Jul 19, 2019  
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Engineering Education

Department Head: V. Dean Adams
Location: ENGR 413
Phone: (435) 797-9114
FAX: (435) 797-2769
E-mail: dean.adams@usu.edu
WWW: eed.usu.edu

Graduate Program Coordinator:

Ning Fang, ENGR 224, (435) 797-2948, ning.fang@usu.edu

Degree offered: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering Education

Graduate Programs

A PhD degree in Engineering Education is offered by the department. This is a research degree and is primarily chosen by people seeking teaching/research positions in colleges and universities, and training specialist positions in industry. Further details about this degree are shown below.

Admission Requirements

See the doctoral general admission requirements identified in this catalog. Admission committees also consider experience, undergraduate record, and formal recommendations. A student must have an undergraduate or master's degree in an engineering field, (with the other degree in a STEM-related discipline), to be accepted into the doctoral program.

Prerequisites for Matriculation

Students who are admitted provisionally or who have been changed from matriculated to probationary matriculated status will have their records reviewed by a faculty committee when they have completed 12 credits of coursework (among which must be formal engineering courses) or at the end of their second semester at USU. Those students who have earned a 3.0 GPA at that time and desire to be matriculated may apply to the department to have their status changed. If they meet all other academic requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and the department, they will be matriculated and admitted to the degree program. When a student is admitted as a degree candidate, the committee may allow up to 12 credits taken while on non-matriculated status to be transferred.


Specific research projects in engineering education include cognition and metacognition, teaching and learning strategies, problem-solving and framing, and K-12 engineering education.

Financial Assistance

Diverse departmental research programs make it possible to offer graduate financial support in the form of research and teaching assistantships for qualified students. Research assistantships are provided by the Engineering Education department and by individual faculty research projects. Teaching assistantships are supported by the School of Graduate Studies and by the College of Engineering. Both teaching and research assistantships carry tuition waivers. It is the goal of the Engineering Education department to provide research and /or teaching support for all qualified students.The department offers a limited number of graduate research and teaching assistantships. For further information, contact the Department of Engineering Education.

Additional Information

Two important guides to assist students are available online from the department and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS):

Engineering Education Faculty

Kurt Becker, engineering education (engineering design thinking, adult learning)

Associate Professor
Ning Fang, engineering education, manufacturing engineering (technology-enhanced learning, problem-solving and framing)

Assistant Professors
Oenardi Lawanto, engineering education(cognition and metacognition, e-learning, problem-solving and framing)