Higher Education Services

Higher Education Services (HES)  is an educational consulting firm that works to advance spatial research and training worldwide, empowering students to be successful in their studies and ultimately their careers.

Created by spatial training expert Dr. Sheryl Sorby, HES provides training, speaking, coaching and consulting services to academics and non-profits on topics such as spatial training, cognitive learning, self-efficacy, career coaching, research opportunities for students and concept inventories.

Dr. Sheryl Sorby

Dr. Sorby is an engineering educator and the CEO and founder of Higher Education Services.

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quote-left-blueThe not-so-secret secret is that I struggled with spatial skills when I was an engineering student.

I couldn’t figure out why my friends had no problem with engineering graphics but I felt lost. I could do all of the engineering work but what I didn’t know is that I had weak spatial skills.

Years later, when I started teaching an engineering graphics course, I noticed a number of my students, particularly women, had problems with the course due to weak spatial skills. I decided to do something about it and began what has become my major career focus and passion—to help students be successful in their chosen fields of study with proven, research-based spatial training.”

Spatial Training Advocate

Dr. Sorby has been researching and advancing spatial skills education across age groups and cultures for most of her career. It’s personal for her and is her passion.

Using “Developing Spatial Thinking”, her spatial skills curriculum developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), she works with educators in middle and high schools, community and four-year colleges and lifelong learning settings to develop the capacity of students worldwide.


With over $8 million in grant funding, Dr. Sorby partners with institutions to research spatial training across age groups and cultures. In addition, Dr. Sorby researches self-efficacy, cognitive learning and career coaching.

Current Experience

Dr. Sorby is a Visiting Professor in the Engineering Education and Innovation Center at The Ohio State University and a Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University.  She currently serves as the President of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).


Dr. Sorby received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1982, a Master’s in Engineering Mechanics in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in 1991, all from Michigan Technological University.

Contact us to discuss ways that Dr. Sorby can support your initiatives.