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Meet the SPACE Crew

Command Pilot
Brooke Coley SPACE Lab

Dr. Brooke Coley

Principal Investigator,
SPACE Lab
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Dr. Brooke Coley is an Assistant Professor in Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. She is also Principal Investigator of the Shifting Perceptions, Attitudes and Cultures in Engineering (SPACE) Lab which aspires to elevate the experiences of marginalized populations, dismantle systemic injustices and transform the way inclusion is cultivated in engineering through the implementation of novel technologies and methodologies in engineering education. She holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she became a Meyerhoff Scholar and a PhD in Bioengineering with a concentration in Biomechanics from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Polytechnic School, Dr. Coley completed postdoctoral training at ASU in Engineering Education. She also served as the Associate Director for the Center for Diversity in Engineering at the University of Virginia and as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for several years.

Intrigued by the intersections of engineering education, mental health and social justice, Dr. Coley’s developing research interest focuses on employing virtual reality as a tool for developing empathetic and inclusive mindsets among engineering faculty. She is also interested in the lived experiences of marginalized individuals in engineering and seeks to raise awareness of such through non-traditional modes of dissemination. Specifically, she aims to reach broader audiences through arts-based research methods, primarily film. Dr. Coley currently leads two NSF-funded studies addressing the experiences of undergraduate engineering community college students (NSF #1733716), and most recently, an exploration of how engaging in identity-related professional organizations promotes successful navigation of engineering for Black students (NSF #1828659).

Dr. Coley was honored as an Apprentice Faculty Grant Recipient by the Educational Research Methods Division of the American Society for Engineering Education for her commitment to innovation in teaching and potential to make substantial contributions to engineering education. She also received the ASU Centennial Professorship Award, which recognizes faculty on all ASU campuses engaged in scholarship, emerging leadership, dedication to community service, and enrichment of students’ academic experience. Dr. Coley has developed critical curriculum including a graduate-level course addressing the persistent inequities in STEM with a focus on engineering. Outside of the classroom, she is a strong supporter of student organizations and advises the newly formed Poly Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Dr. Coley is committed to transforming the culture of engineering from the inside out to make it a more inclusive realm where all students have the opportunity to thrive.

Outside of academia, Dr. Coley is a film enthusiast and hopes to one day have one of her films premier at the Sundance Film Festival. She is a retired athlete that now coaches youth sports and loves workouts and bike rides with her family.

Junior Pilot

Michael Greene

Doctoral Student
Engineering Education Systems and Design

Michael Greene is a PhD student in the Engineering Education Systems and Design program at Arizona State University. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mike has had multiple research experiences across the nation as well as experience in the automotive industry, but chose to pursue engineering education because of his passion for teaching and mentoring. When he is not working, Mike enjoys playing basketball, working out, cooking and eating good food.

Junior Pilot
Katreena

Katreena Thomas

Undergraduate Researcher
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Katreena Thomas is a Ph.D. student at Arizona State University in the Engineering Education Systems and Design Doctoral program and the Human Systems Engineering Master's program. She is a member of the Shifting Perceptions, Attitudes, and Cultures in Engineering (SPACE) Lab group and her research interests include broadening participation in engineering, engineering leadership and graduate student experiences in engineering. She received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and worked in industry within operations as a manager before pursuing her graduate studies. When she’s not in a Zumba class, she practices her skills on the 1s and 2s in front of a live audience of her kitties, Gin and Juice.


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