Kirsten Davis

Assistant Professor, Engineering Education


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Dr. Kirsten Davis is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research explores the intentional design and assessment of global engineering programs, student development through experiential learning, and approaches for teaching and assessing systems thinking skills. Kirsten holds a B.S. in Engineering & Management from Clarkson University and an M.A.Ed. in Higher Education, M.S. in Systems Engineering, and Ph.D. in Engineering Education, all from Virginia Tech. During her time at Virginia Tech, Kirsten was the graduate assistant for the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program, a global engineering course and study abroad program for first year engineering students. She also served as an in-country evaluator for an NSF International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. For her leadership and research of these programs, Kirsten received the 2020 Graduate Teaching Excellence award from Virginia Tech and the 2019 Harold Josephson award for professional promise in international education from the Association of International Education Administrators.