Nicola W. Sochacka, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist

Rethinking engineering education

Telephone: 706-542-4729


University of Georgia College of Engineering
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Sochacka's 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.


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

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