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Monday, June 17

3:00pm CDT

Opening Keynote Presentations

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.    

Jack Ford, Co-Founder, AmericanEDtv; CBS News Legal Analyst

Margaret Spellings, President and CEO, Margaret Spellings & Company; Senior Advisor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Secretary of Education, 2005-2009
Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report

Nancy Dussault Smith, Vice President of Marketing Communications, iRobot
Trooper Stephen Sicard, Massachusetts State Police
Dr. Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman and Professor, Department of Systems Biology; Co-Director, Institute of Personalized Cancer Therapy, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 
Bree Sandlin, Cancer Survivor

Jack Ford, 
Co-Founder, AmericanEDtv; CBS News Legal Analyst


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Jack Ford

Co-Founder, AmericanEDtv, CBS News Legal Analyst
Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, nationally recognized trial attorney, author, and teacher, Jack Ford has had a unique and remarkably successful career. Raised by a single parent, his journey has taken him from a small town in New Jersey to Yale University, where he was... Read More →

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Dr. Gordon Mills

Chair, Department of Systems Biology, Division of Cancer Medicine, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Gordon B. Mills, MD, PhD, was recruited to The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1994, where he holds the rank of Professor with joint appointments in Systems Biology, Breast Medical Oncology and Immunology; serves as chairman of the Department of Systems Biology... Read More →
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Bree Sandlin

Cancer Survivor, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Bree Sandlin is a Marketing Executive at Shell Oil, mother of twin boys, and a survivor of breast cancer.  A native Texan, Bree graduated from Texas A&M University in 1997 with a degree in Economics.  She went on to complete her MBA at Duke University in 2003 and has worked in Brand... Read More →
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Stephen Sicard

Trooper, Massachusetts State Police
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Nancy Dussault Smith

Vice President, iRobot
Nancy Dussault Smith is the Vice President of Marketing Communications for iRobot Corporation. She spearheaded the most successful product launch of a home robot in America, introducing the iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot to the world in 2002. Ms. Smith oversees all of the public... Read More →
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Margaret Spellings

President and CEO, Margaret Spellings & Company; Senior Advisor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Secretary of Education,
Margaret Spellings is President and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company and a leading national expert on public policy. Spellings also serves as a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. As well, her work includes guiding... Read More →

Monday June 17, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Exhibit Hall 1

5:15pm CDT

Welcome Reception
Monday June 17, 2013 5:15pm - 6:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center
Tuesday, June 18

8:30am CDT

General Session

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Best STEM High Schools Presentation
Mayim Bialik, Ph.D., STEM Advocate; Actress, “The Big Bang Theory”

KEYNOTE PANEL: STEM Needs in Manufacturing
Eric D. Fingerhut, Vice President, Education & STEM Learning, Battelle Memorial Institute
Eric Spiegel, President and CEOSiemens

Gina Burkhardt, Executive Vice President, American Institutes for Research 

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Gina Burkhardt

Executive Vice President, American Institutes for Research
Gina Burkhardt is executive vice president of American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR, a not-for-profit organization, conducts and applies research in the areas of education, health, international... Read More →

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Eric D. Fingerhut

Vice President, Education & STEM Learning, Battelle
Eric D. Fingerhut, a nationally recognized leader in education and economic development policy, is the Vice President for Education and STEM Learning at the Battelle Memorial Institute, the largest non-profit research and development organization in the world.  Fingerhut previously... Read More →
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Mayim Bialik, Ph.D.

STEM Advocate, actress, “The Big Bang Theory”
Emmy-nominated actress Mayim Hoya Bialik was born to first-generation American teachers and documentary filmmakers. Her breakout role, as a young Bette Midler in Beaches, led to a starring role in the popular sitcom “Blossom” from 1990 to 1994. After taking a break from Hollywood... Read More →
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Eric Spiegel

President & CEO, Siemens Corporation
Eric Spiegel is the President and CEO of Siemens Corporation and is responsible for growing the U.S. business in the company’s largest market. With $22 billion in sales, $6 billion in exports and approximately 60,000 employees in the U.S., Siemens provides solutions for more affordable... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
Exhibit Hall 1

9:45am CDT

Session 101: Overhauling Teacher Prep to Improve K-12 STEM Instruction

At numerous colleges and universities, schools of education are scrambling to develop more effective methods of training new teachers and to draw more prospective teachers into STEM fields, an effort that takes on new urgency as the Common Core State Standards are implemented. The UTeach program developed at the University of Texas-Austin is in 34 universities so far and is proving very successful at attracting teacher candidates and providing both deep content knowledge and intensive field experience. And in a new report, the American Federation of Teachers suggests creating something akin to a comprehensive legal bar exam for aspiring teachers to assess their competency in educational knowledge and classroom performance. This session will explore what changes are needed in STEM teacher ed at the undergraduate and graduate levels and identify models of math and science instruction that hold promise.


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Virginia B. Edwards

Editor-in-Chief, Education Week
As president of Editorial Projects in Education, Virginia B. Edwards oversees the nearly 90-person, $14.5 million-a-year nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week and edweek.org.  She has held the post since 1997. Ms. Edwards has been the editor-in-chief of Education Week... Read More →

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Robert J. Denson

President, Des Moines Area Community College
Rob Denson was appointed the 4th President of Des Moines Area Community College on November 1, 2003.  He grew up on a farm near Homestead, Iowa, south of the Amana Colonies and graduated from high school in Marengo, Iowa.  He is the first native born Iowan to be President of DMACC. DMACC... Read More →
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Charles Coble, Ed.D.

Co-Director, Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Charles R. Coble: Co-founder & Partner Teacher Preparation Analytics and co-director of the Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative with APLU in DC.  Dr. Coble was Professor of Science Education for 23 years and dean for 13 years of the School of Education at East Carolina University... Read More →
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Jill A. Marshall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Science and Mathematics Education, University of Texas at Austin, Co-Director, UTeach
Dr. Jill A. Marshall is an associate professor in STEM Education at the University of Texas. She studies how people come to understand and engineer the physical world, how teachers can facilitate that process, and how the outcomes can be assessed. She is Interim Co-Director of the... Read More →
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Jennifer Drake, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Indianapolis
Jennifer Drake is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences , Professor of English and Founding Director of the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Program at the University of Indianapolis.   She earned her B.A. from Brown University in 1987 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Ballroom C

9:45am CDT

Session 201: The Classroom of the Future: The Next Generation of Digital Education

Major educational publishers have been aggressively ramping up efforts to develop products that will further help teachers customize lessons, while also capturing and analyzing data on student performance. The new products will be interactive and involve gaming and “immersive” experiences. This panel will feature representatives from these companies, who will explain their visions of the next generation of learning technologies and how they will impact the educational process.


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Tracy Gray, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Education, American Institute for Research
Tracy Gray, Ph.D., Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research directs the Center for STEM Education and Innovation.  In this capacity, she has directed three national  technology centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs... Read More →

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Paul Corey

President, Science, Business, and Technology, Pearson Education
Paul F. Corey is the President of Pearson Education's Science, Business & Technology Division, a post he has held since 2000. In his role as President, Paul is responsible for leading a team whose charge is to partner with educational leaders in advancing access, achievement and affordability... Read More →
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Carol Wetzel, Ed.D.

Senior Director National Partnerships, Discovery Education
A product of her family’s passion for public education, Carol Wetzel has served public schools as a teacher, data coach, and master professional developer.  As Senior Director of Urban Partnerships with Discovery Education, Carol consults with large urban school district leaders... Read More →
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Laurence Holt

Chief Product Officer, Amplify
Laurence Holt oversees product development at Amplify. He is responsible for managing the lifecycle of the company’s products including their design, engineering, and production. While at Wireless Generation, he served as Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President and successfully... Read More →
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Emma Nothmann

Senior Director of Special Projects, Edmodo
Emma Nothmann is the Senior Director of Strategic Projects at Edmodo, an organization committed to ensuring that all learners reach their full potential. In this role, she leads research and development, as well as partnership development for new business lines and products, including... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Ballroom B

9:45am CDT

Session 301: Best Practices in Talent Development

For a growing number of U.S. companies, finding skilled workers for unfilled jobs is becoming a critical priority. The dearth of talent affects a surprisingly wide array of industries, from high-tech and manufacturing to energy, healthcare, and retail. It is becoming increasingly clear that at least partial responsibility for addressing this issue will fall to the chief talent officers at major American firms. The many concurrent dialogues among business and academia are leading to partnerships and innovations that show great promise. But many agree that progress on this front isn’t happening fast enough. Top officials from several major companies will define and discuss programs to create and ensure a STEM-capable workforce, including new research from an executive roundtable convened in February by U.S. News & World Report, STEMconnector, and the University of Phoenix.


