Oludurotimi Adetunji is an Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Inclusive Science and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics at Brown University. He is a member of the leadership team and advisory board of Brown’s Science Center and directs the Center’s Outreach office. He also currently serves as the Co-Chair of Brown’s Engaged Scholarship and Broader Impacts Joint Committee and oversees Brown’s Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) program. In addition, Dr. Adetunji leads Brown’s Science Cartoons (SciToons) production program which has been featured on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate website and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National DNA Day website and social media platforms. Dr. Adetunji is currently leading the development of new innovative approaches to STEM teaching, learning and communication through narratives and multimedia platforms.
Jim Bader is the executive director of the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at Case Western Reserve University. Through the work of the Center, he draws upon the expertise of faculty, staff, and students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Case School of Engineering to design and implement exemplary and high impact precollege STEM initiatives that increase the number and diversity of students pursuing study in the STEM disciplines at Case Western Reserve University and elsewhere. He serves as a primary resource for faculty and other internal constituents on precollege STEM programming and is the key point of contact for partnership with external constituents interested in precollege STEM expertise and programs at CWRU.
Mr. Bader is a Certified Lead Reviewer for the NSTA Science Program Improvement Review program, an American Society for Microbiology Biology Scholar, and a National Academies Fellow in the Life Sciences. He has been recognized for his undergraduate teaching on several occasions and is the 2011 recipient of the J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring.
Edward Bilsky currently serves as the Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the University of New England. In the fall of 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of New England where he is currently a tenured Professor of Pharmacology and was the founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Neuroscience (CEN). Under his leadership, the CEN incorporated research, education and outreach into its mission and vision and has created an outstanding, award winning, K-12 outreach program. Dr. Bilsky engages a broad group of audiences on a variety of topics related to the neurobiology of pain, pain management and addiction to students in the colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Arts and Sciences and Pharmacy. Dr. Bilsky is a co-founder of two small biotechnology companies that are developing novel analgesics and other drugs to help manage opioid side effects. Part of this work has brought a novel opioid antagonist into clinical trials.
Jeanne Braha is Project Director, Public Engagement at AAAS. A science communications and public engagement professional, she is responsible for the management of the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology. Since 2004, the AAAS Center for Public Engagement has worked to further awareness of science and the scientific process and increase public input into scientific research and policy agendas, encouraging and facilitating dialogue between policymakers, the general public, and the scientific community. Braha’s work encourages scientists to take a more personal and proactive interest in public engagement, using evidence-based approaches. She previously worked in civic engagement, science education, and science communications at the National Academy of Sciences and other organizations.
Chelsea Chee is a Diversity Coordinator at New Mexico Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research where she works to broaden the participation of female and underrepresented minorities in all NM EPSCoR supported programs. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona and is currently working on a dual Masters program in Community and Regional Planning and Public Administration at the University of New Mexico. Chelsea is Navajo from Teesto/Dilkon, AZ.
Jamie Cornish, Ph.D. is the science outreach and education specialist at Montana State University’s Extended University. She has many years of experience as a project manager on grants from NASA, NSF, DPHHS, DOT, and NIH; and has a background in informal education having served as the director of education at the Museum of the Rockies. Previously, Dr. Cornish worked at Sesame Workshop conducting audience research on television programs, at the Walt Disney Company managing public relations for Discover Magazine, and at Nickelodeon as a consultant. Dr. Cornish has a B.A. from Princeton University, and an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in education from Cambridge University.
Kevin Costa is the Managing Director of Synberc (the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center), a multi-university NSF research center to make biology easier to engineer. Mr. Costa is the co-organizer of Synberc’s Expanding Potential program, which aims to first help students and professionals recognize and understand social problems that may hinder progress of underrepresented groups, and second encourage and support programs that change STEM cultures and increase inclusivity. Mr. Costa has lead Synberc’s efforts in engaging the public about the opportunities and challenges of engineering biology, and is helping to establish the Engineering Biology Research Consortium, a non-profit organization that aims to be the leading organization bringing together an inclusive community committed to advancing biological engineering to address national and global needs. Mr. Costa has been involved in strategic planning at Berkeley Lab, operations management in the software development sector, and medical writing. His interests include public engagement, science policy, the broad implications of synthetic biology, and bike riding.
