- Dr. Alexandra E. Coso
- Montgomery Knight Building - Room 416270 Ferst DriveAtlanta, GA 30332United States
Alexandra recently graduated from the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her research interests are engineering design and the incorporation of human-centered design principles into engineering design education. She is also engaged in studies related to graduate engineering education and interdisciplinary engineering curricula and assessment.
Prior to becoming a member of the Cognitive Engineering Center (CEC), Alexandra received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology from MIT and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. For her Master’s work, she developed a mixed methods research design to examine undergraduate engineering students’ prior knowledge about the interdisciplinary approach.
As a member of the CEC, she has worked on an FAA-sponsored research team, exploring pilot interactions with the TCAS system through a qualitative examination of pilot incident reports. In 2011, Alexandra began her tenure as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and in August of 2012, she completed her Ph.D. proposal.
For the summer of 2012, Alexandra worked as an NSF Engineering Innovation Fellow at the Boeing Company where she examined how human factors and ergonomics were integrated into the aerospace engineering design process and explored the experiences of HFE subject-matter experts and design engineers engaged in the design of aerospace vehicles.
Outside of the laboratory and the classroom, Alexandra works with the American Society for Engineering Education both locally and nationally to support students who are interested in improving engineering education. In her free time, she can be found playing ultimate frisbee and tennis or watching her favorite teams play basketball and baseball. Alexandra is also an avid traveler and foodie.
PURPOSE: The intent of this research is to (1) understand the gap between what is needed in industry to respond to this issue and what is taught in the aerospace engineering design curriculum and (2) design and implement educational interventions to address this gap and improve the ability of students to take into account stakeholder requirements.