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Tim Welsh, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, Industry Strategy Group, University of Phoenix
Tim Welsh brings more than 25 years of experience as a professional services executive to his role as Senior Vice President of the Industry Strategy Group (ISG) at University of Phoenix. Since joining University of Phoenix in 2009, Tim has led a team of industry experts to: –Establish... Read More →

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Samantha Dwinell

Director of Human Resources, Texas Instruments
As Director of Human Resources, Samantha Dwinell leads TI's global recruiting and development functions, ensuring that TI has a continual pipeline of internal and external talent ready to meet business needs. Dwinell previously served as Human Resources Director for TI’s Wireless... Read More →
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Lisa Kidd

Vice President, Human Resources, Infosys
Lisa started with Infosys in July of 2011 and has over 20 years of HR experience working for companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cadbury Schweppes and most recently Hewlett Packard.  Lisa has a strong background in organizational design and change management, merger... Read More →
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Lance A. LaVergne

Director, Talent Acquisition, Alcoa
Lance LaVergne is the Director of Talent Acquisition for Alcoa where he leads all of the talent acquisition activity for the Company.  The scope of activity includes campus, mid-career and executive recruitment. Prior to joining Alcoa, Lance was Vice President and Chief Diversity... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room 4

9:45am CDT

Session 501: Toddlers to Techies: Getting an Early Jump on STEM

Some experts say getting children interested in STEM should start very early, even as young as pre-kindergarten, in order to help keep students interested and engaged in STEM throughout their lives. Such STEM engagement efforts take many forms and incorporate a variety of out-of-classroom resources. What are some of the best practices for early-age STEM programs and what regional models are scalable across the country?  This session will identify aspects of early education programs that are proving successful and offer strategies for educators to use to foster and sustain more children’s interest in STEM.


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Janet Raloff

Senior Editor, Science News for Kids
Janet Raloff has been reporter and editor for Science News magazine for more than 35 years. Since 2007, she also has edited an online magazine for students 11 and older. That Science News for Kids has recently seen a skyrocketing in growth and its stature. Since December 2012, its... Read More →

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Mallory Hytes Hagan

Miss America 2013
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan was crowned last January in Las Vegas.  Mallory is promoting education and is spending her year encouraging young women to pursue a college education as she focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (also known as STEM). Miss America will... Read More →
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Steve Schneider, Ph.D.

Senior Program Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics, WestEd
Steven Schneider is the Senior Program Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at WestEd. Dr. Schneider has been the Principal Investigator of numerous initiatives that include: the NSF funded efficacy study, Strategic Literacy Initiatives (SLI), which... Read More →
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Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Education and Research, Sesame Workshop
Rosemarie T. Truglio is the Sr. Vice President of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop).  Dr. Truglio is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on which “Sesame Street” is based, and oversees all educational... Read More →
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Christine Cunningham, Ph.D.

Founder and Director, Engineering is Elementary, Vice President, Museum of Science, Boston
Dr. Christine Cunningham is an educational researcher who works to make engineering and science more relevant, accessible, and understandable, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations. A vice president at the Museum of Science, Boston since 2003, she founded and... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room 8

9:45am CDT

Session 601: Setting a New Standard in Science

Science education at the K-12 level is in need of a revamp, as many current curricula are based on standards that are more than a decade old and American students lag their global peers in performance. Based on frameworks from the National Research Council, several groups have partnered to develop a cutting-edge set of benchmarks for student achievement in science, the Next Generation Science Standards, which have drawn support from 26 states. In this workshop session, authors and other leaders in their development will provide a status report on the recently released standards, including the next steps for implementation, and answer your specific queries on the upcoming changes.


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Jessica Bridges

CEO, Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education

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Blair Blackwell

Manager, Education and Corporate Programs, Chevron
Blair Blackwell is a Senior Specialist in Chevron’s Global Social Investment team leading Chevron’s corporate social investment programs in STEM education. Blair joined Chevron in 2012, bringing over 15 years experience with non-profits, social enterprises, international organizations... Read More →
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Zoe Evans

Assistant Principal, Central Middle School, Carrollton, Ga.
Zoe Evans is an Assistant Principal at Central Middle School in Carrollton, Georgia.  Before becoming an assistant principal in 2012, she served as a middle grades science teacher for nineteen years in both Florida and Georgia.  Zoe is a National Board Certified teacher in Early... Read More →
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Peter McLaren

Science and Technology Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education, Past President, Council of State Science Supervisors
Peter McLaren is Past President of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) serving as President from July, 2010 until April, 2013.  McLaren has served on the CSSS Executive Board since 2007.  He is a member of the National Academies’ Committee for Developing Assessments... Read More →
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Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Content, Research and Development, Achieve
Stephen Pruitt is Senior Vice President at Achieve.  He has spent the past three years leading the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Stephen began his career as a high school Chemistry teacher in Georgia, where he taught for 12 years. In 2003, he joined the... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room 7

9:45am CDT

Session 701: We Don’t Hate Math: Closing the Gender Gap

Though women represent half the workforce, they still fill less than a quarter of the jobs in traditional STEM fields. Experts have many theories on the actions that need to be taken to help girls develop an interest in and build their confidence in the STEM disciplines, which have been traditionally male.  From revising workplace structures and providing more role models to encouraging parents and society as a whole to relinquish deep-seated and unconscious biases about girls and science and math, panelists will discuss how schools, communities, businesses, and families are inspiring and supporting girls interested in pursuing STEM subjects.


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Skylar Jackson

External Communication and Program Director, Entertainment Industries Council (EIC)
Skylar presently serves as External Communications and Program Director for the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging communications between the entertainment industry’s creative community and health and social policy issues. She... Read More →

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Jully Burau

Chief Engineer, Full Size Trucks, General Motors
Jully Burau began her career with General Motors in 1975 as a General Motors Institute (now Kettering) co-op student with Buick Motor Division. Since that time, Jully has had a varied background within Engineering from developing GM’s first 1980’s airbag programs, to brake system... Read More →
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Darlene M. Miller

President and CEO, Permac Industries
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Maria T. Zuber, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Maria T. Zuber is the Vice President for Research and the E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Zuber has been involved in more than half a dozen NASA planetary missions aimed at mapping the Moon, Mars, Mercury and several asteroids... Read More →
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Erika Ebbel Angle, Ph.D.

CEO and Founder, Science from Scientists
Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine. She holds a BS from MIT. Erika is the founder and CEO of Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org) a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to promote student interest in... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Ballroom A

9:45am CDT

Session 801: Fever Pitch: 3 Minutes to Make Your Organization’s Case

Three minutes to tell me who you are, what you do, and why someone should care--sometimes that’s all you get. Being able to tell your organization’s story and deliver your message in a concise and compelling way is the name of the game. This session challenges a group of pre-selected attendees to take the stage and give GMMB communications experts—and the audience—their company or organization’s best 3-minute “elevator” pitch. Following the presentations, participants and the audience will discuss key elements of getting your message across effectively.

