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Michelle Soledad, who served as the Ateneo de Davao University Electrical Engineering Department Chair, is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech.  She has been selected to be inducted into the Virginia Tech chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.  The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Soledad currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the Ateneo de Davao University. At Virginia Tech, she has taught in the first year program and worked on projects related to the learning experience in large engineering courses. She is a Fellow of the Global Perspectives Program and the Virginia Tech Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence; and a member of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. She is also a graduate assistant at the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education and is a teaching assistant for the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism course of the Graduate School.

Soledad’s dissertation focuses on understanding the learning experience in large foundational engineering courses by exploring faculty beliefs, aspirations, and needs for facilitating learning and leveraging institutional data to support reflective teaching practices.

Michelle will be recognized at the Virginia Tech Graduate Education Week’s Award Banquet in March.  The  offical induction ceremony into the society will be held at the annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education at Yale University, April 26-28.  They will join a network of pre-eminent scholars exemplifying academic and personal merit, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

Yale and Howard universities established the Bouchet Society in 2005 to recognize the life and academic contributions of Edward Bouchet, the first African-American to receive a doctorate from a U.S. university; he earned his degree in physics from Yale in 1876.

Source: Two Ph.D. Candidates From Engineering Education To Be Inducted Into The Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society”. 2018. Enge.Vt.Edu.