Stefan de Jong
Stefan de Jong works as an impact developer at the knowledge exchange office of Leiden University in the Netherlands. At Leiden University, he supports researchers in the social sciences and humanities in having broader impacts in society. Stefan obtained a BSc in Cell Biology from Wageningen University, an MSc in Innovation Studies from Utrecht University and a PhD in Social Sciences from Leiden University. He still holds a position as research fellow at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies of Leiden University. His research interests are broader impacts and evaluation of academic research. Stefan has published both scientific and policy papers on these topics. Also, he is involved in the Dutch national debate about broader impacts through opinion pieces in national newspapers and social media. Furthermore, Stefan regularly hosts broader impacts workshops for researchers and academic support staff.
Esther De Smet
Esther De Smet is a graduate of Ghent University. She has been working at her alma mater as a policy advisor since 2003. After a detour via the Department for Education and project management of GUIDe (‘Ghent University Information Desk’- kick-starting a brand new customer and information service), Esther joined the Research Department in late 2010 where she took on the role of knowledge broker and senior policy advisor. She is one of the project leads on the institutional research information system (GISMO) and has recently spearheaded the new institutional policy on societal value creation. Esther is always looking for ways to create a stimulating and nurturing research environment and to put her university’s research on the local and global map. She leads workshops on communication strategy, impact, digital presence and social media. Twitter is her medium of choice: she is the proud curator of @ResearchUGent making her a frontrunner in harnessing social media in Flemish research communication since 2012.
Diane Doberneck is the Assistant Director at Michigan State University’s National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement; coordinator, MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement; and program team leader for University Outreach and Engagement Educational Programs. Doberneck’s research interests include outreach and engagement in promotion and tenure processes; faculty integration of outreach and engagement across their teaching, research, and service responsibilities; graduate student and faculty pathways to careers as engaged scholars; international community engagement; and effective strategies for teaching and learning community engagement. Informed by this research, Doberneck contributes to professional development programming about community engagement—including Tools of Engagement, Service-Learning Toolkit for Faculty and Academic Staff (undergraduate students), the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement (graduate students), and faculty/staff professional development activities. Doberneck’s scholarship has been published in Innovative Higher Education, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, and Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.
Katie manages the Education and Outreach initiatives including several grant programs at the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). Working collaboratively with various stakeholders, Katie facilitates developing and disseminating K-16 educational resources that support the effective teaching and learning of plant science in formal and informal settings. The ASPB public engagement activities Katie directs focus on encouraging plant biology as a career choice as well as ‘eradicating plant blindness’ with resources and programs that trigger thinking critically about the ways plants are integral to everyone’s daily life and a sustainable future.
Stacey was completing her doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona when her stint as an NSF GK-12 fellow shifted her career trajectory toward STEM education and outreach. As Director of CU Science Discovery, a K-12 STEM outreach organization based at CU Boulder, Stacey collaborates with CU faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to develop, implement and evaluate STEM education programs for K-12 students and teachers. She manages Colorado’s Teen Science Café and Portal to the Public programs, and is the Chair of the Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM (NGCP).
Ann Quiroz Gates
Ann Quiroz Gates is a Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department and past Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Projects at the University of Texas at El Paso. Gates directs the NSF-funded Cyber-ShARE Center of Excellence that was established in 2007 with a mission to advance and integrate cyber-enhanced, collaborative, and interdisciplinary education and research through technologies that support the acquisition, exchange, analysis, and integration of data, information, and knowledge. She was appointed in 2016 to serve on the Naval Research Advisory Committee. Gates leads the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), an NSF-funded consortium that is focused on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Hispanics in computing. Gates received the 2015 HENAAC Educator award, the CRA’s 2015 A. Nico Habermann Award, the 2010 Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award, and the 2009 Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing. She was named to Hispanic Business magazine’s 100 Influential Hispanics in 2006 for her work on the Affinity Research Group model that focuses on development of undergraduate students involved in research.
Michelle Hall is a geophysicist and science educator who has worked in industry, academia, and government. She is President of Science Education Solutions, whose mission is to make learning about science and technology accessible, welcoming, intriguing, and rewarding.
Judith Hallinen, EdD is Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Outreach at Carnegie Mellon University, and directs the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning & Outreach which creates initiatives that share faculty and student expertise to enhance STEM opportunities for all. She supports many university objectives and external initiatives such as the STEM Ecosystem. Judith has been an Adjunct Instructor at Chatham University, a consultant to Pittsburgh Public Schools to develop Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, and a project coordinator for programs developed by the Curriculum Research and Development Group, University of Hawai’i. She earned a BS in Psychology (Carnegie Mellon), an MAT (University of Pittsburgh), and an EdD in Higher Education Management (University of Pennsylvania).