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David Alviar

Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing, Rice University STEMscopes
David Alviar is the current Assistant Director of Communications and Operations of STEMscopes™, where he works on marketing, website content, and customer relationships. He began his career in education through Teach for America as a 5th departmentalized math and science teacher for Engli... Read More →
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Jeff Buehler

Director, Project Liftoff
After running a youth program for 11 years, Jeff joined the Missouri AfterSchool Network to coordinate the Missouri Afterschool Resource Center.  For five years, Jeff and his statewide staff developed the technical assistance and professional development infrastructure that supported... Read More →
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George Cawman

Director of Sales & Marketing, Exo Labs Inc.
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Susan Feeney

Partner, GMMB
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Robert Grover

CEO, PCS EDventures, Inc.
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Emanuel Guidry

Global Engineering Operations Advisor, SK E&P Company
Emanuel Guidry currently works for SK E&P and has  over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.  Prior to joining SK E&P in January 2012, Guidry worked in several management position such as  Lower 48 Technical Skills Manager,  Lower 48 Completions Manager and Mid... Read More →
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Joleen Iwaniec

CEO, Kids in Technology and Science
Joleen’s efforts to advance the impact of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics upon the lives of young women derives from her experiences as an engineering student at the University of Hawaii and former contestant in the Miss America Program. Joleen has been afforded... Read More →
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Chapin Springer

Account Supervisor, GMMB
Since joining GMMB, Chapin Springer has worked across the spectrum of political, corporate and issue advocacy communications. He has provided account management, strategic communications counsel, digital strategy, television ad writing and producing, media training, and other services... Read More →
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Terri Stripling

President, Ten80 Education
Terri Stripling spent several years opening manufacturing plants in Asia and Ireland following her 1996 graduation from Georgia Tech with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Today, as owner and CEO of Ten80 Education, she is focusing her creative engineering skills on the American education... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room 6

9:45am CDT

Session 901: Getting Students Engaged: Inspiration Through Meaningful STEM Experiences

Student engagement plays a pivotal role in meeting the goals of STEM workforce development and literacy.  It is one of four federal policy priorities in America Competes reauthorization.  Intentionally and strategically inspiring student engagement in STEM is critical for filling the talent pipeline.  There are growing but often uncoordinated collections of resources from business, education and community-based organizations that seek to engage students in meaningful STEM experiences.  State STEM networks are connecting the dots and spreading both promising and proven practices through STEMx.  Expert leaders will demonstrate strategies for coordinating STEM resources into an engine of engagement and introduce STEMx tools for spreading innovation and fueling the talent pipeline.


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Brad McLain, Ph.D.

Co-Director, XSCI: Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative, University of Colorado, Denver
Brad McLain is an educational researcher and co-director of XSci at the University of Colorado Denver. XSci is the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative and produces both projects and research based on STEM learning theory and the field of experiential learning. His... Read More →

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Marcella Klein Williams, Ed.D.

Chief Educational Officer, California STEM Learning Network
Melinda Curless is the STEM Initiatives Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.  She began her career as an engineer, working more than 20 years in the fields of aerospace, environmental, and forensic engineering.  She became interested in education, obtained certification... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room 5

11:00am CDT

Session 102: STEM Majors: Making Those First Two Years Count

It’s no secret that the first two years of college are the most crucial for STEM degree attainment. Numerous colleges and universities and several major organizations have introduced initiatives to identify what works best in undergraduate STEM teaching, particularly during the first two years of college. Instructional techniques that show promise include discovery-based interactive and team learning rather than lectures and more of a focus on problem solving. The learning-assistant model of instruction, in which upperclassmen guide younger students; experiential learning; and a commitment to undergraduate research are other methods being introduced or widely used. In addition, because math is such a foundational STEM ability, and one that is lacking in so many high school graduates, it’s especially key to get the teaching of it right. This session will explore what strategies successfully turn two years of a STEM major into four–or more.

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Stacey M DelVecchio

Product Development & Global Technology, Caterpillar, President-Elect, Society of Women Engineers
As a manager for Caterpillar Inc., Stacey DelVecchio leads an engineering pipeline transformation project to ensure the best engineering talent is available to meet enterprise needs. She is also responsible for the engagement strategy with professional external organizations, as well... Read More →

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Phillip J. Cornwell, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dr. Cornwell is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. As chief academic officer he is responsible for all academic programs, faculty recruitment, promotion, retention, and accreditation.  Dr. Cornwell... Read More →
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Oscar F. Porter, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), University of California
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Mitzi M. Montoya, Ph.D.

Vice Provost and Dean, Arizona State University College of Technology and Innovation, Mesa
Mitzi M. Montoya is Vice Provost of the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus and Dean of the College of Technology & Innovation. She received her Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and a B.S. in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University. Dr. Montoya... Read More →
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Eric Stade, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics & Director, Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado, Boulder
Dr. Eric Stade is Professor of Mathematics and President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He grew up in New York City, and received his BA, MA, and PhD in Mathematics from Columbia University. Dr. Stade is one of the founding Directors of UC Boulder’s... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom C

11:00am CDT

Session 202: Can MOOCs Help Improve STEM Education?

Millions of people around the world are now able to get free online access to courses produced by some of the top universities in the United States and elsewhere. In addition, some schools are refining the online model to enable students to have access to a wider range of for-credit courses taught by professors at leading universities. Boosters suggest these courses could reduce the cost of higher education as fewer teachers are needed, increase access to the best university minds, help stimulate technological advances, and build communities of learners. But will they fulfill their promise? This panel, which will consist of several key creators and providers of such massive open online courses (MOOCs), will discuss the rapidly developing trend while addressing crucial questions about how MOOCs might help fill the STEM pipeline.

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Jack Ford

Co-Founder, AmericanEDtv, CBS News Legal Analyst
Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, nationally recognized trial attorney, author, and teacher, Jack Ford has had a unique and remarkably successful career. Raised by a single parent, his journey has taken him from a small town in New Jersey to Yale University, where he was... Read More →

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David W. Leebron

President, Rice University
David W. Leebron became Rice University’s seventh president in 2004. Under Leebron’s guidance, the institution has undergone a period of growth and transformation. Over the past eight years, the university has increased its undergraduate student population, enhanced the vibrancy... Read More →
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Andrew Ng

Co-Founder, Coursera, Director, Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, Associate Professor Computer Science Department, Stanford University
Andrew Ng is the co-founder of Coursera and a Computer Science faculty member at Stanford. In 2011, he led the development of Stanford University's main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform, and also taught an online Machine Learning class that was offered to over 100,000... Read More →
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Richard A. DeMillo, Ph.D.

Director, Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), Georgia Institute of Technology
Richard A. DeMillo is a Distinguished Professor of Computing and the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. DeMillo returned to academia in 2002 as the John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech after a career as... Read More →
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Scott Smith

Senior Vice President, Human Resources Operations, AT&T
Mr. Smith was appointed to his current role of Sr. Vice President of Human Resources Operations for AT&T in October 2011. In this role, Mr. Smith primarily oversees Learning Services, Talent Acquisition, International HR Operations and HR support for all mergers and acquisitions.In... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom A

11:00am CDT

Session 302: Show Me Your Skills: Online Badges and Alternative Credentials

In today’s business climate, it’s increasingly a worker’s skill set, rather than his or her degree, that counts. The education community has responded by ramping up skills training and retraining programs for learners of all ages, often working in partnerships with regional and national employers. The Manufacturing Institute, for instance, has launched a national skills certification program aimed at helping workers acquire and demonstrate particular talents in certain industries. And in the vein of video game rewards and Scout badges, a number of educators, companies, and organizations are developing digital student “badges” that show skills learned or specific objectives met. This panel will explore how skills certification programs and online badges can help shore up the STEM pipeline.


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JD Hoye

President, National Academy Foundation
JD Hoye is a nationally recognized leader in forging partnerships between educators and employers. As President of the National Academy Foundation, she leads an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that annually provide 62,000 students access to industry-specific curricula... Read More →

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Gary M. Green, Ed.D.

President, Forsyth Technical Community College
Dr. Gary M. Green has been President of Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina since July 2001.  Prior to that, he held teaching and administrative positions in Kentucky and Alabama.  He was a speaker at the White House Conference on the Economy in... Read More →
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Jennifer McNelly

President, Manufacturing Institute
Jennifer McNelly is the President of The Manufacturing Institute the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  The Institute is the authority on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class manufacturing talent.  Jennifer has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 4

11:00am CDT

Session 402: Keeping Up: How Companies Handle Continuing Education

In today’s technology-driven world, employees must be up-to-date on the latest advances within their industries. A prime example is healthcare: Think robotic surgery, telemedicine, advanced diagnostics, to name a few. Partnerships between hospitals and community colleges and four-year institutions, as well as community organizations, are springing up to feed the hunger for skilled healthcare employees. In addition, a number of community college and CTE programs have been created to re-educate older workers aiming to extend their skills and come back from a downsizing or to postpone retirement. Discover some current best practices in continuing education and how employers are using these programs to plug needed workers into critical slots.


avatar for Darla Olson

Darla Olson

Co-Chair, Health Careers Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, Employment Director, TriHealth
Darla Olson is Human Resource Director, Physician Practices, for TriHealth, Inc.  TriHealth is a health system in Cincinnati Ohio.  Prior to her current position with TriHealth, Darla was Employment Director.  Darla has experience in human resources and organizational development... Read More →
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Richard M. Rhodes, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Austin Community College District
Dr. Richard Rhodes is the President and CEO of the Austin Community College District.  He joined ACC in September 2011 after serving as President of El Paso Community College for 10 years. A native of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. Rhodes received his Bachelor of Business Administration... Read More →
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Jeffrey Weld, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Northern Iowa
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Lisa Zankman

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lisa Zankman has been the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Boston, Massachusetts, since 2003. She is responsible for all Human Resources and Organizational Development activities for the Medical Center... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 8

11:00am CDT

Session 502: Advanced Placement Courses: The Upcoming Revisions

Between 2012 and 2015, the College Board is redesigning AP tests in biology, chemistry, and physics (among other subjects) with the hope of allowing for more in-depth classroom instruction and student critical and analytical thinking.  The College Board offers a range of information, workshops, and resources for teachers and students about the changes to the tests and how they might impact classroom instruction.  In this workshop, select course authors, teachers, and College Board professionals will provide an overview of the revisions to the AP curricula.


