Computer Science Educator

Syedah Zahra Atiq

Who am I?

I am originally from Pakistan and my educational background is in computer science (CS). As part of the DeBoer lab, I have worked on different projects (MOOCs and Women in engineering). Now I am working on completing my dissertation.


Research Interest lie in:

  • Computer Science (CS) Education Research

Awards and Honors:

  • Bilsland dissertation fellowship by graduate school of Purdue University (2018-2019)

Professional Experience:

  • Teaching CS to undergraduates (2009-2014)


  • Ph.D. (expected graduation: May 2019)

Recent News and Publications:

  • Atiq, S. Z., Morton, S., Ater-Kranov, A., Abu-Lail, N. I., Kmec, J. A., DeBoer, J.  (2018). Women’s Motivation to Pursue Engineering Education and Careers: A Case Study of Malaysia. Proceedings of the 124th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Haney, C. L., Qureshey, J., Atiq, S. Z., Cox, D., & DeBoer, J. (2017). Understanding lived experiences of students in a blended-learning Neuroscience MOOC. Proceedings of American Society of Engineering Education Zone II Conference, Puerto Rico.

Current research in the lab:

  • Women in Engineering in predominantly Muslim countries