Assistant Specialist,
Hawaiʻi Institute for Geophysics and Planetology

Dr. Engels is the Program Manager for the ʻIke Wai Undergraduate Water Science Scholars program – a minority-serving REU-style academic year research internship program for community college and 4 year college students interested in ʻIke Wai research. She additionally provides pedagogy support for ʻIke Wai instructional faculty including class observations, workshop facilitation, and personalized action plans for those interested in improving student engagement and success in the classroom and beyond.

Background Dr. Engels received her bachelor’s degrees from Oregon State and her Masters and Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She now has a faculty position with the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at UH Mānoa, and she previously spent 10 years as faculty in the Geology and Geophysics Department where she taught Introductory Geology. Her primary research interests include evidence based practices for effective STEM instruction, and the role of culture and science in supporting undergraduate pathways from community colleges to 4 year colleges in Hawaiʻi.

`Ike Wai Undergraduate Scholars