Adam Kirn

Adam Kirn

Associate Professor of Engineering Education He, him, his


Adam Kirn is an associate professor in the College of Engineering. His research focuses on connecting students' motivations toward long-term goals and their actions in engineering through the use of mixed methods techniques. Specifically, he is examining actions in engineering teams to create inclusion, graduate education to improve educational training, and K-12 environments that increase engineering interest. The results of this work can help practitioners understand how students filter and use current information based on their future goals, and guide practices to help students connect class content to their goals and become inclusive practitioners.

Research interests

  • Student motivation and learning
  • Engineering identity
  • Graduate student experiences
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering
  • Engineering teaming

Prospective graduate students

Please contact Dr. Kirn directly about potential interests in engineering education research.


  • Ph.D, Engineering in Science Education, Clemson University, 2014
  • M.S., Bioengineering, Clemson University, 2012
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2008