Save the Date: Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Poster Symposium on UN SDGs, August 16


STEM Education Center

A cohort of 10 middle and high school teachers in the local area will be presenting their summer research work in WPI faculty labs at the RET poster session on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 10:30-11:30am in Higgins House. The research projects address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and serve as the inspiration for integrated STEM lesson plans to be used in K-12 classrooms.


2023 RET cohort

Three WPI undergraduates in the Teacher Preparation Program are part of the RET teacher cohort and have received extra mentoring from the in-service teachers. Faculty mentors include Erin Solovey, Ulkuhan Guler, Bashima Islam, Pratap M. Rao, Jagan Srinivasan, and Michael T. Timko. In addition to the research experience, the RET teachers participated in weekly professional development sessions led by the STEM Education Center.  

All are welcome to attend this event, which will include coffee break beverages and treats! 


RET poster symposium flyer image


Teacher 1 

(school, subject, level) 

Teacher 2 

(school, subject, level) 

UN SDG  Project Title 

WPI Faculty 


Genesis Bernabel

(WPI, Electrical & Computer Eng;  
HS Physics)  


Gregory Jones 

(South High; 11-12th Grade Physics & Robotics/Engineering) 

#3 – Good Health & Well-Being 

Development of Miniaturized Noninvasive Blood Gas Monitors 


Ulkuhan Guler 

(Electrical & Computer Engineering) 

Rachel Adamsky 

(Oak Middle School; 8th Grade Science) 


Christina Vlad 

(Essex North Shore Ag & Tech School; Biology) 

#3 – Good Health & Well-Being 

Using Microscopic Worms to Understand Health-Associated Issues 


Jagan Srinivasan  

(Biology & Biotechnology) 


Rebecca Cooke 

(Douglas High School; Biology) 

Meredith Leighton 

(Raynham Middle School; 8th Grade Science) 

#6 – Clean Water & Sanitation 

#7 – Affordable & Clean Energy 


Photocatalysts for Clean Energy and Environment 


Pratap Rao 

(Mechanical & Materials Engineering) 


Dylan Shanes 

(WPI, Computer Science; HS math) 

David Tavilla 

(Worcester Tech HS; 9-12th Grade Info Support Services & Network) 


#7 – Affordable & Clean Energy 


Benchmark for Assessing Battery-Free Computing Systems 


Bashima Islam 

(Electrical & Computer Engineering) 


Joelis Velez Diaz

(WPI, Chemical Eng; HS Chemistry) 

Thara Rangaraj 

(Leominster HS; 10, 11, 12 Chemistry)

#12 – Responsible Consumption & Production New Water-Based Technology for Plastic Recycling 

Mike Timko 

(Chemical Engineering)