Doctoral Alumni

Ashish Agrawal

Dr. Ashish Agrawal, 2018
Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti and Lisa McNair
Dissertation:  A Multi-Case Study Exploring the Experiences of International Teaching Assistants in Engineering

Debarati Basu

Dr. Mayra Artiles Fonseca, 2019
Postdoctoral Researcher, Virginia Tech
Advisor: Holly Matusovich
Dissertation:  Choice in the Advisor Selection Processes of Doctoral Engineering Programs

Debarati Basu

Dr. Debarati Basu, 2018
Teaching Assistant Professor, Software & Information Systems, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Advisor:  Vinod Lohani
Dissertation:  Investigating Personalized Learning and Engagement within a Cyberlearning System for Environmental Monitoring Education

Sreyoshi Bhaduri

Dr. Sreyoshi Bhaduri, 2017
Senior Specialist in People Analytics, McGraw Hill Education
Advisor: Holly Matusovich
Dissertation: NLP in Engineering Education: Demonstrating the use of Natural Language Processing techniques for use in Engineering Education classrooms and research

Dr. Matthew Boynton, 2014
Engineering Coordinator,
Tennessee Telecommunication Association
Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti
Dissertation:  People not Print: Exploring Engineering Future Possible Self Development in Rural Areas of Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau

Dr. Daniel Brogan, 2017
Assistant Professor of Engineering, Virginia Western Community College
Advisor:  Vinod Lohani
Dissertation: Development and Evaluation of the Online Watershed Learning System (OWLS)



Dr. Cory Brozina, 2015
Assistant Professor and Director of the First-Year Engineering program, Youngstown State University
Advisor:  David Knight
Dissertation:  Learning Analylitics: Understanding First-year Engineering students through Connected Student Centered data

Dr. Philip Brown, 2016
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Rutgers University
Advisor:  Holly M. Matusovich
Dissertation:  Content and Choices:Exploring Career Goals in Undergraduate Students

Dr. Wm. Michael Butler, 2012
Associate Professor of Practice, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
Advisor:  Richard M. Goff
Dissertation: The Impact of Simulation-Based Learning in Aircraft Design on Aerospace Student Preparedness for Engineering Practice: A Mixed Methods Approach

Dr. Cheryl Carrico, 2013
Owner, Cheryl Carrico Consulting, LLC
Advisor: Holly M. Matusovich
Dissertation: Voices in the Mountains: A Qualitative Study Exploring Factors Influencing Appalachian High School Students\' Engineering Career Goals  

Bushra Chowdhury

Dr. Bushra Chowdhury, 2017
Research Associate, George Mason University, Consultant, Education Global Practice Team, World Bank 
Advisors:  Vinod Lohani & Aditya Johri            Dissertation:  Collaborative Learning of Computational Thinking


Dr. Erin Crede, 2011
Maintenance Officer, USAF-Guard
Advisor:  Maura Borrego
DisserationOrganization and Retention of Students in Graduate Engineering Research Groups

Dr. Kelly Cross, 2015
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada - Reno
Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti
Dissertation:  The Experiences of African-American Males on Multiracial Student Teams in Engineering

Dr. Juan Cruz Bohorquez, 2019
Assistant Professor, Experiential Engineering Education, Rowan University 
Advisor:  Stephanie Adams
Dissertation: Instructional Change in Engineering Education: A Conceptual System Dynamics Model of Adoption of Research-Based Instructional Strategies in the Classroom

Dr. Stephanie Cutler, 2013
Assessment and Instructional Support Specalist, Penn State University
Advisor:  Maura Borrego
Dissertation:  How Static is the Statics Classroom? An investigation into how innovations, specifically Research-Based Instructional Strategies, are adopted into the Statics classroom

Dr. Parhum Delgoshaei, 2013
Assistant Teaching Professor of Systems Engineering,  Penn State University - Great Valley
Advisor:  Vinod K. Lohani
Dissertation:  Design and Implementation of a Real-Time Environmental Monitoring Lab with Applications in Sustanibility Education

