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Dr. Alex Mejia

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David L. Hirschfeld Department of Engineering

Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. in Engineering Education (Utah State University)

M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering (The University of Utah)

B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (The University of Texas at El Paso)

Engineering Fundamentals


Materials Science

Engineering and Society

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Engineering Education

STEM education and identity

Funds of knowledge

Engineering Discoursive Practices

Engineering Literacy

Mejia, J. A. & Wilson-Lopez, A. A. (2015, March/April). STEM education through funds of knowledge: Creating bridges between formal and informal resources in the classroom. The Agricultural Education Magazine, 87(5), pp. 14-16.


Huang, S., Mejia, J. A., Becker, K., & Neilson, A. (2015). High school physics: An interactive instructional approach that meets the Next Generation Science Standards. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 16(1), pp. 31-40.


Mejia, J. A., & Wilson-Lopez, A. (in press, 2015). Latino high school students’ funds of knowledge and implications for culturally responsive engineering education. In S. Marx & S. Gregory (Eds.), Qualitative research in STEM: Studies of equity, access, and ingenuity. New York: Routledge.


Mejia, J. A., & Wilson-Lopez, A. A. (2015). Latino High School Students’ Funds of Knowledge: A Sociocultural Analysis of Engineering Design Challenges. Paper to be presented at the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Chicago, IL


Mejia, J. A., Goodridge, W., & Green, C. (2014). Using web-based Learning Logs to Analyze Students Conceptual Understanding of Truss Analysis in an Engineering Statics Course. In Proceedings of the 2014 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference. Madrid, Spain.


Mejia, J. A., Wilson-Lopez, A., Hasbum, I., & Householder, D. (2014). Funds of knowledge in Hispanic students’ communities and households that enhance engineering design thinking. In Proceedings of the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference.  Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Joel Alejandro (Alex) Mejia is a former Gates Millennium Scholar and CADRE Fellow, and has participated in different outreach programs to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.  His current work examines the funds of knowledge of Latino adolescents and how these funds of knowledge are relevant to engineering. The goal of his research is to develop a model of culturally responsive engineering education. Dr. Mejia is also particularly interested in retention, recruitment, and outreach for underrepresented minorities in STEM, and describing engineering discursive practices, engineering identity, and cultures of engineering.