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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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Johnathan Manton
Jonathan Manton

Department of Mathematics
Technical Director of the Illinois Geometry Lab
jmanton@illinois.edu

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

Project(s): Illinois Geometry Lab; We have a current Chancellor's Public Engagement Award (under Illinois Geometry Lab).

My work has primarily been in outreach to middle school students to make math fun through hands-on activities with 3D solid geometry.  As part of the IGL, I also support multiple undergraduate research projects each semester.

Jeanette McCollum
Jeanette McCollum

Special Education
Professor Emerita
jmccollu@illinois.edu

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

Personnel preparation related to preschool math, particularly geometry.

Deana McDonagh
Deana McDonagh

School of Art and Design/Beckman Institute
Professor of Industrial Design
mcdonagh@illinois.edu

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

Industrial Design is the bridge between STEM and the lived experience. As we design and develop technology for the user, it is critical that we ensure the final outcome is empathic with the users' needs but also intuitive to use.

Michael McKelvey
Michael McKelvey

Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
Coordinator of Engagement Technology & New Media
mmckelve@illinois.edu

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

Projects:

Jennifer McNeilly
Jennifer McNeilly

Department of Mathematics
Director, Mathematics Merit Program
jrmcneil@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 Immersion for Students and Teachers (MIST)

I am interested in STEM initiatives at all levels of education but especially interested in the transition from secondary to post secondary levels.

Jose Mestre
Jose Mestre

Physics & Educational Psychology
Professor
mestre@illinois.edu

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

Project(s): Enhancing Student Learning in Introductory Physics Through the Use of Multimedia Learning Modules and Conceptual Analysis and Student Learning in Physics. Also working with Gary Gladding on a College of Engineering-funded teaching in engineering project.

My research focuses on the organization and deployment of physics knowledge by experts and novices. In my research, I address questions such as: What is the mechanism by which a beginner develops expertise in a complex domain such as physics? Why is it that the problem solving skills for traditional textbook physics problems often develop faster than conceptual understanding? Why is appropriate transfer of knowledge, even across the same domain and across remarkably similar contexts, so difficult to achieve?

Karen Mortensen
Karen Mortensen

Mathematics
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
kmortens@illinois.edu

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

Project: ICTM High School Math State Finals
High School Mathematics Contest State Finals, held each spring on the UI Champaign-Urbana campus, hosted by the Mathematics Department.

Joseph Muskin
Joseph Muskin

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Educational Coordinator
jmuskin@illinois.edu

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

Working with students and teachers to bring a larger number of people into engineering