The Complexity of Educational Ecosystems - Participants
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SFI ACtioN Topical Meeting
Co-hosted by Boeing
June 4th & 5th, 2018
Santa Fe Institute
Atsushi Akera is a historian of technology and an associate professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his early career, Akera focused on the history of computing, using the development of computers as a window into the American system of Cold War research and development. His first book, Calculating a Natural World: Computers, Scientists and Engineers during the Rise of U.S. Cold War Research, uses the history of computing to describe broad-based changes in the institutional infrastructure for research in the United States. More recently, Akera has focused on engineering education and engineering education reform.
Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information and Library Science, School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and Biocomplexity Institute, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, Leader of the Information Visualization Lab, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and Visiting Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in The Netherlands. She is a curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997. She became an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2012.
Mark Cousino is the director of Learning Design and Technology, a part of Leadership, Learning, and Organizational Capability at The Boeing Company. In this role, his team is responsible for the global design and development of all new learning programs for the enterprise to include leadership, professional development, functional learning, industrial skills development, and knowledge management. His team is also responsible for the enterprise architecture of all learning technologies, digital strategies, and content curation. The Learning Design and Technology organization is also responsible for the enterprise learning strategies, policies, program design, delivery methods, strategic planning for innovation, industry intelligence and benchmarking.
Norman 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. Previously, Fortenberry served as the founding Director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He served in various executive roles at the National Science Foundation (NSF) including as senior advisor to the NSF Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources and as director of the divisions of undergraduate education and human resource development. Fortenberry has also served as executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (The GEM Consortium) and as a faculty member in the department of mechanical engineering at the Florida A&M University – Florida State University College of Engineering. Dr. Fortenberry was awarded the S.B., S.M., and Sc.D. degrees (all in mechanical engineering) by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Joshua Fost completed a B.A. in neuroscience and philosophy at Bowdoin College, and then earned a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience at Princeton and was a postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University. In 1998 he left academics to work as a consultant and later a Chief Technology Officer, working for companies ranging from internet startups to a $1 billion international commercial real estate company. In 2004, InfoWorld magazine recognized him as one of the top 25 CTOs in the United States. In 2005 he returned to academia, first teaching neuroaesthetics at Hampshire College, then becoming an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University in Oregon, where he taught and wrote at the intersection of cognitive science and philosophy. He also developed and taught a variety of courses in the university’s freshman and sophomore general education program, on topics including architecture, comics, the philosophy of science, robotics, and artificial life. He joined Minerva in the spring of 2015 and is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
Dahpon Ho is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Rochester. His principal interests are maritime history and the ways that flows of trade, people, and goods have shaped life in China and East Asia from the early-modern period to the present. His first book project, Sealords Live in Vain, tells the story of how the maritime province of Fujian in southeast China was transformed by trade and piracy into an outlaw frontier in the 17th century. In future projects, he hopes to examine topics such as population mobility in Chinese history and also the rise of robotics and cybernetics in East Asia.
Rebecca Kantar is the Founder of Imbellus. Imbellus is a venture-backed technology company that is reinventing how we measure human potential. Imbellus has raised $4M from Upfront Ventures, Thrive Capital and Sound Ventures. Rebecca was an Entrepreneur In Residence at GLG from 2014-2016. Previously, Rebecca and her expert-network startup, BrightCo, joined GLG in the summer of 2014. Rebecca has spoken at several TEDx events, StartUp Iceland, Cisco Live, the Dell Social Innovation Summer Institute, the Nexus Global Youth Summit, the United Nations 11th Annual Day of Youth, and for teams at Coca-Cola and Red Bull. Rebecca was a Fellow at the 2013 Nantucket Project and serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. Rebecca dropped out of Harvard College at the age of 19 and now lives in New York City and Los Angeles.
Chris Kempes generally focuses his work on biological architecture—which may include phenomena ranging from explicit biological morphology to metabolic and genetic network structure—as an intermediate between organism physiology and environmental conditions. Mathematical and physical theories lie at the heart of his methodologies to predict how evolution has shaped architecture and how this, in turn, forms a foundation for reliable predictions of environmental response and interaction. His work spans the scales of genetic information architecture to the morphology of microbial individuals and communities to the regional variation of plant traits and their feedback with climate and available resources. In so doing, he aims to connect these first-order trends to the limitations imposed by environments in order to predict specific evolutionary events and consequences. Several collaborations with experimentalists and theorists have led to models that inform experiments and assimilate empirical data in fields including single-cell experimental biology and forest dynamics.