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Reeve Hamilton

Reporter, Texas Tribune

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Karen Lionberger

Curriculum Director, Advanced Placement Science Program, The College Board
Karen is a Curriculum Director for the College Board’s AP Science program.  She currently manages the AP Physics B, AP Physics C, and AP Environmental Science courses.  She also manages the curriculum redesign project for the new AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 courses that will... Read More →
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Paul D. Price

Science Department Chairman, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, Texas
Paul D. Price is the Science Department Chairman at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he has taught chemistry, AP Chemistry and physics since 1998.  He earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and an M.S. in Chemistry... Read More →
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Brad Williamson

UKanTeach Master Teacher, University of Kansas
Brad Williamson is a long-time, Kansas biology teacher who has taught in small, rural schools, large suburban high schools, community colleges and universities for more than 30 years.  Throughout his career he has taken an active role in biology education reform programs such as... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 7

11:00am CDT

Session 602: Common Core in Action

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, a set of uniform benchmarks for achievement that aim to produce more college- and career-ready students.  The standards are in the early stages of implementation in several states.  Kentucky, the first state to implement Common Core and test on it, has seen proficiency scores drop but college- and career-readiness levels rise. North Carolina has also introduced tests keyed toward Common Core, while several other states boast numerous education resources, curricular framework, and other Common Core tools that might prove beneficial to their counterparts across the nation. In this workshop, educators and state officials from Kentucky, North Carolina, and other states will answer questions, share success stories and trouble spots related to Common Core, and propose strategies that other jurisdictions might use to apply the new standards to their curricula.


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Marina Stenos

Vice President, Widmeyer Communications
Marina Stenos is vice president and director, leading the New York-based education, arts and philanthropy practice. Her current work includes efforts for such clients as ACM, Carnegie Corporation of New York, ExxonMobil, SRI International and The McGraw-Hill Companies. She has nearly... Read More →

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Karen Kidwell

Director, Division of Program Standards, Office of Next Generation Learners, Kentucky Department of Education
Karen Kidwell is the Director of the Division of Program Standards in the Office of Next Generation Learners at the Kentucky Department of Education.  The Division of Program Standards houses 3 branches: School Readiness, Academic Core, and Coordinated School Health.  Karen is also... Read More →
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Rebecca B. Payne

Director, STEM Education and Leadership North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Rebecca Payne, Director of STEM Education and Leadership for the Department of Public Instruction, is the conduit connecting external education programs, postsecondary education, policy-makers, business/industry, and other state agencies to STEM initiatives to the North Carolina Department... Read More →
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Sandi Woodall

Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Georgia Department of Education
Sandi Woodall currently serves education as the Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction at the Georgia Department of Education. She is charged with Common Core implementation for the state of Georgia.  Sandi holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.Ed. in Mathematics Education... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 6

11:00am CDT

Session 802: Branded: Building a STEM Campaign That Will Make an Impression

Building support for STEM education and recruiting requires storytelling, vision, and a memorable brand. STEM has a confused image at best. Watch three top communications firms pitch new branding and creative branding concepts for a STEM ad campaign in real time. This public “pitch-off” will be presented before a panel of judges, with audience input. Join us for ideas and a crash course in how communicators get to the heart of the issue in order to cut through the clutter.


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Ken Barrett

Chief Diversity Officer, General Motors
Ken Barrett, became General Motors’ first Chief Diversity Officer in 2012.  He has 14 years of executive experience, including five years of award-winning performance as the U.S. Navy's Diversity Director, where he achieved historic levels of minority and female officer additions... Read More →
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Mallory Hytes Hagan

Miss America 2013
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan was crowned last January in Las Vegas.  Mallory is promoting education and is spending her year encouraging young women to pursue a college education as she focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (also known as STEM). Miss America will... Read More →
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Jeff Hahn

Principal, Hahn, Texas
Jeff Hahn is the owner and principal of Hahn, Texas – a 40-year old public relations firm with offices in Austin and San Antonio. Jeff focuses on brand crafting, message development and crisis communications for the firm’s clients and leads the Corporate Services practice area... Read More →
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Jeff Martin

Creative Director, GMMB
Jeff is a Creative Director, Art Director, Photographer, fixie riding, veggie eating, flyfishing, yogi with a restless desire to do great work and travel the world on a motorcycle. His career has taken him to a lot of interesting places. Along the way, he has worked on a gamut (always... Read More →
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Kevin Peck

Vice President, Brand Strategy, AT&T
Kevin Peck is Vice President-Brand Strategy for AT&T, the world's largest communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. He is tasked with managing the evolution and strategic positioning of the AT&T brand and its various sub-brands as well as driving... Read More →
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Shelby Stephens

Founding Partner, Formation
Shelby is a founding partner of Austin-based Formation. Born and raised in Austin, Shelby studied physics-engineering at Washington & Lee University before working as an aerospace engineering consultant for NASA via Washington, DC-based Futron Corporation. He co-founded Formation... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom B

11:00am CDT

Session 902: STEM District Design: Getting Started When One Size Doesn't Fit All

Many schools, districts and states are interested in STEM but have difficulty getting initiatives off the ground. After determining that STEM is a good idea, the task then becomes moving from concept to implementation. Who are the “right” stakeholders? How do the business and education communities communicate and arrive at shared vision? In this workshop session, state STEM network leaders will discuss methods that have successfully moved initiatives forward at the local, regional and state level, using tools developed by practitioners in the field. Experience the STEMx open innovation model for exchange that builds on “how we did it” across multiple STEMx states.


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David Burns

Executive Director, Battelle STEM Innovation Networks
David Burns is the director of the Battelle STEM Innovation Networks and provides national leadership for issues regarding STEM education. Burns brings private and public sector knowledge and experience to his position at Battelle. Before entering the education arena, Burns... Read More →

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Sharon Beddard-Hess

Director of Professional Development, ASSET STEM Education
Sharon Beddard-Hess is the director of professional development at ASSET STEM Education.  She oversees the professional development which includes a staff of 16 resource teachers. Additionally, she assists with the design and implementation of professional development for... Read More →
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Beth Broome

Manager, STEM Integration, Arizona STEM Network, Science Foundation Arizona
Beth Broome, who joined SFAz in 2010 as a consultant, now helps oversee the integration of STEM into schools and implementation of the data analytics system for the Arizona STEM Network. Throughout her career, Broome has focused on workforce development and education issues... Read More →
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Reo Pruitt, Ed.D.

Program Officer, T-STEM Initiative, Educate Texas
Dr. Reo Pruiett has over 25 years of experience in education.  Her career began teaching high school Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.  As her career progressed, Dr. Pruiett’s roles as both high school vice principal and middle school principal... Read More →
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Cynthia Pulkowski

Executive Director, ASSET STEM Education
Cynthia Pulkowski is the Executive Director at ASSET STEM Education. In this position, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the education improvement nonprofit including implementing ASSET’s inquiry-based elementary science programs in Pennsylvania and across... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 5

2:15pm CDT

The Great Debate

2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. 

