PhD Alumni Listing

Graduating its first doctoral student in 2006, the School of Engineering Education has a growing set of alumni who are active in defining and expanding the discipline [Updated 06/05/2019]:














Note: For dissertations submitted to the Graduate School beginning in August 2018, they can found searching This change is currently underway, so we thank you for your patience. 


  • Nick Stites, PhD 2018, Co-Director, Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, University of Colorado Boulder
    Dissertation: Beyond Aggregated Data: A Study of Group Differences in Conceptual Understanding and Resource Usage in an Undergraduate Dynamics Course
  • Karen De Urquidi, PhD 2018, Teaching Instructor, Engineering Department, East Carolina University
    Dissertation: Exploring the pathway of rural students into the engineering field
  • Genisson Coutinho, PhD 2018, Professor, Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology, Brazil
    Dissertation: Faculty Beliefs and Orientations to Teaching and Learning in the Lab
  • James Holly, Jr., PhD 2018, Assistant Professor, Urban STEM Education, Wayne State University
    Dissertation: Of the Coming of James": A Critical Autoethnography on Teaching Engineering to Black Boys as a Black Man"
  • Matilde Sanchez-Pena, PhD 2018, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo
    Dissertation: A Quantitative Study on Faculty Retention and Promotion in Engineering across Gender
  • Avneet Hira, PhD 2018, Research Scientist, Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Dissertation: Makerspaces for Education
  • Molly Hathaway Goldstein, PhD 2018, Senior Lecturer, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Dissertation: Characterizing Trade-off Decisions in Student Designers
  • Ryan Senkpeil, PhD 2018, Director of Program Effectiveness, Project Lead the Way
    Dissertation: Understanding and Improving the Non-Cognitive Factors that Affect First-Year Engineering Performance



  • Bunmi Babajide, PhD 2019, Section Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
    Dissertation: Onboarding Early-Career Engineers: Knowledge and Skill Acquisition in Rotational Programs
  • Rose Xu, PhD 2019, Senior Career Services Consultant - International Student Specialist, Purdue University
    Dissertation: Developing a Self-Assessment Tool for Engineering Students: The Self-Efficacy Inventory for Professional Engineering Competency (SEIPEC)
  • Emilie Siverling, PhD 2019, Assistant Professor of Integrated Engineering, Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Dissertation: Heat Transfer Conceptions Using an Engineering Design-Based STEM Integration Unit: A Case of Struggle
  • Rohit Kandakalta, PhD 2019, Director of Strategy, Operations, and Human Resource Development, KG Reddy College of Engineering and Technology - India
    Dissertation: Reimagining Course Design Using Technology: A Case-Study of How Faculty in India Learn to Integrate Technology Tools Into Engineering Courses
  • Juan David Ortega-Alvarez, PhD 2019, Assistant Professor, Process Engineering, Universidad EAFIT (Medellín, Colombia)
    Dissertation: Conceptions of Teaching Among Colombian Engineering Faculty: An Exploratory Study
  • Andrew Katz, PhD 2019, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Dissertation: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the State of U.S. Engineering Ethics Education
  • Zahra Atiq, PhD 2019, Assistant Professor of Practice, Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University
    Dissertation: Emotions Experienced by First-Year Engineering Students During Programming Tasks


  • Huma Shoaib, PhD 2020, Instructional Designer, Rize Education
    Dissertation: Investigating Computational Identity: A Qualitative Study of Undergraduates Participating in a Thermodynamics Course
  • Behzad Beigpourian, PhD 2020
    Dissertation: Understanding the Relationship Between Team Dynamics on Peer Evaluations and Team Effectiveness
  • David Evenhouse, PhD 2020, Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Enigneering Education, Purdue University
    Dissertation:  Student Implementation Experiences in Blended Learning: A Phenomenographic and Narrative Analysis to Inform Pedagogical Innovation
  • Swetha Nittala, PhD 2020, Science and Engineering Education Fellow/Lecturer, Standford University
    Dissertation: Lived Experiences of Recently Transitioned Engineering Managers: An Interpretive Qualitative Study
  • Matthew Scheidt, PhD 2020
    Dissertation: Understanding Undergraduate Student Veteran Engineers’ Conceptualizations of Success
  • Hoda Ehsan, PhD 2020, Research Faculty/Scientist, Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC), Georgia Institute of Technology
    Dissertation: A Multiple Case Study to Capture and Support the Engineering Design Thinking of Children with Mild Autism
  • Jessica Rush Leeker, PhD 2020, Director of Undergraduate Education and Stephen Dunn Professor of Engineering Management, University of Colorado Boulder
    Dissertation: But, is it Working? Involvement in Informal Elementary STEM Programs: A Collective Case Study
  • Dina Verdin, PhD 2020, Assistant Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
    Dissertation: Enacting Agency: Understanding How First-Generation College Students’ Personal Agency Supports Disciplinary Role Identities and Engineering Agency Beliefs
  • Dhinesh Radhakrishnan, PhD 2020, Research Assistant, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University 
    Dissertation: Enabling Untrained Teachers as Engineering Facilitators: A Design Based Research Study of Teacher Professional Development in Fragile Contexts
  • Nathan Hicks, PhD 2020, Joint Lecturer/Research Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Dissertation: A Variability Analysis of Grading Open-Ended Tasks with Rubrics Across Many Graders
  • Eric Holloway, PhD 2020, Sr. Director - Industry Research at Purdue University, Courtesy Faculty in the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
    Dissertation: Development and Validation of an Assessment of Engineering PhD Students’ Research Experiences
  • Anthony Lowe, PhD 2020
    Dissertation: The Theory of Applied Mind of Programming
  • Saira Anwar, PhD 2020, Assistant Professor, Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M
    Dissertation: Role of Different Instructional Strategies on Engineering Students’ Academic Performance and Motivational Constructs
  • Claudio Freitas, PhD 2020, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
    Dissertation: Understanding Engineering Education in Displacement: A Qualitative Study of "Localized Engineering” in Two Refugee Camps
  • Amanda Johnston, PhD 2020, Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University
    Dissertation: Teacher Talk in Engineering Design Projects

Last Updated: October 7, 2021