David Burghardt is distinguished professor of engineering at Hofstra and co-director of its CSR. He also teaches education courses, is the author of 10 textbooks, and has led ten NSF projects. He served as a member of the NAE committee that led to the publication of the 2009 Engineering in K-12 Education report . He will assist with budget and liaise with ASEE and NAE.
Barry Burke, co-PI, directs an 18-state ITEEA STEM consortium developing standards-based Engineering by Design™ (EbD) curriculum. He served as president of the ITEA board of directors and as a member of the Standards for Technological Literacy writing team. He was a curriculum coordinator for 30 content areas in Montgomery County, MD. He will serve as the liaison to the ETE community and will be the lead person charged with dissemination of final materials through the ITEEA STEM consortium once they are finalized. Burke will lead the team developing the Water module.
David Crismond will coordinate the EfA research program along with engineering graduate assistants. He is a professor of science and engineering education at CCNY and a former public school teacher. He developed engineering design-based multimedia materials at MIT and created design-oriented science curricula at TERC and Georgia Tech. His main research interests relate to PreK-12 design cognition and pedagogy and teacher professional development in science and pre-engineering.
Christine Cunningham, co-PI, is founder and director of the NSF-funded Engineering is Elementary program and a Vice President at the Boston Museum of Science where she oversees curriculum development, PD, and research and evaluation. Her projects focus on making STEM programs relevant, understandable, and accessible to everyone, especially marginalized populations. She will serve as a member of the EfA Conceptual Design Team.
Anthony Gordon, PC, has been an educational administrator and project manager for over 30 years and has served on four NSF projects. He was the IT coordinator for Saginaw (MI) schools and is now director for innovation at the Hofstra CSR. As design and technology director in Staffordshire, England, he developed exemplary, commercially published ETE materials. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations
Michael Hacker, PI, co-directs the Hofstra CSR. He has 50 years of experience in engineering and technology education. As the former NYS supervisor for Technology Education, he managed development of MST standards; Introduction to Technology curriculum for the mandated MS instruction; and Principles of Engineering HS program. He has led 11 NSF projects, authored five textbooks, edited three professional compendia, and was a writing team member for the Standards for Technological Literacy. He was a TE teacher and department chair for 20 years. He will liaise with all partners and NSF, manage field testing
Deborah Hecht is the lead Project external evaluator. She has been Senior Evaluator at the Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE) at the CUNY Graduate Center for over 20 years. Her expertise relates to MS education, STEM education, applied learning, and student and teacher assessment. She has served as lead evaluator on six NSF projects conducted by the Hofstra CSR and has evaluated numerous other large-scale projects (DOE, Gates, etc.) focused on educational reform, teacher development, and student learning.
Caterina La Fata is a Research Associate at CASE and a Ph.D. candidate. She will assist in all aspects of the external evaluation.
Michal Lomask served as the science education and assessment coordinator at the CTDOE for 20 years. She directed the development of the state science framework acclaimed for its integration of relevant technological and social issues and its curriculum-embedded performance tasks. She will provide leadership to the development of EfA embedded assessments
Elizabeth Parry, co-PI, is immediate past chairperson of the ASEE K-12 division and coordinates K-16 partnerships at NCSU’s College of Engineering. In her many years in STEM education, she has worked with undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, parents, and industry/community partners. Previously, she was a mechanical engineer at IBM for 10 years. She is the author of over 30 papers on PreK-12 STEM and will serve as a member of the EfA Conceptual Design Team.
Cary Sneider, co-PI, is associate professor at Portland State University (OR). He is a member of the Next Generation Science Standards writing team and the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as “The Nation’s Report Card.” He formerly was Vice President for education at the Boston Museum of Science (where he developed a HS engineering curriculum) and was director of astronomy and physics education at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Cary will ensure optimal linkage to NGSS (as he was on the NGSS development team) and will serve as the Project’s liaison to the science education community. He will lead the team developing the Food module.
Teacher-writers Sandy Cavanaugh (TechEd) and Mariel Milano (Science) would, under the direction of the co-team leaders, draft the KSBs so that they address identified learning objectives and set the stage for knowledgeable work on the design challenge that they will collaboratively develop.
Three pilot test teachers (James Ng, Nick Cimorelli, and John Storella-Mullin who are experienced and expert technology teachers) will assist the development team by pilot testing the materials and suggesting revisions.