Dr. Zahra Atiq is an Assistant Professor of Practice of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State University, Zahra is involved in teaching introductory programming courses at the undergraduate level. Her research interests include understanding the non-cognitive factors (e.g., emotions) that affect engineering and computing students’ success, particularly in the context of introductory programming courses. She is also interested in developing strategies and programs to help increase participation of women in computing and engineering. Zahra has a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. For her dissertation research, she was awarded the Bilsland dissertation fellowship by the graduate school of Purdue in 2018. Before starting her doctoral studies, she was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Forman Christian College in Lahore – Pakistan, from 2009 to 2014. Zahra also holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science.


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Bias in AI Book Group (TDAI)

Courses Taught

CSE 1223: Introduction to Programming in Java

Active NSF Funded Projects

2021 - 2023: CRII: IIS: HCC: Interplay of Emotions and Self-Efficacy of Novice Students during Programming Tasks: A Multi-Modal Approach

2020 - 2022: NSF Convergence Accelerator- Track C: QuSTEAM: Convergent Undergraduate Education in Quantum Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics


Non-Cognitive factors (emotions and motivation) in student performance, engagement, and retention; Teaching introductory programming; Learning analytics, Social and ethical aspects of artificial intelligence