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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Sona Gholizadeh

Title: Research Assistant Professor of Engineering Education
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-576-8368
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Ph.D. Science Education, University of Central Florida (UCF), 2017
M.S. Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2010
B.Sc. Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, 2004   

Research Overview

  • Retention of engineering students from underrepresented groups
  • Engineering student interactions with peers and faculty
  • Engineering student wellness and mental health
  • System thinking and System analysis

Current Projects

  • Generational Family Patterns, and Engineering Entry and Persistence: A Bowen Family Systems Approach, NSF, Role: PI, $350,000, (10/1/22  – 9/30/25)
  • Integrating Scholarships, Academic Assistance, Professional Development, and Wellness to Increase Undergraduate Retention in Engineering and Computing, NSF, Role: Co-PI, $998,243.00, (6/1/2020 – 5/31/2025)


  • ENCP 789 – Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management (Spring 2020)
  • ECIV 707 – Management of Engineering Projects (Spring 2019)


Google Scholar

Gholizadeh, S. (2017). Socialization of Engineering Doctoral Students in the U.S.: A Phenomenological Study, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Central Florida,

Madani, K., Rouhani, O. M., Mirchi, A., & Gholizadeh, S. (2014). A negotiation support system for resolving an international trans-boundary natural resource conflict. Environmental Modelling & Software, 51, 240-249.

Madani, K., & Gholizadeh, S. (2011). Game theory insights for the Caspian Sea conflict. Proceeding of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (pp. 2815-2819).  

Rouhani, O. M., Madani, K., & Gholizadeh, S. (2010). Caspian Sea negotiation support system. In Proceeding of the 2010 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress, ASCE, Providence, Rhode Island (pp. 2694-2702).

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