Dr. Soderholm earned a Ph.D. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University in 1991, a M.Ed. in Special Education from Boston University, and a B.S. in Special Education/Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo.
Dr. Soderholm has been at MIT for 10 years, first with the Center for Innovation in Product Development, then within the Aero/Astro department working on educational initiatives such as CDIO (Conceive Design Implement Operate - www.cdio.org), an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers, CMI (Cambridge-MIT Institute), as an educational affiliate with the Teaching and Learning Lab, and currently with the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program.
Prior to MIT, Dr. Soderholm designed training and managed projects for Fortune 1000 companies through Information Mapping, Inc., collaborated with faculty to design distance courses at University of Maryland University College, designed, developed and evaluated all types of educational and training projects at Syracuse University, including SU's inaugural residential TA training program, directed the training and technical assistance program for the Coalition of Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C., and was a special education teacher in Rochester, NY.
Dr. Soderholm's current interests are engineering leadership, engineering education, course design and development, curriculum design, instructional materials design and development, faculty resource materials, active learning, and diffusion of educational innovations.