Katherine C Chen

Katherine C Chen

Executive Director
Office: 157 West Street
Phone: +1-508-831-6221
Kathy Chen joined The STEM Education Center at WPI after 15+ years as a professor in Materials Engineering at California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) State University, San Luis Obispo where she served as Department Chair and lead many K-12 and community STEM outreach activities. In her current role to support PreK-12 STEM educators, she works to broaden the participation of students in STEM (especially those from underrepresented and excluded groups) by advancing equity in education through holistic and innovative approaches. She also currently leads the Central MA STEM Network. ... View Profile
Theresa Adams

Theresa Adams

Operations Manager
Phone: 508-831-5198

Terry joined WPI's Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in 1997, spending twelve years as a development officer focused on building relationships for WPI's offices of K-12 Outreach, Women's Programs, and Diversity Programs. She served as the WPI Program Manager for Project Lead The Way from 2009 to 2017. Terry then accepted the position of Operations Manager for the STEM Education Center at WPI.

Prior to joining WPI, Terry spent five years at GE, in their Manufacturing Management Leadership Program and several manufacturing, engineering, and quality control positions. She received her BS in Manufacturing Engineering from WPI and her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

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Martha Cyr

Martha Cyr

Director of Strategic Growth
Phone: 508-831-6709

Martha has been working with teachers on the integration of engineering in K-12 classrooms since 1995. In 2003 she joined WPI as the Director of K-12 Outreach, and then transitioned to become the Executive Director of the STEM Education Center in 2011. In 2017 she stepped down from this position to become the Director of Strategic Growth: PLTW, a position within the STEM Education Center.

She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (’82) from the University of New Hampshire. Her advanced degrees, M.S. (’87) and Ph.D. (’97) are both in Mechanical Engineering from WPI. In addition to her academic work, she worked as a Thermal Engineer for Data General for three years (’88-’91.)

Mia Dubosarsky

Mia Dubosarsky

Director STEM Center Prof Dev
Phone: +1-508-831-5617
Mia is passionate about supporting educators in finding the excitement and beauty in teaching students about problem solving and the world around them. Mia’s 20+ years of experience as a science and STEM educator include founding and managing a science enrichment business, working with Native American teachers on embedding cultural themes with science and math, developing a game-like research tool for studying young children, and teaching graduate level courses at the University of Minnesota, Lesley University, and WPI. ... View Profile
Katherine (Katie) Elmes

Katherine (Katie) Elmes

Director of Equity, Access, & Community
Office: STEM Education Center
Phone: +1-508-831-5703
Katie Elmes has spent her career working to address inequity in education. She joined WPI in 2012, bringing with her a background that included teaching in a rural community, working with one of Worcester's federally funded Upward Bound programs helping high school youth prepare for and apply to college, and engaging in educational policy and politics. At WPI, Katie's work in the STEM Education Center has included directing WPI's Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program. ... View Profile
Bernadette Sibuma

Bernadette Sibuma

Research Scientist in STEM Education
Office: 157 West St.
Phone: 508-831-6357
Bernadette joined the STEM Education Center in 2017 as a Research Scientist in STEM Education. She completed a BSc in Educational Psychology from Cornell University, as well as an MA and EdD in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University. Bernadette has carried out extensive research and evaluation exploring learning in technology-based environments and in STEM education both in and out of school. View Profile

Catherine Paolucci

Tina Stratis

PLTW Program Manager
Phone: 508-831-6927
Donna Taylor

Donna Taylor

Asst Dir Prof Development
Phone: 508-831-6278

Donna has been working with the center on a part-time basis since 2016 and joined us full time in 2018.  She comes to the STEM Education Center with 15 years of teaching experience with students in grades 5-12.  She holds National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science and is a NASA Network of Educator Astronaut Teacher.  She has won several awards for teaching and curriculum development including the Blackstone Valley Educational Consortium Promising Practices in Education Award.  She was named Florida Wildlife Federation Conservation Educator of the Year, the Florida Association of Science Teachers Most Outstanding Science Teacher and the Palm Beach County Outstanding New Science Teacher.  She is most proud of the Everglades: An American Treasure curriculum which she developed with the assistance of numerous agencies.  As a result of her work on this curriculum, Donna began teaching professional development workshops in 1999 and truly enjoys working with teachers.  It is this passion that brought her to WPI.  She is excited to share all of her experiences and love of learning with teachers to better help them understand how project based learning can be incorporated into their classrooms.

Shari Weaver

Director, Teacher Prep Program
Phone: 508-831-4888

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