Homero Murzi, Ph.D.
359 Goodwin Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Ph.D. in Engineering Education, Virginia Tech, 2016
M.B.A. focus on Human Resources, Temple University, 2013
M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, National Experimental University of Tachira, Venezuela, 2009
B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, National Experimental University of Tachira, Venezuela, 2003
- Teaching and learning
- Inclusive pedagogy
- Promoting engineering competencies required by industry
- International engineering education
I’m interested in understanding how we can promote effective learning environments that can promote the competencies engineering students required based on industry current and evolving expectations. My goal is to develop a direct communication channel with industry so we are aware of professional engineering expectations, so we can understand what inclusive and effective pedagogies can be promoted in engineering programs both at the national and international level.
Homero Murzi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He holds a Bachelor and a Master in Industrial Engineering from the National Experimental University of Tachira in Venezuela, a Master in Business Administration from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Before coming to the United States, Homero was an Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering at the National Experimental University of Tachira in Venezuela, where he taught courses in engineering management, business administration, and pedagogy. In addition, he held different administrative positions like Human Resources Director, and Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Murzi has 10 years of experience in higher education in Australia, Colombia, Curacao, Ecuador, Switzerland, United States, and Venezuela. In addition, Dr. Murzi has several years of industry experience in manufacturing engineering, and talent management. Upon completion of his doctoral degree, Dr. Murzi worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland in Australia where Dr. Murzi currently holds and Honorary Faculty position. Dr. Murzi’s goal is to make engineering education better by promoting inclusive and effective learning environments that prepare students to the complex engineering workforce.
Awards & Honors:
- Faculty Fellow of Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (2017-present)
- Recipient of the “Understanding China” cultural fellowship 2016-2017. Confucius Institute, University of Queensland, Australia.
- Inducted Edward Alexander Bouchet Honor Society 2016, Yale University
- Recipient of the Global Perspectives program 2015, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Selected as Diversity Scholar 2014-2015, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- First place in case competition Internationalization in Starbucks. Temple University August 2011
- Recipient of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2011 – 2013. Administered by Harvard Organization LASPAU
- Recipient of the UN Recognition for the agreement between UNET (Universidad del Táchira) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 2010
- Graduate student of the year (2007, 2008). Graduate School, National University of Tachira
- Best Teaching award during semesters 2005 – 3, 2006 -1, 2007 – 3, 2010 – 1, 2010 - 3 National University of Táchira, Venezuela