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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

Renewable Energy
Introduction to Sensors, Instrumentation, and Measurement
Foundations of Materials Science
Paper Panacea: Parts I & Pandemic!

Areas Of Interest

Sustainability, Transformational Learning, Paper Detection Technologies


Linda Vanasupa joined Olin’s faculty after 27 years as a professor of materials engineering at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. The highlights and minutiae of that journey can be found in her vita.

In coming to Olin, they have continued their efforts to learn engineering together in a way that is life-giving. This has taken the form of exploring the conditions for thriving through translating neuroscience findings. While this might sound a little mysterious, it is nothing more than managing one’s state of being and working with others toward shared aspirations.

As a transgender lesbian person, she/they have not yet figured out how to properly use pronouns. Yet, they realize that their social identity has helped them to develop a greater empathy for people experiencing marginalization in engineering.  She strives to create engineering learning environments where all are dignified and have the conditions for thriving for an engineering profession that is similar—ultimately, for an engineered world that is similar.

Select Publications

Vanasupa, Linda and Gilda Barabino. (2021). “An Engineering Education of Holism: Einstein’s Imperative,” in Insights Into Global Engineering Education After the Birth of Industry 5.0, InterTechOpen, Online First. July 28, 2021.
Vanasupa, L. (2020), From 2020 vision: Engineering education that honors the whole. J. Eng. Educ., 109: 353-357.
Vanasupa, Linda, Lizabeth Schlemer, and Yevgeniya V. Zastavker. (2020). “An Emancipatory Teaching Practice in a Technical Course: A Layered Account of Designing Circuits Laboratory Instructions for a Diversity of Learners” Proceedings of the 2020 American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Paper#29398.
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.
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