Mike Ekoniak

Dr. Michael Ekoniak, 2018
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Youngstown State University
Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti
Dissertation:  Practice and Efficacy of Peer Writing Feedback in a Large First-Year Engineering Course

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Dr. Andrew Gillen, 2019
Senior Teaching Fellow, Civil, Environmental, & Geomatic Engineering, University College London
Advisor: Jacob R. Grohs
Dissertation:  A Multiple Case Study of an Interorganizational Collaboration: Exploring the First Year of a Public-Private Partnership Focused on Secondary STEM Education

Dr. Andrea Goncher, 2012
Lecturer, Civil & Systems Engineering, Charles Sturt University
Advisor:  Aditya Johri
Dissertation:  Contextual Shaping of Student Design Practices: The Role of Constraint in First-Year Engineering Design

Dr. Cassandra Groen, 2017
Postdoctoral Researcher, Virginia Tech
Advisor: Lisa McNair & Denise Simmons
Dissertation:  Advancing from Outsider to Insider: A Grounded Theory of Professional Identity Negotiation


Dr. Cory Hixson, 2016
Assistant Professor of Engineering,
Colorado Christian University
Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti
Dissertation:  Exploring Engineering Faculty Members' Experiences with University Commercialization Utilizing Systems Thinking

Dr. Deirdre Hunter, 2015
Lecturer, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, George R. Brown School of
Engineering, Rice University
Advisor:  Holly Matusovich
Dissertation:  Implementing Problem-based Learning in Introductory Engineering Courses: A Qualitative Investigation of Facilitation Strategies

Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez, 2013
Assistant Professor, Engineering Education, The Ohio State University
Advisor:   Holly Matusovich
Disssertation:  The Motivation and Identity Development of Graduate Teaching Assistants in First-Year Engineering Programs

Dr. Stephanie Kusano, 2014
Assessment Specialist, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Advisor:  Aditya Johri & Lisa McNair
Dissertation: Beyond Classroom:Understanding the Educational Significance of Non-Curricular Engineering Design Experience

Dr. Walter Lee, 2015
Assistant Professor,
Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
Advisor:  Holly Matusovich
Dissertation:  Providing Co-Curricular Support: A Multi-Case Study of Engineering Student Support Centers

Dr. Racheida Lewis, 2019
Assistant Professor,
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Georgia
Advisor:  Marie Paretti
Dissertation: First-Year Programmatic Influences on Electrical and Computer Engineering Students' Self Efficacy

Dr. Ben Lutz, 2017
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University
Advisor:  Marie Paretti
Dissertation: Into the Workplace: Exploring the Learning Experiences of Newcomer Engineers during the School-to-Work Transition

Dr. Darren Maczka, 2019
Lecturer & Research Assistant Professor, Engineering Fundamentals, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Advisor:  Jacob R. Grohs
Dissertation: Computing Trajectories: Pathways into Computer Science & Programming Experience in the First Year

Dr. Rachel McCord, 2014
Lecturer & Research Assistant Professor, Engineering Fundamentals, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Advisor:  Holly Matusovich
Dissertation:  Thinking About Thinking in Study Groups: Studying Engineering Students' Use of Metacognition in Naturalistic Setting

Dr. Jean Mohammadi-Aragh, 2013
Research Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
Advisor:  Christopher B. Williams
Dissertation:  Characterizing Student Attention in Technology-Infused Classrooms Using Real-time Active Window Data

Dr. Jacob Moore, 2013
Assisstant Professor, Penn State Mont Alto
Advisor:  Christopher B. Williams
Dissertation:  Promoting Conceptual Understanding via Adaptive Concept Maps

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Dr. John Morelock, 2018
Associate Director for Educational Innovation and Impact, Engineering Education Transformations Institute, University of Georgia
Advisor: Holly Matusovich
Dissertation: Motivating Students in Game-Based Learning: The Importance of Instructor Teaching Practices

