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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Greses Pérez

McDonnell Family Assistant Professor in Engineering Education

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Greses Pérez

McDonnell Family Assistant Professor in Engineering Education

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall, Room 113
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
brain and learning sciences, science education, engineering education, diversity and identity, technology and education, language and cognition, multicompetence

Greses Pérez is an engineer, learning scientist, and educator. She received her PhD in Science Education with a focus on learning sciences and technology design from Stanford University. Her scholarship specializes in the interdisciplinary study of language and cognition for students who experience a cultural and linguistic mismatch between the practices of their communities and those in engineering and science. In addition to her work on culturally relevant learning through emerging technologies, Pérez 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. Pérez’s 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, Pérez led EU funded projects in the Caribbean to create educational opportunities for coffee farmers and their families.

PhD, Science Education and Learning Sciences, Stanford University, 2021
MA, Education Policy and Leadership, Southern Methodist University, 2014
MA, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 2006
BS, Civil Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, 2004
Professional Experience: 

McDonnell Family Assistant Professor in Engineering Education, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


Doctoral Researcher, The Designing Education Lab (DEL), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University


Doctoral Researcher, Science in the City Research Lab, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2020: Community Impact Award, Stanford University
  • 2019-2021: Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
  • 2018-2020: Graduate Scholars-in-Residence Fellow, El Centro Chicano y Latino, Stanford University
  • 2018-2019: Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention, The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
  • 2018-2019: Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship, Stanford University
  • 2018: Jhumki Basu Scholars Award, NARST
  • 2016-2021: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Fellowship, Stanford University
Professional Memberships: 
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
American Education Research Association (AERA)
European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)