Profiles

Nicola W. Sochacka, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Rethinking engineering education

Telephone: 706-542-4729

Email: sochacka@uga.edu

Driftmier Annex, Room 206
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Sochacka is the Associate Director for Research Initiation and Enablement in the Engineering Education Transformations Institute (EETI) in the College of Engineering at UGA. Her highly interdisciplinary research program is underpinned by a deep appreciation for different worldviews. She works closely with colleagues from the arts, social work, and education on projects related to empathy in engineering education and practice, systems thinking, STEAM (STEM + Art) education, and reflection. Dr. Sochacka’s work is supported by over 1.7 million in grant funding, and has been recognized through multiple invited keynote presentations and best paper awards at international and national conferences.

Education

Ph.D., Engineering Epistemologies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2011
B.S., Environmental Engineering , The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2003

Research Focus

  • STEAM (STEM + Art) education
  • Empathy, diversity and reflection in engineering education

Links 

CLUSTER (Collaborative Lounge for Understanding Society and Technology)
Engineering Education Transformations Institute