Dr. Olga Pierrakos has been at JMU since January 2008 in the Department of Engineering. Dr. Pierrakos earned her BS in engineering science and mechanics, a M.S. in engineering mechanics, and Ph. D. in biomedical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. A NSF CAREER grantee and 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award “Rising Star” winner for the State of Virginia, Olga is involved with engineering education research, cardiovascular fluid mechanics research, as well as curriculum and course development for the Department of Engineering at JMU. Faith and family are her cornerstones.