Leslie Aaronson is the Strategic Director of K12 Initiatives for NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) and the Teacher in Residence at LA Promise Fund where she manages Girls Build LA. Leslie was awarded Teacher of the Year by LAUSD for her work as the Lead Teacher and Coordinator of Foshay Learning Center’s Technology Academy where she taught for thirteen years. She was a researcher for CS Teaching Tips and sits on the advisory board for CS Ed Week, SciGirls Code, the Computer Science Department of El Camino College, and Family Code Night. Prior to teaching, Leslie was the Production Manager for Blue’s Clues International at Nickelodeon. She earned a masters degree from New York University in Education, Communication and Technology and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis in Anthropology.read more...
Brian brings fifteen years of experience as an operating executive, technologist and entrepreneur at the intersection of technology and real-world services. He is a founding member of the executive team at E-Line Media, a developer and publisher of games that help players understand and shape the world. At E-Line, he previously served as General Manager of the company's Gamestar Mechanic franchise, which empowers youth to explore their passion for designing and making video games through digital games, design tools and hands-on programs.read more...
Jessica Anderson is the North America Strategic Giving Manager at Dell. In this role she is responsible for the company’s multimillion dollar corporate giving in the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining Dell, Jessica worked for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay in their Health Care Training Department; her work impacted hundreds of low-moderate income students enabling them to receive greater employment opportunities.
As North America Giving Manager, she works collaboratively to build programs and opportunities in local communities aimed to increase the number of girls and underrepresented students interested in computer science and applied sciences.
Early in her career at, Jessica created the Community Service Awards Program which highlighted the volunteer work employees are doing in and around their communities providing cash grants to the institution for which they volunteer.
Jessica has a passion for giving back to the community. Her appetite for volunteerism has extended into her career including roles such as being a POSSE Mentor helping students to effectively transition from an urban setting to a rural college environment and leading a volunteer service program where students gain global cross cultural experience through their volunteer work in underrepresented communities.
She received a B.A. in Communication Arts & Sciences from DePauw University and a M.A. in Organizational & Corporate Communications from Emerson College.
Jessica is on the leadership team for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain. She resides with her husband and their two sons in Sharon, Massachusetts.
Keshia Ashe is a AAAS fellow at the National Science Foundation within the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate. Along with Jan Cuny and colleagues, she is committed to broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in computing with the goal of ensuring a robust research computing research community, a globally competitive IT workforce, and a computationally savvy citizenry. Keshia is an avid STEM advocate, social entrepreneur, and educator.read more...
Alberto Avalos is the Innovation and Technology Program Manager at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation where he is bridging the natural technological abilities in our communities and the need for a more diverse pool of talent in the tech industry. Through partnerships with leading tech companies, Alberto leads sophisticated programs that engage both students of color in public schools, and young professionals of color eager to enter a career in STEM. Alberto Co-Founded the Code as a Second Language (CSL) national initiative that focuses on introducing communities of color to computer programming and making technical training and careers accessible. As the Innovation and Technology Program Manager, Alberto has been able to increase CSL’s presence to 25 top U.S. cities, impacting thousands of students.
Previously, Alberto was a Policy Fellow at the Greenlining Institute, a multi-ethnic public policy organization. Alberto focused on identifying and implementing innovative strategies to increase civic engagement in communities of color.
He was named the 2016 Coors Light Leader of the Year for his achievements as an emerging Latino leader. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for Diversity for the Computer Science Teachers Association and Code.Org’s CSEdWeek Advisory Committee.
Oliver is Global Partnerships Manager at Kano Computing, an end-to-end computing company built on top of cutting-edge hardware, open-source software, and a simple story. He works on global education and social impact programs with a goal of bringing demystifying and empowering technology to all young people.
Outside of Kano, Oliver is the co-founder of two non-profits focussed on education and LGBT issues, a columnist, and a non-profit trustee.
Prior to joining Kano, he taught for four years in inner-city London schools and is an Ambassador of the Teach First programme. He studied at the University of Birmingham, Cornell University, and UCL Institute of Education, and speaks regularly about education and technology.
Kamau Bobb is a national authority in STEM education. He is the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. He is an engineer and science and technology policy scholar whose work focuses on the relationship between equity for students and communities of color in the STEM enterprise, large educational systems, and the social and structural conditions that influence contemporary American life.
He brings to his current position a wealth of experience as a former Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF he was responsible for $30 million annually of investments targeted on improving computing and STEM education. In that role Dr. Bobb worked at the highest levels of the federal government to help shape the national research agenda for effective means of delivering equitable and quality computational education to all students. He has worked with members of the Office and Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration to set the national strategy for STEM education at both post-secondary and secondary school levels. He was selected as a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper STEM + Entrepreneurship Taskforce to help U.S. cities craft strategies to engage young men and boys of color in the STEM landscape. Prior to his federal appointment, Dr. Bobb was the Director of the STEM Initiative for the University System of Georgia, a collaborative effort with the governor’s office to improve STEM education across the 30 public institutions serving approximately 325,000 students in the state.
Dr. Bobb brings to STEM education a fierce commitment to equity as an indicator of justice. He has addressed and advised numerous leading tech sector companies, universities and k-12 schools. His writing on STEM education and culture has been featured in The Atlantic, Black Enterprise, The Root, Edutopia and on the Obama White House Blog. His national and state leadership have contributed to a STEM education agenda that is more honest and reflective of contemporary social and cultural realities.
Dr. Bobb holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Sadira.
Prior to Washington University, he was a professor and founding chair of the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the faculty since 1999.
Dean Bobick's research primarily focuses on action recognition by computer vision, a field in which he is a pioneer. Recently he has extended his research to robot perception for human-robot collaboration. While at Georgia Tech, he served as director of the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center, an internationally known research center in computer vision, graphics, ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction, and helped develop a computational media bachelor’s degree program and doctoral programs in robotics and human centered computing.
Dean Bobick is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned his bachelor's degrees in mathematics and computer science and his doctorate in cognitive science. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he served as a member of the MIT Media Laboratory faculty, where he led the Media Lab Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Video Surveillance and Monitoring Project, as well as its Dynamic Scene Analysis research effort.
