Program Officer, Lemelson Foundation
David joined The Lemelson Foundation as a Program Officer in 2015, and works to support student growth by promoting equal access to invention education, STEM coursework, and out-of-school learning in K-12 schools. David is passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty that prevents many young people from succeeding, and providing alternative pathways that involve inspiration, education and graduation.
Before joining The Lemelson Foundation, David spent over a decade as executive director of the Oregon MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) program at Portland State University.. He managed all aspects of Oregon MESA’s work to help students from underserved communities gain access to STEM and invention education. Nationally, he served as the President of the MESA USA organization and brought invention education as an approach that has now been integrated across the MESA program nationally. In addition, David served as an academic coordinator at Harvey Mudd College Math and Science Center and as President of the Oregon College Access Network.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, UW
Stacia is an environmental social scientist currently working on a multidisciplinary NSF project concerning the sustainability of tidal energy development. Her work focuses on the human dimensions of tidal energy and investigates views towards tidal energy technology. In addition, she is a fellow in the Postdoctoral Socio-Environmental Immersion Program at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). She has an interdisciplinary PhD in environmental psychology and behavioral economics, and a MEd in Environmental Education. Her past research has focused on acceptance and support of environmental policies and renewable energy technologies.
Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Leigh works with young inventors across the US through Lemelson-MIT initiatives JV InvenTeams and InvenTeams. She also works to promote invention education through youth development organizations like 4-H, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
Program Associate, AAAS
Kirstin, a program associate in the AAAS Education and Human Resources Programs, is the website manager of and content developer for the award-winning STEM education website Science NetLinks. She has spent the past twelve years working on health and science education, including through app game development and the publication of a series of plain-language science books.
Program Coordinator, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, MI
Constanza coordinates the Freshwater Studies (FS) program at Northwestern Michigan College and serves as lead instructor for the FS introductory and capstone courses. She leads an international, interdisciplinary global project in global sustainability, in partnership with EARTH University in Costa Rica. During the past two years Hazelwood led VERDEL, an award-winning project in vertical agriculture which teachers students about sustainable systems for food production, using hydroponic and aquaponic systems.
Program Director, Technology and Learning, AAAS
Bob heads up technology-based education projects, including the NSF-funded KC: Empower program for children with disabilities; Active Explorer, a mobile app that allows educators to send children on data-gathering Quests; Google Mercury, with which users can explore the planet Mercury using the Google Earth platform; Spark Club, an eight-week after school green energy club; and the Kinetic City family of projects, including the online club, afterschool materials, games, simulations and McGraw-Hill book series. Hirshon also hosts and produces the daily Science Update radio show and podcast.
Program Associate, AAAS
Sarah is a program associate in the Education and Human Resources Programs at AAAS. She develops content and manages social media for the award-winning STEM website, Science NetLinks. Sarah has spent almost 15 years working on educational programs at AAAS focused on K-12 resource development and outreach.
Amy Landis, PhD
Institute for Sustainability, Clemson University
STEAM Instructional Coach, Chief Joseph-Ockley Green School
Portland Public Schools
Kristin Moon, a K-8 STEAM instruction coach, works to improve STEAM education, instruction, and opportunities for students who are underrepresented in STEAM career fields. Kristin Moon has worked in high poverty schools for 15 years teaching middle school science, math, engineering, robotics, and design and innovation. Kristin builds deep relationships between the STEM community, school, families, and students with a focus on invention education. Additionally, Kristin had lead an award winning school MESA team for seven years and helped Oregon MESA create and teach their invention curriculum. Kristin continues to instruct, design, and advocate for a real and relevant STEAM education for all children.
Lisa Palmieri, Ph.D.
Head of School & Chief Learning Officer
Holy Family Academy
Lisa is an educational innovator that brings over 15 years of experience focusing on how to remake teaching and learning. Her background is diverse as she has worked for large corporations, the United States Nuclear Navy and in higher-education where she taught for over ten years before joining Holy Family Academy. Lisa focused her Doctorate studies on curriculum development and technology integration. She has multidisciplinary degrees in both STEM and the Humanities with Masters Degrees in both instructional technology and integrated marketing as well as undergraduate work in english, art history and graphic design. She is a grant writer and enjoys developing connected learning programs for underprivileged students so that all students may have equal opportunity to build confidence, leadership skills and engage in innovative thinking, making and contributing. Lisa was awarded Non-Profit CIO of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council in 2013. In 2014, she was an honorable mention for Leader of the Year from Technology & Learning Magazine,Athena Young Professional Award Nominee and an NAIS Teacher of the Future. In 2015, the Huffington Post selected Lisa as the 18th most social K12 technology leader.
Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Joshua is the executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, a center within MIT’s School of Engineering supported by The Lemelson Foundation. The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The program annually awards more than $600,000 in prizes to mid-career inventors and individual graduate students and undergraduate student teams nationwide. Joshua joined in 2003 to develop InvenTeams, the program’s national grants initiative designed to foster inventiveness among high school students. Junior Varsity InvenTeams, focused on cultivating inventive thinking and doing among ninth and tenth graders, launched in early 2014.
6-12 Technology/Engineering Teacher/Subject Matter Leader, Hopkinton Public Schools
Doug has been a technology and robotics teacher, coach and advocate for the past 12 years. Recently he was hired to be the Technology/Engineering Subject Matter Leader in Hopkinton Public Schools to develop a 6-12 program. Invention education has been a part of his curriculum for several years, since coaching a Lemelson MIT InvenTeam which has filed a US Patent Application and showcased their invention at the 2014 White House Science Fair. Doug has stayed on to assist the Lemelson MIT program as a Master Teacher, helping to support current InvenTeams. He was the 2014 STEM Teacher of the Year in Massachusetts and still learning each day.
Senior Project Director, AAAS
Maria Sosa is a senior project director in the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Program. She works on projects related to libraries, literacy, and STEM education resources. She is the editor-in-chief of the review journal SB&F Online and has published a number of books, articles, and relating to the selection and review of exemplary STEM educational resources. Sosa has served as principal investigator for a number of NIH-funded programs that relate to science literacy and communication and is also a member of the Science NetLinks content development team.
Program Associate, AAAS
Renee, a program associate in the AAAS Education and Human Resources Programs, is the content and quality manager of the award-winning STEM education website Science NetLinks. She has spent the past 15 years developing lessons, tools, Science Updates, and other content for the site. In addition, she has been involved in the development of science apps and videos.
Project Director, AAAS
Suzanne Thurston is a Project Director in the AAAS Education and Human Resources Programs and is the director of the award-winning website, Science NetLinks. Thurston has worked on education programs at AAAS for 15 years and holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She specializes in K-12 technology integration and interactive development. During her time at AAAS she has developed many resources for students and teachers, including online interactives, videos, lesson plans, and mobile apps.