Dr. Justin L Hess is the Assistant Director of the STEM Education Innovation and Research Institute. In this role, Justin is working on improving the state of STEM education across IUPUI's campus through collaborations with faculty within and beyond STEM. Dr. Hess’s research interests include exploring empathy’s functional role within engineering and design; designing STEM ethics curricula; and evaluating students’ learning in the spaces of design, ethics, and sustainability. Previously, Justin worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, where he created and refined ethical theory and learning modules to improve STEM students' ethical reasoning skills and dispositions. Justin received his PhD from Purdue University's School of Engineering Education, along with a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. As a doctoral student, Justin was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Justin is currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Committee on Sustainability subcommittee on Formal Engineering Education and an Assistant Editor for Engineering Studies.