Vinod Lohani

Director, Education and Global Initiatives

Department: Research and Scholarship

(540) 231-0019

Dr. Vinod K. Lohani is a Professor of Engineering Education and serves as the Director (Education and Global Initiatives) for the ICTAS. He received his undergraduate engineering degree in India, M.S. at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and Ph.D. in civil engineering from VT. He worked for a national research institute in India before joining Virginia Tech. Dr. Lohani’s research interests are in the areas of computer-supported research and learning systems, hydrology, engineering education, and international collaboration. He has been a PI or co-PI on 16 NSF-supported interdisciplinary research and curriculum reform projects at VT. He has collaborated with various engineering and education faculty for implementing Jerome Bruner’s spiral theory for reforming engineering curricula. Currently, he leads a cybersecurity education project supported by the NSF. He has been directing/co-directing an NSF/Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site on interdisciplinary water science and engineering at VT since 2007. This site has 85 alumni from all over the United States to date and the 4th cycle of the Site is in progress. He also leads an NSF/Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site on interdisciplinary water research since 2016 and the first cycle of this Site is in progress. He collaborated with his colleagues to implement a study abroad project (2007-12), funded under the US-Brazil Higher Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education, at VT. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is founding director of an interdisciplinary lab called the Learning Enhanced Watershed Assessment System (LEWAS) (www.lewas.centers.vt.edu/dataviewer/) at VT. This "research to practice" lab is a unique real-time high frequency water and weather monitoring research and education lab on VT campus and has been introduced into 26 courses within and outside VT including in Australia and India. In 2011, he was awarded the American Society for Engineering Education International Division’s Global Engineering & Engineering Technology Educator Award. He has won several awards at VT including the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award in 2013. Virginia Tech nominated him for the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Award of the State of Virginia. As the director for education and global initiatives, Dr. Lohani takes lead in developing and implementing various experiential learning opportunities at ICTAS and advancing global presence of the ICTAS.

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