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I-STEM Campus Affiliates Directory

Urbana-Champaign campus personnel interested in STEM education. This directory is intended to foster collaboration in grant-writing, outreach projects, evaluation, and other areas.

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Fouad Abd-El-Khalick
Fouad Abd-El-Khalick

Curriculum and Instruction
Associate Professor
fouad@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
2. STEM Teacher Training & Development
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

Project(s): EnLiST:Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching & Learning

My research focuses on the teaching and learning about nature of science in grades K-12, and in preservice and inservice science teacher education settings.

John Abelson
John Abelson

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor
abelson@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project(s): EaSE: Energy and Sustainability Engineering

I co-direct the new graduate option program in EaSE.

Gretchen Adams
Gretchen Adams

Chemistry
Director, Chemistry Merit Program
gadams4@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project(s): Merit/MIST

I am interested in STEM initiatives in K-doctoral programs. A wide spectrum that is all worthwhile!

Jennifer Amos
Jennifer Amos

Bioengineering
Lecturer and Chief Academic Advisor
jamos@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project: Tissue Engineering Teaching Laboratory
Outreach grants to bring in minorities from community colleges for research to encourage transfers and increase retention;
NSF-REU for BIOE with Mayo Clinic;
Duties as ABET head for my dept (responsible for curricular changes and outcomes analysis).

Matthew Ando
Matthew Ando

Mathematics
Associate Professor
mando@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
3. Undergraduate and Graduate Education Reform

I have been involved in a project to improve calculus instruction for Engineering students at the U of I.

Jayadev Athreya
Jayadev Athreya

Mathematics
Associate Professor/Director, Illinois Geometry Lab
jathreya@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project: Illinois Geometry Lab, partially funded by NSF PI grant.
I am interested in developing an exploration-based mathematics curriculum at all levels, from P-16.

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Betty Barrett
Betty Barrett

School of Labor and Employment Relations
Clinical Assistant Professor
bb1@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

Project(s): CU Community Fab Lab

My interests are twofold: first I teach sociotechnical systems theory and practice to a broad selection of multidisciplinary students. Second, I am part of the CU Community Fab Lab that is currently being set up at UIUC.

Rashid Bashir
Rashid Bashir

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Bioengineering,
Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
Abel Bliss Professor, Director MNTL
rbashir@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
3. Undergraduate and Graduate Education Reform

Project(s): IGERT

Training grants, integration of engineering and biological sciences

Samuel Beshers
Samuel Beshers

Neuroscience Program
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
beshers@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
3. Undergraduate and Graduate Education Reform

Projects: Brain Awareness Day; Illinois Summer Neuroscience Institute (ISNI); Project NEURON; OLLI; Neuroengineering IGERT

Trying to combine outreach and educational neuroscience initiatives with support and professional skills development for students, Interested in involving other programs working on neuro-related projects.

Cindy Brya
Cindy Brya

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Coordinator of Alumni Relations and Development
brya@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
2. STEM Teacher Training & Development

ASM Materials Camp for high school teachers

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Katrina Ross Chester
Katrina Chester

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
Program Coordinator
krchest@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

International STEM initiatives

Kent Choquette
Kent Choquette

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor
choquett@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform

Project(s): Photonic Device Research Group

I am interested in undergraduate and graduate curriculum reform.

Mark Combs
Mark Combs

Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership
Project Coordinator
combsm@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

Projects: Healthcare Professions Program (TAACCCT H2P) at OCCRL (Office of Community College Research and Leadership).
STEM education is important in all fields. Integrating mathematical concepts into career education seems a promising approach to reach students that do not readily grasp the concepts with traditional means.

Robert Coverdill
Robert Coverdill

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Director of Advancement and Outreach
coverdil@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Professional Development
3. Undergraduate & Graduate STEM Education Reform
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

Vicki Coverstone
Vicki Coverstone

College of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering
Associate Dean/Professor
vcc@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
3. Undergraduate and Graduate Education Reform
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

Project(s): ADVANCE

Promoting, increasing, and maintaining diversity at the undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, and faculty levels.

Chris Cunningham
Chris Cunningham

Mathematics
Academic Programs Specialist
ccccc@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach

Project(s):

Any math or science outreach, fab lab, game theory, science fairs -- let me know.

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Lizanne DeStefano
Lizanne DeStefano

I-STEM Education Initiative
I-STEM Director
destefan@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
2. STEM Teacher Training & Development
3. Undergraduate and Graduate Education Reform
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

Project(s): I-STEM

I am interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative STEM Education Programs at all levels, including P-12, undergraduate and graduate programs, and workforce development.

Lisa Diaz
Lisa Diaz

University of Illinois Extension
Extension Specialist
lisabou@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach
4. Policy & Advocacy for STEM Education

Project(s): 4-H Program

Serve as SET/STEM liaison for U of I Extension 4-H program that reaches nearly 300,000 youth across the state. We combine research-based, experiential curriculum with evidence-based program model for positive youth development.

Pradeep Dhillon
Pradeep Dhillon

Education Policy, Organization and Leadership: Associate Professor
Linguistics: Associate Professor
dhillon@illinois.edu

I-STEM Goal Affiliation:
1. P-16 STEM Education Outreach

Aesthetics and STEM education