Sarah Parikh

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  • Foothill College
    Building 4400, Room 4403
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA 94022


Sarah Parikh is a professor at Foothill College teaching a variety of courses in the Physics and Engineering Departments and is currently the Department Chair for the Engineering Department. She has led initiatives to foster sense of community at Foothill College including the STEM Newsletter, STEM Day, STEM Showcase, the Engineering Speaker Series, and the Leadership Lunch speaker series. She is advisor to Foothill’s Women in STEM (WiSTEM) student club.

Sarah’s research interests include: engineering pathways to, through, and beyond community college; the development of belonging and identity as an engineering student and engineer; and measures of success for community college transfer programs.

Sarah’s teaching methodology balances meeting students where they are and encouraging student accountability. Her lectures are highly interactive with discussions, debates, and small group, large group, and individual activities. Each of Sarah’s courses includes a project as well. She aims for authentic projects that are based on a topic of the student’s choice. Ultimately, Sarah designs her courses to align with the quote by Elliot Eisner “The point of learning anything in school is not primarily to enable one to do well in school – although most parents and students believe this to be the case – it is to enable one to do well in life.”


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2009
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2006

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