He also has served as a senior area chair for numerous international computer vision conferences and as program chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. He has founded a variety of successful startup companies, is a distinguished scientist of the Association for Computing Machinery and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2014.
Quincy Brown, Ph.D., is a Program Director for STEM Education Research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her project portfolio includes the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and investigating innovations in Preservice STEM teacher education, investigating STEM mentoring practices, and supporting the AAAS Emerging Researchers National Conference.
She was previously a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There her portfolio included Agricultural Entrepreneurship, STEM Education, and the My Brother's Keeper initiatives. She spent two years a Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the CISE Directorate. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Drexel University.
Kelly Buchanan is Senior Vice President, Commercial Product Solutions, for Mastercard Operations & Technology (O&T). In this role, she is responsible for products that serve small business, mid- and large market organizations. She manages technology development, roadmap and operations of the products so they align with business strategies.
Ms. Buchanan has been with MasterCard since 2002. She has held a number of roles at Mastercard, most recently, she worked in Sydney, Australia office as the liaison for a newly acquired business. Her previous roles include Chief of Staff for O&T and various management positions across Loyalty Solutions and Authorization Processing.
Kelly is a strong supporter of initiatives that encourage an interest in STEM as a career – volunteering for Global Hack, Junior Achievement, and many others.
Kelly is a graduate of Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and earned her MBA from St. Louis University.
Gemma Busoni is the Education Programs & XR Specialist at Unity. She's also the CEO and cofounder of Discovr Labs, an XR and education content studio and startup. Discovr's partnered up with Unity to bring awesome XR/edu programs to life. She previously worked with Hack Club, StudentRND, and the office of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on CS, education, and accessibility ininitiatives. Before that, she did chemical engineering research at Caltech. Last year, Gemma shared the cover of Seventeen magazine alongside Michelle Obama.read more...
Roberta’s rural central Missouri roots span several generations, and she has taught and counseled in both small and large districts in Mid-Missouri. As an educator her work included implementing the state guidance program, expanding college and career opportunities for her students, working on steering and advisory committees, and collaborating with area community colleges and industry. Her position with Missouri Career Pathways involves providing teachers hands on opportunities to extern and explore the STEAM career areas, and then use that experience to develop work based learning curriculum for their students. Roberta believes strongly that the economic well-being of a community depends on the cooperation of all its stakeholders in preparing students for careers. Roberta earned a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in School and Counseling Psychology.read more...
Dave Crusoe is an education technology researcher, architect and producer. He loves to dream big and make big happen–especially by bringing together astute and eager teams. He is Senior Director – Youth Digital Engagement for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a role that enables infinite imagination about how to construct youth digital visitor experience, provides focus on youth learning and life outcomes and requires engaging a curious set of resources. He also leads the CS Education portfolio and has overseen the development of BGCA's computer science learning pathways. He holds two EdM degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, enjoys writing, plays the banjo poorly, explores caves and writes children’s stories.read more...
Jan Cuny started her career as a professor, first at Purdue, then at UMass and the University of Oregon. She is now a program officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she leads the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate’s efforts on broadening participation and education in computing. Most recently, she spearheaded NSF’s efforts to get inclusive, rigorous, academic computing courses into America’s schools. That work led to the development and scaling of several new and exciting high school CS courses (including Exploring Computer Science and the new AP CS Principles course) and scalable models of professional development for CS teachers.
For her efforts with underserved populations, Jan has received a number of awards including the 2006 ACM President’s Award, the 2007 CRA A. Nico Habermann Award, the 2009 Anita Borg Institute’s Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact, the 2015 NSF Distinguished Service Award, and the 2016 SIGCSE Distinguished Educator Award.
Ron K. Cytron is a professor of computer science and engineering at Washington University. His research interests include optimized middleware for embedded and real-time systems, fast searching of unstructured data, hardware/runtime support for object-oriented languages, and computational political science.
Ron has over 100 publications and 10 patents. He has received the SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award and is a corecipient of SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievment Award. He served as Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems for 6 years. He participated in writing the Computer Science GRE Subject Test for 8 years and chaired the effort for 3 years. He is a Fellow of the ACM.
Leigh Ann is a lifelong advocate of computer science education. At CSNYC, Leigh Ann oversees research efforts and advises and implements programs that align with the organization’s strategic goals. Leigh Ann is also a co-founder of the CSforALL Consortium, a national network of CS education content providers, school districts, education associations, and researchers devoted to the mission of CSforALL. Prior to joining CSNYC, Leigh Ann worked for 10 years as a HS CS teacher, served on the Board of Directors for CSTA, and earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science and Cognitive Psychology, with a focus on CS education. Leigh Ann also co-authored the influential Running on Empty report, highlighting the lack of standards in CS education in the United States.read more...
Colleen Devery is Assistant Vice President of Strategic Alignment at NAF, a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. She is responsible for aligning and integrating NAF’s strategic priorities across operational functions and enabling their implementation tied to the measurement of success metrics and outcomes. She also leads the Lenovo Scholar Network, a robust mobile app development project and competition for NAF academies across the US that was developed in partnership with Lenovo and MIT.
Colleen joined NAF in 2006, as Director of Development to lead special events, corporate sponsorships, and the department’s operations and has served in many capacities including leading communications, IT, human resources and administration. Prior to NAF, Colleen spent eight years at Girls Incorporated where she oversaw national fundraising events that brought together top leaders in business, philanthropy, and government.
Colleen is Chair of the Board of Directors of Educational Video Center, a non-profit dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, while nurturing their commitment to social change.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from American University.
Rachel Décoste joins the Congressional App Challenge team after two decades of experience in Information Technology (IT), including designing Air Traffic Control systems and web applications in both public and private sectors Rachel’s first computer programming project was in 1989, when she taught herself the GW-BASIC programming language to create a randomized math quiz for kids. By 1997, Rachel was called “a pioneer” for website creation in Us Magazine. Rachel innovated web 2.0 technology before the term was coined. Rachel has defied the odds by pursuing a career in tech. Rachel aims for the Congressional App Challenge to be a catalyst for increasing the geographic, gender and racial reach of STEM among American youth.read more...
Chris Dovi is executive director of CodeVA, an independent nonprofit that has served as the catalyst for sweeping CS for All changes in state laws, and that through a variety of state partnerships serves as the private and nonprofit conduit of a public/private partnership providing free CS professional development to Virginia school divisions.
