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Research Areas

Diana Bairaktarova, Ph.D., Associate Professor (dibairak@vt.edu

  • Learning environments,
  • Factors impacting student performance (spatial and mechanical reasoning), 
  • Creativity,
  • Ethical and Empathic Design

Jenni Case, Ph.D., Professor (jencase@vt.edu)

  • Student Learning in Engineering,
  • Improving Teaching and Curriculum, 
  • Research Methodology,
  • Comparative Global Studies,
  • Sociology of Engineering Education

Jake Grohs, Ph.D., Associate Professor (jrgrohs@vt.edu)

  • Systems Thinking, 
  • Problem Solving, 
  • Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships, 
  • Community Engagement & Collaboration, 
  • Educational Environments & Systems

Andrew Katz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (akatz4@vt.edu)

  • Engineering Ethics, 
  • Engineering Decision Making, 
  • Faculty Development, 
  • Engineering Education Systems, 
  • Applications of Natural Language Processing, 
  • Environmental Education in Engineering, 
  • Mental Models of Sociotechnical Systems

David Knight, Ph.D., Associate Professor (dbknight@vt.edu)

  • Educational Environments & Systems; 
  • Pathways To, Through, & Beyond STEM Higher Ed;
  • Intersection between Policy and Organizational Contexts;
  • Organizational Change;
  • International Engineering Education

Walter Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor (walterl@vt.edu)

  • Broadening Participation, 
  • Co-Curricular Support, 
  • Student Success, 
  • STEM Learning Environments

Vinod Lohani, Ph.D., Professor (vlohani@vt.edu)

  • Computer Supported Research & Learning Systems, 
  • Personalized Learning Systems,
  • Virtual Reality in Engineering Education, 
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers, 
  • Hydrology and Water Resources, 
  • International Collaboration

Jeremi London, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (jslondon@vt.edu)

  • Shrinking Time between Research Ideas and their Impact; 
  • Linking Research and Practice in Engineering Education; 
  • Broadening Participation in Engineering Education & the Workforce

Holly Matusovich, Ph.D., Professor (matushm@vt.edu)

  • Graduate Student Experiences, 
  • College & Career Choice Pathways, 
  • Motivation in Teaching & Learning, 
  • Leadership in Engineering Education

Lisa McNair, Ph.D., Professor (lmcnair@vt.edu)

  • Integrative Curriculum Development & Evaluation; 
  • Achieving Broader Impacts in Science, Engineering, Arts & Design; 
  • Interdisciplinary Communications & Collaboration

Homero Murzi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (hmurzi@vt.edu)

  • Teaching & Learning,  
  • Inclusive Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, 
  • Latinx & Native American Experiences in Engineering, 
  • International Engineering Education

Marie Paretti, Ph.D., Professor (mparetti@vt.edu)

  • Engineering Identity, Diversity & Inclusion, 
  • Communication & Teamwork, 
  • Project-Based Learning, 
  • Capstone Design Education, 
  • Professional Engineering Work

Nicole Pitterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (npitters@vt.edu)

  • Difficult Concepts in Engineering, 
  • Promoting Collaboration through Active Learning, 
  • Using Intentional Instructional Design to Promote Critical Thinking and Conceptual Understanding.

Bevlee Watford, Ph.D., Professor (deuce@vt.edu)

  • Undergraduate Student Support Services, 
  • Diversity