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Timothy D. Ropp
Professor Ropp has over 18 years experience in technical operations management and educational development in risk-sensitive industries that include aviation, medical, pharmaceutical and U.S. Navy and defense contractor operations. He is a licensed FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and private pilot, and was a production supervisor in airframe heavy maintenance operations for United Airlines from 1998-2003. He has taught at Purdue University since 2005. His teaching and research focus is on development of outcomes-based learning and assessment methods in technology and engineering curriculums, concentrating on learning tools and approaches that blend students technical skill sets with leadership, professional and safety performance management competencies sought by industry. He currently teaches a highly interactive senior level maintenance management capstone course (AT 402) utilizing Purdue’s large Boeing 727 and 737 transport aircraft.
Within the aviation department, Professor Ropp is active on curriculum, accreditation and research/engagement committees, and participates in local community outreach and educational activities at the airport that has involved special needs children, elementary/middle school and community civic organizations.
Ropp, T.D. & Stanley, D., (2006). Developing Learning Outcomes to Fit Industry Metrics. Aviation Technician Education Council Journal (ATEC) Spring 2006 V.27 (2).Thompson, R., Ropp, T. & Suckow, M.W. (2006). Simulating Airline Level Maintenance in the A&P Program. Aviation Technician Education Council Journal (ATEC) Spring 2006 V.27 (2).
Thompson, R., Suckow, M. & Ropp, T., (2006). Developing A Broad-based Active Learning Capstone Experience. IEEE / ASEE – American Society of Engineering Education. 5th Annual ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education. October 9 - 12, 2006. Le Meridien Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Conference proceedings.
Ropp, T.D., & Eiff, G.M., (1998). Preparing Technicians to Assume Leadership Roles Following Promotion. Proceedings of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aerospace airframe/engine maintenance & repair conference. Long Beach, CA. November 10-12, 1998.
Eiff, G.M., Ropp, T.D., & Mattson, M., (1997). Using Target Performance Indicators as a Training and Evaluation Tool. Proceedings of Society of Automotive Engineers Aerospace airframe/engine maintenance & repair conference. Vancouver, B.C. Canada. August 5 & 6, 1997.