A former investigative journalist who covered Virginia government, and education issues for nearly two decades before founding CodeVA with his wife, Rebecca, Chris co-authored and steered passage of Virginia’s 2016 law making CS as a core subject, coequal to English and math in Virginia’s mandatory public school standards of learning.
Chris is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.
Jason Ediger is part of the worldwide education team at Apple. Prior to Apple, Jason served in the Orange County Department of Education, coordinating distance learning environments, evaluation of emerging technologies, and professional development focusing on the integration of technology. Before his work at the DOE, he taught eighth grade in Whittier, CA.read more...
Andy Edmunds is the Vice President of Virginia Tourism and the Director of the Virginia Film Office. In his dual roles, Edmunds has aided the commonwealth’s innovations in the promotion of film production and tourism opportunities for Virginia. Edmunds is a Virginia native and an accomplished musician and songwriter, who after studying music at VCU in the mid-80s, produced a music video of one of his songs that was broadcast on MTV. This experience introduced him to the film production industry where he ultimately settled in as a location scout until joining the Virginia Film Office in 1997. “I found myself in a non-traditional area of economic development that seemed to be perfectly suited to my experience and interests. Every day I look forward to continuing to give back to the state I know and love through an enthusiastic approach to attracting clients and delivering creative solutions,” says Edmunds. During his time with the Film Office, Andy has worked with the most notable filmmakers of our time including Terrence Malick, Ridley Scott, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg to name a few. Edmunds is enthusiastic about growing opportunities found at the intersection of new media, computer science, and education.read more...
Nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Evans took a job as an instructional aide for a special needs student at the Lee County School District, and he never looked back. Now, after more than a decade as Superintendent of the district he calls home, he is recognized widely across Kentucky as a leader with a palpable tenacity for progress, a pulse for lifelong learning, and an avante-garde leader for children from Paducah to Pikeville.
A first-generation college student, Evans’ roots run deep in Lee County soil. He has served as an instructional aide, teacher, assistant principal, principal, transportation director, and superintendent. Evans believes his work in each position has helped him build a cohesive, complex understanding of the full functioning of a school district. He is proud of the model he has set for students and staff of lifelong learning and continuous improvement. In the decade since he became superintendent, he has led the district’s rise in the ranks to top 50 in Kentucky and 1 of 15 districts statewide that are recognized as Districts of Distinction.
Over the years, Dr. Evans has served on over two dozen boards and committees at the state and local levels and has been active in advocacy efforts for Kentucky children. He has testified before the Senate/House Education Committees numerous times regarding the need for Broadband, road improvements, Dual Credit, Computer Science Coding Initiative, funding equality, and the School Calendar. Dr. Evans traveled to Washington D.C. to represent both the district and Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) on a national panel discussion regarding the I3 Grant. He was invited by Microsoft Corporation to speak on a national panel for Computer Science for All at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. Some of his critical roles of service include:
Dr. Evans has also been instrumental in bringing programming to his district, which is located in a “distressed” county per the Appalachian Regional Commission. From grants to partnerships for growth, Dr. Evans has led his district head-on into KASA’s Process Improvement and Performance Excellence (PIPE) work (which yielded a Level 1 Baldrige Performance Excellence Award), earned AdvancED Southern Association District Accreditation, engaged schools in the Perpetuating Excellence in Teaching and Learning initiative through the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), and worked through an extensive Quality Assurance Review Audit and eight KCSS safety audits.He has also worked to bring career pathways in aerospace and engineering through Project Lead the Way and computer science through Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS). Lee County Schools was one of the first four districts nation-wide to implement the Computer Science Pathway with Microsoft. He also instituted a dual credit cohort, started a National Board Certified Teacher Cohort, worked with his board to adopt and 18-year-old dropout rate, and became a Future Ready District. Today, the district is implementing over a dozen grants ranging from health and nutrition to technology education.
Dr. Evans earned a bachelor’s in 1992 from Eastern Kentucky University, master’s in 1999 from Eastern Kentucky University, and doctorate of education from Morehead State University in 2014. He was recognized by the American Association of School Administrators for his doctoral work for School Turnaround, and has been featured in various articles and publications for his advocacy efforts for student academic, social, emotional, and local economic development and infrastructure needs. He was awarded the KSBA Kids First Advocacy Award in 2015, KEDC 2016 Outstanding Superintendent of the Year, KASA 2017 finalist for Kentucky Superintendent of the Year, and 2017 Kentucky School Boards Association F.L. Dupree Superintendent of the Year.
Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on diversity and inclusion in tech and engineering since 2001 and is currently Chief Evangelist for the CSforALL Consortium. She served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy focusing on President Obama’s call to action for Computer Science for All, and previously served as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and K-12 Alliance Director at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Over the course of her career, Ms. Farmer has launched and scaled up multiple national programs including Aspirations in Computing the TECHNOLOchicas campaign for Latinas, AspireIT outreach program, Intel Design & Discovery, Lego Robotics for Girl Scouts and more. She served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a White House Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion in 2013, received the Anita Borg Institute Award for Social Impact in 2014, and the Education UK Alumni Award for Social Impact in 2015. She is a guest contributor for Techcrunch, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the Shriver Report, and the Huffington Post, and has been featured in Forbes and TechRepublic for her work. Ruthe holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford Said Business School and is passionate about integrating innovative business strategies into social change efforts.read more...
Dr. Carol Fletcher is the Deputy Director of the Center for STEM Education at UT Austin, where she directs statewide professional development programs for STEM teachers such as the TRC and WeTeach_CS, serving over 10,000 educators annually through 80+ projects involving all 20 Education Service Centers, 40+ colleges and universities, and 800 school districts.
Carol has been elected to 6 terms on the Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees since 2001, serving as Board President for 5 years. Her experiences as a teacher, policymaker, parent and university administrator bridge the gap between education, workforce, and policy. Additional leadership roles include serving as the Chair of the Texas Computer Science Task Force, CS4TX Steering Committee, the Texas Business and Education Coalition STEM Action Team, the Texas Education Agency’s STEM Educator Standards Committee, NSF’s TX Girls Collaborative Project Champions Board, and NSF’s Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance state lead.