THE GREAT DEBATE: Are We Moving Too Slowly?
Maria Klawe, Ph.D., President, Harvey Mudd College
Arthur Levine, Ph.D., President, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Camsie A. McAdams, Senior Advisor on STEM Education, U.S. Department of Education
Leland Melvin, 
Associate Administrator for Education, NASA
Nina Rees, President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Stefanie Sanford, Ph.D., Chief of Global Policy and Advocacy, The College Board 

Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report


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Camsie McAdams

Senior Advisor on STEM Education, U.S. Department of Education
Camsie McAdams is the Senior Advisor on STEM Education, advising the US Department of Education on P – 20 STEM issues. Her work includes carrying out strategic planning for STEM at the Department, serving on multiple inter-agency STEM education groups and representing the Department’s... Read More →
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Leland Melvin

Associate Administrator for Education, NASA
Leland D. Melvin, NASA associate administrator for education, is responsible for the development and implementation of the agency's education programs that strengthen student involvement and public awareness about its scientific goals and missions.  In this role, he leads the agency... Read More →
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Maria Klawe, Ph.D.

President, Harvey Mudd College
Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s first female president in 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served... Read More →
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Arthur Levine, Ph.D.

President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and president emeritus of Teachers College, Columbia University, is nationally known for his work on the preparation of school leaders, teachers, and education researchers. He has also written and spoken... Read More →
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Stefanie Sanford, Ph.D.

Chief of Global Policy & Advocacy, The College Board
Stefanie Sanford serves as Chief of Global Policy & Advocacy for the College Board. She oversees the domestic and international policy agenda, working with policymakers, public institutions and foreign countries to promote excellence and equity in education, particularly at the highest... Read More →
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Nina Rees

President & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Nina Rees is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement.Rees has over 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., most recently as Senior... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Exhibit Hall 1

4:15pm CDT

Session 103: Bringing—and Keeping—Women in the Fold on Campus

The glaring gender gap in STEM disciplines has been tackled with great success at a number of colleges and universities that have made key changes. This session will look at the research on what creates the gap and what reverses it: actively recruiting women, transforming the traditional macho “only the strong will survive” culture of science and engineering departments into one of developing and supporting talent, introducing the notion of using technical skills for humanitarian problem solving early in the curriculum, and intensively training prospective women engineers in spatial skills. This panel will explore the current landscape for women in STEM in the halls of higher academia, how it’s changing, and what policies and programs are proving to be most effective.


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Tricia Berry

Director, Women in Engineering Program, Cockrell School of Engineering
Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector at the 2012 US News STEM Solutions Summit, Tricia Berry leads efforts to connect those working to advance gender equity in STEM fields. As Texas Girls Collaborative Project Director, she leads the dissemination of STEM resources... Read More →

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Leah H. Jamieson

John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, Purdue University
Leah Jamieson is the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education. She is co-founder and past director of the EPICS... Read More →
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Bevlee A. Watford, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor, Engineering Education; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director, Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
Dr. Bevlee A. Watford, P.E. is a Professor of Engineering Education, associate dean for academic affairs and the Founding Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.  She received her B.S. in Mining Engineering... Read More →
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Maria Klawe, Ph.D.

President, Harvey Mudd College
Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s first female president in 2006. Prior to joining HMC, she served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Klawe joined Princeton from the University of British Columbia where she served... Read More →
avatar for Linda P.B. Katehi, Ph.D.

Linda P.B. Katehi, Ph.D.

Chancellor, University of California–Davis
Linda Katehi, Chancellor, University of California, Davis. Katehi holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and women and gender studies. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, she chaired until 2010 the President’s Committee for the National... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Ballroom C

4:15pm CDT

Session 203: Blended Learning, Flipped Classrooms, and Other Innovative Teaching Techniques

By mixing face-to-face teaching with computer-mediated instruction, teachers at the K-12 and college levels are creating more flexible learning environments, where students can progress through their lessons at their own pace and get personalized help if needed. Computer software can provide self-guided lessons and flag problems for instructors who can then work with particular individuals or groups who need additional help.  Different models of blended learning are being applied across the country.  This panel, which will consist of practitioners, will examine the pros and cons of the various techniques.


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Richard T. Schoephoerster, Ph.D., P.E.

Dean and Riter Professor, College of Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso
In 2007 Dr. Schoephoerster accepted the position as Dean of the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso. He leads a College of over 3,000 students (including approximately 580 graduate students) in 25 different BS, MS, and PhD degree programs, and 80 faculty members... Read More →

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Jon Bergmann

Lead Technology Facilitator, Joseph Sears School Kenilworth, Ill.
Jon Bergmann is considered one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement. He co-wrote the book on the Flipped Classroom. Jon believes educators should ask one guiding question: What is best for my students in my classroom? To the best of his abilities he has done this in his twenty-four... Read More →
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Matthew Peterson, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, MIND Research Institute
Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., is Co-founder, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Scientist at the MIND Research Institute, a non-profit education and research organization. Matthew is a thought leader in applying neuroscience and motivational research to the development of visual game-based... Read More →
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Heather Clayton Staker

Senior Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute
Heather Staker is an education senior research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, formerly the Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector. Staker is one of the world's foremost experts... Read More →
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Scott Thompson

Education and Workforce Strategist, Microsoft

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room 8

4:15pm CDT

Session 303: The Role of the Feds and States: Policies That Create Skilled STEM Professionals

Across the country, industry and state, regional, and local governments are engaged in various partnerships to address the STEM skills and workforce gap. In addition to spearheading efforts to improving K-12 education standards, a number of states have introduced specialized job training programs in order to court corporations to their vicinities. At the federal level, many companies are calling on Congress to expand visas for foreign graduates of U.S. universities who hold STEM degrees to increase the nation’s talent pool. This session will explore programs at all levels of government and identify the most effective qualities of each for those looking to build scalable versions in their own jurisdictions.


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Chris Roe

CEO, California STEM Learning Network
Christopher Roe is the Chief Executive Officer of the California STEM Learning Network in charge of overseeing the creation of strategic relationships and collaborating with regional, state and national partners to establish a network that will rapidly scale innovative STEM teaching... Read More →

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Andres Alcantar

Chairman, Texas Workforce Commission
Andres Alcantar is Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).  Governor Rick Perry appointed Alcantar in 2008 and designated him Chairman May 1, 2012.  Alcantar was recently reappointed to the Commission for a term to expire on February... Read More →
avatar for Susan A. Bonilla

Susan A. Bonilla

California State Assemblywoman
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Reginald Brothers, Ph.D.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, U.S. Department of Defense
Dr. Reginald Brothers joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research on 6 December 2011. Dr. Brothers is responsible for policy and oversight of DoD Science and Technology programs from Basic... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Ballroom A

4:15pm CDT

Session 403: Tranforming Career and Technical Education for the Global Economy

The traditional two-track model of college-prep and vocational education is being replaced by an array of ways to make all high school students more college- and career-ready. They range from seamless integration of the core curriculum with a grounding in career studies to career-themed learning communities or “academies” within schools to entire high schools dedicated to a career field. And increasingly, students are participating in off-site internships and apprenticeships during the school day. This panel will explore some of the new initiatives to create high school career pathways of studies in strategic industries in various cities and states.


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Mimi Lufkin

Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Mimi Lufkin has over 30 years of experience as an educator and as an administrator of local and state level projects in California and Pennsylvania. Mimi began her career as high school agricultural education teacher in Etna, California and then as a teacher educator in the Agriculture... Read More →

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Rashid Ferrod Davis

Founding Principal, Pathways in Technology Early College High School
Rashid Ferrod Davis opened P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) P-TECH as the Founding Principal after more than 15 years of experience working in the New York City Department of Education as a teacher, assistant principal, and, most recently, the Principal of... Read More →
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Vince Bertram, Ed.D.

President and CEO, Project Lead The Way
Vince Bertram joined Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as President and CEO in June 2011. His passion for PLTW began in 2002 when he implemented the program as a high school principal. His commitment to PLTW continued as he supported implementations of Gateway To Technology, Pathway To... Read More →
avatar for Johan E. Uvin, Ed.D.

Johan E. Uvin, Ed.D.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Dr. Johan E. Uvin joined the Office of Vocational and Adult Education in December 2009 as Senior Policy Advisor to Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier. In 2011, Dr. Uvin was appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Strategic Initiatives. In that capacity... Read More →
avatar for Amy Loyd Ed.L.D.

Amy Loyd Ed.L.D.

