After earning his B.S. in Engineering Science at Penn State University, Dr. Cory Hixson began working as an audio-video engineer/designer. He then made a career transition to teach high school physics.
Having sparked his love for education, Hixson went back to school to earn his M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering and his Ph.D. in Engineering Education.
His first faculty job was at Rowan University in southern New Jersey, where he had the honor of helping develop their first-year engineering and B.S. in Engineering Entrepreneurship programs. Hixson is now blessed to be at CCU contributing to what God’s doing through the Industrial & Systems Engineering program.
Hixson’s personal, professional, and educational experiences have prepared him well for teaching in and scaling up the new Industrial & Systems Engineering program at CCU. Having an interdisciplinary background helps as CCU develops integrated courses and curricula merging engineering knowledge, skills, and abilities; research-based instructional strategies; and a biblical perspective to engineering education.
Importantly, he has successfully fostered university-industry (U-I) partnerships and entrepreneurial-minded learning (EML), which will be an essential part of the CCU engineering program. U-I partnerships and EML extend the impact of CCU’s program beyond classroom learning and provide students with the real-world knowledge and experiences needed to excel after graduation.
Hixson has various engineering and entrepreneurship education publications in outlets such as Advances in Engineering Education, the Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship, and the ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings.