David Knight
Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Virginia Tech
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David Knight is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech and affiliate faculty member with the Higher Education Program, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, and Human-Centered Design Program. At Virginia Tech, Knight manages the VT DEEP Lab--Data Enlightened Educational Practice--which is comprised of a collaborative team of Engineering Education doctoral students who work in interdisciplinary ways across the university. The group's research focuses on student learning outcomes in undergraduate engineering, learning analytics approaches to improve educational practices and policies, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, organizational change in colleges and universities, and international issues in higher education. Knight also co-direct's Virginia Tech's Rising Sophomore Abroad Program, which is a collaborative effort between Virginia Tech and North Carolina A&T that incorporates a semester-long, on-campus learning experience with an international component in Europe to help students develop an awareness of the global nature of engineering. Knight earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Penn State University, two Master's degrees (Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Atmospheric Sciences and Urban and Environmental Planning), and a bachelor's of science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. He also worked as a research assistant in the University of Michigan's Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education and as a postdoctoral fellow in Engineering Education in the University of Queensland's School of Civil Engineering in Brisbane, Australia. He has been a lead research assistant on three national-scale NSF grants focused on how to develop the Engineers of 2020 and enhance the diversity of the field (Prototype to Production: Processes and conditions for preparing the Engineer of 2020;Prototyping the Engineer of 2020: A 360-degree study of effective education; Approaching 2020: A dissemination project to share key findings from NSF-funded “Engineer of 2020” Studies). Knight currently serves as PI on the recently funded project entitled Understanding and diversifying transfer student pathways to engineering degrees.

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