Joel Alejandro “Alex” Mejia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering (joint appointment with Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies)

Joel Alejandro Mejia, Ph.D.


Dr. Joel Alejandro (Alex) Mejia is an Associate Professor with joint appointment in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio. His current work seeks to analyze and describe the assets, tensions, contradictions, and cultural collisions many Latino/a/x students experience in engineering through testimonios. He is particularly interested in approaches that contribute to a more expansive understanding of engineering in sociocultural contexts, the impact of critical consciousness in engineering practice, and the development and implementation of culturally responsive pedagogies in engineering education. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in metallurgical engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Utah, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Utah State University.

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