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Heidi A. Diefes-Dux
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Heidi A. Diefes-Dux is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University with a courtesy appointment in Curriculum and Instruction. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. She is a member of Purdue's Teaching Academy. She participated in the development of the first of its kind Engineering Education doctoral program. She has been involved in the now 10-year transformation of the first-year engineering course from a computer tools skills development focus to a problem-solving and design learning experience.

Her research focuses on the development, implementation, and assessment of model-eliciting activities with authentic engineering contexts for K-16 settings. She is the Director of Teacher Professional Development for the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE), providing professional development for and conducting research with elementary school teachers interested in integrating engineering concepts.