Julia Thompson

Julia Thompson

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Dr. Julia Thompson has a passion for integrating the soul’s work into the engineering design process and technology. She is driven to help students, and people in general, look at technology as a pathway toward healing of earth and unjust social structure. Julia did her undergrad in chemical engineering at UC Berkeley and her PhD in engineering education at Purdue. Her research interests focus on how engineering design practices impact the relationships that engineering programs create with the community.

Dr. Thompson’s curriculum utilizes project-based service learning to engage passionate students. Dr. Thompson serves as Faculty Director of the Innovation Hive and Engineering Partnerships. In addition to her academic work, she is a cyclist and she practices meditation.


  • EPICS Director and Instructor


  • PhD, Engineering Education, Purdue University
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • (2017) Thompson, Julia and Brent Jesiek. “Transactional, Cooperative, and Communal: Relating the Structure of Engineering Community Engagement Programs to the Nature of Partnerships.” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.

  • (2014) Thompson, Julia, Mel Chua, and Cole Joslyn. “Engineering Education as a Spiritual Vocation.” 2014 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN. Received Best Paper in LEES division.

  • (2018) Thompson, Julia, Geoffrey L. Herman, Travis Scheponik, Linda Oliva, Enis Golaszewski, Alan T. Sherman, David DeLatte, Dhananjay Phatak, Kostantinos Patsourakos. “Student Misconceptions about Cybersecurity Concepts: Analysis of Think- Aloud Interviews” Journal of Cybersecurity Education.