Greetings from the CIESE Team!

Since 1988, CIESE has collaborated with K-12 school districts to improve science and mathematics achievement and the meaningful use of technology. Our focus is on systemic educational reform through long-term partnerships. Current K-12 efforts in curriculum and professional development have been extended to encompass higher education, especially innovation in engineering through working more closely with Stevens' faculty and researchers.

CIESE Leadership

Arthur Camins

Arthur Camins

Director

Arthur.Camins@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8977

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Arthur Camins is the Director of CIESE. Before joining CIESE, he served as the Executive Director of the Gheens Institute for Innovation in the Jefferson County Public schools in Louisville KY; Elementary Math and Science Director for the Hudson Public Schools in Massachusetts and Associate Director the New York City Urban Systemic Initiative. He has been the principal investigator of numerous successful National Science Foundation projects including, Formative Assessment in Science Through Technology, Critical MASS, and Science in the Seamless Day. Most recently he was the Project Director of a US Department of Education Investing in Innovation grant, Making Time for What Matters Most. He earned his BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MA from the SUNY-Stony Brook.

Mercedes McKay

Mercedes McKay

Deputy Director

Mercedes.McKay@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8063

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Mercedes McKay leads several national and statewide K-12 STEM curriculum development and teacher professional development programs that involve multi-institutional partnerships and collaborations. McKay also oversees the development of curricula for K-12 STEM education that have been recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and which reside on the National Science Digital Library. She has served on advisory boards of national K-12 engineering programs and as a reviewer for K-12 STEM curricula. She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a graduate certificate in Technology Applications in Science Education from Stevens Institute of Technology. Before joining CIESE, Ms. McKay was a practicing engineer and also taught high school science and mathematics.

CIESE Staff

Greg Bartus

Greg Bartus

Adjunct Teaching Professor | Senior Curriculum & Professional Development Specialist - STEM Education

Gregory.Bartus@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8060

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Greg Bartus is responsible for developing and maintaining Internet-based curriculum materials as well as assisting with teacher training. Previous to joining CIESE, he taught high school science for five years. In addition, he has participated on a number of research projects at the university level as well as worked in Alaska as a marine observer. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering and a M.A.T. in Science Education.

Gail Baxter

Gail Baxter

Assistant Director of Research

Gail.Baxter@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5076

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Gail P. Baxter is responsible for all aspects of CIESE research and evaluation including proposal writing, instrument design (assessments, questionnaires), data collection, and analysis of qualitative (focus groups, interviews, site visits) and quantitative data.  Before joining CIESE, she was a Senior Survey Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Senior Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service, and an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Michigan.  In addition, she served on National Academy of Sciences Committees on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and Evaluation of National and State Assessments of Educational Progress. She earned a PhD in Educational Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. 

Brian Blackmore

Brian Blackmore

Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist Math & Engineering Education

Brian.Blackmore@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5444

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Brian Blackmore is responsible for conducting teacher training and workshops; and developing Internet-based curriculum materials for Math Science Partnerships with K-12 school districts. He was a practicing aerospace engineer on inertial navigation systems, and prior to joining CIESE he was a high school math and science teacher for 6 years in the Paterson public school district. He has both a BS in Applied & Engineering Physics and an AB in English from Cornell University; an MBA from the University of Chicago; and a teaching certificate from Montclair State University.

Katheryn Kennedy

Katheryn Kennedy

PISA2 Project Manager / Curriculum and Professional Development Specialist Science Education

Katheryn.Kennedy@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5443

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Kathy Kennedy is responsible for conducting teacher training and workshops; and developing Internet-based curriculum materials for Math Science Partnerships with K-12 school districts. Prior to joining CIESE, she taught biology at the high school and college level and has taught earth and physical science at the middle school level. Kathy received a B.S. in Biology from Siena College and a M.S. in Biomedical Science from Baylor University, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Education from Walden Univeristy

J. Adam Scribner

J. Adam Scribner

STEM Outreach Manager

Adam.Scribner@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8975

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Adam Scribner is responsible for outreach to K-12 organizations to cultivate partnerships that improve teaching and learning of science and engineering. Other responsibilities include assessing STEM programming and training teachers for partner school districts. A certified biology teacher, Adam taught for 13 years prior to joining CIESE. He holds a Bachelor of Biology from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Science Education from Temple University, and a Doctor of Education from Saint Peter's University.

