Yin-Yin (Sarah) Tan

Sarah Tan


  • Research Assistant Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Affiliated Research Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Education Assessment Specialist, IDEAhub
  • PhD, Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors, Michigan Technological University
  • Master of Business Administration, Michigan Technological University
  • MA, Political Sciences, National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan
  • BA, Public Administration, National Chiayi Open University, Taiwan


Dr. Tan is a research assistant professor and education assessment specialist in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals and IDEAhub at Michigan Technological University. She is also an affiliated research assistant professor with the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences. Dr. Tan has experience in educational research and assessment across campus. Her research program involves using complementary methods (e.g., statistical modeling and analytics, psychological assessment) to evaluate how individual differences are important and impact behaviors at cultural, social, and behavioral levels. She has served as a project evaluator and research analyst for several grants and programs. For example, NSF funded cyber security student summer camp and faculty summer camp projects, NSF funded Engineering Technology Scholars-IMPRESS program, DARPA funded Explainable AI project, Ford Motor Company funded individual rider comfort using cognitive, physiological measure, etc. She also has experience in developing surveys and analyzing data using SurveyMonkey, R, SPSS, and Excel.

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Educational Research and Assessment

  • Project Evaluation

  • Culture Difference

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis

  • Statistical Analysis

  • R Programming Language