BioB.S. Psychology, Virginia Tech, 1998M.A. Psychological Science, James Madison University, 2006Ph.D. Social Psychology, University of Virginia, 2012
Jesse Pappas is Assistant Professor of Engineering and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. As one of the only social psychologists in the U.S. with a full-time appointment in engineering, he works at the crossroads of individual experience and technological (e.g., educational) systems to cultivate human potential and keep technology where it belongs, working for us. In the engineering classroom, Jesse strives to demonstrate the capacity for dedicated ethical practice to catalyze professional harmony as well as personal fulfilment. Following grad school, an aversion to research cultures that prioritize theory in a vacuum over impact on the street propelled Jesse into the world of community development, where he worked and taught in Central America, India, and Appalachia for six years. These days, the ongoing socialization of professional engineering guides Jesse’s motivation-based work in applied ethics, organizational culture, and interactive potential. His research has been published in journals like Social Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Personality, and Journal of Cleaner Production. He is also a part-time entrepreneur, serving as Co-founder and Chief Data Officer (emeritus) at The Lupulin Exchange, the industry-leading online hops marketplace that powers the North American craft brewing industry. Jesse lives in Crozet, Virginia with his wife Kristen, and sons Max and JJ.