Pat Slater

Pat Slater

Grants/Office Manager

Patricia.Slater@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5375

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Pat Slater oversees support staff, grant/budget compliance, proposal submissions and database management. Ms. Slater's responsibilities include monitoring subcontracts that are being implemented by various CIESE partners. She graduated summa cum laude from New Jersey City University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

Professional Development Specialist

Thomas.Smith@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5019

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Tom Smith is a Science Professional Development Specialist at CIESE. Prior to joining the staff, he was the K-12 Science Supervisor in East Brunswick. He served as the Science Chairman at Hightstown High School and taught science at West Windsor-Plainsboro and Montgomery High Schools. He is the former president of the NJ Science Teachers Association and currently serves on the group’s executive board. Tom has a BS in Biology from Rutgers University and a MA in education from Rowan University.

Kate Soriano

Kate Soriano

Science Professional Development Specialist

Katherine.Soriano@stevens.edu 

Phone: (201) 216-5070

Fax: (201) 216-8069

Kate Soriano is responsible for conducting teacher training and workshops. Before joining CIESE, she worked as a professional geologist, a classroom science teacher at the middle school and high school levels, an informal science educator for preK-12 school groups, and a developer of STEM programs for students and teachers. Kate holds a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from Boston College, a M.S. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.A. in Education from Humboldt State University.

Affiliated Faculty

Ronald Besser

Ronald Besser

Professor and Program Chair of Chemical Engineering

RBesser@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5257

Fax: (201) 216-8306

Dr. Besser is Professor and Chair of the Chemical Engineering Program at Stevens Institute of Technology. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental behavior and advantages of applying micro and nanotechnology to alternative energy approaches. Besser is fully engaged in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is a founding faculty of the Green Engineering program, and has taught sustainable energy courses at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Guyaquil, Ecuador and at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid , Spain in support of it. He participates in the NSF-funded math-science partnership (PISA2) which seeks to improve NJ science education through direct interaction with middle school teachers in graduate courses on energy science. In 2011 he was recognized as the Henry Morton Distinguished Teaching Professor, and also received the Stevens Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award. Prior to academia, Besser spent several years working in Silicon Valley industry in microfabrication, electronic materials and device development. He holds the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He has numerous technical publications and patents.

Frank Fisher

Frank Fisher

Associate Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering

Frank.Fisher@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8913

Fax: (201) 216-8315

Professor Frank Fisher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and co-Director of the Nanotechnology Graduate Program at Stevens. He earned BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Learning Sciences (School of Education and Social Policy) and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. He is the Director of the Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials Laboratory at Stevens, which studies the behavior of advanced material systems at the nanoscale. He has been awarded the National Science Foundation's CAREER award, the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Mechanics Division Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnson Jr. Outstanding New Educator Award, the 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award from the Stevens Alumni Association, and the 2006 Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor Award from Stevens. He was recently added to the Fulbright Specialist Roster (2011-16) by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which is supported by the US Department of State.

Thomas O. Herrington

Thomas O. Herrington

Associate Professor Ocean Engineering Program Director Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Thomas.Herrington@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5320

Fax: (201) 216-8214

Thomas Herrington is an associate professor of ocean engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering and is the Assistant Director of the Center for Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology. His teaching and research interests include coastal hydrodynamics, climate change, and coastal sustainability. As Director of the Ocean Engineering Program, Dr. Herrington has developed two graduate certificate programs, six new graduate courses, an undergraduate course in Fluid Mechanics for civil engineering students, and a course in the Fundamental Principles of Earth Science for the PISA2 program. All of these courses focus on the integration of independent experiential learning, open-ended inquiry, and group learning activities as a means to reach all learner types and promote deep learning.

Patricia Holahan

Patricia Holahan

Associate Professor W.J. Howe School of Technology Management

pholahan@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8991

Fax: (201) 216-5385

Patricia Holahan is an Associate Professor of Management in the Howe School of Technology Management, where she teaches graduate courses in the management of technology, and organizational design and theory. Dr. Holahan’s research interests focus on implementing and diffusing technological innovations, and managing product development teams. Her work has been work published in several leading academic journals including, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. She has served as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and directed evaluation and research activities for several major NSF funded demonstration projects. She is a past recipient of the Alexander Crombie Humphreys Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor Award. Dr. Holahan is a graduate of the University of Maryland and obtained her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management.

