Ann McKenna
Ann McKenna
Lead PI

Ann F. McKenna is a Professor of Engineering and Director of the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU, she served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and was on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. McKenna’s research focuses on design and innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, teaching approaches of engineering faculty, and she is particularly interested in how to scale and sustain educational innovations to help tell the story of impact. Dr. McKenna received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. McKenna was a co-investigator on the first I-Corps™ for Learning (I-Corps™ L) project and has been an instructor in the program since the first cohort in January 2014. I-Corps™ L is designed specifically for STEM educators with innovative teaching strategies, technologies, or set of curriculum materials. The principal goal of the program is to foster an entrepreneurial mindset within the education community and to impact the way innovations are designed and implemented. She has served as an I-Corps™ L instructor for four cohorts inclusive of over 70 teams.