Patty Tolley, Ph.D.

Patty Tolley, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, William States Lee College of Engineering
Phone: 
704-687-1992
Fax: 
704-687-1607
Degrees & Professional Registration: 
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Mathematics Education, UNC Charlotte, 2009
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UNC Charlotte, 1991
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Physics, UNC Charlotte, 1988
  • REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER, North Carolina
Other Professional Appointments: 
  • Duke Power Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, Electric System Support Division, Manager of Process Management Group, 1995
  • Duke Power Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, Electric System Support Division, Quality Director, 1995
  • Duke Power Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, Fossil/Hydro Generation Department, Process Improvement/Strategic Business Consultant, 1994-1995
  • Duke Power Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, Fossil/Hydro Generation Department, Lead Consultant for Departmental Reengineering Effort, 1993-1994
  • Duke Power Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, Total Quality Management Consultant and Facilitator, 1992-1994
  • Duke Power Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, Fossil/Hydro Generation Department, Performance/Test Engineer, 1991-1994
  • Duke Power Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, Nuclear Mechanical Systems Design Engineer, 1988-1991
  • American Society for Engineering Education
Research Grants: 
  • Increasing Enrollment and Retention in the College of Engineering Using a Multi-Disciplinary Motorsports Theme (2009-2012). National Science Foundation (NSF), co-Principal Investigator (co-PI), $1,089,606.
  • College of Engineering Student Leadership Academy, AREVA ($50,000), 2008, 2010.
  • College of Engineering Student Professional Development, Philip Morris Foundation ($25,000), 2008.
  • College of Engineering Student Leadership Academy, Duke Power Company ($25,000), 2008.
  • College of Engineering NC Junior Engineering Technology (NCJETS) Program, Philip Morris Foundation ($35,000), 2008.
  • Co-PI, "An Undergraduate Computer Engineering Educational Framework for Using Field Programmable Gate Arrays as Efficient Hardware," National Science Foundation (NSF) ( $150,00), 2007-2009.
  • Co-PI, "COMETS (Career Opportunities for Meritorious Engineering Technology Scholars)," NSF ($500,000), 2006-2010.
  • Co-PI, "Enhancing Diversity in Engineering Technology," NSF ($810,000), 2006-2009.
  • UNC Charlotte PI, "Multiple-Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (MIDFIELD)", Clemson and Purdue Universities/NSF ($99,684), 2004-2008.
  • College of Engineering Student Leadership Academy, Philip Morris Foundation ($190,000), 2002-2009.
  • Co-PI and Project Manager, "Strategies for Success," U. S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education ($544,000), 2001-2005.
Recent Publications: 
  • *Schmidt, P., Conrad, J., Heybruck, W., Hoch, D., Sharer, D., Thurman, L. BouSaba, N., Tolley, P., and Kane, M. "Student Evaluations of Sponsor Interaction in a Capstone Interdisciplinary Senior Design Program," Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education National Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009.
  • *Ravindrum, A., Mukherjee, A., & Tolley, P. (2009). "An Undergraduate Computer Engineering Educational Framework for Using Field Programmable Gate Arrays as Efficient Hardware Accelerators," Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education National Conference, Austin, TX, June 2009.
  • *Tolley, P., Sharer, D., Brizendine, A., Phillips, M., & Harris, A. "Enhancing Diversity in Engineering Technology: Phase 2 of North Carolina Junior Engineering Technology Society (NCJETS)," Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008.
  • Blat, C. M., &* Tolley, P. A. "Assessment is a Journey Not a Destination," Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology Best Assessment Processes Symposium Workshop, Terre Haute, IN, April 2005.
  • *Tolley, P. A., Blat, C. M., Sharer, D. L., & Tranjan, F. M. "Strategies for Success: Enhancing Minority Student Success in Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Professions," Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education National Conference, Session 3470, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2004.
  • Blat, C. M. & *Tolley, P. A. "Maximizing Academic and Professional Success: Building Student Learning Communities that Lead to Engineering Excellence," Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education National Conference, Session 3453, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2004.

* Lead author

Honors & Awards: 
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society: 2009
  • UNC Charlotte Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching: 2006
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers (ID#05197755C1002975): 1998
  • UNC Charlotte Faculty Woman of the Year Award: 1998
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society: 1998
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society: 1986