Greses Pérez is the McDonnell Family Assistant Professor in Engineering Education in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Tufts University with secondary appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Education. She received her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design with a focus on Engineering Education from Stanford University. As an Afro-Latina engineer and learning scientist, she has dedicated her career to investigating the experiences of Latina/o/x and Black students in engineering.
Her scholarship is particularly focused on the relationship between the language and cultural practices of communities and engineering practices. Through her research, teaching, service and mentoring, she supports traditionally underrepresented students who experience a cultural mismatch between the ways of knowing and speaking in their communities and those in engineering. In addition to her work on culturally relevant learning through emerging technologies, Greses uses mixed methodologies to investigate the strengths multicompetent individuals, whose lives exist between languages and/or cultures, might be able to contribute to the social fabric. Her mission is to expand who is heard and can contribute to the disciplines as society demands professionals with backgrounds as diverse as the challenges we face.
Greses' scholarship advocates to include the rich trove of insights from multicompetent groups in creating engineering solutions and scientific ideas. Before her time at Stanford, she was a bilingual educator at low-income elementary schools in Texas. As a civil engineer, Greses led EU funded projects in the Caribbean to create educational opportunities for coffee farmers and their families. She also holds two Master's Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and in Education Policy & Leadership from Southern Methodist University, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo.