Indira Sukhraj

Learning and Development Facilitator

Office Location
Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, 4700 Research Way, Room 2034, Lakeland, FL 33805


M.S. in Instruction Design, Saint Leo University, 2017
B.A. in Psychology and Biology, University of North Florida, 2004


Indira Sukhraj became associate director of educational outreach in 2019. She previously was the learning and development facilitator at Florida Poly’s Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research (FIPR) Institute since 2010. Her areas of interest are STEM education, environmental science, and animal science. Sukhraj previously worked in the veterinary field with more than 20 years of experience. She also taught high school honors biology and advanced placement environmental science for five years.


Professional Activities

  • Member, Florida Association of Science Teachers, 2006-current
  • Member, National Association of Science Teachers, 2006-current
  • Environmental Engineering judge and co-chair, INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair, 2011-present
  • Category Captain, State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida, 2010-present
  • Category Captain, Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 2010-present
  • Senior Division Chair, Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair, 2017-present


Awards and Honors

  • 20 Professionals Under 40, The Ledger, 2010
  • Presenter, National Agriculture in the Classroom Annual Conference, 2011
  • Presenter, Florida Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Presenter, National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, 2015
  • Panelist, Texas Instruments Leadership Summit, 2017
  • Session Chair, 33rd Annual FLSME Regional Mining Conference, 2018
  • Presenter, National Science Teachers Association National Conference, 2018


Community Involvement

  • Member, Polk Vision Talent Pipeline, 2017-current
  • Coordinator, Local Animal Charity, 2011-current
  • Advisory Board Member, Polk County Schools 2019-current