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Fanny Silvestri


Fanny Silvestri is an engineer with a Bachelor?s degree from France in Aerospace Engineering and a Master?s degree from Canada in Mechanical Engineering. She worked 6 years at Sacre-Coeur hospital?s medical research center in Montreal as a biomechanical engineer and teaching engineering part-time. She contributed to 20 publications in the orthopedic field including the development of a surgery table for back surgeries, study of hip replacement prosthesis and superelastic cables in nitinol, elbow anatomy and prosthesis efficiency, improvement of resident teaching method for shoulder surgery. Since 2017, she is teaching introduction and mechanical engineering courses at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Maricopa, Arizona including Engineering Tools and Technics, Statics, Dynamics, Computer Aided Design and Engineering Ethics. In Fall 2022, she was awarded a $1.5 million dollar NSF STEM 6-year grant that provides scholarships for CGCC Engineering and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning students as well as academic mentorships and professional activities with industrial partners. She is involved in various committees, as the engineering instructional council at Maricopa Community College and the IRB committee. She co-organizes speakers series every semester for campus-wide events that broaden the reach and awareness of STEM (Spring '22 - STEMINIST Series, Fall '22 - Indigenous Voices in STEAM speaker series, Spring `23 ? Former students series: Where are they now?). She has a passion for online teaching, and never stop developing new learning content as videos, projects combining CAD and Programming, innovative learning support, and strategies to increase students? engagement in an online setting like multi-posts discussions, chat, team?s virtual meetings, collaborative documents. She shares during Tech Tuesdays, some of the online tools she is using in her class as formula questions in Canvas to improve academic integrity.