Michele Yatchmeneff

Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering
EIB 301M


PhD Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2015
MS Engineering Management, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2009
BS Civil Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2005


Dr. Michele Yatchemeneff is an Unangax (Aleut) woman who grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle in rural villages along Alaska's Aleutian chain. She was an ANSEP scholar at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) where she earned a BS in Civil Engineering in 2005 and an MS in Engineering Management in 2009. After earning her BS, she began working in Alaska's construction and engineering industry, specializing in water and sewer projects in remote villages across the state. She also worked as the Deputy Director of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). Professor Yatchmeneff earned her PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Her PhD research focused on motivation and success of pre-college STEM students. Her current research expands her doctoral work and focuses on belonging-ness,  Alaska Native education, preparation, and retention.

Teaching Responsibilities

Economic Analysis and Operations (ESM A450): Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Introduction to Engineering (ES A101 & ENGR A151): Spring 2008, Summers 2009-2012, Fall 2015 - present
Fluid Mechanics (ES A341):  Fall 2017 and Fall 2018
Environmental Systems Design (CE A442): Spring 2018 and Spring 2019

Professional & Department Service

2015 - present Alfred P. Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnerships (SIGP) Coordinator for ANSEP
2015 - present ANSEP researcher and faculty advisor for ANSEP's 2500+ pre-college and college students

Research Interests

2018, PI, National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER):  "Alaska Native Belonging in High School Mathand Science Classrooms" - $500,000 over 5 years
2017, Co-PI, Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) Foundation:  "Support of ANSEP" - $600,000 over 2 years
2017, Co-PI, National Science Foundation (NSF), Broadening Participation (BP):  "ANSEP Dissemination Conference" - $200,000 over 1 year
2017, Co-PI, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation:  "Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnerships (SIGP)" - $2,533,092 total, of which $342,630 comes to UAA and UAF over 3 years
2017, Co-PI, National Science Foundation (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP):  "Alaska Alliance" - $3,000,000 over 5 years


Denick, D., Dringenberg, E., Fayyaz, F., Nelson, L., Pitterson, N., Tolbert, D., Yatchmeneff, M., Cardella, M. (2013). STEM thinking in informal enviornments: Integration and recommendations for formal settings. In 2013 ASEE IL-IN Section Conference (pp. 1-17). Angola, Indiana: American Society for Engineering Education. Retrieved from http://ilin.asee.org/2013/index_files/denick.pdf

Yatchmeneff, M. (2015). A qualitative study of motivation in Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) precollege students. In 122nd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Seattle, WA: American Society for Engineering Education. 

Yatchmeneff, M. & Calhoun, M. (2017). Exploring engineering identity in a common introduction to engineering course to improve retention. In 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. Columbus, Ohio: American Society for Engineering Education.

Yatchmeneff, M. & Schroeder, H.P., & Calhoun, M.E. (2016), How to develop Alaska Native STEM Students in Middle School and High School. In 123rd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. New Orleans, LA: American Society for Engineering Education. Retrieved from https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/64/papers/15288/view