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.
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.
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 an associate editor for Advances in Engineering Education, a publication 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.