Nora B. Honken, PhD

Assistant Professor- Educator, Engineering Education, Department of Engineering Education


Nora Honken received her BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1987. She earned her MS in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and her PhD in Education Leadership, Foundations and Human Development from the University of Louisville in 1993 and 2014, respectively. She has held positions in engineering and management for Axxess Technologies, Varian, Amoco and Corning, and has taught in industry as well as at the university level.

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Research Interests

  • Engineering student performance and retention, and structuring the engineering curriculum to help students develop nontechnical skills necessary for success in the workplace.

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Education, The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
Graduate Assistant, Research Office College of Education and Human Development,  University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
Director of Quality, Axxess Technologies, Tempe, Arizona
Quality Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Varian Tempe Electronics Center, Tempe, Arizona
Honeywell-Arizona State University Industrial Fellow, Honeywell Industrial Automated Controls, Phoenix, Arizona
Production Supervisor, Amoco Performance Products, Greenville, South Carolina
Industrial Engineer, Corning Incorporated, Greencastle, Pennsylvania


Honors & Awards

  • ASEE  Freshman Division Best Presentation Award
  • Human Resource Education Community Engagement Award
  • Fellow for 2012 National Data Institute on the datasets of the National Center for Education Statistic (NCES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • University of Louisville Strategic Plan Tuition Award
  • Arizona State University Industrial Fellowship
  • First place Institute of Industrial Engineer Local Student Technical Paper Contest
  • Alpha Pi Mu, Industrial Engineering Honor Society
  • Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges
  • Certificate of Recognition from the President of Honeywell's Industrial Division
  • Honeywell Spot Award
  • Corning Corrective Action Request of the Quarter
  • Corning Corrective Action Team of the Year


Peer Reviewed

Honken, N. & Ralston, P. (2013). Freshman engineering retention: A holistic look. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research 14(2), 29-37.

Honken, N. B., & Ralston, P. A. S. (2013). High-achieving high school students and not so high achieving college students: A look at lack of self-control, academic ability and performance in college. Journal of Advanced Academics, 24(2), 108-124.

Not Peer Reviewed

Honken, N & Shuck, B. (2012). Networking for People Who Hate to Network: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected by Devora Zack” book review. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 22(3), 277-280. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21150



Peer reviewed and published in proceedings

Honken, N. B., Synder, K. E. & Ralston, P. A. (June 2014). Exploring Engineering Students’ Beliefs on Effort and Intelligence. Paper submitted to the 2014 121th ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Honken, N. B., & Ralston, P. A. (June 2014). Informal Peer-Peer Collaboration, Performance, and Retention for First Semester Engineering Students. Paper submitted to the 2014 121th ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Honken, N. B. (June 2013 ). Dreyfus five-stage model of adult skills accusation applied to engineering lifelong learning. Paper presented at the 2013 ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Honken, N. B., & Ralston, P. (June 2013). Do attitudes and behaviors towards homework and studying change between high school and engineering classes. Paper presented at the 2013 ASEE National Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Not peer reviewed

Honken, N. (2012) Prediction of first semester GPA in engineering students using self-control and academic ability. 2012 Spring Research Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.