Dr. Jeff Forbes is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His research interests include computer science education, social information processing, and learning analytics. Prof. Forbes is involved with a number of leading efforts to improve and broaden access to computer science education via organizations such as NSF, CMD-IT, and CRA, and represents ACM on the CSforALL Consortium steering committee.read more...
Dave Francis is an Extension Associate Professor at Utah State University. His primary responsibility is working with Extension faculty, staff and volunteers to develop and support 4-H STEM programs. The 4-H Science Mission Mandate includes a wide array of programmatic efforts from robotics to Junior Master Gardeners. Previously Dave has served on the National 4-H Science Leadership Team and continues to be the 4-H Science Liaison to the National 4-H organization. STEM projects and grants have varied from water quality, 4-H Teens as Teachers, 4-H Science in Urban Communities and engaging youth from rural communities in out of school time STEM efforts.
Current 4-H Science efforts include building capacity for the growing Maker Movement encouraging kids to get involved in making a variety of projects with all kinds of materials. Most recently, working with National 4-H Council, with support from Google, he is developing capacity within 4-H for a computer science pathway. Additional responsibilities include serving as the Utah 4-H Military Liaison, coordinating grants and programs in partnership with various military personnel. He continues to work at the museum facility he started his Extension career, Thanksgiving Point.
Dave Frye is the Associate Director of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (FI) at NC State University’s College of Education. For nearly 15 years, the FI has been helping to create the next generation education system that will prepare students for the global, digital, rapidly changing world in which they will live. Serving as a hub for collaboration across the research, practice, policy, and innovation perspectives, the FI tackles complex problems that require multi-faceted teams and have impact on pre-college education in North Carolina and beyond. As a founding member, Dave has helped develop strategic, broad-scale initiatives, such as a collaborative model and platform for MOOCs for Educators that has reached over 35,000 educators in more than 70 countries; a competency-based program for alternative teacher licensure in NC; and the design for a new statewide pubic high school for academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders in STEM fields.
Dave joined the CSForAll movement in Spring 2016. He is the state lead for North Carolina’s Code.org regional partnership, a member of the leadership team for CS4NC (A member of the 17-state ECEP Alliance), and co-chair of Code.org’s regional partner advisory council. Dave and his colleagues recently held the 2017 NC Computing Education Summit and developed the 2017 Landscape Report on Computing Education in NC. He is currently helping to establish a partnership across the STEM Ecosystem in a rural, economically disadvantaged region of NC to advance computer science and computation thinking and create new opportunities for all students, schools and communities in the region. Through these roles and initiatives, Dave focuses on the importance of connecting pockets of innovation across their silos to learn from one another and have greater impact for all students.
Dave holds an Ed.D. and M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and a B.Mus. in Music Education. He is a product of innovative computer science initiatives, having first learned coding in his 4th grade classes in the early 80s. He is passionate about all students having similar opportunities early and often in their lives, to not only broaden participation and expand opportunities in computer science but also create new paths for their future.
Kumar Garg helped shape science and technology policy for the Obama Administration for nearly eight years, serving in a variety of roles in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He lead the Obama Administration’s efforts to bolster science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including the Educate to Innovate campaign with over $1 billion in in-kind and philanthropic investment, development of major State of the Union initiatives to train 100,000 excellent STEM teachers and bring computer science to all K-12 students, and creation of iconic events such as the White House Science Fair.
Working with OSTP Deputy Director, Kumar supervised a team of twenty staff with portfolios ranging from biotechnology, entrepreneurship, space, advanced manufacturing, broadband, nanotechnology, behavioral sciences, the Maker Movement, digital media, prizes and broader innovation policy. As a senior leader at OSTP, Kumar was involved in policy-development, implementation and communication of a wide range of science and technology issues, including more than twenty-five Presidential events.
Prior to his time in government, Kumar worked on behalf of parents and children seeking educational reform as an education lawyer and advocate. Kumar received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Yale Law School.
Leah Gilliam is the VP of Education, Strategy & Innovation at Girls Who Code. In her almost twenty years in the field, Gilliam has channeled her life-long fascination with systems and how things work into a diverse career at the intersection of learning and technology. Gilliam has consistently focused on issues of equity, opportunity, and participation—whether launching a game-design laboratory in an NYC public school, lecturing on art and technology as a tenured professor at Bard College, or helping to embed, scale, ands pread new tools and practices at Mozilla Foundation. She credits her socially engaged journalist mother and her avantgarde painter father with her early introduction to political thought and creativity.
Previously, Gilliam directed Hive NYC Learning Network, a key part of Mozilla's global strategy to advance reading, writing, and participation on the web. Prior to that, she was the director of Informal Learning at New York's Institute of Play, where she worked with city officials, educators, and designers to launch the game-based-learning public school Quest to Learn. Gilliam began her career in academia, working as an associate professor of electronic arts at Bard College and chairing its Arts Division. She holds a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, an MFA from University of Wisconsin, and a BA in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University.
Suzanne Harper is the Senior Director, National STEM Strategy, for Girl Scouts of the USA. She is responsible for developing and implementing the national STEM strategy. She oversees the development of STEM program through content partnerships with organizations such as Code.org, Girls Who Code, The New York Academy of Sciences, SciStarter, The Society of Women Engineers, and Design Squad Global.
Previously, she oversaw the development of Girl Scouts’ print and digital program resources, including Digital Cookie’s entrepreneurship program, a refreshed badge program, and grant-funded projects such as Imagine Your STEM Future, an eight-week series for high school girls.
Before joining GSUSA, she worked in media directed at youth. She started her career at Whittle Communications, where she edited magazines for high school and college students. More recently, she was editor-in-chief of Disney Adventures, a magazine for tweens. She has also published many fiction and non-fiction books for tweens and teens.
Suzanne earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English from the University of Texas-Austin and a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California.
David Karandish is the Cofounder and Chairman of Equity.com and Chief Executive Officer of Ai Software. Equity.com is an incubator focused on investing in, building and growing high performing, technology enabled businesses. Ai Software is an enterprise artificial intelligence company and the first for-profit business incubated out of Equity.com.
