Krina Patel

Krina, a Kenyan-born Indian, has always been intrigued by the diverse educational systems across different countries. Her passion for engineering design was sparked during her senior year of high school when a baking mishap inspired her to pursue an engineering degree at Penn State. As an undergraduate, she was involved in design thinking, engineering education, and organizational psychology research at the Pennsylvania State University (Do-iT Lab). Upon completing her Bachelor's in Engineering Science from Penn State in 2022, Krina began her PhD studies in the SESAME program at UC Berkeley.

Her current research aims to explore the use of pedagogical design to promote inclusive, supportive, and educational teaming experiences within undergraduate engineering courses. She is collaborating with Dr. Sara Beckman from the Haas School of Business on the Teaming by Design program. As a food and dessert enthusiast, Krina likes experimenting with new recipes during her free time. Though not all of her culinary experiments turn out to be edible, her creativity and perseverance are worth commending.

Specializations and Interests

Undergraduate Engineering Education; Engineering Design; Teams; Design-Based Research


BS, Engineering Science, The Pennsylvania State University