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Julianna Gesun, Ph.D.

Academic Appointments

Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Current)
College of Engineering
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of New Hampshire
eFellows program through the National Science Foundation and American Society for Engineering Education

Affiliate Faculty 
Department of Education 
University of New Hampshire


Ph.D. in Engineering Education

Purdue University

B.S. in Industrial Engineering

B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

About Me

Julianna Gesun, Ph.D., is currently a postdoctoral research scholar at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her research broadly focuses on understanding and supporting the process by which engineering programs facilitate the environments for students to develop optimal functioning in undergraduate engineering programs. Her research interests intersect the fields of positive psychology, engineering education, and human development to understand the intrapersonal, cognitive, social, behavioral, contextual, cultural, and outcome factors that influence thriving in engineering.


Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, she was a National Science Foundation/American Society for Engineering Education engineering postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Hampshire. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University, where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and the winner of Purdue's 2021 Three Minute Thesis competition for her work in developing research and courses on engineering thriving. She also received dual bachelor's degrees in Industrial Engineering and Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her prior work experiences include product management, consulting, tutoring, marketing, and information technology.

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