Nicola Sochacka, Ph.D.

Research Professional & Instructor

Rethinking engineering education

Telephone: 706-542-4729


Driftmier Annex, Room
597 D. W. Brooks Drive
Athens, Georgia 30602
United States

Dr. Sochacka is a co–director of the engineering education research CLUSTER at the University of Georgia. Supported by over $650,000 in funding, her research interests include STEAM (STEM + Art) education, empathy, diversity, and reflection. Dr. Sochacka’s work has been recognized through multiple best paper awards at international and national conferences. Her internationally recognized expertise in interpretive research methods informs her efforts to build social capital and capacity around interpretive methods in engineering education. She has been invited to serve as a keynote speaker at the Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES) in Bogota, Columbia in July 2017.


Ph.D., Engineering Epistemologies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2011
B.S., Environmental Engineering (*First Class Honors), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2003
*Merit-based distinction awarded to top ~10% of students

Research Focus

  • STEAM (STEM + Art) education
  • Empathy, diversity and reflection in engineering education


CLUSTER (Collaborative Lounge for Understanding Society and Technology)