BioB.S. Civil Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander, 2013M.S. Civil Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander, 2016Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2020
"The construction industry demands professionals and leaders that make substantial contributions to the field in both research and practice. Thus, the learning environment should adapt to today’s generation and should guarantee that students will gain the knowledge and skills they need as future professionals. "
Diana Franco Duran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment. She directs the newly initiated Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program.
Dr. Franco Duran received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia).
Her primary research interest is in engineering education, focusing on teaching and learning. Specifically, she is interested in:
- Evaluating the impact of contemporary pedagogy on enhancing students’ learning process.
- Understanding how to promote effective learning environments that help students to develop the competencies required by the construction industry.
- Developing assessment forms that constitute evidence about the knowledge acquired and skills developed by students.