Julia Thompson

 Julia Thompson


Ph.D., Engineering Education

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

B.S., Chemical Engineering

University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


Dr. Julia Thompson directs the EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service) affiliate program at San Jose State University (EPICS@sjsu). S Dr. Thompson’s dissertationresearch was a case study analysis of service learning programs and partnerships at three well developed programs.  She investigated factors and characteristics of successful relationships between engineering service-learning programs and the communities they serve. She is currently developing a motivational instrument that identifies factors of participation among administrators, faculty, and community partners, and investigating factors that influence student success.


(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). Jesiek, Brent, Qin Zhu, Sang Woo, Julia Thompson, and Andrea Mazzurco “Global Engineering Competency in Context: Situations and Behaviors.” Online Journal for Global Engineering Education.

(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.

(2014). Thompson, Julia and Brent Jesiek. “Motivation of Community Partners and Advisors to Participate in Community Engagement Engineering Programs” 2014 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Indianapolis, IN

(2013). Jesiek, Brent, Anne Dare, Julia Thompson, and Tiago Forin. “Global Engineering Design Symposium: Engaging the Sociocultural Dimensions of Engineering Problem Solving.” Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, June 23-26, 2011

(2011). Thompson, Julia, and Brent Jesiek. “Work in Progress - Project-Based Service Learning in Engineering: Investigating Partner Relationships.” Proceedings of the 2011 FIE Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota, Oct. 12-15, 2011.