Laura M. Heisler
Laura Heisler is Director of Programming for Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Prior to assuming this role in 2009, she served as an Intellectual Property Manager for WARF and as the Program Developer for the Morgridge Institute for Research. She has been involved with numerous aspects of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery project since its inception in 2006. In her current role, she is charged with developing, implementing and directing the programmatic framework for the groundbreaking public spaces at the Institutes, including the one-of-a-kind Town Center, which welcome the entire community. Laura is a patent agent registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before joining WARF in 2004, she worked as Intellectual Property Manager, Grants Manager and as a research scientist for Third Wave Technologies. She is the author of several scientific publications and the inventor of a U.S. patent.
Megan Heitmann has worked as the Assistant Director for the NSF-funded Strengthening the Professoriate (SP@ISU) program, based out of the Vice President for Research Office, since 2010. She is responsible for development and planning of training opportunities for faculty, evaluation efforts, SP@ ISU events, and consulting with faculty on broader impact plans for proposals. She also serves as the link between faculty and education programs on campus. She has served on the steering committee for the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) since 2014 and serves as co-chair of the planning committee for the annual NABI Summit.
Cathy Howe is an independent consultant and PhD researcher at Imperial College London. She founded the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum in 2013. She worked as a Manager in the National Health Service for 15 years, specialising in quality improvement and evidence translation since 2004. Prior to her most recent role as Emergency Care Intensive Support Team Manager supporting National Health Service Hospitals to implement evidence relating to emergency care services she held an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Fellowship and worked as a Programme Lead at the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (CLAHRC) Northwest London researching evidence translation through action research. She has managed corporate and clinical services in England and in Wales.
Geoff Hunt is currently the Manager of Public Outreach for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2003 with a degree in biochemistry, and received his PhD from Princeton University in 2009 for work on the effects of extracellular matrix proteins on embryonic stem cell behavior. Geoff began working at ASBMB in 2010 as the society’s Science Policy Fellow, working in the Office of Public Affairs, before transitioning to his current position at the beginning of 2012. Geoff’s role with the Public Outreach Committee is to translate the ideas and enthusiasm of the committee members into action. In addition to (or as part of) his day job, Geoff has been known to perform the occasional science rap.
Anna Johnson works for the Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet) project, led by Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, by supporting new and existing PoPNet organizations. She received her Master of Arts in Museology from the University of Washington and has worked in the field informal science education for 8 years.
Matthew M. Johnson
Matthew M. Johnson is a Research Associate at the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) at The Pennsylvania State University. His primary role is to plan and implement teacher professional development programs as part of broader impacts programs for STEM research grants. Many of these programs include workshops that emphasize using engineering design contexts to teach core ideas of science. In his recently defended Science Education dissertation, Matt characterized students’ use of failure in elementary engineering design projects along with teachers’ ability to support or constrain improvement. His research interests include: 1) developing a set of teaching practices for engaging students in classroom engineering projects, particularly those associated with productively using failure in iteration and optimization; 2) developing strategies for improving teachers’ understanding of the practices of researchers and the use of classroom research projects to replicate these practices with students; and 3) improving universities’ STEM education outreach systems in order to maximize the outcomes of broader impacts programs.
Eve Klein manages the national Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet), led by Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. She holds a Master’s of Education degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her current work is focused on partnerships that support public engagement with active local research and innovation.
Miriam Krause is the Director of Education and Outreach for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), a multi-institute research center funded by the NSF’s Centers for Chemical Innovation program. Prior to joining the CSN in 2014, Miriam received her PhD in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota and was a faculty member in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Part of her graduate training included a clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (before it moved to Bethesda), an experience that helped prepare her to take on coordinating the CSN’s summer Research Experience for Veterans program.
