About Drew

  • Expected Graduation: December 2022, M.S. in Engineering Education
  • Research Topics: Empathy, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Personal Website: www.asandrewwhitehead.weebly.com/
  • Things I love: Disney, Baseball, Video Games, Cosplaying, and Learning Languages


Andrew Whitehead is a third year graduate student in the Engineering Education program at Purdue University. His advisor is Dr. Justin Hess. He was raised in Matteson, Illinois and has two siblings: a younger brother and older sister. Throughout his primary schooling, he was always fond of classes that focused on math and science. He also took every opportunity to participate in science fair that his schools hosted. This passion for mathematics and scientific work would bloom in his high school experiences, in which he was introduced to programming and engineering.

His developed fascination for how assortments of numbers and words create entire applications, games, and programs ultimately led him to attend Iowa State University to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering. It was at Iowa State that he discovered his passion for leadership and helping individuals succeed in STEM fields. He credits his involvements with the National Society of Black Engineers, Multicultural Student Affairs Office, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers with motivating and making him believe that he can do more for his communities.

Selected Publications

Hess, J. L., Whitehead, A., Jesiek, B. K., Katz, A., & Riley, D. (2021, October). WIP: Intersections between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and ethics in engineering. In 2021 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (pp. 1-5). IEEE.

Johnson, B., & Whitehead, A., & Main, J. B. (2021, July), Institutional Supports for Student Experiential Learning in Hybrid/Remote Learning Contexts Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://strategy.asee.org/37349