Anna Howard

Teaching Professor

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  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3405

Dr. Howard’s research centers on providing active learning to large numbers of students and the role technology can play in improving student learning and retention. As the coordinator of MAE 206 Engineering Statics, she has developed extensive materials to allow students to excel both in and out of class. The online environment includes short videos for each topic, pre- and post-class quizzes, full class notes, and multiple example videos for each class in a gamified environment. In-class demonstrations and active problem-solving sessions challenge students to apply basic concepts to widely varying problems in an environment where they can get help from their teammates, instructors, and undergraduate learning assistants. She has contributed to and adopted open-access materials to aid students financially. Her newest research focus is on entrepreneurially-minded learning in the classroom.


Ph.D. 2001

Aerospace Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

M.S. 1994


The Pennsylvania State University

B.S. 1992


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.A. 1992


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Description

Dr. Howard's research in vertical flight aircraft has addressed air and ground resonance stability, whirl flutter stability, structural dynamics of tiltrotors, composite tailoring of wings and blades, nonlinear modeling of fluid-elastic dampers, and alignment measurement with magneto-strictive position sensors. In MAE, Dr. Howard collaborates with Drs. Eischen, Gopalarathnam, Nagel, Ramasubramanian, and Silverberg.


Enhancing student engagement in engineering statics with online tools
Howard, A. K. T. (2012), Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2010), vol 6, 59–64.
Prediction of air and ground resonance stability of soft-inplane tiltrotors, using a semispan analytical model
Howard, A. K. T., & Smith, E. C. (2008), Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 53(2), 164–178.

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Facilitating Entrepreneurial Mindsets for Mid-Career Engineering Faculty
Kern Family Foundation(8/01/19 - 10/31/21)
CUE: Collaborative Research: Effective Peer Teaching Across Computing Pathways
National Science Foundation (NSF)(1/01/20 - 6/30/23)
REU Site: Summer Internships in Composites for Extreme Performance
National Science Foundation (NSF)(2/01/15 - 1/31/19)
Two Pilot Projects for Scalability in Engineering Instruction: Free-Body Diagrams and Instructor-led Example Problems
University of North Carolina System Office (formerly UNC - General Administration)(5/01/08 - 12/31/08)