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Debbie Chachra

Assistant Professor of Materials Science

Debbie Chachra has been an Assistant Professor of Materials Science at Olin College since 2003. She has been involved in the development of the curriculum at Olin College, particularly in the development of the materials science and the bioengineering concentrations.

Her research interests include diversity, immigration status, and persistence among engineering students, as well as the study of biological materials, models and therapies for osteoporosis, and mechanical interactions between cells and substrates.

Prior to joining the Olin faculty, Dr. Chachra was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, where she held a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Canada) Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received her Master of Applied Science and her PhD from the University of Toronto, both in materials science. Dr. Chachra holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science (Physics), also from the University of Toronto.

Building Reflection for Students & Faculty into the Learning Process
This interview is a follow up to the presentation by Debbie Chachra, Benjamin Linder, and Mark Somerville on “What Works: Creativity as a Goal for Organizational Change” at the 2007 PKAL Summer Institute.
What Works: Creativity as a Goal for Organizational Change