Research Faculty

Future Work and Learning

Research Faculty

As applied problem solvers, we develop and apply innovative training and learning approaches that empower people to fulfill an active role in society through education, participation, engagement, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Each faculty member on our research team brings unique industry experience and far-reaching academic collaborations from a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • Computational Thinking & Cyberlearning
  • STEM Education Research
  • Design
  • User Experience
  • Organization and Leadership
  • Workforce Development

Paul Asunda

Assistant Professor, TLI


Integrated STEM education, career and college success; assessment and transfer of learning; and Professional development practices across the professional continuum


Luciana de Cresce El Debs

Assistant Professor, CMT


Design and construction integration, problem solving in multidisciplinary environments, team communication

Mesut Akdere

Mesut Akdere

Professor, TLI & Director, Purdue HRD VR Lab


Human resources, STEM workforce development, simulated training (virtual augmented, and mixed reality), and organization development and change 


Bedrich Benes

George McNelly professor of Technology and Professor of Computer Science


Geometric modeling and computer graphics

Fred Berry

Frederick Berry

Professor, SOET


Capstone education, STEM education, power systems


Lisa Bosman

Assistant Professor, TLI


Engineering and Technology Education


Vetria Byrd

Assistant Professor, CGT


Data visualization, visualization of heterogeneous data, higher order thinking, visualization capacity building


Soowon Chang

Assistant Professor, CM


Smart and Sustainable Buildings and Human-Urban-Building Interaction

Yunfeng Chen

Yunfeng Chen

Assistant Professor, CMT


Animation, Robotics, and Human Factors

Hazar Nicholas Dib

Hazar Nicholas Dib

Associate Professor, CMT


Design, Development and Validation of innovative educational tools and technologies. Interactive Virtual Learning Environment


Nathalie Duval-Couetil

Professor, TLI & Director, Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation


entrepreneurship, innovation and professional development education for diverse populations in the new economy

Yi Gao

Yi Gao

Associate Professor, SATT


Air Transportation, Airline Management


Abrar Hammoud

Clinical Assistant Professor, TLI


Failure Tolerance in Design, Creative Destruction, Resilience via Art + Technology


Dominic Kao

Assistant Professor, CIT


Human-computer interaction, STEM education, games, virtual/augmented reality


Umit Karabiyik

Assistant Professor, CIT


Data analytics, Data-driven decision making, Mathematical and statistical modeling


Julius Keller

Assistant Professor, SATT


General aviation human factors, safety programs, flight training and education

Jin Kocsis

Jin Kocsis

Assistant Professor, CIT


Machine Learning, Cyber-Physical Security, Resilient Networking


Anne M Lucietto

Recipient of the 2019 Research Project Grant for Assistant Professors 


Renewable/sustainable STEM education, energy


Alejandra Magana

Professor, CIT


model-based reasoning and embodied learning through modeling, simulation, and computation


Christos Mousas

Assistant Professor, CGT


virtual reality, computer graphics


Paul Parsons

Assistant Professor, CGT


Human-computer interaction, learning technologies, cognitive psychology


Anthony Sparkling

Assistant Professor, CMT


Project teams, human factors, STEM careers


Greg Strimel

Assistant Professor, TLI


P-12 STEM education, design thinking


Austin Toombs

Assistant Professor, CGT


Community formation and maintenance, Sociotechnical systems, Interpersonal and informal care


Tracy Yother

Assistant Professor, SATT


Aerospace maintenance and manufacturing education using modern technology innovations