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Susan Sajadi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Susan Sajadi
354 Goodwin Hall (MC 0218)
635 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Courses Taught

Issues in Engineering Education


Biomedical Engineering, B.S.E., Arizona State University, 2016
Biomedical Engineering, M.S., Arizona State University, 2017
Engineering Education Systems and Design, Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2022

Research Interests

  • Broadening Participation in Engineering
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Engineering
  • Engineering Education and Workforce Development
  • Engineering Workplace and Team Dynamics
  • Fostering Adaptability
  • Engineering Culture
  • STEM Education

Research Statement

Susan’s research interests span educational settings and the engineering workforce, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering, the school-to-work transition, engineering culture, fostering adaptability, and scenario-based learning. She hopes to continue this work and promote evidence-based practices to shape the future of a more inclusive and impactful engineering field. She is a mixed-methods researcher, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative approaches.


Susan Sajadi is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech in the Department of Engineering Education. She has a Ph.D. in Engineering Education Systems and Design from Arizona State University. She also has a B.S.E. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and previously worked as a biomedical engineer at WL Gore and other technology companies. In addition, Susan has experience working in STEM education, humanitarian engineering, and corporate social responsibility.

Awards & Honors

  • ASU Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship Recipient, 2022
  • Arizona Graduate Scholar Award, 2016, 2017

American Society of Engineering Education
Society of Women Engineers