Executive Director, Pathways to Prosperity Network, Jobs for the Future, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Amy Loyd is the Executive Director of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, a collaboration of Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this role, Dr. Loyd supports educators, employers, and government leaders from nine states in developing, implementing... Read More →
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Steve Woodhead

Manager, Global Social Investment, Chevron
Steve is responsible for managing Chevron’s corporate social investment activity including global partnerships and programs in support of Chevron’s focus on Health, Education, and Economic Development. Steve assumed this role in May 2013.Prior to his current role, Steve served... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room 4

4:15pm CDT

Session 503: Beyond the Classroom Walls: Afterschool and Extracurricular Programs

Educational opportunities in science and math shouldn’t stop when the school bell rings.  Balancing formal and informal instruction in STEM can be an effective way to introduce and engage student interest in the subjects. Many experts note participation in afterschool activities help students learn the oft-desired soft skills, such as teamwork and communication, and the enjoyment and social setting is apt to prompt a youngster’s passion for STEM more quickly—and sustain it. Such extracurricular activities can take many forms—research projects, visits to local factories, mentors, contests, and clubs—and are provided by schools, parent volunteers, college students, community groups, businesses, universities, and organizations. This panel will identify STEM afterschool programs with proven track records of motivating and inspiring youngsters’ interests in STEM, explain possible connections that instructors can make with in-class lessons, and address topics such as how to fund such efforts to spreading the word among parents and students.


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Patrick D'Amelio

Chief Executive Officer, Washington STEM
Patrick D’Amelio is Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM. As CEO, he is responsible for the management, programs, and infrastructure of the organization. With his vision, Patrick leads Washington STEM in advancing equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM education.  Patrick... Read More →
avatar for Emilie Engelhard

Emilie Engelhard

Communications Director, Washington STEM

avatar for Matthew Blakely

Matthew Blakely

Director, Motorola Solutions Foundation
Born and raised in and around Chicago, Matt Blakely has more than 16 years of experience working for private and corporate foundations. In October 2005, Matt was hired as Manager of the Motorola Foundation and when the company became Motorola Solutions, Matt was promoted to director... Read More →
avatar for Ronald J. Gidwitz

Ronald J. Gidwitz

Co-Founder, GCG Partners, National Chairman, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Founder of the strategic consulting and equity firm GCG Partners and former CEO of Helene Curtis, Ron Gidwitz is recognized as one of the most influential business leaders in the city of Chicago. For nearly four decades, Gidwitz has put that influence and acumen to work as a national... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D.

Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Girlstart
Dr. Hudgins has 18+ years experience in nonprofit management and development and was executive director of a community foundation before joining Girlstart. Before her move to Texas in late 2005, Hudgins was executive director of a nonprofit that served more than 11,000 Chicago teachers... Read More →
avatar for Joe Astroth, Ph.D.

Joe Astroth, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Joe Astroth, Ph.D., joined Innovation First International as executive vice president and chief education strategist in 2011, providing executive leadership for educational initiatives across IFI’s businesses. He is also chairman of the board of the Robotics Education and Competition... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Sirangelo

Jennifer Sirangelo

Executive Vice President and COO, National 4-H Council
Jennifer is a believer in young people and their capacity to change the world. She is a transformational leader with an 18-year track record of success in nonprofit executive management, having raised more than $250 million for youth development causes. At National 4-H Council... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Ballroom B

4:15pm CDT

Session 703: Developing Holistic Support Systems for Minority Students

Successful programs targeting minorities utilize a multi-pronged strategy, including offering mentor support, strengthening teaching practices, and securing funding/grants from major corporations to support scholarships, summer research projects, and internships. This panel will examine the successful approaches to keeping and retaining minorities in STEM and discuss various strategies that are being implemented around the country.


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Carlos Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Principal Research Scientist, American Institutes for Research
Dr. Carlos Rodríguez is recognized as a national expert and scholar on equity, access and educational attainment of minority populations across the education spectrum. His research and evaluation expertise focuses on minority student success in science, technology, engineering and... Read More →

avatar for Trevor Greene

Trevor Greene

Principal, Toppenish High School, Toppenish Washington
After 15 years in public education, Trevor Greene settled in to his current position serving a high-poverty, minority-majority population on the Yakama Indian Reservation (100% free/reduced priced meals; 95.6% Native American and Hispanic). Under his stewardship, Toppenish High School... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Flores, Ph.D.

Benjamin Flores, Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso
Dr. Benjamin C. Flores joined the faculty of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 1990 after receiving his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.   He is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Dr. Flores... Read More →
avatar for Renetta Garrison Tull, Ph.D.

Renetta Garrison Tull, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Renetta Garrison Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland), where she co-leads the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s... Read More →
avatar for Mark B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Mark B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

President, Florida International University
Mark B. Rosenberg is the fifth president of Florida International University.  He brings over thirty-five years of experience in higher education leadership to this post.  The author of seven books and numerous scholarly articles on Latin America, Dr. Rosenberg was one of the principal... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room 7

4:15pm CDT

Session 803: How to Win Coverage of STEM: Journalists Reveal What Makes a Good Story

Not getting the coverage you’d like? This panel features four to five top education and science journalists discussing what goes into their reporting, from how they approach a STEM-related story to deciding which pitches to pursue and making final edits. Learn from these top journalists how to pitch them, what most interests them, and what constitutes a strong story. In addition, attendees can take advantage of the Q&A session to share with the panel their thoughts on what’s missing in today’s STEM coverage in the media. 


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Chapin Springer

Account Supervisor, GMMB
Since joining GMMB, Chapin Springer has worked across the spectrum of political, corporate and issue advocacy communications. He has provided account management, strategic communications counsel, digital strategy, television ad writing and producing, media training, and other services... Read More →

avatar for David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan

Science Journalist and Author
David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of eight books published in 19 languages; he is a journalist and a television, radio and film producer and correspondent. He is a correspondent for The Atlantic and the chief correspondent for NPR Talk’s Biotech Nation... Read More →
avatar for Caroline W. Hendrie

Caroline W. Hendrie

Executive Director, Education Writers Association
Caroline Hendrie is executive director of the Education Writers Association, the national professional organization for members of the news media who cover education. She leads strategy, development and programming for the Washington-based nonprofit organization in support of its... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Michels

Patrick Michels

Education Reporter, Texas Observer

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room 6

4:15pm CDT

Session 903: Building Community Momentum: From Start-Up Initiatives Toward Collective Impact

More and more communities across the nation have formed STEM partnerships with a shared vision and action plans.  They are engaging partners from across the spectrum of business, education, government and community-based organizations in their work, and are already beginning to see the fruits of their collaboration.  Many communities also experience growing pains in evolving from start-up initiatives to – ultimately – the ongoing delivery of collective impact.  This challenge exists at the local, regional, statewide and even national level.  Join this workshop with leaders from STEMx states who are engaged in the work on the ground required to move networks along the continuum toward collective impact.  Learn how to apply STEMx tools – developed by the states, for the states – to your own community.

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Margaret Ashida

Director, STEMx, BattelleEd
Margaret Ashida leads the nationwide STEMx network of state STEM organizations working together to transform science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the grassroots level. STEMx is managed by Battelle, the world's largest independent research and development organization... Read More →

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Tori Austin

Co-Director, Transformation T-STEM Center
Tori Austin is the Co-Director of Transformation 2013 T-STEM Center and is a veteran educator with over twenty years of service in public and private education.  Additionally, Austin coordinates programs and services in the areas of mathematics, science, career and technology... Read More →
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Melinda Curless

STEM Initiatives Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education
Melinda Curless is the STEM Initiatives Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.  She began her career as an engineer, working more than 20 years in the fields of aerospace, environmental, and forensic engineering.  She became interested in education, obtained certification... Read More →
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Mark Vaughn, Ph.D.