Eun-Hee Kang

Eun-Hee Kang

Lecturer - Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering Department

EKang1@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5343

Professor Kang is a full-time Lecturer in Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering Department. Her current teaching duties are focused on the first-year general chemistry courses with several innovative applications with modern technologies with inquiry-based labs and also teach graduate courses including computational chemistry and biochemistry. Professor Kang’s scientific research interest is the QSAR (Qualitative Structure and Activity Relationship) study on biological and synthetic molecule with recent accomplishment of the structural analysis in the drug discovery of anti-HIV protease.

Philip Leopold

Philip Leopold

Professor and Department Director for Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Biomedical Engineering

PLeopold@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8957

Fax: (201) 216-8196

Philip Leopold is an Affiliate Member of CIESE and a Professor of Chemical Biology and Director of the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Biomedical Engineering where he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level and conducts research relating to gene therapy. Dr. Leopold is the Project Director for the US Department of Education Math and Science Partnership Project entitled Curriculum Topic Study to Enhance Advancement in Math and Science (CTEAMS). Dr. Leopold earned a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Larry Levine

Larry Levine

Professor of Mathematical Sciences

LLevine@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8378

Fax: (201) 216-8321

Dr. Lawrence E. Levine has served in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology for over four decades. During his career he has taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses and run a number of educational programs for undergraduates, graduates, high school teachers, and college faculty. He has been in the forefront of the use of technology as a learning/teaching tool both in and outside of the classroom. He was Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences from 1991 to 1996. Dr. Levine has published scholarly papers in mathematics in the area of differential equations and also in the use of technology in education. From 2009 until the present he has been the Supervisor of the Mathematics Track of the CIESE Curriculum Topic Study to Enhance Achievement in Mathematics and Science (C-Teams). A more detailed description of Professor Levine's academic accomplishments is given at http://personal.stevens.edu/~llevine/cv.html.

Rainer Martini

Rainer Martini

Optical Scientist

rmartini@stevens.edu

 

Rainer Martini is an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at Stevens and heads a newly formed laboratory studying ultrafast laser spectroscopy and high-speed communication. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the RWTH in Aachen Germany.

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Research Associate Professor, Deputy Director

pmiller@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-8072

Fax: (201) 216-8321

Patrick Miller is Research Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts and a B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Keith Sheppard

Keith Sheppard

Professor of CEMS/Associate Dean of SES-Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

KSheppard@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5260

Fax: (201) 216-8306

Dr. Keith G. Sheppard is Associate Dean in the Charles V. Schaefer School of Engineering & Science and a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Material Science. His research interests have included electrochemical aspects of materials synthesis and environmental degradation of materials. His education in the U.K. included B.Sc. (University of Leeds) and Ph.D. (University of Birmingham) degrees in Metallurgy and a Diploma in Industrial Administration (Aston University). He was the recipient of the Henry Morton Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2009. As Associate Dean, Prof. Sheppard has had a leading role in the development of the undergraduate engineering curriculum at Stevens, including innovations in design education and initiatives to include entrepreneurship, sustainability and global competency for undergraduate students. He also leads the teaching professional development program. Sheppard is the Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded PISA2 Math & Science Partnership program of CIESE to enhance physical science content knowledge of K-12 teachers.

David A. Vaccari

David A. Vaccari

Department Director, Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

DVaccari@stevens.edu

Phone: (201) 216-5570

Fax: (201) 216-8739

Professor Vaccari has been at Stevens since 1985. He is licensed professional engineer, and a specialist in the modeling and control of biological wastewater treatment and in modeling the effects of pollution in rivers and streams. This work has led him to develop methods for nonlinear time series analysis in a wide range of applications. He is author of the textbook “Environmental Biology for Engineers and Scientists” published by John Wiley. He has been prominent on the educational front, as co-chair of the educational committee of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering, and as a member of the Board of Directors of ABET, Inc., the engineering accreditation organization. He recently won the Wiley/AEESP award for outstanding contribution to environmental engineering and science education, and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey Educator-of-the-Year Award. At Stevens he is Director of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, and is Director of Assessment for the School of Engineering.