Group Members

Natasha Perova, Doctoral Student


Natasha Perova is currently a PhD student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She previously worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a research assistant focusing on students’ learning algebra and also taught an introductory physics course at Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts. Before that she worked as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Engineering Educational and Outreach at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts.

Natasha received her M.S. in Mathematics, Science, Technology and Engineering education in 2008 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2005 from Tufts University and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Suffolk University.

Dana Denick, Doctoral Student


Dana received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University, a master's degree in Physics Education from the University of Virginia, and a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Her research interests are difficult concepts in engineering, assessment & instrument development, and information literacy in engineering.

Qaiser Malik, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher


Qaiser Malik received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Engineering Education from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2010. He earlier got his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MSU and B.E in Aeronautical Engineering from N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan. He is currently working as the technology steward for Collaboratory for Engineering Education Research (

His research interests are in the areas of assessment and evaluation, freshman engineering, and research methods in Engineering Education. He is the recipient of NAE/CASEE New Faculty Fellows-2009 and MSU Excellence-in-Teaching Citation 2009-2010.

Geoffrey Herman, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher


Geoffrey earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Mavis Future Faculty Fellow. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher for the Illinois Foundry for Engineering Education as well as the Engineering Education department at Purdue University. His research interests include conceptual change and development in engineering students, promoting intrinsic motivation in the classroom, blended learning (integrating online teaching tools into the classroom), and intelligent tutoring systems.

He is a recipient of the 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Educational Research and Methods Division Apprentice Faculty Grant. He has been recognized with the Olesen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Ernest A. Reid Fellowship for engineering education. He has served as a graduate affiliate for the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Illinois. He is currently the information chair for the ASEE Student Division and the immediate past chair of the Graduate Engineering Education Consortium for Students.