Manager, Technical Talent Pipelining and Lead for Technology Community Office of STEM, Corning, Inc.
Dr. Mark D. Vaughn is a manager of the Technical Talent Pipelining for Corning’s Technology Community and is the lead for the Technology Community Office of STEM. In this role, Vaughn develops, implements and manages PK-20 science and engineering programs and initiatives... Read More →
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Dustin Pyles

Director of Operations, Ohio STEM Learning Network
Dustin A. Pyles is the Director of Operations for the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) and manages the network’s portfolio of strategic projects and stakeholder relationships both in Ohio and across the country. In this role, he leads the OSLN implementation of the Ohio Race to... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room 6
Wednesday, June 19

8:30am CDT

General Session

8:35 - 9:45 a.m.                                               

Surya Kant, President, North America, UK and Europe, Tata Consultancy Services

Seth D. Harris
, Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor 
Sajan Pillai, CEO, UST Global
Michael Araten, President and CEO, K’NEX

Jack Ford
, Cofounder AmericanEDtv and CBS News Legal Analyst

Marc Schulman, Executive Director, USA Science & Engineering Festival



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Michael Araten

President and CEO, K'NEX & the Rodon Group
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Seth D. Harris

U.S. Secretary of Labor
Seth Harris was nominated to be the Deputy Secretary of Labor on February 23, 2009. Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Harris served as a Professor of Law at New York Law School and Director of its Labor & Employment Law Programs. While teaching at the New York Law School, Mr. Harris... Read More →
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Surya Kant

President, North America, UK and Europe, Tata Consultancy Services
Surya Kant, or “Sury”, as he is popularly known, is the president for the North America, UK and Europe Operations of Tata Consultancy Services. In this capacity, Sury is responsible for overseeing and strengthening customer relationships and revenues across TCS’ largest markets... Read More →
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Sajan Pillai

CEO, UST Global
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Marc Schulman

Executive Director, USA Science & Engineering Festival

Wednesday June 19, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
Exhibit Hall 1

10:00am CDT

Session 204: Making the Right Technology Investments for Your School or District

Well-designed digital environments can potentially reduce overall education costs in K-12 and boost quality at the same time. Computer software, for example, is being used to free teacher time by taking over tasks, like grading papers, distributing assignments, and assessing class work in labs. But K-12 schools need to carefully question how digital tools will specifically enhance the teaching of various subjects and develop well-thought out plans to train teachers in advance to test out and implement the new tools effectively. Administrators must also secure funding for technology resources and generally rely on diverse sources (state, district, parental) for purchase. This panel will discuss tried-and-true guidelines for making the right investment choices, as well as how to better share knowledge within and among school districts or localities.


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Ted Wells

Director, Strategic Partnerships, STEMconnector
Ted Wells is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for STEMconnector® - an organization committed to improving the flow of information to stakeholders in STEM education.  In his role at STEMconnector®, Ted manages a portfolio of projects relating to STEM K-12 education and workforce... Read More →

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Jhone M. Ebert

Chief Technology Officer, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV
Jhone M. Ebert enjoys her work in the 5th largest school district in the nation, the Clark County School District, in Las Vegas, NV. She is one of the first Chief Technology Officers in the nation to oversee two schools, the CCSD Virtual High School and Academy for Individualized... Read More →
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Mark Edwards, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, Mooresville, N.C.
Mark Edwards, Ed.D. is considered a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools.  He currently serves as superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville, NC.  He was named the 2013 AASA Superintendent of the Year.  Previously, Dr. Edwards was superintendent... Read More →
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Douglas A. Levin

Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Association
Douglas Levin is the Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Founded in 2001, SETDA is the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Its mission... Read More →
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Melendy Lovett

President, Education Technology, Texas Instruments
Melendy Lovett is President of Texas Instruments (TI) Education Technology and Senior Vice President of Texas Instruments, Incorporated. She leads TI’s math and science education technology products and services division, serving secondary schools and higher education worldwide... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Ballroom B

10:00am CDT

Session 304: Business and Higher Education: Responding to STEM Workforce Needs

Despite the weak national economy, many well-paying jobs requiring STEM degrees are going unfilled. Business and industry are not finding the talent they need in key fields, and many recent college graduates seeking jobs are frustrated that their skills and academic backgrounds do not align with workforce needs. This session will focus on strategies to align STEM undergraduate education with the highest demand jobs and increase the number of STEM graduates. Business and academic leaders will explore how to develop more effective “signaling mechanisms” to articulate and respond to workforce needs. They will also discuss innovative regional projects they are developing with the Business-Higher Education Forum designed to partner companies with postsecondary institutions, increase STEM skills and degree attainment, and align undergraduate education with regional workforce requirements.


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Brian K. Fitzgerald, Ed.D.

CEO, Business-Higher Education Forum

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Rose Stuckey Kirk

President, Verizon Foundation
Rose Stuckey Kirk, a 26-year veteran of the telecommunications arena, currently serves as president of the Verizon Foundation with accountability for leading the $76M operation’s philanthropy strategy in alignment with the company’s strategic vision and goals. The Verizon Foundation’s... Read More →
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Thomas Seitz

Senior Vice President, Strategic Excellence Initiatives, Sherwin-Williams
Thomas W. Seitz joined The Sherwin-Williams Company in June of 1970, as a formulator in our A. W. Steudel Technical Center in Chicago, Illinois.  Since then he has performed in a variety of positions in technical, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, and general management roles... Read More →
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Barbara R. Snyder

President, Case Western Reserve University
Barbara R. Snyder became president of Case Western Reserve University on July 1, 2007. A professor who began her academic career as a faculty member at our School of Law, she returned to campus committed to increasing academic excellence, enhancing faculty collaboration, and improving... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Ballroom A

10:00am CDT

Session 404: The Jobs Match: Aligning Training with Business Needs

Many of the nation’s two-year institutions have rapidly stepped up to design coursework to fill the specific training needs of the businesses in their local areas. The National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, for example, is a multi-pronged initiative aimed at shoring up job training through a range of partnerships with colleges and businesses.  AMTEC, for instance, is a partnership of several Kentucky community colleges and major car manufacturers, while the San Francisco-area Bio-Link Center focuses on area schools and employers in the biotechnology realm. Around the country, such partnerships between community colleges and local businesses are producing skilled employees for actual jobs. This session will explore success stories and offer advice on how such partnerships can be replicated.


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Michael Alvarez

Executive Director, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Michael A. Alvarez is the Director of the MD Anderson Center for Professional Development and Entrepreneurship, which provides education and training for clinicians and researchers at the institution, and engages externally with organizations across multiple sectors to support the... Read More →

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Gary Coman

Director of Corporate Affairs, Cisco Networking Academy
Gary Coman leads the Engineering and Develop organization for Corporate Affairs, the Corporate Social Responsibility group for Cisco.  Gary’s teams develop simulation software, assessment systems, and learning games, packaged in comprehensive learning experiences for Cisco Networking... Read More →
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Annette Parker, Ed.D.

Executive Director, AMTEC, System Director of Workforce Education, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Annette Parker is a System Director of Workforce Education for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System.  In this role she serves as the Executive Director for the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC), a National Science Foundation Advanced... Read More →
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Elaine Johnson, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Bio-Link
ELAINE A. JOHNSON, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Bio-Link, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences based at City College of San Francisco. Elaine specializes in creating partnerships between educational... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Ballroom C

10:00am CDT

Session 504: Lessons from the Specialized STEM High Schools

There are more than 100 public high schools in the country, including a great many in Texas through the state’s T-STEM initiative, that give special focus to STEM education. These institutions produce graduates that are much more likely to pursue college degrees in STEM, according to a 2011 report from the National Research Council. What attributes of these schools are showing promise? What lessons can traditional high schools, public and private, draw from them to boost their own STEM efforts? Come along and explore these all-things STEM schools with some of their leaders and officials.

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Sandi Everlove

Chief Learning Officer, Washington STEM

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Trisha Cunningham

Texas Instruments, Chief Citizenship Officer
As Chief Citizenship Officer, Trisha strives to positively impact the communities where TI operates through strategic philanthropy, education, employee involvement and corporate social responsibility programs that support TI’s business goals. In addition to her public affairs role... Read More →
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Mark Heffron

High School Director, Denver School of Science and Technology
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Aimee Kennedy

Chief Academic Officer, Battelle STEM - Metro Early College High School, Columbus Ohio
Aimee is the Chief Academic Officer at Metro Early College High School, an Ohio STEM Learning Network platform school located on The Ohio State University’s campus. Having been at Metro since the school’s second year, she has also served as assistant principal and classroom teacher... Read More →
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Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

Chief Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency
Lizzette Reynolds currently serves as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  In that capacity, she oversees management of the agency for Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams.  She previously served as the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and... Read More →
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Steven Zipkes

Founding Principal, Manor New Technology High School
As the founding Principal of the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized Manor New Technology High School, Mr. Zipkes’ leadership promotes quality instruction, teacher development, student success, and STEM education through Project Based Learning. MNTH is a STEM public high... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 6

10:00am CDT

Session 604: The Front Lines: On-the-Job Training for STEM Teachers

Helping students meet rigorous new standards and assessments begins by training K-12 educators, many of whom have been in the classroom for decades. Professional development is taking a variety of forms: intensive workshops and summer institutes; books and online instruction; off-the-shelf curricula that come with training in how to teach them; and outreach from university-based STEM education centers. Some states, too, are introducing teacher training aligned to the new Common Core math standards, appointing local and regional teacher leaders and building comprehensive toolkits to help educators. This session will describe effective professional development programs already at work and identify the most successful strategies in states that have been earliest in moving forward with new standards.


