About the IDEEAS Lab

The Improving Decisions in Engineering Education Agents and Systems (IDEEAS) Lab is a research lab run by Dr. Andrew Katz in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. We use multi-modal data to understand and improve decisions made throughout engineering education systems. Our work is driven by one overarching question: How can we use existing and novel data to support decisions from the individual level up through the organizational level in order to achieve better societal outcomes through engineering education?


Research Projects

The list below contains a few of the ongoing projects in the lab.

Ethics Education in Engineering Programs

What does the landscape of engineering ethics education in US undergraduate engineering programs look like?

Use of Technology for Self Regulated Learning

How do students in STEM disciplines use online technologies for either self-directed or self-regulated learning?

Instructors’ Use of Metaphors and Analogies

How instructors in STEM classrooms use figurative language to introduce and discuss concrete and abstracts concepts?

Reasoning and Decision Making Under Uncertainty

How do engineers and engineering students account for non-deterministic mechanisms and incorporate incomplete information into their design decisions?

Applications of Natural Language Processing in Engineering Education Research

How can researchers apply developments from the past decade for understanding student learning, faculty decision-making, and system-wide adaptations over time?

Political Economy of Engineering Education

How do political and economic factors shape decisions around resource allocation (e.g., space, time, money, energy) within engineering institutions and organizations?



Selected Publications

About Us

We are …

We …



Goodwin Hall

635 Prices Fork Rd.

Blacksburg, VA 24060