Kevin Clark, PI

(George Mason University)

Dr. Clark is a Professor in the Learning Technologies division and the Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity (CDMID) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University. He holds both a bachelors and masters degree in computer science from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Clark's research interests include the role of video games and interactive media in the education of children and adults. His recent scholarly activities focus on the use of video game design to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, and issues of diversity in the design and development video games and other educational media.

Kimberly Scott, Co-PI

(Arizona State University)

Kimberly A. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department and the Executive Director of the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, whose goal is to drive the discourse and experiences of underrepresented girls in STEM by owning, generating and critiquing the collective body of scholarship on, and offering culturally responsive programs for, girls of color (e.g. African American, Native American, Latina, and Asian American) and STEM education.

Norman Fortenberry, Advisor

(American Society for Engineering Education)

Dr. Norman L. Fortenberry is the executive director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), an international society of individual, institutional, and corporate members founded in 1893. ASEE is committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology by promoting global excellence in engineering and engineering technology instruction, research, public service, professional practice, and societal awareness.

Louis Gomez, Advisor

(University of California, Los Angeles)

Louis Gomez holds the MacArthur Chair in Digital Media and Learning in the School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Gomez is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he leads the Network Initiation and Development program. Dr. Gomez received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1974 and a doctorate in cognitive psychology from UC Berkeley in 1979.

Bill Harris, Advisor

(Science Foundation of Arizona)

Dr. Harris is the president and chief executive officer of Science Foundation Arizona. Dr. Harris served at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1978 to 1996, including as the director for mathematical and physical sciences (1991-1996). He was responsible for federal grants appropriation of $750 million. He also established 25 Science and Technology Centers to support investigative, interdisciplinary research by multi-university consortia.

Linda Rosen, Advisor

(Change the Equation)

Linda Rosen serves as the chief executive officer of Change the Equation. Dr. Rosen has a proven track record in providing leadership to the business community in its mission to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning. Her stellar career has focused on scaling up research-based best practices, working with states and localities to implement these practices to ensure long-term sustainability and success.

John Slaughter, Advisor

(University of Southern California)

Dr. Slaughter is a Professor of Education, with a joint appointment at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. Slaughter has had remarkably distinguished career, which began as an electrical engineer and includes leading two universities and heading the National Science Foundation (NSF) as its first African American director, among many other accomplishments.

Megan Bang, Participant

(University of Washington)

Megan Bang is an assistant professor in the area of Educational Psychology. A Spencer Graduate Fellow at Northwestern, Bang specialized in cognitive science, a discipline within the learning sciences. Bang's work explored the kinds of explanations, arguments, and attentional habits Native American children are exposed to and learn in community settings as they relate to school science learning. Bang received her Ph.D. from the Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy.

Bryan Brown, Participant

(Stanford University)

Bryan A. Brown is an associate professor of teacher education at Stanford University. His research interest explores the relationship between student identity, discourse, classroom culture, and academic achievement in science education. He focuses on the social connotations and cultural politics of science discourse in small-group and whole-group interaction.

Hank Frierson, Participant

(University of Florida)

Henry T. Frierson is Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida. His educational psychology PhD is from Michigan State University. He spent 33 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he became a Professor in the School of Medicine and later a Professor of Educational Psychology and the Director of the Research Education Support Program to support research for minority undergraduate students and graduate students to complete research for their PhDs. He continues this trend at the University of Florida within the context of enhancing a fine Graduate School.

Juan Gilbert, Participant

(University of Florida)

Juan Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and the Associate Chair of Research in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. Dr. Gilbert has research projects in spoken language systems, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing) and databases/data mining. He has published more than 140 articles, given more than 200 talks and obtained more than $24 million dollars in research funding.

Bob Hirshon, Participant

(American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Bob Hirshon is Program Director for Technology and Learning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and host of the daily radio show and podcast Science Update. Hirshon also heads up Kinetic City, including the Peabody Award winning children’s radio drama, McGraw-Hill book series and Codie Award winning website and education program. He is Principal Investigator on the new NSF-funded project KC: Empower, which examines how informal science activities can be made more accessible to children with disabilities. He oversees the Science NetLinks project for K-12 science teachers, part of the Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity partnership. Hirshon is currently developing a new planetary exploration game, educational features that play within Google Earth, and several other games and interactive web modules. His Qualcomm Wireless Reach project, Active Explorer, allows educators to create mobile phone and tablet explorations for children, called Quests. Media that children collect on Quests dowloads to their Active Explorer webpage, where they use creative tools to make SmartWork projects to share what they’ve learned. He can be heard on XM/Sirius Radio’s Kids Place Live as “Bob the Science Slob.” Hirshon is a Computerworld/ Smithsonian Hero for a New Millennium laureate.

