” In INNOVATIONS 2003: World Innovations in Engineering Education and Research. Edited by Win Aung, Michael H.W. Hoffmann, Ng Wun Jern, Robin W. King, & Luis M.S. Ruiz, Chapter 8. Arlington, VA: INEER. May 15, 2003. Kimmel, H. and Rockland, R. “Incorporation Of Pre-Engineering Lessons Into Secondary Science Classrooms,” Proceedings 32nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, T1C-1 – T1C-5, November 2002. Rockland, R., Bloom, J., and Kimmel, H. “Engineering The Future: Enhancement Of Pre-Engineering Programs Through Outreach,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE 2002), (August 2002). Rockland, R., Kimmel, H., Gibbons, S., and Bloom, J. ”Analysis of Stakeholder Attitudes For a Pre-College Outreach Program,” Proceedings of the 2002 ASEE Annual Conference, (June 2002). Deek, F.P., Friedman, R., and Kimmel, H. “The Computing and Composition as an Integrated Subject in the Secondary School Curriculum,”. Proceedings of the 2002 ASEE Annual Conference, (June 2002). Deek, F.P. and Kimmel, H. “A Review of Models for Teacher Preparation Programs for Pre-College Computer Science Education,” Journal of Computer Science Education, Annual 2002, pp. 48-53. Kimmel, S.J., Deek, F.P., and Kimmel, H. “Applying Problem-Solving Heuristics to a Freshman Engineering Course,” Proceedings of the 2001 ASEE Annual Conference, Session 2793, 13 pages (June 2001). Deek, F.P., Hiltz, R., Kimmel, H., and Rotter, N. “Cognitive Assessment of Students’ Problem Solving and Program Development Skills,” Journal of Engineering Education, 88 (3) 317-326, 1999. Kimmel, H. and O’Shea, M. “Professional Development For the Implementation of Standards-Based Instruction,” Proceedings FIE99 Conference, 13b6-8 - 13b6-11, November 1999. Deek, F.P. and Kimmel, H. “Status of Computer Science Education in the Secondary Schools: One State’s Perspective,” Journal of Computer Science Education, 9 (2) 89-113, 1999. Kimmel, H., Deek, F.P., Farrell, M., and O’Shea, M. “Meeting the Needs of Diverse Student Populations: Comprehensive Professional Development for Elementary and Middle School Teachers of Students with Disabilities,” School Science and Mathematics, 99 (5) 241-249, 1999. Deek, F.P., Kimmel, H. and McHugh, J. “Pedagogical Changes in the Delivery of the First-Course in Computer Science: Problem Solving Then Programming,” Journal of Engineering Education, 87 (3) 313-320, 1998. Gibbons, S., Kimmel, H. and O’Shea, M. “Changing Teacher Behavior Through Staff Development: Implementing the Teaching and Content Standards in Science.” School Science and Mathematics, 97 (6), 302-309, 1997. Kimmel, H. and Deek, F.P. “Instructional Media: A Tool or a Panacea?” J. Science Educ. and Technol. 4 (4), 327-332 (1995).