Associate Academic Specialist
373 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373 - 3551
- EdD (in progress) Northeastern University
- MS (1997) Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa
- BS (1993) Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Originally from Kent, CT, I have been teaching full-time
at Northeastern University since 2006. Before that, I worked
8 years as a biomechanics engineer/athletic footwear
designer for Reebok International and 2 years as a
research/development engineer for Haemonetics Corporation.
My primary teaching responsibilities are the first-year
engineering courses in the College of Engineering, including
GE 1501 Cornerstone 1, GE 1502 Cornerstone 2, GE 1110
Engineering Design and GE 1111 Engineering Problem Solving
and Computation. I also teach have also taught ME 2355
Mechanics of Materials in the Department of
Mechanical/Industrial Engineering and I have taught courses
in the School of Engineering Technology & the Lowell
Institute, including several Renewable Energy courses
involving solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind turbine,
biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal and ocean/wave energy
systems. I am currently the Faculty Advisor for the
Sustainable Energy Systems Minor and the NU Makers Club.
My research endeavors originated at The University of Iowa with a project studying ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries in female Division I collegiate athletes and neuromuscular responses measured by EMG (electromyography) in order to prevent non-contact ACL injuries through neuromuscular training. At Reebok, my work focused on footwear biomechanics research, footwear technology design & development and testing of advanced concepts in athletic footwear and sporting goods.
As an avid soccer player and youth coach, I also enjoy running,
golf, hiking, kayaking and exploring math, science and engineering
concepts with my family outdoors within the greater Boston area.
- American Society for Engineering Education
- 2018 Outstanding Teachers of First Year Engineering
Students – Engineering Award
- The Effective or Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching Award Course Enhancement. Awarded by Northeastern University's EdTech Center, Spring 2006.
- Ocif*, J., Sabick, M., "A shoe-mounted ultrasonic 3D motion tracking system for training and competition," U.S. Olympic Committee, Sports Science & Technology Division, Colorado Springs. Winner Engineering Design Contest 1996.
- Whalen, R., Freeman, S.F., Love, J.O., Grahame, K.S., Hertz,
Evolution to Cornerstone: Creating a First-Year Culture with a
Multifaceted Approach. 2018 ASEE Annual Conference &
Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT. June 24-27. Paper ID#22932
- Love, J., Duggan, C., and Martin, E. (2018)
STEAM Go! A School District’s Approach to Implementing New
State Science, Technology & Engineering PreK - 12 Curriculum
Standards 2018 ASEE Northeast Section Conference,
- Freeman, S.F., Pfluger, C., Whalen, R., Grahame, K.S.,
Hertz, J.L., Variawa, C., Love, J.O., Sivak, M.L., and
Maheswaran, B. (2016)
Cranking Up Cornerstone: Lessons Learned from Implementing a
Pilot with First-Year Engineering Students. 2016 ASEE
Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, ISBN
- Love, J.O., Freeman, S.F., Jaeger-Helton, B.K., and
Whalen, R. (2015) No
lab? No shop? No problem: Intentional design of a First Year
Engineering Learning Center with enlightening outcomes.
American Society for Engineering Education Conference
Proceedings, Seattle, WA, Paper ID#13479.
- Love, J. O. and Freeman S. F. (2014). "What
Sticks with First Year Engineering Students and Engineering
Faculty in STEM Education Service-Learning Projects?",
Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Annual
Conference and Exposition.
- Jennifer Ocif* (quoted in book on p.30) (2009).
Engineers Make a Difference: Motivating Students to Pursue an Engineering Education, Baine, C. (ed.), Engineering Education Service Center, Springfield, OR, ISBN 978-0981930008.
- Hansberry, E. and Love, J. (2007). "The Multidisciplinary Environment of Engineering Design Graphics", Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.
- Cappaert, J., Ocif*, J., and Rich, B. (2005). "Inter & Intra-Subject Classifications of Outsole Wear in Running Shoes", Reebok International, International Society of Biomechanics Footwear Symposium Proceedings.
- Ocif*, J., Cappaert, J., and Rich, R., (2004). "A method for using an ultrasonic thickness gauge to assess outsole wear in running shoe". Northeast Bioengineering IEEE Conference Proceedings.
- Jennifer Ocif* (featured in chapter on pp. 10, 11, and 67) (2004).
High Tech Hot Shots: Careers in Sports Engineering, Baine, C. (ed.), National Society of Professional Engineers, Alexandria, Virginia, ISBN 978-0915409235.
- Ocif*, J., Gardner, C., Albright, J., and Pope, M. (2000). "A Method for Analyzing Standing and Reactive Balance and Neuromuscular Responses of the Spine and Lower Extremities (Chapter 15)"
Proprioception and Neuromuscular Control in Joint Stability, Lephart, S.M. and Fu, F.H. (ed.), Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois, ISBN 978-0880118644.
* maiden name