Madeline Polmear joined LSTS in September 2021 as part of the EUTOPIA Science & Innovation Fellowship within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (H2020). She is working under the supervision of Prof. Paul De Hert. Her fellowship project is situated in engineering ethics education to build a novel theoretical model of civil engineering students’ macroethical development.
Her interdisciplinary background is in engineering education research with a focus on bridging technical and nontechnical competencies to foster engineering students’ societal responsibility and workforce preparation. A central motivation in her research is making engineering education and practice more inclusive and equitable to support the diversity of the profession and the communities it serves.
Madeline received her Bachelor’s in environmental engineering, Master’s in civil engineering, and PhD in civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. Prior to coming to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, she was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida, USA.