Mayra Artiles

Research Interests

  • Understanding the relationship between institutional policies and graduate student satisfaction and persistence. 
  • Identifying barriers to success in the doctoral socialization process in engineering
  • Designing academic environments that foster doctoral student motivation in engineering programs
  • Comparing disciplinary perspectives in engineering doctoral education


Mayra S. Artiles is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University with a focus on nanotechnology. Before her joining the Ph.D. program, she worked at Ford Motor Company as an Electrified Vehicles Thermal Engineer for four years. As a doctoral student, Mayra has collaborated in research projects on diversity in engineering, institutional support for minority students, intercultural competency development in engineering students, and doctoral student motivation. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of institutional policies in doctoral student persistence. Mayra is currently a research assistant for the Dissertation Institute where she studies the motivation of underrepresented minorities in doctoral engineering programs (For more information visit As part of her long-term goals, Mayra desires to continue studying graduate education practices in student support.