Engineering Education Directory
To find Purdue faculty who are active in particular research areas, please visit the
Research Expertise database.
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Research: Design thinking and learning; Interdisciplinary thinking (investigating what it means to work at the interface between disciplines); Design of interdisciplinary learning environments; Strategies for connecting research on learning and teaching practice
Research: Modeling, control, and estimation of dynamic systems; Estimation and control of systems with friction phenomena
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Understanding practices and experiences of integration - A synthesis of the literature and phenomenographic study of educational developers"
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Experiences and Learning of Community Partners in Community Engaged Design Settings"
Research: Dissertation proposal - "An Exploration of Interdisciplinary Engineering Programs as Hybrid Spaces in Engineering Education"
Professor, Engineering Education
Research: Teaching with technology; Assessment of technology interventions; Non-cognitive factors and their role in student success; Discipline-based engineering education research
Dean, College of Technology
Courtesy Faculty of Engineering Education
Research: Adaptive expertise; Reasoning with mathematics and models; Conceptual change using simulations; Technology supported learning environments; Designing assessment for learning
Research: Dissertation proposal - "The Preparation of Black Women Engineers for the Gendered and Racialized Culture of Engineering"
Professor, Science Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Affiliated Faculty in Women's Studies; Courtesy Faculty of Engineering Education
Director, INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering
Research: Engineering Learning in Informal Settings; Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering; Pre-college Engineering Education; Engineering Design
Research: Dissertation proposal - "International Service Learning Partnerships: Motivations, Exceptions and Outcomes"
Research: Dissertation proposal - “Pursuit is Purpose: One Black Man's Persistence Through Engineering Education"
Assistant Professor, Engineering Education
Research: Global engineering programs; Experiential learning; Systems thinking; Professional skills development
Associate Professor, Engineering Education
Research: International engineering education; Education and economic development; Educational technology; Online learning; Quantitative research methods
Research: Evaluation of open online engineering courses;
Rationale and evidence to justify assessment uses;
Fair assessment of minority groups in engineering;
Assessment as means of learning in engineering design contexts
Professor, Department of Technology, Leadership and Innovation; Director, Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program; Associate Director, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship
Research: Multidisciplinary entrepreneurship education;
Environments and conditions that foster entrepreneurial activity among students;
Educational program evaluation and assessment;
Women and leadership;
Market and technology assessment
Research: Dissertation proposal - “The Effect of Curricular Pathways & Engineering Program Structures on Engineering Students’ First-Year To Second-Year Retention”
Crowley Family Professor in Engineering Education
Research: First year engineering curriculum design;
Recruitment and retention of engineering students from underrepresented groups;
P-12 curriculum modification leading to greater interest in and better preparation for the study of engineering;
Graduate education reform;
Radioactive waste management;
Environmental risk assessment
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Reflections and Global Engineering Experiences"
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Theory, Validation, and Model of Engineering Thriving"
Associate Professor, Engineering Education
Research: Identity development of diverse engineers;
Characterizing latent diversity (features of diversity outside of visible markers like students' underlying attitudes and mindsets);
Student interactions with peers in diverse teams;
How students at the intersections of multiple social identities (e.g., race, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.) experience engineering culture and navigate their identities as engineers;
How non-cognitive factors (e.g., motivation, identity, etc.) impact student success;
Mixed methods research
S. Selcen Guzey
Assistant Professor of Science Education, Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction and Dept. of Biological Sciences, Courtesy faculty of Engineering Education
Research: Integration of engineering into K-12 science classrooms;
Influences of integrated STEM education approaches on student achievement and interest;
Effective integrated STEM teaching approaches;
Life STEM Education
Research: Designing and implementing pedagogical methods to enhance engineering students’ ethical development, with a focus on ethical sensitivity, ethical reasoning, and care; Exploring the functional role of empathy in engineering design, ethics, and innovation; and Synthesizing the influence of societal and individual worldviews on decision-making
Senior Director of Industry Research, College of Engineering
Research: the professional formation of students and engineers for practice; the impacts of faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students who interact with industry; the social and cultural contexts of engineering disciplines and research experiences; designing and implementing assessments of learning and professional development experiences.
Research: Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering;
Pre-college Engineering Education;
Courtesy Faculty of Engineering Education, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and John A. Edwardson Dean Emerita of Engineering
Research: Historical and social studies of engineering, engineering education, and computing; Global engineering education; Engineering ethics and social responsibility.
