Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Physics
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Dr. Mark Somerville has been a member of the faculty at Olin College since 2001; previously he was a member of the physics department at Vassar College. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT, an M.A. in physics from Oxford University, as well as a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in liberal arts (Plan II, English concentration) from the University of Texas at Austin.
At Olin Dr. Somerville has been heavily involved in the design and implementation of Olin’s interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum. He led the committee that developed the framework for Olin’s inaugural curriculum, and has been particularly active in the development of Olin’s integrated first year program. Much of his work in curriculum design has emphasized the incorporation of design thinking into the teaching of mathematics and physics. He has also played significant roles in strategic planning for the college, and currently chairs the college’s Engineering Program Group.
Dr. Somerville’s research interests include semiconductor device physics and engineering education. He currently chairs the international group, Active Learning in Engineering Education, and has been invited to speak on engineering education in the U.S., Europe, and South America.