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Angela Minnici, Ph.D.

Director, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, American Institutes for Research
Angela Minnici, Ph.D., is Principal Researcher in the Education Program at the American Institutes for Research. She is also the Director of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, a federally funded comprehensive center dedicated to advancing state efforts to grow, respect and... Read More →

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Karen Symms Gallagher, Ph.D.

Dean, USC Rossier School of Education
Since becoming Dean in 2000, Karen Symms Gallagher has focused the USC Rossier School on its mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. The School is now #17 in U.S. News and World Report rankings. Under her leadership, Rossier launched its groundbreaking... Read More →
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John Chandler, Ph.D.

Director, T-STEM Center, Texas Tech University
With a career that includes 22 years in shipbuilding and 17 years at Texas Tech Whitacre College of Engineering, Dr. Chandler contributes unique insight into both the practice and study of engineering to the activities of the Texas Tech University T-STEM Center, which he co-directs... Read More →
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Dave Saba

Chief Operating Officer, National Math and Science Initiative
David W. Saba serves as Chief Operating Officer for National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) focused on programs to transform math and science education. Prior to, Dave was Chief Executive Officer of Laying the Foundation, which merged with NMSI in January 2012. Previously, he... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 4

10:00am CDT

Session 704: Overcoming Barriers for Students with Disabilities

Until recently, many students with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, and Asperger’s syndrome found themselves faced with nearly insurmountable barriers when considering STEM careers. But increasingly diverse strategies are being employed to bring down these barriers, including the development of new assistive technologies. Various organizations are developing programs to help train teachers to work with students with disabilities, setting up mentoring programs, and promoting the use and development of the assistive technologies. This panel will feature innovative methods, practices, and programs that assist students with disabilities in STEM education.


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Richard A. Weibl

Director, Project on Science, Technology and Disability American Association for the Advancement of Science
Richard (Ric) Weibl is director of the Center for Careers in Science and Technology and director of the Project on Science, Technology, and Disability at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  His work in both roles focuses on the education, training and... Read More →

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J. Phillip King, P.E., Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Department Head, Department of Civil Engineering, New Mexico State University
Dr. King is a Professor and Associate Department Head in the Civil Engineering Department at New Mexico State University, where he has been since 1990.  He specializes in water resources engineering, and his research has included irrigation, hydrology, and water quality studies of... Read More →
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Margo Vreeburg Izzo, Ph.D.

Professor and Program Director, Ohio State University Nisonger Center
Dr. Vreeburg Izzo is Professor and Program Director for the Special Education and Transition area at the Nisonger Center, a University Center of Excellence on Disabilities at the Ohio State University.  With over 33 years experience in the special education field, Dr. Vreeburg Izzo... Read More →
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Henry “Hoby” Wedler

Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Davis
Henry Wedler was born and raised in Petaluma, California, a small town about 40 miles North of San Francisco. Henry is now a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, working towards his Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Inspired by programs offered by the National Federation... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 7

10:00am CDT

Session 804: Taking STEM Digital: How to Successfully Recruit and Engage Via Social Media

Most people are plugged in. Connected. Friended. Followed. Linked. Pinned. RSS fed. And ready to consume fresh digital content as it rolls in. That's life in our digitally centered culture, and it’s essential to leverage digital and social media to meet and continually connect with our audiences where they are. This panel features one of the Obama 2012 campaign social media gurus and GMMB digital strategist and vice president Shannon Raybold. They will focus on practical steps you can put into action for your organization, with a focus on digital storytelling– including examples of best practices on top platforms, ideas for STEM fields, and a take-home tip sheet.


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Jason Koebler

Science and Technology Reporter, U.S. News & World Report

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Jessi Langsen

Vice President, Digital, Hill + Knowlton Strategies
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Shannon Raybold

Vice President, GMMB
A Vice President at GMMB, has over a decade of experience managing communications and digital campaigns for nonprofit organizations and political candidates. Current clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Washington Student Achievement... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 8

10:00am CDT

Session 904: Policy & Advocacy Solutions: Championing STEM from the School Board to the Statehouse

Have you ever wondered how policy could help you achieve goals like closing opportunity gaps in STEM education, scaling a best practice or building a STEM capable workforce? Or wanted to get expert advice on how to champion STEM in the media, with policymakers and the grassroots? Then this workshop is for you. Get ready to roll up your sleeves alongside colleagues who have led successful policy and advocacy campaigns in STEMx states. STEMx will debut actionable solutions that STEMx state leaders have put into practice. Working with a breakout group and a STEMx peer consultant, you will gain new tools and resources that will help you identify high-impact state policy levers and develop advocacy strategies in support of your STEM goals.


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Caroline King

Chief Policy Officer, Washington STEM
Caroline King serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Policy Officer, leading the organization’s advocacy efforts to build a robust and diverse movement in support of improving STEM education. King brings more than 10 years of experience working nationally and in Washington state... Read More →

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Terri Nikole Baca

Director, Policy & STEM Education and New Mexico STEM Network, Innovate+Educate
As Director of Policy and STEM Education, Terri Nikole Baca drives and oversees Innovate+Educate’s policy initiatives to advance STEM education and workforce development. Terri Nikole also serves as Director of the New Mexico STEM Network, a statewide initiative to accelerate STEM... Read More →
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John Fitzpatrick

Executive Director, Educate Texas
John Fitzpatrick is the Executive Director of Educate Texas and has an extensive history working with education. Before taking the helm at Educate Texas, Fitzpatrick served as Executive Director of the Capital Area Training Foundation, now Skillpoint Alliance, where he worked to build... Read More →
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Chris Roe

CEO, California STEM Learning Network
Christopher Roe is the Chief Executive Officer of the California STEM Learning Network in charge of overseeing the creation of strategic relationships and collaborating with regional, state and national partners to establish a network that will rapidly scale innovative STEM teaching... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 5

12:15pm CDT

U.S News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame Luncheon

U.S. News STEM Leadership Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon
Presented by National Instruments

Ray Almgren, Vice President, Marketing, National Instruments

Hall of Fame Honoree Discussion
Dan Arvizu, Ph.D., Director and Chief Executive, U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Chairman, National Science Board
Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Irwin Mark Jacobs, Sc.D., Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm
Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-Founder, National Center for Women & Information Technology
Charles M. Vest, Ph.D., President, National Academy of Engineering; President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brian Kelly, President and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report


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Ray Almgren

Vice President, Marketing, National Instruments
Ray Almgren, Vice President of Marketing, leads teams responsible for marketing the corporate brand, NI LabVIEW, and educational products.  Since joining NI in 1987, Almgren has held positions across marketing and R&D focusing on growing the use and adoption of LabVIEW, the heart... Read More →
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Dan Arvizu, Ph.D.

Director and Chief Executive, U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Chairman, National Science Board
Dan E. Arvizu became the eighth Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on January 15, 2005.  NREL is the Department of Energy's primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.  NREL is operated... Read More →
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Charles M. Vest, Ph.D.

President, National Academy of Engineering, President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Charles M. Vest is President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Vest earned a BS in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1963 and MSE and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the... Read More →
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Irwin Mark Jacobs, Ph.D.

Founding Chairman & CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm
Irwin Mark Jacobs is Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm, a company he co-founded in 1985. As CEO through 2005 and Chairman through 2009, he led the growth from startup to Fortune 500 Company, now with over 22,000 employees worldwide.  Qualcomm pioneered the development... Read More →
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Sylvia Earle, Ph.D.

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Sylvia A. Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), Chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute and former Chief Scientist of NOAA.  Author... Read More →
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Lucy Sanders

CEO and Co-founder, The National Center for Women & Information Technology
Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a consortium of more than 350 corporations, universities, and non-profits working to increase the participation of girls and women in computing and information technology. She... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 12:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Exhibit Hall 1