Alex Mejia, PhD

Alex Mejia
Phone: (619) 260-7668
Office: Guadalupe Hall 114

Assistant Professor, Integrated Engineering

  • BS, University of Texas at El Paso
  • MS, University of Utah
  • PhD, Utah State University

Dr. Joel Alejandro (Alex) Mejia is an assistant professor of integrated engineering. His current research investigates the funds of knowledge of Latinx adolescents, and how they use these funds of knowledge to solve engineering problems in their communities. Dr. Mejia is particularly interested in how Latinx adolescents bring forth unique ways of knowing, doing, and being that provide them with particular ways of framing, approaching, and solving engineering problems.

He is also interested in engineering and literacy education for equity, engineering literacies in K-16 settings, equity-oriented instructional strategies that support engineering activity, the use and application of critical theories in engineering education, and the development of critical consciousness in engineering through social justice. 

Dr. Mejia received his PhD in engineering education from Utah State University, M.S. from the University of Utah, and his B.S. from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is also a former Gates Millennium Scholar and CADRE Fellow. 

Scholarly Work

  • "CIE/IES: How can faculty incorporate social justice into STEM disciplines?" Workshop presented to the University of San Diego Center for Educational Excellence, San Diego, CA, 2018.
  • With Lord, S., Hoople, G., Chen, D., Dalrymple, O., Reddy, E., Przestrzelski, B., and Choi-Fitzpatrick, A., "Creative curricula for changemaking engineers." Proc. VIII World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), Albuquerque, NM, 2018.
  • With Revelo, R. and Villanueva, I., "Critical theoretical frameworks in engineering education: An anti-deficit and liberative approach," Education Sciences, vol. 8, no. 158, pp. 1-13, 2018.
  • With Castaneda, D., "Culturally relevant pedagogy: An approach to foster critical consciousness in civil engineering," vol. 144, no. 2, pp. 1-8, 2018.
  • "Fondos de conocimiento: Como utilizarlos en ingeniería," Workshop presented to the Universidad de los Andes TESO Research group, Bogotá, Columbia, 2018.
  • With w/ Pulido, A., "Fregados pero no jodidos: A case study of Latinx Rasquachismo." Proc. American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.
  • With Hoople, G., Chen, D., and Lord, S., "Reimagining energy: Deconstructing and decolonizing traditional engineering silos." American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.
  • With Chen, D., Lord, S., and Dalrymple, O., "Revealing the invisible: Conversations about -isms and power relations in engineering courses." Proc. American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.
  • With Chen, D., Lord, S., and Dalrymple, O., "Revealing the invisible: Conversations about ?isms and power relations in engineering courses" Workshop presented at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.
  • With Pawley, A. and Revelo, R., "Translating theory on color-blind racism to an engineering education context: Illustrations from the field of engineering education." Proc. American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2018.
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Office Hours

Section 50
9/04 - 12/13 M 10:00 am - 12:00 pmGuadalupe Hall - 114