Charles Larkin is a Lecturer in Economics and Finance at Cardiff Metropolitan University and a Research Associate/Adjunct Lecturer at Trinity Business School. Dr. Larkin is also special adviser on economic policy matters to Sen. Sean D. Barrett, Seanad Éireann, where he has drafted seven pieces of legislation and contributed to dozens more legislative and regulatory items through amendments and high level discussions with ministers and senior government officials. Charles' main areas of policy advice are political economy, public policy and IMF bailouts. His main research interest in the legal aspects and political effects of fiscal management has inspired two further themes in his research: on the history of economic thought and on the connections between educational policy and innovation-led growth.
Theresa Maldonado is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Starting her engineering career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Maldonado went on to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and pursue research and teaching at The University of Texas at Arlington. She earned tenure there and was promoted to professor, taking on administrative roles as an associate dean of engineering and then associate vice president for research. She also has served as associate dean of engineering at Texas A&M University, associate vice chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, and division director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Doug Melton, a director for the Entrepreneurial Engineering Program at The Kern Family Foundation, is passionate about developing engineering education that fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in students. Melton works closely with faculty and administrators at the universities that comprise the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), which works to develop future generations of entrepreneurially minded engineers by investing in initiatives and programs at select institutions of higher learning. With 17 years as a faculty member within the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Kettering University, and having served as the program director for Entrepreneurship Across the University, Melton understands the importance of relating technical topics in an engaging and relevant manner. Before coming to the Foundation in 2012, Melton worked as the director of research and development at Digisonix Incorporated. His team created adaptive, multi-channel system identification, signal processing, and control strategies. His work combined business, technical, and educational aspects, and contributes to his current work in engineering education. Melton earned his Ph. D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, his M.S. in electrical engineering from Ohio State University, and his B.S.E.E. from Wichita State University.
Richard Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999. Previously, he served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Iowa, Associate Dean of Engineering at USC in Los Angeles, and assistant professor of engineering at UCSB in Santa Barbara. With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, Miller is the author of more than 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. He received the 2017 Brock International Prize in Education for his many contributions to the reinvention of engineering education in the 21st century. Together with two Olin colleagues, he received the 2013 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. Recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a member of both the NAE and the National Academy of Inventors.
Priya Mohabir is Vice President of Youth Development at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). She has been with NYSCI for the last 14 years, starting as an Explainer. From 2005 to 2009, Priya was the NYSCI lead for Urban Advantage, a standards-based partnership program designed to improve students’ understanding of scientific inquiry through collaborations between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions. In 2009, Priya returned to the Explainer Department bringing her experience in developing and implementing professional development workshops to both the Explainers and Explainer Leadership Team. Over the last few years, Priya has worked to develop the Science Career Ladder Institute for STEM Learning, comprised of career development workshops and opportunities, extended residency experiences in education and research, and mentoring opportunities. As the new director of the Alan J. Friedman Center for the Development of Young Scientists, Priya will lead the Science Career Ladder as well as the Science Career Ladder Institute. Working with the Explainer leadership team she will continue to develop new and interesting opportunities for the Explainers and residents, including additional programs to cultivate the interests and careers of young scientists.
Tamara Moore’s research, which currently includes three National Science Foundation-supported projects, is centered on the integration of STEM concepts in K-12 and higher education mathematics, science, and engineering classrooms in order to help students make connections among the STEM disciplines and achieve deep understanding. Her research agenda focuses on defining STEM integration and investigating its power for student learning. She is creating and testing innovative, interdisciplinary curricular approaches that engage students in developing models of real world problems and their solutions. Her research also involves working with educators to shift their expectations and instructional practice to facilitate effective STEM integration.
Marcus Nance is a demonstrated leader, with 30 years experience in complex systems development in both defense and commercial business sectors. His accomplishments include development of domestic and international systems in launch, space, aviation, communications and networks. He also developed the first ever Enterprise technology portfolio and investment plan in systems engineering, software engineering, modeling, simulation, test and evaluation. His current assignment has him placed in a strategic Enterprise role driving step-function improvements using targeted problem solving and change management. His work has been recognized by our company Chief Technology Officer, the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as US and international customers. Outside work, he serves on the board of a non-profit, charitable organization in strategic planning and governance.
Olga Pierrakos currently serves as the founding chair of the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Previously, she also served as founding faculty at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, she served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. Pierrakos conducts research in engineering education, cardiovascular fluid mechanics, and sustainable energy technologies.
Jake Schwartz is Co-Founder and CEO of General Assembly, where he is responsible for guiding the organization’s global growth and expansion. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to 14 cities in less than four years, and has helped more than 70,000 students create opportunities through educational programming in technology, business and design. General Assembly was recently voted Fast Company’s #1 Most Innovative Company in Education and #28 Most Innovative Company in the world. Prior to founding General Assembly, Jake worked for Associated Partners, a multi-stage private equity firm focused on telecommunications, media, and technology co-funded by Liberty Media and Goldman Sachs. He has a BA from Yale University, and earned an MBA with Honors from The Wharton School.