Joan V. Dannenhoffer

Joan V. Dannenhoffer

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator for Civil Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering


  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1995, Concentration in groundwater remediation.
  • MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985, Concentration in business and engineering operations.
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1977.

Research Interests:

  • Engineering Education Assessment
  • Teaching Methods

Current Research:

Research has included the application of Multiple Intelligence (MI) Theory to engineering education. MI Theory suggests that each person has a set of intelligences that include: Logical-mathematical, Spatial, Linguistic, Bodily-kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Naturalistic, and Existential. Some of the intelligences are stronger in a person and some weaker than the others. Teaching that involves the use of many of the intelligences enables each student to learn in a way that they are most comfortable and capable, thus increasing the learning in a classroom. Recent advances have included using multiple physical models to enhance the understanding of stress in materials.

Other areas of research include using student self-assessment to foster continuous improvement that leads to increased success, flipping the classroom, and the use of mapping inner space to help students contextualize concepts.

Teaching Interests:

  • Engineering mechanics
  • Engineering materials


  • ASEE 2010 St. Lawrence Section Outstanding Educator Award
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Honorary Member (selected by students, May 2009)
  • ASEE Zone 1 Commendation, West Point Conference Student Paper Chair (March 2008)
  • Syracuse Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Member Service Award (May 2004)

Select Publications:

J.F. Dannenhoffer and J.V. Dannenhoffer, “Development of an Online System to Help Students Successfully Solve Statics Problems,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Session 1555, June 2009.

J.V. Dannenhoffer and N. Loock, “Using a Study Seminar Course to Increase Student Retention in Introductory Math and Physics Courses,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Session 2480, June 2003.

H. A. Canistraro, P. Katz, J. Girouard, A. Lankford, and J. V. Dannenhoffer, “A New Approach to the Introduction to Technology Course At a Four Year College of Engineering Technology,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Session 3247, June 1999.

J. V. Dannenhoffer and R. J. Radin, “Using Multiple Intelligence Theory in the Mathematics Classroom,” American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Session 1265, June 1997.

J. V. Dannenhoffer, “The Effect of Spatial Variability of Hydraulic Conductivity on the Robustness of Optimal Hydraulic Control Pumping Strategies,” Master’s thesis, University of Connecticut, July 1995.

D. P. Ahlfeld and J.V. Dannenhoffer, “Reliability Under Uncertainty of Optimal Hydraulic Control Solutions,” ASCE Annual Conference Proceedings of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, May 1995.