Ashanti Johnson, Participant

(Institute for Broadening Participation)

Ashanti Johnson is the Executive Director of the Institute for Broadening Participation and Faculty Research Associate for the University of Texas at Arlington's Earth and Environmental Sciences Department. Dr. Johnson received her B.S. (1993) in Marine Science from Texas A&M University-Galveston (TAMUG) and her Ph.D. (1999) in Oceanography from Texas A&M University (TAMU).

Akili Lee, Participant

(Digital Youth Network)

Akili Lee is the co-founder and director of Digital Strategy and Development for the Digital Youth Networks. His work focuses on innovating new digital learning tools and supporting youth focused organizations develop models for successfully integrating digital media as a way to increase engagement and effectiveness. Akili received a B.A. in Computing and Information Systems from Northwestern University and is currently completing a MS in Business Information Technology at DePaul University.

Connie McNeely, Participant

(George Mason University)

Connie L. McNeely received the B.A. (A.B.) in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and the M.A. (A.M.) and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. She is currently Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, where she is also the Co-Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy. Her teaching and research address various aspects of science and technology, healthcare, organizational behavior, governance, social theory, and culture. She has ongoing projects examining cultural and institutional dynamics in education, science and technology, and law, along with matters of race, ethnicity, and nation, and gender and polity participation. Dr. McNeely has been working as part of a larger initiative on democratizing education in the United States and elsewhere, and is Principal Investigator on a major research project examining institutional dynamics and policy impacts on diversity in the science and technology workforce. She also is active in several professional associations, has served as a reviewer and evaluator in a variety of programs and venues, and sits on several advisory boards and committees.

Felicia Mensah, Participant

(Teachers College, Columbia University)

Felicia Moore Mensah is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. She earned her Ph.D. in Science Education (Florida State, 2003), her M.S. in Biology and Secondary Education (NC A&T State University, 1992), and her B.S. in Biology (UNC-Chapel Hill, 1988). She also completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University (2003-2005), the second year in residence at Teachers College. Dr. Mensah's research interests are in diversity and social justice education with an emphasis on improving science experiences for P-12 teachers and students in urban classrooms. Primarily a qualitative researcher, Dr. Mensah utilizes multiple theoretical frameworks in her work in teacher education.

Lisa Mielke, Participant

(Collaborative for Building After School Systems)

Lisa Mielke is the Manager of STEM Programs at TASC, where she oversees training and technical assistance for after-school programs seeking to integrate STEM learning opportunities. In addition she serves as a technical assistance partner for the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems’ FUSE project, funded by the Noyce Foundation. Ms. Mielke holds an M. S. in Ecology from Fordham University, and previously worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society in roles ranging from Gorilla Mother to Assistant Curator. She has developed and taught informal science programs for children and adults and conducted professional development for both teachers and after-school staff.

Joseph Miller, Participant

(Washington Technology Project)

Joseph Miller is President and CEO of Washington Technology Project, LLC. Previously, he served as Deputy Director and Senior Policy Counsel of the Media and Technology Institute (MTI) at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, where he also served as Interim Director in the spring and summer of 2012.

Joi Moore, Participant

(University of Missouri)

Joi L. Moore is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and a Core Faculty member in the Informatics Institute at the University of Missouri. Dr. Moore's current research agenda is the application of appropriate design and evaluation principles for technology environments that support learning and/or effectively improve a desired performance. Additional areas of research include analyzing information architecture and pedagogical usability in distance learning environments; designing performance-centered applications; and Human Computer Interaction. She is specifically interested in designing tools that support the cultural norms of African American youth.

Tanya Moore, Participant

(City of Berkeley)

Tanya Moore, PhD a native of Berkeley, CA, received her doctorate training in the field of Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, Dr. Moore obtained a BS degree in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Masters in Science and Engineering from the Mathematical Sciences Department at The Johns Hopkins University. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, she returned to her hometown where she worked with the Berkeley’s Public Health Division to address health inequities. Tanya is one of the creators of the Infinite Possibilities Conference, a conference designed to support, empower and promote underrepresented minority women mathematicians. The conference has been held on the campuses Spelman College, North Carolina State University, UCLA and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Currently, Dr. Moore works as the Youth Services Coordinator for the City of Berkeley. In this role she works with City departments, Berkeley Unified School District, UC Berkeley and community organizations on joint initiatives to close the academic achievement gap that persists in Berkeley's public schools. Dr. Moore is also one of the authors of Finding Your North: Self-Help Strategies for Science Related Careers and is President of the Board for the not-for-profit organization Building Diversity in Science.

Karl Reid, Participant

(National Society of Black Engineers)

Karl Reid is the Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a 30,000 plus membership organization whose mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Prior to NSBE, Dr. Reid served as senior vice president of research, innovation and member college engagement the United Negro College Fund. He oversaw new program development, research and capacity building for the organization’s 37 historically black colleges and universities.

