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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.
Director of Strategic Growth
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.)
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.