Lisa Larson is a professor in the psychology department at Iowa State University (ISU). She is the Provost’s Faculty Fellow for the ADVANCE program at Iowa State University which is a campus-wide program, originally funded by NSF, that has a goal of aiding the university in recruiting and retaining high quality women faculty and faculty from underrepresented groups. She served as the Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) ADVANCE Equity Advisor from 2007 to 2015. From 2008 to 2011, she served as an ISU NSF ADVANCE Research Investigator. She served as the LAS Tenure and Promotion Committee chair for 3 years. Besides her leadership activities, her scholarship includes 56 publications, 4 book chapters, 69 national conference presentations, and four technical reports. Her scholarship and teaching demonstrate her expertise in research methods, vocational psychology, and counseling supervision. At ISU she has received teaching and service awards. She has received national recognition for her scholarship and her national leadership. Prior to ISU, she was on faculty at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Educational Psychology department from 1986 to 1998. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1986.
Brian M. Lawrence
Brian M. Lawrence is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Morehouse College. At Morehouse, Dr. Lawrence has co-chaired the Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium, a poster session of presentations by undergraduates involved in chemical research from local colleges and universities in the State of Georgia. He also serves as the principal investigator for SYNERGI, a partnership led by The Leadership Alliance to develop innovative programs for research training. Recently, his research has focused on the development of new methods for the modular synthesis of natural products. He lives in Smoke Rise, Georgia and is a father of four.
Russell Joseph Ledet
Russell Joseph Ledet is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana and has lived in New York City, NY since June 2013. Russell served over nine years in the U.S. Navy in the field of intelligence before pursuing Bachelors’ degrees in chemistry and biology at Southern University and A&M College. After earning those degrees, he chose to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular oncology and pharmacology at NYU School of Medicine, focusing on biochemical processes in prostate cancer. Russell is also the founder of Clear Direction, a mentoring program that provides underrepresented minority high school students with invaluable exposure to STEM through formal long-term mentorship from current PhD and MD/PhD students at top-tier institutions in New York City.
Michael Mayhew, Senior Research Scientist, Science Education Solutions, Inc. Following career phases in academia and at NASA, Mike spent many years as a program manager in geophysics, and later geoscience education, at the National Science Foundation. His chief interest is in fostering public understanding of science.
Joseph N. Miller
Joseph N. (Joe) Miller is the Director of Community Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). Joe spent approximately 15 years primarily working in the leadership of residential treatment centers that cared for abused children. In 2004, he accepted a position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi operating grant funded violence prevention programs in public schools, and since that time has served as the principal investigator of numerous research grants, many of which were directed towards various forms of youth outreach. Joe is a licensed kayaking instructor and often uses “outdoor adventures” as a means of promoting environmental education and STEM pathways among underprivileged youth. As the departmental director of the Office of Community Outreach, he is responsible for overseeing program managers and staff in the areas of Workforce Development, Events and Conferences, Pollution Prevention and others. Over the past year, Joe has led the efforts towards utilizing the Office of Outreach to facilitate the institutionalization of broader impacts at TAMUCC.
Barbara Pearson is a broader impacts specialist in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Research Development and a charter member of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts. She is also active in the National Organization for Research Development Professionals (NORDP) Northeast regional chapter. In addition to broader impacts and general grantsmanship mentoring, she participates in diversity and women in science initiatives on the UMass campus. She earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Miami (FL) and has done extensive research on bilingual learning. Her book for a popular audience, Raising a Bilingual Child, has been published in Spanish, Polish, and Mandarin, in addition to English. She recently spearheaded a national linguistics outreach initiative, “Language Science for Everyone,” supported by NSF and the Linguistic Society of America.
David J. Phipps
David Phipps, Ph.D., MBA, manages all research grants and agreements including knowledge and technology transfer for York University including York’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization Unit. In addition to other awards and recognition he received the 2015 Research Management Excellence Award and 2015 President’s Award for Innovation in Knowledge Mobilization. In 2015 he was named the Gordon and Jean Southam Fellow from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He is also the KT Lead for NeuroDevNet and Network Director for ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche.
John Rand is a Professor and currently the Director for STEM Education at the University of Hawai‘i System. Previously he has served as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program Director at Kap‘iolani Community College, was an Associate Director for the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium and previously held the governor appointed seat on the Hawai‘i Innovations Council. Dr. Rand was a Co-Principal Investigator on five National Science Foundation grants from the Human Resource Division and the Division of Undergraduate Education. He was the college’s Pre-engineering coordinator and representative to the UH College of Education’s Science Teacher Education Committee.
