Catherine Brawner received her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University in 1996. Prior to graduation, she founded Research Triangle Educational Consultants and has performed independent evaluation consulting ever since. Dr. Brawner’s primary research and evaluation activities center on engineering education and studying the impact of policies and practices on educational outcomes. She particularly enjoys interviewing students individually or in focus groups to learn about their motivations for studying engineering.
After graduating from Duke University with a B.A. degree in economics and from Indiana University with an MBA in marketing, Dr. Brawner began a seven year career at AT&T in marketing and sales before attending NC State for her Ph.D. The experience in a sales role with AT&T helps her maintain a client focus in her current work and provide consultative services in addition to evaluation.
Dr. Brawner has served as Treasurer for Research Triangle Park Evaluators, an American Evaluation Association affiliate organization. She is also a member of AEA and the American Society for Engineering Education.