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Linda Vanasupa, Ph.D.

Linda Vanasupa

Professor of Materials Engineering


Ph.D. and M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford
B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Select Courses Taught

Materials Engineering
Transport Phenomena
Sustainable Design in Engineering

Areas Of Interest

Sustainability, Microfluidics, Translational neuroscience


Linda Vanasupa is a professor of Materials Engineering and Founding Associate Director of the Center for Sustainability in Engineering at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Her research is focused on action for a thriving livelihood for all and has taken forms such as translating neuroscience into learning and paper microfluidic devices.

Her career trajectory, beginning in 1991, has included chairmanship of the Materials Engineering Department (2002-2007) and the flock leadership (2009-2015) of a transdisciplinary learning initiative involving 200 freshmen that was twice recognized by the Cal Poly Presidential Community Engagement Award (2012, 2014). She has designed and taught 35 different courses, advised over 50 senior projects and masters theses and authored 30 peer-reviewed articles (first author), among other things. Her career contributions were recently recognized by the inaugural 2016 Women’s Engineering ProActive Network Leader in Engineering Education Award for “outstanding new approaches that enhance engineering education and create inclusive environments for students.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering (B.S.) from the Michigan Technological University and her graduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University (Ph.D., M.S.).

Select Publications

Vanasupa, Linda, Nicola Sochacka, and Ruth Streveler, "Dynamic interactions of neurological states: Reflections on implications for learning engineering." Murmurations 1, no. 1 (2018):8-19.
Vanasupa, Linda, and Carol Thurman, "Transdisciplinarity for sustainability: A unifying framework for navigating transformational learning systems." Proc. of Annual Conf., American Society for Engineering Education (2018): Paper#22079.
Vanasupa, Linda and Rishi Kripalani, "An Origami Microfluidic Battery: A low-cost, hands-on activity on the materials science of batteries." Proc. of Annual Conf., American Society for Engineering Education (2017): Paper#20230.
Vanasupa, Linda and Lizabeth Schlemer, "Transcending industrial era paradigms: Exploring together the meaning of academic leadership for diversity." Proc. of Annual Conf., American Society for Engineering Education (2016): Paper#14698.
Vanasupa, Linda, Lizabeth Schlemer, Roger Burton, Courtney Brogno, Ginger Hendrix, and Neal MacDougall. "Laying the foundation for transdisciplinary faculty collaborations: Actions for a sustainable future." Sustainability 6, no. 5 (2014): 2893-2928.
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