Dr. Jennifer Mullin, 2010
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California - Davis
  Vinod K. Lohani
Dissertation: Investigations of Student and Team Creativity on an Introductory Engineering Design Project

Dr. Homero Murzi Escobar, 2016
Assistant Professor, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
Advisor:  Lisa D. McNair
Dissertation Understanding Dimensions of Disciplinary Culture in Undergraduate Students

Amy Hermundstad Nave

Dr. Amy Hermundstad Nave, 2018
Faculty Developer,
Trefny Innovative Instruction Center at Colorado School of Mines
Advisor:   Marie Paretti
Disssertation:  All in a Day's Work:  Women Engineering Students' Professional Development in a Living-Learning Community

LTC Brian Novoselich, P.h.D., 2016
Assistant Professor and Director of Strategic Effects, United States Military Academy at West Point
Advisor:  David Knight
Dissertation:  Investigating Shared Leadership in Undergraduate Capstone Design Project

Dr. Andrea Ogilvie, 2017
Assistant Dean for Student Success, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Texas A&M University
Advisor:  David Knight
Dissertation: Understanding Transfer Student Pathways to Engineering Degrees: A Multi-Institutional Study Based in Texas

Dr. James Pembridge, 2011
Assistant Professor,  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti
Dissertation:  Mentoring in Engineering Capstone Design Courses: Beliefs and Practices across Disciplines

Dr. Kevin Sevilla, 2014
Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Advisors:  Marie C. Paretti & Maura J. Borrego
Dissertation:  Virtual Socialization in Engineering Education: Identifying the Impacts of a Socializer-Based Intervention on Second-Year Engineering Students

Dr. Courtney Smith-Orr, 2015
Teaching Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Advisor:  Marie C. Paretti
Dissertation:  The Intersecting Perspective: African American Female Experiences with Faculty Mentoring in Undergraduate Engineering

Dr. Michelle Soledad, 2019
Director of Communications & International Engagement, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
Advisor:  Jacob R. Grohs
Dissertation:  Understanding the Teaching and Learning Experience in Fundamental Engineering Courses

Dr. Kenneth Stanton, 2011
CFO, Narasi Coaching in Fort Collins
Advisor:  Richard M. Goff
Dissertation:  Engineering Faculty Motivation for and Engagement in Formative Assessment

Dr. Heidi Streinhauer, 2012
Department Chair, Engineering Fundamentals at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Advisor:  Lisa D. McNair
Dissertation:  Assessment of First-Year Engineering Students' Spatial Visualization Skills

Dr. Hon Jie Teo, 2014
Faculty, Department of Career and Technology Teacher Education at New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
Advisors:  Aditya Johri & Vinod K Lohani
DissertationKnowledge Creation Analytics for Online Engineering Learning

Dr. Lauren Thomas, 2012
Sr. Program Manager, Machine Learning University
Affiliate Faculty, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington
Advisor:  Maura Borrego
Dissertation:  Preparing and Progressing: A Narrative Study of Optics and Photonics Graduate Students’ Identity-Trajectory

Dr. Katherine Winters, 2012
Research Civil Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg, Mississippi
Advisor: Holly Matusovich
DissertationCareer Goals and Actions of Early Career Engineering Graduates

Dr. Christopher Venters, 2015
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, East Carolina University
Advisor:   Lisa D. McNair
Dissertation:  Using Writing Assignments to Promote Conceptual Knowledge Development in Engineering Statics

Dr. Lilianny Virguez, 2017
Lecturer, Department of Engineering Education, University of Florida 
Advisor: Ken Reid
Dissertation:  A quantitative analysis of first year engineering students’ courses perceptions and motivational beliefs in two introductory engineering courses


Dr. Glenda Young, 2017
Director of Industry Relations and Recruitment, Mississippi State University
Advisor:  David Knight
Dissertation:  Preparing Students for Professional Work Environments Through University-Industry Partnerships: A Single Case Study of the Co-op Development Program