Kacy Redd is the director of science and mathematics education policy at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). APLU is a higher education association in Washington, DC, with a membership of 235 public research universities in the US, Canada, and Mexico. She co-directs the Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC), which currently links 135 STEM Education Centers (SEC) at 114 institutions (from 226 SECs at 169 institutions identified to date). NSEC is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF #1524832) and has received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Dr. Redd also manages APLU’s Science and Mathematics Teaching Imperative (SMTI), a commitment by 132 public research universities to improve science and mathematics teacher preparation. She serves as staff lead for APLU’s Research Intensive Committee, a committee of 15 presidents of RU1 institutions, and for the Task Force on Laboratory Safety. Redd received her PhD in neuroscience from Columbia University, where she was funded by a HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship.
Susan Renoe is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Broader Impacts Network at the University of Missouri. She also serves as Chairperson for the National Alliance for Broader Impacts. She formerly served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Program Coordinator for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity, which provides underrepresented minority undergraduates the opportunity to work in research labs. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and her B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri. She is a former Ford Foundation Fellow, Thurgood Marshall Fellow, and McNair Scholar.
Julie Risien is Associate Director of the Oregon State University Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning and the faculty lead for the OSU Research Impacts Network. Her focus is on investigating and enhancing the quality of research impacts, working to redefine undergraduate success, and working across campus to support transformation of STEM education practices. Julie has a decade of experience working in research organizations including Oregon Sea Grant and the Institute for Natural Resources. Prior to her work as research administrator, Julie worked for non-profit organizations and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer on marine conservation issues including planning and policy initiatives, citizen-science, habitat restoration, marine reserves, endangered species, environmental education, and community-based conservation programing. Julie serves as an advisor to the office of research development, and serves on the NSF-funded National Alliance for Broader Impacts Steering Committee.
Sara Rouhi has worked in scholarly publishing for seven years and manages sales and outreach in North America for Altmetric.com. She speaks and runs workshops on metrics in practice and the scholarly publishing process at library and scholarly publishing conferences worldwide. She is an active member of the Society of Scholarly Publishing’s Education Committee and currently runs their Librarian Focus Group program. She was awarded SSP’s Emerging Leader Award in 2015.
Previous to working at Altmetric, she managed outreach and training for ACS Publications, working with librarians to help explain and clarify ACS Publications policies, products, and services. Sara conceived of and launched the ACS on Campus program, spearheaded the ACS Publications library summit expansion and managed the ACS Publications Customer Advisory Panel.
Diane Rover has been a University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University since 2001. She currently serves as the director for two large-scale, NSF-funded programs: IINspire LSAMP is an alliance of sixteen institutions in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska to broaden participation in STEM; and SP@ISU is a campus-wide program to support the broader impacts work of faculty. Additionally, she serves on the steering committee for the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI). She has also been the principal investigator on NSF STEP and S-STEM grants at Iowa State that have focused on the recruitment, retention and success of engineering students. Her teaching and research has focused on the areas of embedded computer systems, reconfigurable hardware, integrated program development and performance environments for parallel and distributed systems, visualization, performance monitoring and evaluation, and engineering education.
Mack Shelley is University Professor of Political Science, Statistics, and School of Education at Iowa State University. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Political Science. His research, external funding, and teaching focus on applications of statistical methods to public policy and program evaluation, with emphasis on education policy and programs. He has received funding from numerous federal agencies, state agencies, and other organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Administration for Children and Families of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He serves regularly as a statistical consultant for researchers, administrators, program staff, and students, and has received awards for research, teaching, and professional practice.
Tobin (Toby) Smith is Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading U.S. and Canadian research universities devoted to maintaining a strong system of academic research and education. Toby oversees and coordinates AAU’s policy and policy analysis activities. Among his specific areas of responsibility are issues relating to science and innovation policy; academic research; regulation, compliance and research costs; technology transfer; and openness and security. Toby also oversees AAU’s Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative. He is the co-author of a book on national science policy published in 2008 by the University of Michigan Press titled, Beyond Sputnik – U.S. Science Policy in the 21st Century. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Sriram Sundararajan is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His research areas encompass multiscale tribology (friction, lubrication and wear), surface engineering and mechanical engineering education. At Iowa State, he serves as the Equity Advisor for the College of Engineering and engages faculty in best practices to increase the diversity of the faculty body. He also serves on the steering committee for the International Conference on Wear of Materials, the executive committee of the Mechanical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and as an ABET program evaluator for ASME. Prof. Sundararajan has been recognized for his accomplishments with the Young Engineering Faculty Research Award and Early Achievement in Teaching Award at Iowa State University.
