Researcher, Educator, EdTechie

Aziz Dridi

Who am I?

Aziz Dridi received his Diplôme d’ Ingénieur (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science) in Mechanical Engineering from the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT). He also holds a Master of Science, from the same institution, in Information Processing and Bio-complexity in addition to a Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics (Minor in Image processing) from Université Paris-Descartes (France).

Prior to joining the DeBoer Lab, Aziz worked as a R&D engineer for the French Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternate Energy (CEA-linklab). As such, he participated in the design and implementation of international research projects between European and North African institutions. He worked on a variety of  cross-national R&D projects ranging from the testing and monitoring of large solar installations under harsh climate conditions (InVivo nEXth http://so-med.org/page/projet-invivo-nexth )to the development of age-sensitive ICT systems for intelligible urban environments (ICityForAll  http://www.icityforall.eu/).

Before joining CEA, Aziz was a research assistant in the Electoractive Materials Characterization Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University where he developed numerical models and experimental procedures to investigate the failure mechanisms of an active composite for high strain applications.

He got interested in engineering education when, in parallel to his work as a R&D engineer, he took part to the design of the first curriculum in Renewable energy engineering in Tunisia at the Mediterranean Institute of Technology (Medtech). In addition, he designed and taught a course in fluid mechanics for the first cohort in Renewable Energy engineering.

Aziz is also a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights both in Tunisia and in the US. He was part of the founding team of one of the first LGBTQ organization (Mawjoudin) in both Tunisia and the North African region. He’s also an active member of the ASEE virtual community of practice for the promotion of LGBTQ Inclusion in Engineering and STEM.

Research Interest lie in:

  • International engineering education

  • Engineering education in Emergency contexts

  • Educational technology

  • Online learning

  • Quantitative research methods

Awards and Honors:

  • 2018 Graduate Teaching Certification, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University

  • 2017 Graduate Student Teaching Award, School of Engineering Education, Purdue University

  • 2015 Explorers Fellowship, Purdue University

  • 2014 IGIP-SPEED Young Scientist award

  • Best Student of the Year, ISTE Awards, 2010

Professional Experience:

  • R&D Engineer, French Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternate Energies (CEA-Linklab), Sep 2015- August 2017

  • Lecturer, Mediterranean Institute of Technology (Medtech), January 2016-January 2017

  • Research assistant, EMCLab The Pennsylvania State University (June 2013- July 2015).

  • Design Engineer intern DMEM University of Strathclyde  (June 2012-August 2012)


  • PhD in Engineering Education, Purdue University (January 2017-current)

  • MSc. Information processing and Bio-complexity/ MSc/ Applied and computational mathematics (Université Paris-Descartes

Current research in the lab:

  • Higher education in Emergencies