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

Vetria Byrd

Assistant Professor, CGT


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


Luciana de Cresce El Debs

Assistant Professor, CMT


Design and construction integration and education, teamwork and collaboration in AEC industry, offsite construction

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 


Paul Asunda

Associate Professor, TLI


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

Fred Berry

Frederick Berry

Professor, SOET


Capstone education, STEM education, power systems


Lisa Bosman

Assistant Professor, TLI


entrepreneurially-minded learning


Farid Breidi

Assistant Professor, SOET


Digital Fluid Power Systems, Mechanical Design, Modeling and Simulation, and STEM Education


Soowon Chang

Assistant Professor, CM


Smart and Sustainable Buildings and Human-Urban-Building Interaction

Yunfeng Chen

Yunfeng Chen

Assistant Professor, CMT


Automation, Robotics, and Ergonomics in Construction and Transportation

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 education, technology commercialization, professional development, program evaluation, gender and diversity.


Adel El-Shahat

Assistant Professor, SOET


Energy Systems such as Electric vehicle charging systems, Renewable energy systems, and Smart nano & micro-grids

Yi Gao

Nandhini Giri

Assistant Professor, CGT


Design Expertise, Entertainment Graphics Industry Practices, Sustainable & Enjoyable Experiences

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


Kyubyung "Kyu" Kang

Assistant Professor, SCMT


Smart Infrastructure and Asset Management, Digital Crowdsourcing Data, Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles


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


Derek Larson

Assistant Professor, CGT


Documentary Animation, VR


Tianyi Li

Assistant Professor, CIT


new technologies to support complex sensemaking, specifically, through designing and developing systems for computer-supported cooperative work and human-AI interaction


Anne M Lucietto

Associate Professor, SOET


Renewable/sustainable STEM education, energy


Alejandra Magana

W.C. Furnas Professor in Enterprise Excellence, CIT


Cyberlearning in STEM; Model-based reasoning through modeling and simulation; Computational thinking; Computational cognitive apprenticeships; Teamwork pedagogy; Online learning in STEM; Embodied cognition.


Claudio Martani

Assistant Professor, SCMT


Future-ready design, sensing and responding built environment, flexible and resilient infrastructure, uncertainty modelling and scenario simulations.


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


Melaku Tadesse

Clinical Assistant Professor, SATT


Competency Based Education in Aviation, and Safety Management Systems in Aviation


Chengcheng Tao

Assistant Professor , SCMT


Sustainable infrastructure and manufacturing


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