Prof. Molly H. Goldstein
Teaching Assistant Professor & Product Design Lab Director
Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering


  • Ph.D., Engineering Education, Purdue University, 2018
  • M.S., Systems & Entrepreneurial Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • B.S., General Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2004


Dr. Molly H. Goldstein is a Teaching Assistant Professor and Product Design Lab Director in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the Grainger College at the University of Illinois. She also holds affiliate appointments in Mechanical Science and Engineering, Curriculum & Instruction (College of Education), and Industrial Design (School of Fine and Applied Arts), and is an inaugural affiliate at the Siebel Center for Design. Dr. Goldstein’s research focuses on student designers through the study of their design actions and thinking.

Dr. Goldstein earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University in 2018, co-advised by Dr Robin Adams and Dr. Senay Purzer. During this time, she was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award and was a Bilsland Fellow. She earned a B.S. in General Engineering (now Systems Engineering & Design) and M.S. in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering, both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked as an environmental engineer specializing in air quality, influencing her focus in engineering design with environmental concerns. Dr. Goldstein is a 2021 recipient of the Central Illinois Business Forty under 40 award, the 2023 recipient of the Collins Award for Innovative Teaching, and the 2024 recipient of the Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence.

Recent Events

Product Design Lab presents work at the 2024 American Society for Engineering Education in Portland, Oregon

Head learning assistant, Lily Mini, awarded campus-level tutor of the year honorable mention

Using new tech to communicate engineering design

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Collaborative learning experiences crucial in preparing engineering students for the workforce

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Instructor Voices – Active Learning Classrooms in the Campus Instructional Facility (CIF)

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Goldstein’s Renaissance Engineering Summer Camp Incorporates Art, Design, Mechatronics, and Mentoring

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ISE’s Molly Goldstein: Passionate About Teaching Engineering Students Design

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