Elliot Douglas » Engineering Education

Elliot Douglas » Engineering Education


The Engineering Education Collaborative is a group of faculty who conduct research around all aspects of engineering formation. Research ranges from fundamental studies on the engineering education ecosystem to implementation of new approaches for the education of environmental and civil engineering students.



Education for Leadership Roles

  • Preparation to be faculty members, education specialists, policymakers
  • Understanding of the engineering education ecosystem
  • Experience with various teaching and learning environments

Research Focus Areas

  • Student-centered learning and design based apprenticeship
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Diversity and cultures of inclusion
  • Role of informal learning environments
  • Universal design for STEM students with (learning) disabilities
  • Workforce development

Research Outcomes

  • Improved teaching techniques that lead to conceptual understanding
  • Approaches to teach basic science in an engineering context
  • Models of realistic problem-solving
  • Guidance for improving undergraduate research experiences

Research Benefits

  • Improved conceptual understanding and long-term retention of content
  • Students who are prepared for professional practice
  • Improved climates for a diverse engineering workforce


Photo of Elliot Douglas

Elliot Douglas

Professor and EES Undergraduate Coordinator Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences
Office 217 Black Hall Work Phone: (352) 846-2836 Website: Website Website: Google Scholar page


Dr. Elliot P. Douglas is Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences, Associate Director for Research in the UF Institute for Excellence in Engineering Education, and Distinguished Teaching Scholar at the University of Florida. His research interests are problem solving, cultures of inclusion, and environmental justice. He has served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and Program Director for Engineering Education at the US National Science Foundation.

Primary Research Area

Engineering Education

Research Interests

Engineering problem solving, diversity and inclusion in the engineering workforce, environmental justice and ethics


S.B., Materials Science & Engineering, 1988, MIT; S.B., Humanities (Music) and Engineering (MSE), 1988, MIT

Ph.D., Polymer Science & Engineering, 1993, University of Massachusetts – Amherst

Awards & Distinctions

  • Distinguished Service Award, 2018, Educational and Research Methods Division, ASEE
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, 2013, ASEE Southeastern Section
  • Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, 2009, University of Florida
  • Teacher of the Year, 2004, University of Florida



To view a full listing of each person’s profile, visit the Engineering Education category in our directory.

Latest News

Read more