Dr. Rebecca Reck is a systems engineer and engineering educator. She is a Teaching Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she teaches courses in biomedical instrumentation, signal processing, and control systems. Her areas of research include experiential learning, undergraduate instructional laboratories, inclusive pedagogy, and mechatronics education. She is an active volunteer in the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and ABET. In 2020 she was awarded SWE’s Outstanding Counselor Award and in 2021 she won the WE Local 2021 Local ELiTE (Emerging Leader in Engineering and Technology) Award.
From 2016-2020, she was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University. While at Kettering, she taught courses in dynamic systems and controls. She was a faculty advisor for the controls and simulation team for the SAE/GM AutoDrive competition.
She earned a Ph.D. in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Her research focused on experiential learning in lab and service-learning courses.
Previously she worked as a systems engineer in the Systems and Software group in the Flight Control Systems Department at Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace). During her eight years at Rockwell Collins, she contributed to the development of the new ProLine Fusion Flight Control System and served as the project lead for two aircraft.
She has completed a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University in 2010 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a mathematics minor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2005.
In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry out of electrical and recycled parts, taking photographs outside, and running.