Research Associate - Women, Religion, & Engineering Identity, S-STEM Program Project
Marin is originally from Aurora, IL and enjoyed physics, music, and crafts in high school. After years of her parents telling her to become an engineer and her telling them no, she graduated from Brigham Young University with her bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering, where she first began research in the social impact of product design. The desire to focus on the human side of engineering led her start a PhD at Virginia Tech in Engineering Education, where she is a first year. She currently studies teams, conflict management, and religious identity in engineering. She loves road biking, hiking, playing oboe, and coaching color guard. After her PhD, Marin plans to be a professor in a mechanical engineering department.
Research Associate - Hispanic-serving Community Colleges & Computing Identity, HSI - Implementation Project
Amanda graduated from UMBC in 2021 with a double major in mathematics and computer science. At UMBC, she was part of the Sherman Scholars program which focused on developing culturally responsive STEM educators, and was a TA within the computer science department. After graduating, she started graduate school at Virginia Tech and is now a second year Ph.D. student in Engineering Education, advised by Dr. Andrew Katz, and an M.Eng. student in Computer Science. Her research interests are in computer science education, focusing on students' experiences in the classroom and broadening participation within computer science.