Prior to starting Equity, David was the CEO of Answers Corporation. David and Chris Sims started the parent company of Answers in 2006 and sold the company to a private equity firm in 2014 for north of $900m.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a second major in entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated cum laude. He is a member of the Lewis and Clark chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. David lives in St. Louis with his wife, Erin and four kids. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing ukulele.
Jeremy Keeshin is the CEO and co-founder of CodeHS, a comprehensive online platform to teach computer science to high schools and middle schools. He is a leading expert in computer science education and education technology, and has visited over 150 schools for computer science all over the country. The CodeHS platform is now used by hundreds of thousands of students and is the largest platform for coding in high schools. He previously was a computer science student and teaching assistant at Stanford, helping to teach courses, manage the introductory program, and build tools before starting CodeHS.read more...
As community engagement manager for Lenovo North America, Suzie is responsible for employee volunteerism and charitable giving in U.S and Canada. She thrives on building community partnerships that advance STEM Education programs, increase access to opportunity for diverse populations, and empower others to improve their communities.
Suzie holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys working with national organizations like NAF and Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as local, North Carolina schools and education-focused nonprofits.
Janice Levenhagen-Seeley is the Founder and CEO of ChickTech, a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls and women in the technology industry and creating a more inclusive technology culture. Janice holds a BS degree in computer engineering and an MBA. Her passion lies in creating change to improve women’s lives. She founded ChickTech in 2012 based on her experiences as a woman in technology and is driven to provide a more positive experience in the technology industry for others.read more...
Zipporah L. Little serves as the Director and School Counselor for the Richland School District Two Youth Career Connect Carolina Alliance for Technology Program, CAT. CAT is a program designed to create a workforce that benefits students, businesses and surrounding communities through meaningful engagement in academic experiences that link to future college and career pathways in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering.
Zipporah has over 21 years of experience in education where she has served as a district level Youth At-Risk Coordinator, Power of Mentoring Coordinator, assistant principal and school counselor. She holds a BA from Claflin University, M.Ed from South Carolina State University, Master Plus from Winthrop University and School Administrator Certification from Wingate University.
Dr. Mark Lombardi is the tenth President of Maryville University and has served since 2007. During his tenure, Maryville University has doubled enrollment to over 7,800 students hailing from 50 states and 60 countries. US News & World Report has named Maryville the 3rd fastest growing private University in the nation in 2017 and in 2013 and 2014 named Maryville the #1 Overperforming University in the country. In addition, Maryville has also been ranked in the top 15% of Universities nationwide for ROI for three consecutive years.
For over 25 years, at three different institutions, Dr. Lombardi has served as a tenured faculty member in political science and international relations, Department Chair, Director of International Programs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and President. Dr. Lombardi also served as Executive Director of the U.S.-Africa Education Foundation.
In addition to fundraising initiatives that have netted over $150 million dollars for projects in the arts, academic learning space, international programs, learning technology and student services, Dr. Lombardi has done over 200 interviews for radio and television on politics, international issues as well as innovation and the future of higher education. Dr. Lombardi is a noted author, publishing several articles and three books, one of which is now in its 9th edition. Dr. Lombardi earned a PhD and master’s degree in political science and international relations from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Purdue University.
Bryan L. Miller is a veteran educator of 15 years and previously held roles as a kindergarten teacher, K-5 computer teacher, and Director of Educational Technology at the one of the largest private, independent school in the US. Bryan is an international keynoter and presenter in the areas he is most passionate about - connected toys and play, computer science, robotics and STEM education, and digital leadership. He works with schools across the United States and world on developing best practices for implementing computer science and robotics into the K-12 curriculum. Bryan is also the Director of Strategic Education Outreach for Wonder Workshop, creators of Dash and Dot robots. You can connect with Bryan on social media at @EdTechNerd.read more...
Christina Miller is president of Turner’s Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang and is responsible for leading all aspects of the business in North America as well as global oversight of content development, production, consumer products and franchise management. Her leadership also extends to overseeing the premium video subscription service, Boomerang.
Prior to her current position, Miller was general manager of NBA Digital and senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Programming, where she led the day-to-day operations for the NBA Digital portfolio, which included NBA digital products, NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour digital television networks and its broadband and wireless businesses.
She joined Turner in 2005 as vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) and established the consumer products division in the United States, including global licensing and retail business development for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim properties. Before joining Turner, Miller served as senior vice president of brand management and licensing for HIT Entertainment, responsible for global brand strategy, promotions and licensing for classic preschool brands including Thomas & Friends™, Barney, The Wiggles™ and Bob the Builder™.
An avid lover of the arts, Miller currently serves on the boards of The Shed, the first multi-arts center designed to commission and produce visual/performing arts and popular culture and the Woodruff Arts Center, the leading south east music, theater and visual arts center based in Atlanta.
She also is on the boards for Refinery 29, the digital media company focused on women with a global footprint; The Scratch Foundation, which supports an approach to coding that engages young people in thinking creatively; and Funny or Die, the comedy video website and film/TV production company founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy.
As the Senior Manager of Community Engagement Content, Aaron works collaboratively with education professionals at PBS Stations and the producers of PBS KIDS' media properties to create impactful learning experiences for children and families through outreach and community engagement efforts that meaningfully leverage PBS KIDS content and resources.
An alumnus of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Aaron holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation and Education. He joined PBS KIDS in 2012 to manage the development of a variety of award-winning websites, games, apps and digital storybooks on the PBS KIDS Digital team. Prior to joining PBS, Aaron worked as a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab in support of the ScratchEd teams work with formal and informal educators and before that he was a third grade teacher.
A national leader and expert in STEM learning, Ron Ottinger is known for his expertise in informal and out-of-school time STEM education and in building collaborations among schools, science centers, communities and afterschool programs that increase STEM learning opportunities for young people. Ron is Executive Director of STEM Next and serves as co-chair of the national STEM Funders Network. Additionally, Ron is the co-chair for the National STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative. As the Executive Editor of STEM Ready America, Ron convened the nation’s leading STEM experts presenting bold and persuasive evidence—as well as real-world examples of effective practices, programs, and partnerships on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics knowledge and skills are preparing young people to be successful in school today and the workforce tomorrow. For the past nine years, he led the Noyce Foundation which for a quarter-century was dedicated to helping young people become curious, thoughtful, and engaged learners. Prior to joining Noyce, Ron served for fourteen years as National Associate Director of the non-profit AVID Center. He was elected to three terms on the San Diego City Schools’ Board of Education from 1992-2004, during a period of major reform of the school system, and was the longest running board president.read more...
