Michele Yatchmeneff

Michele Yatchmeneff

Graduate Student

Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) Researcher, Engineer-In-Training

Advisor(s): Alice Pawley
Mailing Addresses
Anchorage, AK


I am Unangax/Aleut or Alaska Native born and raised in Alaska. I come from a line of Unangax fishermen and spent much of my childhood in the Aleutians subsistence living. I joined the staff of the University of Alaska (UA) Alaska Native Engineering & Science Program (ANSEP) in 2007. I currently conduct research at Purdue University in Engineering Education where my current dissertation title is: Motivation in Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) Precollege Students. At Purdue University I am pursing my PhD in Engineering Education. Prior to starting at Purdue University, I was ANSEP Deputy Director and managed the Summer Bridge, Academies of Engineering, and University Success components. I earned a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in 2005 and a MS in Engineering Management from UAA in 2009. I have taught the Introduction to Engineering course at UAA 5 times. I have more than five years of construction and engineering professional experience in Alaska. I specialized in water and sewer projects in remote Alaskan villages. My responsibilities have included design assistance, technical report and permit writing, feasibility studies, and business plan preparations. Previous work includes conceptual design of water and sewer systems, surveying, construction, and field sampling of water, wastewater, and ground temperatures. Additional experience includes a broad range of environmental engineering activities in the oil and gas field in Prudhoe Bay.


King Cove, False Pass, and Anchorage, AK


M.S. in Engineering Management from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009
B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2005

Research Interests

STEM Education
Native American Education

Selected Publications

American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 2012 Regional Conference ~ STEM Thinking in Informal Environments. http://ilin.asee.org/2013/index_files/denick.pdf

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships


  • 2007-2012 Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) Deputy Director, Anchorage, Alaska
  • 2005-2007 environmental engineer with Summit Consulting Services, Anchorage, Alaska
  • 2000-2004 various summer environmental engineering internships, Anchorage, Alaska

Advice for the First-Year Engineer

Never give up on yourself and your determination to reach your goals, and have fun when you can!

Fun Facts

I grew up in rural Alaska harvesting and eating salmon, wild berries, and a host of various sea animals and creatures.

Campus Activities

  • Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP)
  • American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Engineering Education Graduate Student Association (ENE GSA)
  • Native American Student Association (NASA)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Scholar
  • Women in Engineering Program Graduate Mentoring Program (WIEP GMP)