Season 4: Episode 2    -   Published August 8, 2023

Supporting Students' Belonging and Retention in Engineering Programs with Dr. Aidsa I. Santiago Roman

Reflecting on ways to support underrepresented engineering undergraduate students participating in the NSF S-STEM grant highlights the value of human connection and appropriate mentorship.

In this episode, Dr. Aidsa Santiago talks to us about the importance of designing effective educational experiences that directly relate to students needs, making learning more meaningful, and helping students increase their identity with engineering profession.


Dr. Aidsa I. Santiago Roman currently holds a Full Professor position and is the Chair at the Department of Engineering Sciences and Materials, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Her research interests are in Outreach Initiatives, Curriculum and Course Development, Educational Assessment and Cognitive Learning, specifically with Hispanic students. She’s also the advisor of the UPRM’s ASEE Student Chapter. She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and her leadership skills locally and nationally.