Heidi Diefes-Dux

Professor of Engineering Education

Academic Degrees

  • B.S. in Food Science, Cornell University
  • M.S. in Food Science, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (Food Process Engineering), Purdue University

Curriculum Vitae (CV):


Areas of Research and Professional Interest

Engineering education, specifically development, implementation, and assessment of authentic engineering activities (e.g. mathematical modeling, design) in undergraduate settings; translation of current technical research outputs to K-16 classroom settings; and learning objective based assessment strategies

Affiliation: Discipline-Based Education Research in the College of Engineering at UNL

PhD Degree Available: Unified PhD in Engineering, Specialization in Engineering Education Research 

Research Profiles:

Courses Taught


Professor of Engineering Education and First-Year Engineering course instructor and curator at Purdue University, Fulbright-Colombia Specialist Grant, co-author of Models and Modeling in Engineering Education

ORCiD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3635-1825

Selected Publications

Diefes-Dux, H. A., & Cruz Castro, L. M. (2022). Reflection types and students' viewing of feedback in a first-year engineering course using Standards-Based Grading. Journal of Engineering Education, 111(2), 283-307. https://doi.org/10.1002/jee.20452

Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2021). Discipline-based education research to advance authentic learning in agricultural and biological engineering. Transactions of the ASABE, 64(3), 987-995. https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.14422  [Invited Frontier Paper]

Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2018). Student self-reported use of standards-based grading resources and feedback. European Journal of Engineering Education,  https://doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2018.1483896

Marbouti, F., Shafaat, A., Ulas, J., & Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2018). Relationship between time of class and students’ grades in an active learning course. Journal of Engineering Education, 107(3), 468-490. https://doi.org/10.1002/jee.20221

Kong, Y., Diefes-Dux, H. A., Douglas, K. A., & Madhavan, K. (2017). Size and scale framework and assessment for first-year engineering students. Journal of Engineering Education, 106(3), 431-453.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jee.20172

Verleger, M. A., Rodgers, K, J., & Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2016). Selecting effective samples to train students for artifact peer review. Journal of Engineering Education, 105(4), 585-604. https://doi.org/10.1002/jee.20148  [Honorable Mention for the 2017 William Elgin Wickenden Award of ASEE]