About Elizabeth

  • Expected Graduation: December 2024
  • Research Topics: Design Education, Human-Centered Design, Empathy


Elizabeth Sanders is a third year Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University working with Dr. Justin Hess. Her vision is to promote curricular and co-curricular undergraduate programming that focuses on teaching empathetic human-centered design approaches to design, valuing the lived experiences and perspectives of others.

She received her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan and her B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include human-centered design teaching and learning in engineering contexts.

Selected Publications

Sanders, E. A., & Goldstein, M. H., & Hess, J. L. (2021, July), Assessing Ways of Experiencing Human-centered Design via Student Reflections Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2—36724

Price, M.F., Coleman, M.A., Fore, G.A., Hess, J.L., Sorge, B.H., Hahn, T., Sanders, E., Nyarko, S.C. & Hatcher, J.A. (2022). The Integrating Community Engaged Learning through Ethical Reflection (ICELER) Faculty Learning Community Theory of Change and Annual Goals, Years 1-4. NSF Grant #1737157

Hess, J., & Sanders, E., & Fila, N. (2022, August), Measuring and Promoting Empathic Formation in a Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Course Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. https://peer.asee.org/41013

E. A. Sanders et al., "Faculty Members' Conceptualizations of Ethics in the Biomedical Engineering Classroom," 2021 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2021, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1109/FIE49875.2021.9637123.