Kimber Jo Andrews – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Andrews considers herself a jack of all trades, having worked as a professional dancer, choreographer, multimedia performance artist, videographer, curriculum designer, and educator. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the College of Education with a focus on aesthetics and qualitative research methodology.
Laura Atkins – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Atkins is a fourth-year doctoral student in the UIUC Department of Sociology. Her research interests relate to health disparities along class, gender, and racial lines, and her dissertation is a qualitative study of the psychosocial effects caused by toxic contamination in disease cluster communities. She has experience leading workshops on qualitative and quantitative software programs, developing survey instruments, interviewing and conducting focus groups, and, as an ATLAS research consultant, she assists with qualitative coding and analysis of innovator transcripts in ATLAS.ti™.
Liora Bresler – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bresler is a professor at the College of Education, College of Fine and Applied Arts (School of Art and Design and School of Music), and fellow in the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a distinguished fellow of the National Art Education Association, and has received numerous awards and honors for her education leadership and teaching efforts. She cofounded the International Journal for Arts and Education, serves as an editor for the book series Landscapes: Aesthetics, Arts, and Education, and has written over 100 chapters in leading education and arts journals. She has given keynote speeches on six continents and invited talks, seminars, and short courses in 30-some countries.
Debasish (Deba) Dutta – Purdue University
Dutta is a scholar in residence at the National Academy of Engineering and director of the Educate to Innovate project. He is executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Purdue University. Previously, he was associate provost and dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was also Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He directed the Lifelong Learning Imperative project at the NAE. Before joining Illinois in 2009, he was on the engineering faculty at the University of Michigan for 20 years. At NSF, he has served as acting director of the Division of Graduate Education, IGERT Program Director, and advisor in the Office of Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources. He helped develop the NSF’s Cyberinfrastructure Strategy and chaired its Learning and Workforce Development subcommittee.
Cameron H. Fletcher – National Academy of Engineering
Fletcher is senior editor of the National Academy of Engineering and managing editor of NAE’s quarterly journal, the Bridge.
Penelope Gibbs – National Academy of Engineering
Gibbs is a senior program associate in the NAE Program Office. She supports the office director, the senior program officer for Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation, and the senior editor.
Barbara Hug – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hug is a clinical associate professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UIUC. She is interested in developing and using curriculum materials that support inquiry learning in science and understanding the inquiry practices of students as they engage in extended investigations. Her current research investigates the supports needed by both teachers and students as they engage in science inquiry practices. Accordingly, her current work involves collaboration with a wide array of individuals from various backgrounds and includes examining both professional development and classroom environments.
Julian Martinez-Moreno – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A recent graduate of UIUC, Martinez-Moreno holds a BS in psychology and a BA in sociology. He began working at Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences (ATLAS) as an intern and his role has extended to that of survey research assistant, most often working with qualitative data analysis and coding. He hopes to pursue a PhD in sociology as well as a JD, as his research interests concern the efficacy and public perception of the American criminal justice system.
Lalit Patil – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Patil is the principal researcher on the Educate to Innovate project and was also principal researcher on the Lifelong Learning Imperative project. He is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC and man-
ages research at the Product Lifecycle Management lab. His research in mechanical engineering focuses on the role of information and semantics in managing and improving product design and manufacturing. He has also worked as a senior research fellow and senior lecturer at the University of Michigan.
Proctor Reid – National Academy of Engineering
As director of the NAE’s Program Office, Reid oversees all NAE program activities and staff and directs the NAE policy research programs on engineering, the economy, and society; engineering and health care; and engineering, energy, and the environment. He has served as secretary to the AAAS Section on Industrial Science and Technology and worked as a consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He received his PhD in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Kathleen Santa Ana – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Santa Ana holds a BA in economics from UIUC and is a survey research assistant with the Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences (ATLAS) statistics/GIS consulting unit, meaning she focuses on the data side of survey research. She regularly cleans and codes for data analysis and collaborates with researchers to design surveys that provide reliable data to address their research questions. Santa Ana works mostly with SPSS, but she is also interested in Python, LaTeX, and, more specifically, the amalgamation of the three in streamlining data cleaning and reporting.
Maryalice Wu – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wu is director of Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences (ATLAS), supervisor of the Statistics, GIS, Data, and Survey research group, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was the primary investigator on broadband penetration in the Champaign-Urbana area, resulting in a $23.5 million federal grant for fiber-to-home installation. Her recent research focuses on the economic and health empowerment of women in developing nations. Her other projects relate to program evaluations in academia, including research on the impact of MOOCs (massive open online courses).
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