Anthony Owen serves as Arkansas’s State Director of Computer Science, a position created at the request of Governor Asa Hutchinson and housed within the Arkansas Department of Education. From 2011 until July 2015, he served as ADE’s K-12 Mathematics and Computer Science Curriculum Specialist.
Anthony leads the development and implementation of Gov. Hutchinson’s computer science initiative. In this role, Owen coordinates with multiple national and state entities including K-12 educators, representatives from higher education, and business and industry leaders to ensure Arkansas’s efforts in computer science are relevant to the needs of the state and nation. At a national level, Anthony serves as a Board member for the National Computer Science Teachers Association, as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Commission on Computer Science, Information Technology and Related Career Fields, and served as a writer of the recently published K-12 Computer Science Framework. Anthony also works closely with Gov. Hutchinson’s Computer Science Task Force, which identifies the state’s computer science and technology needs.
Anthony received a Bachelors of Science in mathematics with a double minor in education and computer science and a M.S.E. in Educational Leadership both from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He received a Juris Doctorate from the U.A.L.R. Bowen School of Law in 2013 and was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 2014.
John is Executive Director of FamilyCodeNight.org and MV GATE. John is a veteran information entrepreneur, with specialties in media, marketing, political marketing, public relations, and education. He was founder and CEO of MediaMap, a media research and software provider for the public relations industry. He also founded and led Cambridge Communications, a Massachusetts PR agency. With Kath Cramer, he founded and directed “Ralph Don’t Run,” a national political campaign in 2003-2004 to mobilize progressive opposition to the presidential candidacy of Ralph Nader. John has appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox, and produced a breakthrough campaign animation featured on Meet the Press. John has spoken at dozens of national conferences on CS education, public relations and marketing, and was a presenter at the White House Computer Science for All Summit in September 2016.read more...
Kevin Pekkarinen graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri in 2014 and later earned his Master's Degree in Administration Education from William Woods University in 2016. He is in his fourth year of teaching mathematics, all of which have been at Fayette High School in Fayette, Missouri. He is blazing new trails this year as he became the first Computer Science teacher at Fayette High School. He hopes to expand the Computer Science program and expose coding to students for years to come.read more...
Judd R. Pittman has 11 years of urban education experience as a middle school science teacher in Harrisburg City School District and serving as an elected member of the Harrisburg City School Board. Judd was an educational consultant at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) where he focused on professional learning and technical assistance for educators and administrators in science, math, culturally responsive approaches to teaching and learning. Currently, Judd is a Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education on STEM focusing on equity and access to STEM for every learner and educator in the Commonwealth. Judd has a diverse educational background with a degree in Ecology from Juniata College, a Master’s in Forest Ecology from Virginia Tech University, and a Master’s in Multi-Cultural Education from Eastern University.read more...
Paige Prescott has been involved in Computer Science education for more than 10 years and STEM education for almost 20 years throughout New Mexico and internationally. She is currently the President of the Computer Science Teachers Association of NM (CSTA-NM) and is active in many organizations and schools in order to expand access to computer science education for all students in New Mexico. She has trained over 500 teachers in curriculum to engage young students in computer science. Her passion for computer science education has led her to pursue a PhD to understand more about how students learn computer science concepts and is interested in the nexus of science and computer science curriculum.read more...
Michael Preston is the Executive Director of CSNYC, the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education. CSNYC works to increase access to computer science in NYC public schools and is the city’s partner in the 10-year Computer Science for All (CS4All) initiative. Prior to joining CSNYC, he designed and led digital learning initiatives at the NYC Department of Education including programs in middle and high school computer science, personalized learning, and digital literacy. At Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, he led software development projects and research studies on multimedia analysis tools. He has taught courses in psychology and research methods at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology.read more...
Sophia Puertas is a junior at Mary Institute Country Day High School. She was a recipient of the NCWIT St. Louis Affiliate award for Aspirations in Computing for 2017, which enabled her to assist in running a coding camp last summer for girls in rural Missouri. Sophia also mentors middle school aged girls at MICDS weekly to get them engaged in coding, and has a YouTube channel with over 1,000 subscribers that features her stop-motion animation films and DIY tutorials.read more...
Maureen Reyes is the Executive Director of Advanced Placement Program Management at the College Board. She started at the College Board in 2008 working in Research and Development and has held her current position in AP for the last four years. Her responsibilities include leading new program development initiatives as well as the expansion of AP’s research portfolio. She led the launch of AP Computer Science Principles, the largest course launch in AP’s 60-year history. Maureen holds an MBA from Fordham University and a BA in Psychology from New York University.read more...
Michelle Rinehart learns, serves, and teaches as a Secondary Mathematics Consultant at Region 18 Education Service Center in West Texas. Her work focuses on procuring and providing leadership and learning opportunities for mathematics educators throughout her area. Michelle currently serves as the Project Director for two professional development grant programs in West Texas — one for mathematics teachers and one for computer science teachers. Michelle speaks nationally about topics in mathematics and computer science education, with a particular focus on conceptual understanding in secondary mathematics and building teacher leaders. Michelle blogs about her practice at HowWeTeach.com. In all things, Michelle is wondering “How can I best be present here?”, “What is my next step?”, and “What will move the learning forward?”.read more...
Mariana Rios is Program Officer at Televisa Foundation, where she leads the TECHNOLOchicas initiative focused on engaging Latina girls and women in the United States into computer science fields.
In her previous role at TF, she lead the re-design of the application process for the entrepreneurship program which doubled program applications in a single year. Additionally managed and implemented the evaluation and selection process of participants. Prior to Televisa Foundation, Ms. Rios was a Director of ATI at Fortune Society a non-profit in New York City focused on empowering and offering skill building to minority youth involved in the criminal justice system.
