Jaime Benitez » Engineering Education

Jaime Benitez » 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


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Jaime Benitez

Adjunct Lecturer Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences


Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Attended the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) where he got a B. S. in Chemical Engineering and an M. S. in Nuclear Engineering. He got a Ph. D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from RPI in Troy, NY. Taught courses in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UPR for about forty years. Retired from UPR and has been Adjunct Lecturer at UFL for the last three years. Has published two textbooks (Prentice-Hall and Wiley).

Primary Research Area

Heat and mass transfer

Other Research Areas

Air Resources, Engineering Education

Research Interests

Numerical Models; Heat and Mass Transfer


B. S. Chemical Engineering, 1970, University of P. R.
M. S. Nuclear Engineering, 1972, University of P. R.
Ph. D. Chem. and Env. Engineering, 1976, RPI

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