College of Engineering
Cazier Lifetime Achievement
Kurt Becker is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University. His research includes engineering design thinking, systems engineering, engineering education professional development, technical training, and adult learning cognition. He is currently working on National Science Foundation funded projects exploring engineering design thinking and systems thinking, a USAID funded project in Egypt, "Center of Excellence in Water", and Department of Education funded GEARUP projects in the area of STEM education related to engineering education. He has extensive international experience working on technical training and engineering projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Countries where he has worked include Armenia, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Thailand. In addition, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering education for the department.
During his nearly 30 year professional career in the College of Engineering at Utah State University, he has been committed to research, teaching, and service on projects both in the U.S. and internationally. His sense of duty and service stems from his background growing up in a family watching his father who was a high school biology teacher. His father was very dedicated to the students he taught and it rubbed off on Kurt as he watched model teaching, classroom preparation, and extreme dedication to the profession.