Heidi Diefes-Dux

Heidi Diefes-Dux

Mailing Addresses
Purdue University
School of Engineering Education
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W. Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
Office: ARMS 1333
Phone: (765) 494-3887
Fax: (765) 494-5819


Ph.D., Agricultural & Biological Engineering - Food Processing Engineering, Purdue University
M.S., Food Science, Cornell University
B.S., Food Science, Cornell University

Research Interests

Models, Modeling, & Simulation - Employing the models and modeling perspective and design research methodologies to conduct classroom-based research to maximize the learning potential of authentic engineering learning experiences that result student construction of models and simulations. Learning experiences are authentic when they are set in real-world contexts and encourage the use and development of domain knowledge, problem-solving skills, teamwork skills, and communications skills in ways that reflect professional practice. Research foci include the development of authentic learning experiences, implementation and assessment strategies, students’ mathematical models and simulations, instructor professional development, and student peer and instructor feedback.

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • Center for Instructional Excellence Faculty Fellowship, 2014-2016
  • College of Eng. Staff Awards of Excellence – Team Award: First-Year Engineering, 2013
  • College of Engineering Faculty Awards of Excellence – Team Award: INSPIRE Team, 2011
  • Seed for Success Award, 2009
  • Fellow of the Teaching Academy, 2004
  • Freshman Engineering Best Teacher Award, 2000, 2002