Alejandra J. Magana is the W. C. Furnas Professor in Enterprise Excellence of Computer and Information Technology and professor of engineering education at Purdue University. Her research investigates how model-based cognition in STEM can be supported using expert tools and disciplinary practices such as data science computation, modeling, and simulation. In 2015, Magana received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for investigating modeling and simulation practices in undergraduate engineering education. In 2016, she was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar for being on an accelerated path toward academic distinction. In 2022, she was inducted into the Purdue University Teaching Academy, recognizing her excellence in teaching.