Her experience working with the Hispanic community in the United States began at Hudson River Healthcare, as coordinator of the health prevention and education programs for minorities. Ms. Rios has over eight years of experience in program implementation, management and overseeing funding, serving organizations to fulfill their missions. Ms. Rios holds a Masters in Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Kristin Robertson is vice president of Engineering and chief engineer for Strike, Surveillance and Mobility, a division within Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). In this role, she provides functional leadership and maintains the engineering integrity of a portfolio of strike-fighter, surveillance and mobility platforms including the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, F-15, P-8 and executive fleet aircraft. She also leads the engineering team responsible for the modernization and modification of several U.S. Department of Defense and international aircraft programs, including various surveillance and reconnaissance, head of state and bomber aircraft.
Most recently, Robertson led engineering for the former Boeing Military Aircraft organization within BDS. Robertson has also served as vice president of Tiltrotor programs and Bell Boeing program director for the Vertical Lift division within BDS. Through a strategic alliance with Bell Helicopter, Robertson and her Bell counterpart led the Bell Boeing team in the design, production and sustainment of the V-22 Osprey aircraft.
Prior to that position, Robertson was deputy program manager of the T-X program. T-X is a comprehensive training system designed to replace the U.S. Air Force fleet of T-38 Talon training jets. She also served as director of Direct Attack Weapons Programs, a division of Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems. Programs within her portfolio included the Joint Direct Attack Munition, Small Diameter Bomb and Countermine System.
Previously, Robertson served as program manager of a proprietary program within the Global Strike division and as chief engineer for the Global Strike sites in St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri. She was also director of Advanced Mission Systems for Phantom Works, as well as director and program manager for F/A-18 Support & A-D Programs. While leading the F/A-18 Weapon System Analysis & Integration Team, Robertson wrote the winning proposal for the prestigious 2005 Aviation Week Performance Excellence Award for the F/A-18 program.
Robertson joined Boeing in 1994 after being employed by the Department of the United States Navy as an electronics engineer at the Naval Aviation Depot in San Diego, California. Robertson received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California in San Diego and her master’s degree in international business from Saint Louis University. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society and the Society of Women Engineers.
As a freshman at University Of Maryland, Sierra Seabrease has had many significant opportunities to learn more about technology and forge her own path, with the help of the Digital Harbor Foundation, which led her to her major; mechanical engineering. She is the founder of an all-girls maker club called the Makerettes, which aims to offer opportunities for young females to connect through creative technology projects. At only 18, She is a two-time TEDxYouth@Baltimore Speaker and was invited to present her Digital Jukebox Piano at the 2015 White House Science Fair. She also assisted in building and presenting the giant SXSL letters with Adam Savage for the South by South Lawn White House event in 2016. Her work has been highlighted in multiple Business and Technology articles, most recently in the Baltimore Business Journal.read more...
Stephanie Rodriguez, PhD, joined the Afterschool Alliance in June 2017 as Director of STEM Policy. In this role, Stephanie is responsible for creating and advancing federal, state, and local opportunities and policies to expand resources and activities that provide students with access to a rich STEM curriculum in their afterschool programs. Stephanie brings years of experience in STEM education research and outreach to a wide variety of audiences in this role. Before joining the Afterschool Alliance, Stephanie served as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. While at NSF, she worked on efforts to broaden participation in computer science and other STEM fields. Prior to her fellowship, Stephanie served as Director of the Young Scientist Program, a 26 year-old outreach program that engages St. Louis public school teachers and students in hands-on STEM experiences. Stephanie completed her PhD in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied the T-cell development process and devised innovative strategies to observe this phenomenon in live animals, in real time, using advanced microscopy techniques. She received her B.S in biological sciences from Stanford University.read more...
As director of programs for the MIT App Inventor Josh leads the team's educational outreach and research efforts, when not in meetings or answering emails. He is an educational technologist who has worked for nearly two decades at the intersection of science, technology, and learning. A former middle and high school teacher, he has worked for a Nobel Peace Prize winning human rights organization and on award-winning early online communities for education. He values playfulness in almost everything, and is in fact quite serious about it.read more...
Haley Shoaf is the Education Director at LaunchCode, a St. Louis based organization dedicating to helping people access pathways to careers in technology through coding education and apprenticeship programs.read more...
Megan Smith is an award-winning tech entrepreneur, engineer, and evangelist. As the third U.S. chief technology officer, Smith helped the President and his team harness the power of technology, data, and innovation to advance the future of our nation and the world. She recruited top tech talent to serve across government and to collaborate on the most pressing issues of the day, from data science, AI and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. She focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaigns including #SeeHer.
Prior to her role as U.S. CTO, Smith served as vice president of new business development at Google, managing early-stage partnerships across the company’s global engineering and product teams. She led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa, steered the shift of Google.org to include more direct engineering impact, such as Google Crisis Response, and later served on the leadership team of GoogleX , where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers.
As CEO of PlanetOut, Smith was a leader of the online LGBT community in the early days of the Internet. She drove engagement and revenue by partnering closely with top Internet companies, including AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, Netscape, RealNetworks, and others. She also worked as an engineer at General Magic on teams designing early smartphone technologies and at Apple Japan in Tokyo.
Smith is an advisor to the MIT Media Lab, Vital Voices, the Malala Fund, which she co-founded and was recently been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Over the years, she has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, including an award-winning bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cook stoves. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car 2,000 miles across the Australian outback. Smith has recently co-founded a company, shift7, working to accelerate radically collaborative solution making and wide-spread creative confidence.
Dr. Scott Spurgeon, Superintendent of the Riverview Gardens School District and educator with twenty-five years serving communities in rural to urban districts in the region, has become known for his leadership in the movements to help redefine north county education and restore academic honor to the Riverview Gardens community. Since Dr. Spurgeon’s arrival, the once struggling district has been named an Innovative District of the Year by the International Center for Leadership in Education, received proclamations from the St. Louis County Board of Directors, was honored as the most improved district in 2015 by Governor Jay Nixon and has gained enough points on the latest APR to be classified as Fully Accredited. The Riverview Gardens School District regained provisional accreditation on January 4, 2017 after nearly ten years of being classified as an unaccredited district. Dr. Spurgeon has excited students, staff and parents with the phrase, “It’s a Great Day to be a Ram” and proud Rams are excited to work and be educated in Riverview Gardens.
