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Alexandra Coso Strong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Systems Design and Engineering

Campus Center 214


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Systems Engineering, University of Virginia
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, MIT

Select Courses Taught

Design Nature

Areas Of Interest

Engineering Design Education
Complex Systems Design
Human-Centered Design
Educational Development


Dr. Alexandra Coso Strong completed her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech in the spring of 2014. During her Ph.D, she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a member of the Cognitive Engineering Center. The goal of her doctoral research was to improve students’ abilities to think more broadly about complex systems design and to take into account stakeholder-related considerations within their design projects. Prior to attending Georgia Tech, she received a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from MIT (2007) and a Master’s in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia (2010). For her Master’s work, she developed a mixed methods research design to examine undergraduate engineering students’ prior knowledge about interdisciplinary approaches to design and problem-solving. Dr. Strong is coming to Olin after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Georgia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. In this position, she explored the impact of a teaching certificate program on graduate student participants. Additionally, she worked with colleagues to develop programming for faculty, graduate students, and postdocs interested in improving student learning in their courses. Dr. Strong’s current research interests focus on understanding the work environments students enter following graduation and the learning environments that can foster student preparation for those work environments.