Brent Jesiek

Associate Professor
Mailing Addresses
Office: ARMS 1313


Brent K. Jesiek is an Associate Professor with joint appointments in the School of Engineering Education and School of Electrical Engineering. He also serves as chair of the graduate program in the School of Engineering Education, leads the Global Engineering Education Collaboratory (GEEC) research group, and serves as a co-editor for the Online Journal for Global Engineering Education. Prof. Jesiek holds an NSF CAREER award and has been formally recognized for excellence in his teaching and mentoring activities at Purdue​.


Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S., Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S., Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering Option), Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

Prof. Jesiek draws on expertise from engineering, computing, and the social sciences to investigate geographic, disciplinary, and historical variations in engineering education and professional practice. His current research portfolio includes studies focused on global competency and boundary spanning in engineering practice, perceptions of ethics and social responsibility among undergraduate engineering students, and the history of electrical and computer engineering education. He primarily identifies with qualitative research traditions, but has also carried out studies using quantitative and mixed methods approaches.

Selected Publications

Jesiek, B. K., & Jamieson, L. H. (2017). The Expansive (Dis)Integration of Electrical Engineering Education. IEEE ACCESS, 5: 561 - 4573. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2017.2677200
Zhu, Q., & Jesiek, B. K. (2016). A Pragmatic Approach to Ethical Decision-Making in Engineering Practice: Characteristics, Evaluation Criteria, and Implications for Instruction and Assessment. Science and Engineering Ethics. DOI:10.1007/s11948-016-9826-6.
Zhu, Q., Jesiek, B. K., & Gong, Y. (2015). Past/Forward Policy-Making: Transforming Chinese Engineering Education Since the Reform and Opening-up. History of Education: Journal of the History of Education Society, 44(5): 553-574.
Jesiek, B. K., Zhu, Q., Woo, S. E., Thompson, J., & Mazzurco, A. (2014). Global Engineering Competency in Context: Situations and Behaviors. Online Journal of Global Engineering Education, 8(1).
Jesiek, B. K., Borrego, M., & Beddoes, K. (2010). Advancing Global Capacity for Engineering Education Research (AGCEER): Relating Research to Practice, Policy, and Industry. Journal of Engineering Education, 99(2): 107-119.

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2012
  • Award for Excellence in Mentoring, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2016
  • Outstanding Teacher, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2009 and 2011
  • American Society for Engineering Education, Member
  • IEEE, Member
  • International Network for Engineering Studies (INES), Member and Web Editor