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Teirra Holloman

Ph.D. Student
Tierra Holloman
Advisor: Dr. Walter Lee


Ph.D. Engineering Education, Virginia Tech (Expected 2022)
M.S. Management Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech (Expected 2020)
B.S. Industrial Engineering, Clemson University (2017)

Research Interests:


  • Barriers to participation in engineering 
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in global engineering programs 


Research Statement:

Teirra’s research interests include understanding the experiences of people from marginalized groups in engineering. She works on an NSF-funded project seeking to understand the lack of representation of African Americans in engineering and computer science by investigating barriers to participation and possible gaps in the related research-to-practice cycle. Additionally, she is interested in bringing the lived experiences of minoritized students in global engineering programs to light through a qualitative and critical perspective with practical implications for the design of global education experiences and the preparation of participating students.


Teirra is a doctoral student in engineering education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she serves as a graduate research and teaching assistant. She is passionate about creating inclusive and equitable environments for students from marginalized groups in engineering. Teirra is among the inaugural members of the Academy for Global Engineering where she conducts and disseminates research as a Graduate Fellow. She is concurrently pursuing an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech with a focus on Management Systems. Teirra received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University. 

Awards & Honors:

  • Graduate Fellow, Virginia Tech Academy for Global Engineering, 2019