Composite MRI scan of my brain. Do computers cause brain damage? :-)

Who says computers cause brain damage?

Contact Info
620 Farm Lane
Room 115
Michigan State University
East. Lansing, MI 48824


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Mark Urban-Lurain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Associate Director for Engineering Education Research
CREATE for STEM Institute
College of Education
Michigan State University

I am responsible for teaching, research and curriculum development, with emphasis on engineering education and, more broadly, STEM education.

My research interests are in theories of cognition, how these theories inform the design of instruction, how we might best design instructional technology within those frameworks, and how the research and development of instructional technologies can inform our theories of cognition.  I am also interested in preparing future STEM faculty for teaching, incorporating instructional technology as part of instructional design, and STEM education improvement and reform.

Some of my current research projects

  • Automated Analysis of Constructed Responses (AACR) Research Group
    We are exploring multiple approaches to using linguistic analysis software for extracting conceptual categories from student written responses and using that data to build statistical models of students’ understanding and application of those concepts in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering and statistics.
  • Dow STEM Scholars
    The Dow STEM Scholars Program provides academic and social support services to incoming MSU students, who want to pursue a STEM major.

Teaching & Mentoring

I was part of a team that developed several introductory computer science courses for non-computer science students.  The most recent course is Computing Concepts and Competencies, offered as CSE 101 here at MSU.

About me

Recent Activities

  • September, 2016: PI NSF CORE award $450K
  • August, 2016: Associate Director, CREATE for STEM
  • September, 2014: PI NSF PRIME award $267K
  • August, 2014: Interim Director, CEER
  • September, 2013: PI NSF TUES 3 award $5M
  • June 2013: Invited talk, Gordon Research Conference -Chemistry Education Research and Practice
  • June 2013: Invited talks, Edbank Workshop - ETH, Zurich