Assistant Head, First-Year Engineering Program
Research: How to better teach and learn engineering in multicultural educational environments
Research: Dissertation proposal - "The Influence of Engineering Students’ Extracurricular Involvement on Career Aspirations and Professional Development"
First-Year Engineering Academic Advisor
Research: Dissertation proposal - “Promoting Professional Socialization of Engineers: Focusing on Moral Personality with Cultural Influences”
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Unfolding the Engineering Thinking of Undergraduate Engineering Students"
Research: Motivation and persistence in engineering students; Identity development and affective outcomes; Ethics in engineering and computing
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Characterizing computational thinking through the use of modeling and simulation activities within the engineering classroom"
Alejandra Magana Deleon
Professor and University Faculty Scholar, Computer and Information Technology
and Engineering Education (by courtesy)
Research: Student persistence and outcomes; advising and mentoring; women in science and engineering; global engineering; social stratification; higher education; education policy
Research: Dissertation proposal - "More than Income: Socioeconomic Inequality and the Engineering Pathways of Undergraduate, Low-Income Women of Color"
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Understanding the Influence of faculty on Engineering Identity Formation of Undergraduate Engineers"
Research: Students' learning of complex tasks and concepts in engineering and science; Verbal interactions in collaborative learning settings (e.g., teams, small groups); Metacognition, reflection, and learning; Technology enhanced learning environments
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Sketching Skills Assessment in AI-Based Instruction"
Research: How engineering and engineering thinking promote learning in K-12 mathematics and science classrooms, as well as in higher-education engineering classrooms, through the paradigm of STEM integration. Support STEM integration pedagogies through curriculum development and teacher professional development. Mathematical modeling as a means for STEM integration.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Research: Self-Regulated Learning and Metacognition; Embodied cognition and conceptual understanding in engineering and science; Educational technology and online learning; Assessment to enhance student learning.
Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor in Engineering Education
Research: Large-scale longitudinal studies of engineering student pathways; Team formation, education, and management
150th Anniversary Professor
Director, EPICS Program
Professor, Engineering Education
Research: Service learning in engineering education; Impact of cognitive and non-cognitive variables on student persistence; Design in engineering education
Interim Director, First-Year Engineering Advising
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Leaving the Engineering Profession"
Research: gender and race in engineering education; feminist science and technology studies; underrepresented students and faculty in engineering; feminist theory; critical race theory; intersectionality theory; institutional structure and inequality; social justice in engineering and engineering education; broadening participation in engineering education
Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and Multidisciplinary Engineering Programs Advisor
Director of Engineering Education Undergraduate Degree Programs
Research: engineering culture and professional practice; generational knowledge transfer; person-thing orientations in engineering; neurodiversity in engineering classrooms and practice.
Research: Design education and assessment at the intersection of critical thinking and creative thinking.
Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education
Kamyar Haghighi Head and Epistemology Professor Emeritus of Engineering Education
Research: Interdisciplinary research methods in engineering education; Design thinking and engineering knowledge creation; Engineering design and design management in industry; Sustainable systems design; Professional formation of engineers in practice
Research: Dissertation proposal - "A Collaborative Autoethnography of the Experiences of Engineering Students at the Intersection of Gay Latinx Male Identities"
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Master and alternative career narratives: Expectations for what “counts” as an engineering career and how career decisions are made"
Cooperative Learning Professor (Part-Time)
Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
Research: Building rigorous research capabilities in engineering education. The role of cooperation in learning and design. Teamwork. Project and knowledge management and leadership.
Rene Alexander Soto Perez
Research: Dissertation proposal - "Undergraduate engineering student misconceptions regarding complex circuits: The case with solid state device circuits"
Research: How students learn engineering; Difficult concepts in science and engineering
Student misconceptions; Conducting rigorous research in engineering education
Associate Professor Of History
Research: Gender & Technology; Gender & medicine; Material Culture; 20th century US popular culture
Clifton L. Lovell Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Engineering Education
Research: Improving engineering education and separation processes.
Research: Dissertation proposal - "An Argument-Based Approach for Validating Undergraduate Engineers’ Assessment Profiles Identified Using Machine Learning"
Research: Dissertation proposal - "A role of a cultural engineering organization in the engineering education experience: A case study"
Asst Prof Of Engr Practice Of Ece
Research: Professional formation of engineers; Diversity and inclusion in engineering; Design thinking and learning; Engineering ethics