Ruben D. Lopez-Parra is a graduate research assistant at Purdue University pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering Education. Previously, he worked as a quality engineer for a coatings company and also as a natural science teacher in different High Schools. In 2015, Ruben earned the M.S in Chemical Engineering at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia where he also received the title of Chemical Engineer in 2012. His research interests include synthetic biology and bioprocess. Additionally, he also researches about students' cognition and metacognition in the engineering curriculum.