Kevin A. Nguyen is a doctoral candidate in the STEM education program. He has a B.S. and M.Eng in Environmental Engineering from Texas Tech University. Before coming to UT, he participated in Olin College of Engineering's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focusing on engineering education research and in Texas Tech University's' NASA Water Recovery Laboratory. His doctoral work has appeared in the International Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of STEM Education, and Journal of College Science Teaching. He is an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Education Research Association (AERA), and International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).
He has been involved in multiple grant funded research projects as a Graduate Research Assistant. Two NSF projects explored student resistance to active learning in undergraduate STEM classrooms: one involved qualitative and quantitative analysis of engineering classrooms, the other was a systematic literature review. A third NSF project examined how different funding sources affected graduate students in STEM, and the project utilized both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
His dissertation is called Eddy Out and Take Science: Learning, Marginalization, and Citizen Scientists. It involves an ethnographic case study of a citizen science whitewater canoeing student organization. The dissertation explores theories of sociocultural learning, marginalization, and scientific practice in the context of a growing environmental citizen science community emplaced across rivers in Texas.
He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Honors Program in the College of Natural Sciences. He advises Polymathic and Health Science Scholars on their senior theses and research designs.