EESD Affiliates

Current Students

Ieshya Anderson

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Ieshya Anderson

Focus:

  • Exploring culturally responsive education in STEM
  • Participatory engineering
  • Curricular design and instructional strategies for engineering education
  • Perceptions of engineering in communities 

Lili Castillo

Lili Castillo

Lili Castillo

Focus

  • Engineering identity formation
  • Latino/a/x and first-generation college student pathways through engineering
  • Sense of belonging and persistence through engineering
  • First-year engineering experience programs

Ulises Trujillo Garcia

Ulises Trujillo Garcia

Ulises Trujillo Garcia

Focus

  • Increase retention in engineering through mentorship
  • Increase sense of belonging and engineering identity
  • Develop instructional strategies for a more inclusive curriculum
  • Experiences of Latino/x students with migrant and farm working backgrounds

Jemal Halkiyo

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Jemal Halkiyo

Focus:

  • Exploring barriers to quality international engineering education
  • Theory to practice disconnect in engineering teaching and learning in Ethiopia
  • Diversifying engineering education in Ethiopia, specifically gender diversity

Javeed Kittur

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Javeed Kittur

Focus:

  • Persistence of students in online undergraduate engineering courses
  • Data analytics in engineering education
  • Engagement of novice engineering education researchers in conducting engineering education research
  • Engineering faculty preparedness in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains of learning

Diego Reyes

Diego Reyes

Diego Reyes

Focus:

  • Creating and strengthening pathways to engineering
  • Breaking down barriers that exist in engineering
  • Building pathways between community colleges and universities

Himani Sharma

Himani Sharma

Himani Sharma

Focus:

  • Defining and developing frameworks to improve education for future engineers
  • Design-based learning methodologies
  • Student experiences in undergraduate and graduate engineering education

Zhen Zhao

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Zhen Zhao

Focus:

  • Engineering graduate student professional skills development, specifically the interconnection between leadership and mentorship
  • Evaluation of engineering education and outreach program processes, outcomes and impacts
  • Engineering graduate student attrition

Alumni

Rohini Abhyankar

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Rohini Abhyankar
Postdoctoral Fellow
Penn State Leonard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education

Focus:

  • Acculturation dynamics and outcomes in engineering workplaces
  • Faculty development: Risk-taking and additive innovation
  • Professional pathways for graduating engineers: Socializer influence

Hadi Ali

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Hadi Ali
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Focus:

  • Adaptability, risk-taking and value making
  • Design and performance of higher education actors and institutions
  • Work of the future

“I found the Poly campus to be unique from first sight. Dr. McKenna was the director at the time of my first visit. I knew I was going to be back to this campus to pursue my doctoral studies in engineering education systems and design—a program that was still in the making when I first visited. I found a unique niche in this program, being one that is focused on the “systems and design” of the educational enterprise—an area that appeals to me. In my prior graduate studies, I met with Norm Augustine, a well-known figure in aerospace who has shaped the innovation policy of science and technology in the U.S. When I explained my interests and background to him, he immediately encouraged me to study education as a system. There was no other place for me to pursue my ideas other than ASU, and no other Ph.D. advisor who could harness my diverse interests other than Dr. McKenna. I’m thankful for great times with the faculty, friends and colleagues in EESD, The Polytechnic School, the Graduate and Professional Students Association, Changemaker Central, the Decision Theater and the ASU Karate Club.”

Wen Huang

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Wen Huang
Postdoctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University – Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Focus:

  • Multimodal learning
  • Embodied cognition
  • Advanced pedagogy in education, particularly in STEM education

“ASU’s EESD program is the place where I started my research dream. Thanks to the faculty, course instruction and research guidance for helping me find my research interests and conduct meaningful studies during my PhD education. In general, I have formed two research directions: the pedagogy of engineering course instruction and the interactive learning environment. I will explore the potential of integrating the interactive learning environment into the engineering/STEM course instruction during my post-doctoral period.”

Mark Huerta

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Mark Huerta
Assistant professor
Department of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech

Focus:

  • authentic and experiential learning
  • project-based learning in first-year design courses
  • service learning in engineering education
  • humanitarian engineering
  • professional development and mentorship
  • mindfulness in engineering education

“Through the EESD program, I was able to connect with outstanding faculty that are passionate about improving engineering education. I developed a systems-level view of engineering education and learned the best practices for conducting effective research within the field. The EESD program also helped shape my teaching perspective and prepared me well to be a successful faculty member.”

Eunsil Lee

Eunsil Lee
Assistant Professor
University of Buffalo

Focus:

  • sense of belonging & Inclusion
  • interpersonal interactions
  • underrepresented
  • underserved students

“Every experience in the EESD program was learning that prepared me as an educator and researcher in engineering education. I learned how to conduct research while being involved in the rigorous research processes within the community of faculty and peers who respect and value different perspectives. I learned how to teach and mentor students through my first-hand experience of being supported by my advisors and other faculty members in the EESD program who truly care about their students. And now, I am witnessing how my learning in the EESD community is translating into practice in my current position – Thank you, EESD!”

Michael Sheppard

Michael Sheppard

Michael Sheppard
Adjunct Faculty
Colorado School of Mines

Engineer
Certa Scientia Consulting

Focus:

  • Multidisciplinary engineering curriculum design
  • Strengths-based research
  • Military veterans in engineering
  • Transitions of survivors of trauma

“Never have I felt more supported in my academic pursuits than during my time as a student of the engineering education systems and design program at ASU. The faculty fostered my development as a researcher of engineering education and adjacent fields such as healthcare, quality and social justice. Through my studies and experiences, I have gained a better understanding of research-based teaching practices which continue to inform my decisions as a practitioner of engineering instruction and operational efficiency in industry.”

Other affiliates

Medha Dalal

Medha Dalal

Medha Dalal
Postdoctoral research scholar
Arizona State University

Focus:

  • Pre-college engineering education
  • Ways of thinking
  • Engineering curiosity

Debalina Maitra

Debalina Maitra

Debalina Maitra
Postdoctoral research scholar
Arizona State University

Focus:

  • Anti-racist pedagogy
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Funds of knowledge
  • Doctoral experiences of women of color in engineering
  • Engineering experiences of under-represented groups of students
  • Faculty development – recognizing implicit biases
  • Role strain of immigrant scholars and faculties
  • Qualitative research methods

Jeane Sanders

Jeanne Sanders

Jeanne Sanders
Postdoctoral research scholar
Arizona State University

Focus:

  • GRSM equity and inclusion
  • Advocacy development
  • Power analysis