Dr. Jessica Furrer is an assistant professor in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Benedict College. She earned an MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut and conducted post-doctoral research for two years. Dr. Furrer joined the Benedict faculty in January 2012 to help advance a new program in Environmental Engineering, which will graduate its fourth cohort this year.
Dr. Furrer has contributed extensively towards building the curriculum by developing courses on Fluid Mechanics, Groundwater Hydrology, and Groundwater Remediation, while also strengthening resources for the program and establishing a strong record of teaching effectiveness. She engages her students in experiments, projects, online readings and discussions, personal synthesis assignments, and research. Having secured NSF, DOE and EPSCoR funding over the past five years, she has mentored over 15 undergraduate students in the study of interactions between hydrology and microbial ecology in soil. Dr. Furrer and her students have made several award-winning presentations at local, regional, and national conferences and symposia.
As advisor for the Benedict chapters of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Dr. Furrer organizes community service and engineering outreach activities to promote interest in engineering careers among underrepresented minorities. Her students say she is “a wonderful, excellent teacher”, one “who teaches her students in a way that they can understand”, and “…my critical thinking skills have improved based on lessons I have taken from her”. Dr. Furrer was also selected as Benedict’s Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year for 2015-16.