Michael Thompson is the Founding Director of the Broader Impacts in Research (BIR) organization. BIR serves as a point of contact at the University of Oklahoma for institutionalizing a broader impacts (BI) culture as well as gain knowledge and get help in developing, implementing, and evaluating high quality BI programs and portfolios for and beyond Agency and NSF Criterion. Dr. Thompson has taught Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physical Science and developed and has taught Science and Engineering learning community service-learning courses. He was also one of the first individuals who established the Engineering Projects in Community Service-Learning (EPICS) high school program where he helped develop and write curriculum, conduct workshops, perform site-visits, develop and implement EPICS high school research agendas, and strategically develop, implement, and analyze all of the evaluation and assessment protocols and received data. The EPICS high school program is now in many states across the nation.
Leonie van Drooge
Leonie van Drooge is senior researcher at the Dutch Rathenau Institute, an independent research institute governed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Her field of expertise is research evaluation and research (broader) impacts. She is involved in policy discussions and formulation in the Netherlands, both at the national level, as well as at local (university departments) level. She publishes both policy reports as well as academic papers. She was the scientific secretary of the project SIAMPI, dedicated to social impact of research, funded under the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 230330. She has previously worked as a technology transfer officer.
Laurie Van Egeren
Laurie Van Egeren, Ph.D., is the Assistant Provost for University-Community Partnerships in Michigan State University’s Office of University Outreach and Engagement. She conducts engaged research funded by NSF, NIH, and foundations, including state evaluations of after-school programs and child care consultation programs; early childhood science education; youth-driven spaces; parent-training programs for children diagnosed with autism; and programs to increase STEM college entry among African-American students. Dr. Van Egeren is on the Board of Directors for the Engaged Scholarship Consortium and a member of the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach.
Annmarie R. Ward
Annmarie R. Ward is an Assistant Professor of Education and the Director of the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS) at The Pennsylvania State University. As director of CSATS, Dr. Ward works with Penn State scientists and engineers, as well as school districts across Pennsylvania to design and implement broader impacts components of STEM researcher grant proposals that build capacity for K-12 teachers to teach science using methods that incorporate the discourse and practices of science and engineering. She also engages other Penn State STEM outreach groups in activities designed to promote collaboration and enhance understanding of current STEM education issues. Her research interests include 1) developing strategies for enhancing K-12 teachers’, and STEM undergraduate and graduate students’ understanding of how scientists and engineers do research and how to translate that knowledge into their teaching; and 2) optimizing universities’ STEM outreach efforts, allowing them to more strategically and meaningfully address the science education needs of students, K-12 teachers, higher education, and the community.
Jory Weintraub is the Science Communication Program Director and a Senior Lecturing Fellow with the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. In this position, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in science communication and runs the SciComm Fellows Program, a series of science communication workshops for Duke faculty and postdocs.
Prior to this, he served for over 10 years as the Assistant Director of Education and Outreach at NESCent (The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center), where he developed and ran programs in evolution education/outreach for K-12 students and teachers, undergraduates, and the general public. He also served in NESCent’s management team. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI), and serves on the Board of Directors of Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM), is a member of the editorial board of the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach, and serves on the Education Committee of the Society for the Study of Evolution. His work focuses on minority outreach, science communication/education/outreach, and faculty development.
Michael J. Zeman
Michael J. Zeman, Director of Science Outreach at Penn State, has a B.S and M.S in Kinesiology from Penn State University. His three years as a Doctoral Candidate at Penn State left him wanting more for the K-12 classroom and his passion for teaching. He turned to pedagogy and educational theory and became a teacher. After seven years of teaching K-12 Health Education in Rochester, NY, Mr. Zeman earned his school district administrative degree (SDA) from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and worked as an assistant principal in Greece Central School District, NY, before returning to State College with his family to direct Science Outreach.
Zeman has presented several notable talks on leadership, science education, science outreach, and broader impacts, including: The Secrets to Broader Impacts, GWIS Brown Bag Series (2015), Assessing Student Impact in Engagement Experiences, Penn State Engaged Scholarship Symposium, 2015, Connecting Research Institutions to K-12 Educators, NSTA Boston 2014, Developing a Student Leadership Culture, NSTA Indianapolis 2012, Student Leadership Culture, Penn State Schreyer’s Leadership Institute, Nittany Lion Inn, 2011.