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Trina Fletcher

Assistant Professor of Engineering Education


Office: EC 1270

Phone: 305-348-0196



Trina Fletcher has an interdisciplinary background with both her education and full-time experiences. Fletcher holds a doctorate in engineering education from Purdue University, a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), a master’s degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a second master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University. Her industry experience includes completing the Global Operations Leadership Development Program with Johnson & Johnson, a management position with Eaton Corporation and serving as the director of pre-college initiatives for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Prior to FIU, Fletcher was an assistant professor and the engineering program coordinator at UAPB.

Research Areas

  • equity and inclusion in K-12 and undergraduate STEM education
  • STEM education at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
  • online learning in engineering and computing education
  • continuous process improvement and Six Sigma in education

Education History

Purdue University, Ph.D., George Washington University, M.S., University of Arkansas, M.S., University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, B.S. (HBCU)

Current Advisory Committees/Service:

EngineerGirl Steering Committee; National Academy of Engineering (2019–present)

Funded Research/Projects:

Exploring the Success of HBCUs Development of Blacks                       September 2019

Earning Engineering and Computing Graduate Degrees                                       $361,000

Position: Principal Investigator (PI)

NSF Award #1923229


Verizon Innovative Learning for Minority Males Program directed by the           April 2018

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff - STEM Pipeline Programmatic Grant        $299,921

Position: Principal Investigator (PI)


ITEST: Strengthening the STEM Pipeline for Elementary School            September 2016

African Americans, Hispanics, and Girls by Scaling Up Summer Engineering

Experiences – Partnership between National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE),

Purdue University and Virginia Tech University

Position: Senior Personnel

NSF Award #1615143 - $1,070,877


Representative Publications

Fletcher, T. L., Fletcher, T. L., Williams, J. L., Benedict, B.S., Boyd, B. N., & Watkins, K. (2019, June), Minority Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce Report – Implications for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, Florida.

Fletcher, T., Ross, M., Tolbert, D., Holly, J., Cardella, M., Godwin, A., DeBoer, J. (2017). Ignored potential: A collaborative roadmap for increasing African American Women in Engineering. National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Women in Engineering ProActive Network

*Edwards, C. E., Lee, W.C., Knight, D.B., Reid, K.W., Fletcher, T.F., Meeropol, G. Maximizing Accessibility: Providing summer engineering experiences for racially, ethnically, and economically underrepresented youth. Paper presented at the 2018 ASEE Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference, Arlington Lake, Virginia, April 29 – May 2, 2018.

*Awarded Best Paper

G. D. Young, Knights, D.B., Lee, W., Cardella, M., Reid, K. & Fletcher, T. "Leveraging a multi-partner approach to develop successful STEM outreach programs," 2017 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Indianapolis, IN, USA, 2017, pp. 1-5.


Fletcher, T. L., Ross, M. S., Carr, C. & Boyd, B. (2017, June), Classroom Instructors’ Perceptions of Site Leadership and Interest Outcomes within a Summer Engineering Program (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.

Ross, M. S., & Fletcher, T. L., & Cox, M. F., & Main, J. B. (2015, June), African American Women in the Academe: A Comprehensive Literature Review Through the Lens of Intersectionality Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23505