Trina Fletcher

Trina Fletcher

Assistant Professor of Engineering and Computing 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 and has industry experience, including roles with two Fortune 500 companies and serving as the director of pre-college initiatives for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Education History

Purdue University, Ph.D., Engineering Education

George Washington University, M.S., Engineering Management

University of Arkansas, M.S., Operations Management

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, B.S. (HBCU), Industrial Technology

Research Areas 

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion within STEM education
  • STEM education at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
  • Impact of finances on students' social well-being and academic persistence 
  • African Americans, women and girls in engineering and computing education 


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Funded Research Projects 

CAREER: An Asset-based Longitudinal and Intersectional Analysis of African American and Black Women’s Experiences within the Interchange of Informal and Formal STEM Education (PI) NSF Award #: 2143173

Exploring the Success of HBCUs Development of Blacks Earning Engineering and Computing Graduate Degrees (PI)  NSF Award #: 1923229

RAPID: The Impact of COVID-19 on Broadening Participation in Engineering at HBCUs (PI) NSF Award #: 2031221

RAPID: Understanding the Impact of Abrupt Changes to Instructional Methods on Underrepresented Engineering Students (Co-PI) NSF Award #: 2029564

Department of Energy (DOE) – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) – Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) “Consortium for Research and Education in Power and Energy Systems (CREPES) for Sustainable STEM Workforce” (Co-PI) 

FIU Division of DEI Doctoral Student Cohort Program Funded by Microsoft (Co-Founder, PI - Research) 

Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Directed Multiscale Assembly of Cellular Metamaterials with Nanoscale Precision: CELL-MET (FIU Co-PI) NSF Award #: 1647837

Representative Publications/Book Chapters 

Fletcher, T. L., Jefferson, J., Boyd, B. & Crumpton-Young, L. (2023). Impact of COVID-19 on Sense of Belonging: Experiences of engineering students, faculty and staff at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Journal of Engineering Education, 112 (2), pp. 488-520.

Jefferson, J., Park, S.E., Fletcher, T., Strong, A., Nicholson, S and Moten, J. (2023). Pillars of Success: Connecting STEM Undergraduate Preparation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to Experiences Along Graduate School Pathways. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2023043944. Retrieved from:,forthcoming,43944.html.

Brown, F., Pierce, K. E., Fletcher, T.L., Park, S.E. & Cross, K. J. (2023). Engineering Faculty’s Mindset and The Impact on Instructional Practices. International Journal of Engineering Education (IJEE).

Jefferson, J., Fletcher, T. and Boyd, B. (2022). Advocating for Mental Health Equity: Reflections on the Multi-Layered Pandemic Experiences of Black College Students. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.

Fletcher, T. L., Jefferson, J. and Boyd, B. (2021). Missed Opportunity for Diversity in Engineering: Black Women and Undergraduate Engineering Degree Attainment. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

Edwards, C., Lee, W., Knight, D., Reid, K, Lewis, R. & Fletcher, T. L. (2021). Outreach at Scale: Developing a Logic Model to Explore the Organizational Components of the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Program. Advances in Engineering Education. V 9 (2), 1-28.

Boyd, B., Jefferson, J. & Fletcher, T. (2021). The Impact of COVID-19 on STEM Faculty and Students at HBCUs. American Educational Research Association (AERA). Virtual. April 8 – 12, 2021.

Fletcher, Tina and Fletcher, Trina. National Problem, Local Solution: Addressing the school-to-prison pipeline with an increase in minority teachers. Yale State and Local Policy Review. 2019.

Hug, S., Eyerman, S., Fletcher, T. L. & Martinez-Ortiz, A. (2020). Engineering Outreach: Ambassador Girls Empowering Girls in the Field (Evaluation). Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Virtual. 

Fletcher, T. L., Green, A., Arrayo, E. & Quintero, R. (2020). “Intersectionality at minority-serving institutions (MSIs): A longitudinal analysis of female student participation within engineering and computing”. 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Virtual.

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. doi:10.1109/FIE.2017.8190725

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