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Dr. Marisa Orr

Joint Appointment Associate Professor

Engineering Mechanics

Office: 227 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-3078
Fax: (864) 656-4435

Marisa K. Orr joined the department in 2016 following appointments as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University and postdoctoral researcher in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Dr. Orr teaches integrated Dynamics and Statics. Her research focuses on student progress, persistence, and pathways using longitudinal student data from the Multi-Institution Database For Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development (MIDFIELD). Dr. Orr recently received an NSF Early Career Development (CAREER) grant to support her research in student decision-making.


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2010
Cert, Engineering and Science Education, Clemson University, 2010
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2010
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2005

Research Interests

Adaptive decision making, major choice and fit, student curricular progress and pathways, institutional data, socioeconomic status, self-regulated learning.

Selected Publications

Orr, M. K., Ramirez, N. M., Lord, S. M., Layton, R. A., & Ohland, M. W. (2015). Student Choice and Persistence in Aerospace Engineering. Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 12(4), 365-373.

Orr, M. K., Lord, S. M., Layton, R. A., & Ohland, M. W. (2014). Student demographics and outcomes in mechanical engineering in the US. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 42(1), 48-60.

Lundy-Wagner, V. C., Veenstra, C. P., Orr, M. K., Ramirez, N. M., Ohland, M. W., & Long, R. A. (2014). Gaining Access or Losing Ground?: Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students in Undergraduate Engineering, 1994–2003. The Journal of Higher Education, 85(3), 339-369.

Benson, L. C., Orr, M. K., Biggers, S. B., Moss, W. F., Ohland, M. W., & Schiff, S. D. (2010). Student-centered active, cooperative learning in engineering. International Journal of Engineering Education, 26(5), 1097.

Dr. Marisa Orr