Alice Pawley

Alice Pawley

Associate Professor
Mailing Addresses
Office: ARMS 1325 Armstrong Hall
Phone: (765) 496-1209


Alice Pawley is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education and an affiliate faculty member in the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Program and the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. She was co-PI (2008-2014) of Purdue’s ADVANCE program, focusing on the underrepresentation of women in STEM faculty positions. She runs the Feminist Research in Engineering Education (FREE, formerly RIFE, group), whose diverse projects and group members are described at She received a CAREER award in 2010 and a PECASE in 2012 for her project researching the stories of undergraduate engineering women and men of color and white women. She has received ASEE-ERM’s best paper award for her CAREER research, and the Denice Denton Emerging Leader award from the Anita Borg Institute, both in 2013. She helped found, fund, and grow the PEER Collaborative, a peer mentoring group of early career and recently tenured faculty and research staff primarily evaluated based on their engineering education research productivity. She can be contacted by email at


Madison, Wisconsin


MS (Industrial) and PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering) at University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.Eng (Chemical, with Distinction) at McGill University

Research Interests

Use of qualitative methods to investigate engineering epistemology, engineering identity, and boundary work to understand better how to make engineering an inclusive discipline. Crossing the boundaries of engineering education, science and technology studies, and women's studies, this research focuses on how, what, and why we (engineers and engineering educators) understand engineering to be.

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • 2013 Anita Borg Institute Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award
  • 2013 Best Paper Award, Education and Research Methods Division, ASEE
  • 2013 Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award, Frontiers in Education Conference
  • 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • 2007 NAE CASEE Faculty Fellow
  • 2007 ASEE ERM Apprentice Faculty Grant
  • 2006 Vilas Travel Grant (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 2006 Industrial Engineering Travel Grant (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 2005 Rohlfing Scholarship (College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 2005 Derjani-Bayeh Scholarship (Dept. of Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 2003 Future Faculty Partner (Teaching Academy, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • 2001 Ratner Prize (Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ERM, Liberal Studies, & WIED)
  • International Network for Engineering Studies
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network
  • National Women's Studies Association (Science and Technology Task Force)
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science
  • Society for History of Technology