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Tirupalavanam Ganesh

Tirupalavanam Ganesh

Tooker Professor and Assistant Dean of Engineering Education, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy
Arizona State University
PO Box 876106
Tempe, AZ 85287-6106


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Tooker Professor and Assistant Dean of Engineering Education, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Associate Research Professor, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh is Assistant Dean of Engineering Education and Tooker Professor in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Ganesh’s research is in designing, implementing, and studying engineering education curricula, fostering classroom goal structures that promote mastery learning, and engaging in system-wide change to develop students’ engineering identity. His research has attracted support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Science Foundation Arizona, and other prominent foundations. He is principal investigator of Learning through Engineering Design and Practice (2007-2011), co-principal investigator of Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3): The Modeling Institute (2009-2014), and co-principal investigator of Water SCIENCE: Supporting Collaborative Inquiry, Engineering, and Career Exploration with Water (2014-2017), all, National Science Foundation-sponsored projects. He is married to Annapurna Ganesh, who is residential faculty in Early Childhood Education and Chair of Education Studies, at Mesa Community College. Ganesh is an avid reader and collects books. He enjoys photography and likes taking photographs of doors.


  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies, Arizona State University, 2003
  • MCS, Computer Science, Arizona State University, 1994
  • BE, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Mysore, India, 1989


Journal Articles


Ruth, A., J. Hackman, A. A. Brewis, T. Spence, R. Luchmun, J. Velez and T. Ganesh. 2019. Engineering project in community service (EPICS) in high schools: Subtle but potentially important student gains detected from human-centered curriculum design. Education Sciences 9(1):35. DOI: 10.3390/educsci9010035. (link )


Seymoure, B., K. Moeller, J. Borchert, A. Stahlschmidt, T. Ganesh and A. N. Webber. 2013. Our watery world: Teaching middle school students about diversity. Science Scope 36(8):72-78. (link )



Elser, M. M., T. Ganesh, S. L. Harlan, G. M. Hupton, D. Medina and E. Ortiz. 2011. Creating a cross-disciplinary unit for middle school children on the urban heat island. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the 12-13 January 2011 CAP LTER 13th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link )