In addition to his current position, Dr. Spurgeon’s experience includes thirteen years of senior level leadership in the positions of Assistant Superintendent for curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development in the Northwest RI School District, Associate Superintendent for curriculum and school leadership in the Rockwood School District, and Superintendent in the Belleville High School District #201. He has been an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, including alternative education and has taught graduate courses for Lindenwood University. Dr. Spurgeon has also been an educational consultant providing leadership training and professional development to more than 100 school and districts across America.
Dr. Spurgeon received his Educational Doctorate Degree from St. Louis University, in Educational Leadership. Prior to Dr. Spurgeon’s Educational Career, he played professional baseball with the Houston Astros Organization.
He is married to his wife Dr. Julia Spurgeon and is a proud father of four children, Alysia, Austin, Connor, and Emily.
Mr. Stallworth’s 20 plus year career as an educator has centered on helping students and their parents make successful transitions from high school to college and from college to the work place. He has developed and run bridge programs that give students and parents practice at the college experience. He has run mentoring programs that contribute to the academic and personal development of students and provide parents with supportive feedback. He is in constant contact with K-12 and undergraduate students, providing them with encouragement, advice and a sympathetic ear. He considers himself to be a practitioner and has brought that mindset to his role as Assistant Dean in the College. He has defined the mission of his office to be the creation of a sustainable pipeline of computing talent that begins in elementary school and continues through their careers. In support of that mission he identifies, coordinates and manages resources and personnel that benefit students, their families and the College. He maintains his relevance to the students with a presence in the classroom by teaching introductory computing courses, student enrichment courses as well as afterschool and summer computing workshops. He broadens his impact by sharing his experiences and insights with colleagues as a part of national efforts to increase the numbers of women and minorities in computing.read more...
Holden Thorp became Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis on July 1, 2013. He is Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor and holds appointments in both chemistry and medicine.
Thorp joined the university after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013.
A North Carolina native, Thorp started at UNC as an undergraduate student and earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with highest honors in 1986. He earned a doctorate in chemistry in 1989 at the California Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral work at Yale University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from North Carolina Wesleyan College and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
In his research career, Thorp developed technology for electronic DNA chips and co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals and Innocrin Pharmaceuticals, which are commercializing new drugs for fungal disease and prostate cancer, respectively. Thorp is currently a member of the the boards of the College Advising Corps, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Paul Tymann is Professor and former Chair of the Computer Science Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to joining RIT in July 1997, Tymann started his academic career as a member of the computer science faculty at the State University of New York at Oswego in 1987. He served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR/DUE) at the National Science Foundation for three years starting in 2013. Tymann has been involved in computer science education at the high school level and served as the co-Chair of AP Computer Science Development Committee from 2011 until 2015, and has been serving as the Chief Reader for the AP Computer Science Principles Exam since 2014. He served as Vice Chair of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, served as symposium co-chair for the SIGCSE technical symposium in 2006 and 2013, and is a member of ACM Education Council. Tymann has written textbooks on software development, bioinformatics, and a breadth-first overview of computer science. His research interests include CS education, bioinformatics, and high-performance computing. He enjoys teaching internationally and has taught at the University of Zimbabwe, at the University of Osnabrück in Germany, and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.read more...
Commissioner Ken Wagner began his education career when he was elected to his local school board at age 18. He has since then worked as a school psychologist, assistant principal, and middle-school principal, and in 2009 he joined the New York State Department of Education, where he ultimately served as Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy. In August 2015, Ken began his tenure as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. He holds a doctoral degree in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University.read more...
Caitlind is a senior at Francis Howell North High School and a proud member of many Boeing programs including experience as a Boeing summer intern, the Boeing Engineering Challenge, and Boeing Explore Post. As someone who is president of both her Boeing Explore Post and her school's Technology Student Association, Caitlind looks forward to discussing her experiences and how we can improve the education system in terms of computer science.read more...
TEALS is an industry wide pro bono program that helps high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs through team teaching with classroom teachers and tech industry volunteers. TEALS teams teach students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn CS in their school. As the classroom teacher gradually takes over the responsibilities of teaching CS as they master CS knowledge, TEALS creates a ripple effect by empowering them to impact thousands of students over their teaching careers.
Kevin has an undergrad in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a graduate degree in Education from Harvard University. He built and taught a CS program for three years at a San Francisco Bay Area high school. He was a member of the MIT Teacher Education Program‘s StarLogo programming language team, a Teaching Fellow for Harvard CS 1, and held engineering fellow positions at Lockheed Martin and Toyota. Kevin was a software engineer in the Microsoft Office 365 group when he founded TEALS in 2009. He now runs TEALS full time generously supported by Microsoft Philanthropies. Kevin spends what little of his free time trying to not be outsmarted by his dog while watching British panel quiz shows.
David Walter is a Senior at Hazelwood East High School. He is representing Boeing’s Makerspace in Saint Louis at CSforALL Summit 2017.read more...
Brenda Darden Wilkerson, the new President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), began her career in industry, but found her way into education, first as adjunct faculty and director of IT Training at a Chicago community college, then as a district-level administrator for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In that role, she founded the original Computer Science for All initiative in 2013, which built computer science into the general course of study for all students in the school system. That program has gone on to impact students across the country.
Wilkerson also authored critical education policy that created the first pure computer science graduation requirement for CPS, and developed the original vision and program of studies for the CPS Early College STEM Initiative, which launched in five schools in Fall 2012. Earlier this year, that program’s first class of students graduated with both a high school diploma and an associates degree in either Information Technology or Computer Science.
She has collaborated with college partners on both coasts to increase access to post-secondary credentials for a diverse student population. She has also served as a powerful national lobbyist on behalf of making computer science a core educational requirement, including appearing before a Congressional panel to speak in favor of a bill attempting to achieve that goal. She has been a tireless advocate to industry on behalf of computer science education, garnering multi-national corporate support for the students she represented.
Dr. Aman Yadav is an Associate Professor and Director of Masters of Arts in Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. Dr. Yadav’s work focuses on supporting preservice and inservice teachers to develop knowledge on how to teach computer science concepts at the primary and secondary level. His work has been published in a number of leading journals, including The ACM Transactions on Computing Education, Journal of Engineering Education, and Communications of the ACMread more...