Saira Anwar, Ph.D.

Saira Anwar, Ph.D.

Assistant Engineer

sairaanwar@ufl.edu

Saira (sigh-ra) Anwar received her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, USA. She earned her M.S. in Computer Science with a software engineering concentration from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan. Dr. Anwar also holds an M.Sc in Computer Science from Punjab University College of Information Technology, Pakistan. Dr. Anwar is passionate about research and teaching, specifically translating research into evidence-based teaching practices. For her research, she is particularly interested in designing interventions that help develop students’ understanding of conceptually hard concepts in STEM courses. She was awarded the 2020 outstanding researcher award by the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University. Dr. Anwar has over 12 years of teaching experience. She primarily taught computer science and software engineering courses. Before starting her doctoral studies, Saira was an Assistant Professor at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Pakistan, from 2008 – 2016. She believes in implementing engaging, motivating, and interactive learning experiences for students through curricular innovation. She was awarded outstanding teacher awards in the year 2013 and 2006 by her then employers. Also, she was the recipient of the “President of Pakistan Merit and Talent Scholarship” for her undergraduate studies.