Kirsten Davis

Research Interests

  • Exploring how to develop intercultural competence in engineering students
  • Designing and assessing engineering study abroad experiences and other global programs
  • Identifying outcomes of global engineering programs during college and after graduation
  • Comparing learning outcomes across different types of global engineering programs





Personal Statement

After working in industry for four years, Kirsten returned to grad school to complete her master's degree in higher education at Virginia Tech. While working for the College of Engineering as a graduate assistant, she discovered the field of engineering education. Since joining the Ph.D. program, Kirsten has worked on projects related to global engineering programs, transfer student success, and developing innovative thinking skills in engineering students. Kirsten's professional interests focus on global engineering programs and higher education in a global context. She had the chance to visit the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in July 2017 to identify projects for research collaboration as a part of the International Research Experience for Students (IRES) grant. Kirsten is the teaching assistant for the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP), a global engineering program that combines a spring semester course with a short-term international module in the summer. Her long-term goals include facilitating global engineering programs and working at a university overseas. Check out RSAP at our website ( or on Twitter (@vtrsap)!


Kirsten Davis CV Feb 2018.pdf