Jill Davishahl

Director of Pre-Engineering Program Development


Jill Davishahl is the Director of Pre-Engineering Program Development and faculty member at Western Washington University.  She spends her time teaching, developing and implementing innovative curriculum, and working toward improving the pre-major engineering student experience.  She aims to motivate students to explore engineering, teach them to be curious and inventive, and help them find a career in whatever realm will allow them to make the world a better place. She likes to imagine a world where people from diverse backgrounds collectively design, create, and build a new reality that supports the greater good by leveraging and applying their intellectual curiosity, innovative intelligence, and analytical skills.

Educational & Professional Experience

  • Faculty & Director of Pre-Engineering Program Development, Engineering + Design Department, Western Washington University 
  • Faculty, Engineering Technology, Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham WA
  • Faculty & Department Chair, Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood WA
  • Engineering Consultant/Design Engineer, Prosthetics Research Study, Seattle WA
  • Software Engineer, American Management Systems, Seattle WA

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Union College

Research Interests

  • STEM Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
  • Enhancing the engineering pre-major experience
  • Development of sense of belonging and self efficacy in engineering students