Engineering Researcher, Feminist, Social Justice Advocate

Rohit Kandakatla

Who am I?

Rohit Kandakatla is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has his bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering from India. He currently serves as the Chair-elect of the ASEE Student Division as has been an active member of the international engineering education community while serving as the President of Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) and as the Vice-President of Student Engagement for the International Federation for Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). Prior to moving to the US, Rohit co-founded a startup called Footsteps that was working towards helping students and faculty address the problems they faced in the engineering education system in India. Rohit is an avid traveler, love to read books, cook and run. He is a libertarian, promotes the doctrine of free will, stands by the quote “Live and let live”, and believes education is the key to provide everyone a voice and change the world. 

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Research Interest lie in:

  • Faculty Development
  • Entrepreneurship in Engineering Education
  • Education Policy
  • Service Learning.

Awards and Honors:

  • Service Award by the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University in 2018
  • New educator scholarship awarded by National Science Foundation in 2017
  • Best paper awarded by ASEE Mechanics Division – 2017 ASEE annual conference
  • Winner of IUCEE Young Leader Award for year 2015
  • Winner of IGIP Young Scientist Award for year 2014 - 2015.

Professional Experience:

  • Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering Education Research Collaboration at (MEERCat) Purdue, January 2017 – Present
  • Research Assistant, DeBoer Lab, August 2016 – Present
  • Co-founder, Footsteps, January 2015 – July 2018
  • Academic Coordinator, KG Reddy College of Engineering and Technology, January 2015 – July 2016
  • Business Technology Associate, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, January 2014 – January 2015
  • Project Intern, Moschip Semiconductors, January – May 2013.


  • Ph.D. in Engineering Education (in progress) – Purdue University, USA
  • M.Tech. (Masters in Technology) in Embedded Systems – Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, India
  • B.E. (Bachelor’s in Engineering) in Electronics and Communication Engineering – Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Recent News and Publications:

  • Kandakatla, R., Ortega, J., D,. Streveler, R., & Smith, K. " Faculty Apprentice as a Mentorship Model for Engineering Graduate Students interested in Teaching." Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). IEEE, 2018.
  • Kandakatla, R., Goldenstein, A., Evenhouse, D., , Berger, E., Rhoads, J., DeBoer, J. “MEERCat - A Case Study of How Faculty-led Research Initiatives Gave Rise to a Cross-departmental Research Center with Potential to Inform Local Policy”, ASEE 2018 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, USA, June, 2017.
  • Zadoks, A., Stites, N. A., Evenhouse, D., Patel, N., Kandakatla, R., Berger, E., Rhoads, J. & DeBoer, J. "Longitudinal analysis of instructor actions in an active, blended, and collaborative classroom environment." Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE). IEEE, 2017.
  • Evenhouse, D., Freitas, C., Patel, N., Kandakatla, R., Prebel, T., Stites, N., DeBoer, J., Rhoads, J., Krousgrill, C., Berger, E. “Development of video coding structure to record Active, Blended, and Collaborative pedagogical practice”, 7th Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES), Bogota, Colombia, July 2017
  • Evenhouse, D., Kandakatla, R., Stites, N., Patel, N., Zadoks, A., Prebel, T,. Freitas, C., Krousgrill, C., Berger, E., Rhoads, J., DeBoer, J., “What does an In-Class Meeting Entail? A Characterization and Assessment of Instructor Actions in an Active, Blended, and Collaborative Classroom”, ASEE 2017 Annual Conference, Columbus, USA, June, 2017.
  • Delaine, David A., Uriel Cukierman, Rohit Kandakatla, Lueny Morell, and Jennifer DeBoer. "Leveraging Professional Networks for an Equitable, Smart Society-A Case Study on the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies." In Engineering Education for a Smart Society, pp. 237-252. Springer, Cham, 2016.

Current research in the lab:

  • IUSE - Understanding and Supporting Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student and Faculty Engagement with an Active, Blended and Collaborative (ABC) Learning Environment