Assistant Professor of Engineering Education
Dr. Hess received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in civil engineering and his Ph.D. in engineering education, all from Purdue. Before assuming his current post, he served as assistant director of the STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute at IUPUI and was a postdoctoral researcher in biomedical engineering at Purdue. He currently is the program chair of the Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division (LEES) within the American Society for Engineering Education, as well as chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee on Sustainability subcommittee on Formal Engineering Education.
His research interests include exploring empathy’s functional role within engineering and evaluating students’ learning in the spaces of design, ethics, sustainability and innovation. While completing his doctorate, he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.