Carlos Rodriguez, Participant

(American Institutes for Research)

Carlos Rodrí­guez is nationally recognized for his expertise and insight on issues of 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 mathematics (STEM) in the post-secondary arena. Currently, Dr. Rodrí­guez is leading AIR study teams conducting the Boadening Particpation in STEM project and the Longitudinal Study of the Alliance for Graduate Education Program (AGEP).

Steve Schneider, Participant


Steve Schneider is the Senior Program Director of the Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics program at WestEd. He also serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the $12.2 million National Science Foundation's (NSF) Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL).

Allison Scott, Participant

(National Institutes of Health)

Allison Scott is currently a Program Leader in the NIH Common Fund’s Office for Strategic Coordination (OSC). She joined the OSC from the Level Playing Field Institute, where she was the Director of Research and Evaluation, overseeing a research agenda which examined structural and social/psychological barriers to the pursuit and completion of degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among underrepresented populations. Her research examined the influence of perceived barriers and stereotypes in the sciences, the double-bind facing female students of color, and the effectiveness of research-based interventions in improving STEM outcomes for underrepresented groups.

Melanie Stegman, Participant

(Molecular Jig Games)

Melanie A. Stegman is one of the founders of Molecular Jig Games, a company whose goal is to create games that take place in the molecular world and make them available to as wide an audience as possible.Previously, Dr. Stegman was the director of the Learning Technologies Program at the Federation of American Scientists. Dr. Stegman earned her Ph.D. in molecular genetics, biochemistry, and microbiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She did her post doctoral work in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Cornell, NYC.

Valerie Taylor, Participant

(Texas A & M University)

Valerie Taylor is the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A & M University. Her interests include High performance computing, with particular emphasis on the performance analysis and modeling of parallel and distributed applications.

Ivory Toldson, Participant

(Howard University)

Ivory A. Toldson is an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and editor-in-chief of "The Journal of Negro Education." Dr. Toldson is also the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and has more than 60 publications and research presentations in 32 US states, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Scotland, South Africa, Paris, and Barcelona. He has received formal training in applied statistics from the University of Michigan, and held visiting research and teacher appointments at Emory, Drexel, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Robert Torres, Participant

(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Robert Torres is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supporting their digital media and college readiness work. Until recently he served at the Chief Research Officer at Institute of Play where he co-founded Quest to Learn, a games-based school in New York City. Robert has a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Masters in Policy and School Administration from Bank Street College of Education and was a Stanford University Research Fellow. Robert completed a Ph.D in games and learning at New York University.

Gregory Washington, Participant

(University of California, Irvine)

Gregory Washington is the Dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California Irvine. Professor Washington has been involved in multidomain research for the last 20 years. His core area of interest lies in the area of dynamic systems: modeling and control. During this time he has been involved in the following applications: the design and control of mechanically actuated antennas, advanced control of machine tools, the design and control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles, and structural position and vibration control with smart materials. He is internationally known for his research on ultra-lightweight structurally active antenna systems and other structures that involve the use of smart materials.

Andrew Williams, Participant

(Marquette University)

Andrew B. Williams, Ph.D., is the Professor and John P. Raynor Distinguished Chair in Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Director of the Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics Lab. He founded the ARTSI Alliance to engage students from middle school through college in robotics and computing. He also founded and coached the SpelBots, the first all-female, African American team to compete in RoboCup. He spearheaded efforts to recruit minorities and women into engineering at Apple Inc. as the Senior Engineering Diversity Manager. Dr. Williams authored the book, “Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives”. Research Profile

Amos Simms-Smith, Graduate Research Assistant

(George Mason University)

is a doctoral candidate in Science Education Leadership. His research pursuits include: STEM interest and awareness with middle and high school students, student motivation and self-regulation, technology integration in schools, STEM topics in education policy, and student-focused learning strategies with a particular focus on students of color. Amos is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University, a student reviewer for the International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, and an Outreach Specialist with the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Office. Amos enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two cats.

Knatokie Ford, Fellow

is a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she oversees development of national initiatives to raise visibility and improve the image of STEM fields and practitioners. She previously served as a AAAS Science &Technology Policy Fellow at OSTP from 2012-2014 and is founder and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise, LLC. Prior to working at OSTP, Dr. Ford was a postdoctoral research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She also spent time in Los Angeles where she had the opportunity to work as a background actress in television and film and serve as a middle school teacher in an underserved community in South Central Los Angeles. Dr. Ford completed her PhD in Experimental Pathology at Harvard University where she studied age-related macular degeneration and received a BS/MS in Chemistry/Biological Chemistry from Clark Atlanta University.