Faculty Profile

Matilde Sanchez-Pena.

Matilde Sanchez-Pena

Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Education
Email: matildes@buffalo.edu


  • PhD, Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2018
  • MSc, Statistics, Ohio State University, 2014
  • MSc, Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, 2011
  • BEng, Manufacturing Engineering, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, 2007

Professional experience:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Engineering Education, Purdue University

What mentoring means to me:

Mentoring is support towards self-realization by others that have gone through the paths you want to walk. Through my academic career, I have had multiple valuable mentoring relationships that have helped me grow and achieve my goals, a fulfilling career and a happy personal life. I hope to do the same for others.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • Financial stress and strain.
  • Non-U.S. citizen or immigrant experiences.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.