IIana Krause

Mentor: Dr. Nancy Ruzycki

College of Engineering

"Research gives individuals the opportunity to apply learnings to real-life problems that impact peoples lives on a day to day basis. I got involved with research because I really enjoy applying my innate curiosity to create solutions to problems. Research becomes a tool to address a wide variety of issues in innovative and constructive ways. My favorite part about research is that you're constantly learning and applying knowledge to an area that you are passionate about."


Materials Science and Engineering


Business Administration

Research Interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Materials Engineering
  • Polymer Science

Academic Awards

  • University of Florida Honors Program (2014)
  • University of Florida Dean's List (2015-2017)
  • Harvey Herro Prize for Applied Corrosion Technology, NACE Poster Session (2017)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)


  • Engineering Student Advisory Council
  • Freshman Leadership Engineering Group
  • Freshman Leadership Council


  • Critical Thinking Outreach
  • Engineering Day

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Running
  • Playing the Violin, Piano,and Guitar

Research Description

Measuring Critical Thinking within Laboratory Courses
This University Scholars Project seeks to measure critical thinking through student recognition of elements that define aspects of critical thinking. Many students struggle with open-ended problem solving, and it is important to fully develop a method of evaluating problem solving thought-processes. Students enrolled in the Materials Engineering Laboratory class complete surveys that are coded to identify aspects of critical thinking. This will allow for a fundamental understanding of current critical thinking schemas of students in order to develop activities that address lapses in critical thinking abilities.