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Dr. Amber C. Thompson

Amber Thompson

Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Coordinator for Engineering Technology-Technical Operations Distance Program

College of Engineering and Technology

Engineering and Technology

Contact Information

Email: acthompson@wcu.edu
Phone: 828.227.2517
Office: 114 Belk Building

Biography

Amber C. Thompson, Assistant Professor<br>Coordinator for Engineering Technology-Technical Operations Distance Program<br><br>Ed.D. Liberty University<br>Ed.S. Northwestern State University of Louisiana<br>M.S.T. Western Carolina University<br>B.S. Appalachian State University<br>A.A.S. Isothermal Community College<br><br><i>Professional Certifications:</i><br>Certificate in Renewable Energy Management, NC State University<br>State of North Carolina Teaching Licensure, areas 740 Trade and Industrial Education and 820 Technology Education<br>NCCER Specialty Craft Instructor, Core Curriculum<br>Federal OSHA Authorized Trainer 1910 General Industry<br>NC Department of Labor MESH Certification

Education

  • EDD, Liberty University, Educational Leadership
  • EDS, Northwestern State University, Technology Leadership & Instruction
  • MS, Western Carolina University
  • MS, Western Carolina University, Technology
  • BS, Appalachian State University, Technology Ed., Trade and Industry
  • AAS, Isothermal Community College, Mechanical Drafting Technology

Teaching Interests

ENGR 132 Engineering Graphics<br>ENGR 231 3-D Solid Modeling<br>ET 310 Advanced 3D Computer Modeling and Rapid Prototyping<br>ET 331 Quality Systems<br>ET 335 Occupational Safety Standards<br>ET 337 Management of Safety Systems<br>ET 338 Fire Control and Compliance Management<br>ET 342 Lean Manufacturing Systems Analysis/Planning<br>ET 362 Engineering Logistics<br>ET 366 Manufacturing Materials and Processes<br>ET 389 Cooperative Education<br>ET 421 Ergonomics<br>ET 425 Metrology and Reverse Engineering<br>ET 434 Plant Layout<br>ET 435 Technology and Civilization<br>ET 478 Integrated Systems Projects<br>ET 495 Engineering Technology Seminar

Research Interests

<i>Peer Reviewed Publications:</i><br>Karayaka, B., Thompson A., & Feguson C. (2019) An Evaluation of Focused Outreach and Recruiting Efforts in a Nuclear-Related Workforce Development Program. ASEE, Conference Proceedings, Montreal, Canada.<br>Thompson, A. (2020) Project Based Learning for Distance Programs. <i>Distance Learning Administration</i>, Conference Proceedings, University of West Georgia, Jekyll Island, SC.<br>Karayaka, B., Thompson A., & Feguson C. (2019) Project based learning program for nuclear workforce development phase I: Outreach, recruiting and selection. ASEE, Conference Proceedings, Tampa, Florida.<br>Thompson, A. (2019) Improving production through simple software solutions. <i>Industry, Engineering & Management Systems</i>, 2019 International Conference on IEMS.<br>Thompson, A (2016) Human Factors in agile manufacturing: Developing the existing workforce, <i>Industry, Engineering & Management Systems</i>, 2016 International Conference on IEMS.<br>Thompson, A. (2015) Assessment of Economic Impact in an Engineering Technology Distance Program. <i>Distance Learning Administration</i>, Conference Proceedings, University of West Georgia, Jekyll Island, SC.<br>Thompson, A. McGraw, C., & Hair, S. (2015) Making it work: Gainful engineering education and recruitment through industry engagement. <i>ASEE Southeastern</i>, Conference Proceedings, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.<br><br><i>Funded Grant Projects:</i><br>U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Project Based Learning Program for Nuclear Workforce Development, 2016, 2017, 2018<br>PPG Foundation Scholarship Grant, 2015<br>Gene Haas Foundation Engineering to Rural Areas (ERA), 2015<br>Duke Foundation Advanced Skills in Quality Control and Organizational Effectiveness, 2013<br>Golden Leaf Essential Skills, 2013<br>Golden Leaf Mid Skills Workforce Training Consortium Grant, 2012<br>Wells Fargo Scholarship Grant, 2012<br>Rural Center New Generations, 2011

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