Nicole is a post-doctoral scholar at Oregon State University in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. Nicole joined the ESTEME@OSU team after completing her Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University December 2015. The focus of her dissertation work was exploring the intersection of students’ prior knowledge, the design of engineering learning environments and the nature of circuit concepts on eliciting conceptual understanding in introductory courses. The breadth of her research interests span difficult concepts in engineering, increasing students’ conceptual understanding of electric circuits and promoting collaboration through active learning. Nicole also has degrees in manufacturing and electrical engineering. At OSU, Nicole explores the use of evidence based instructional practices to support students enrolled in STEM courses. She also investigates students’ cognitive and social engagement in engineering classes.