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Darren Maczka

Lecturer, Research Assistant Professor

Department of Engineering Fundamentals

Contact Information

  • 260C Zeanah Engineering Complex
  • Phone: 8659749810
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  • Department Website

  • Engineering education

    Computing education engineering

    Identity broadening participation in engineering

    Ph.D., Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

    Grad Certificate, Women & Gender Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

    M.Eng., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

    B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering, University of Mass., Amherst, MA 

    2018 PI for integrating science, engineering, art, and design seed grant

    2018 Inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

    2017 Recipient of Graduate Research Development Program grant

    2017 Diversity Scholar, Virginia Tech

    2015 Woody Everett Award, Computers in Education Division, ASEE

    2015 Diversity Scholar, Virginia Tech

    2013 Favorite Faculty Award, Virginia Tech

    2012 Second place (ECE presentation category) GSA Research Symposium

    2004 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts

    Maczka, D. K. & Grohs, J. R. (2017). A Socio-cognitive Framework and Method for Studying Technology-mediated Problem Solving. 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

    Basu, D., McDonald, W., Brogan, D. S., Maczka, D. K., & Lohani, V. K. (2016). Combined Contribution of 12 REU Students to the Development of the LEWAS Lab. 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

    Grohs, J. R., Maczka, D. K., Soledad, M., & Bagalkotkar, K. K. (2016). Exploring the Feasibility of an Educational Computer Game as a Novel Means of Assessing Problem Solving Competencies. 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

    Maczka, D. K. & Grohs, J. R. (2016). Leveraging Historical Ties Between Cognitive Science and Computer Science to Guide Programming Education. In 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. Asee annual conference and exposition. New Orleans, LA.

    Basu, D., Purviance, J. S. G., Maczka, D. K., Brogan, D. S., & Lohani, V. K. (2015). Work-in-Progress: High-Frequency Environmental Monitoring Using a Raspberry Pi-Based System. (pp. 26.1767.1–26.1767.17). 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.

    Gadre, A. S., Maczka, D. K., Spinello, D., McCarter, B. R., Stilwell, D. J., Neu, W., . . . Hennage, J. B. (2008). Cooperative localization of an acoustic source using towed hydrophone arrays. In Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, 2008. AUV 2008. IEEE/OES (pp. 1–8). doi:10.1109/AUV.2008.5290529

    Maczka, D. K., Gadre, A. S., & Stilwell, D. J. (2007). Implementation of a Cooperative Navigation Algorithm on a Platoon of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. In OCEANS 2007 (pp. 1–6). Oceans 2007. doi:10.1109/OCEANS.2007.4449404

    Riddle, E. E., Voss, P. B., Stohl, A., Holcomb, D., Maczka, D., Washburn, K., & Talbot, R. W. (2006). Trajectory model validation using newly developed altitude-controlled balloons during the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformations 2004 campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 111.


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