Postponed - Celebration of Martha Cyr's Contributions to WPI

Friday, March 20, 2020
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm


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Great Hall

EVENT POSTPONED: This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for another time. An email will be sent out with new information when that happens. Thank you. 


Please join us for a special reception to celebrate the  many contributions that Dr. Martha Cyr has made to our community, as a student, a teacher in Mechanical Engineering, and a leader in STEM education. 

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Martha led the development of WPI’s outreach programs for pre-college teachers and students for more than 15 years but she has been working with teachers on the integration of engineering in K-12 classrooms since 1995. Before joining WPI, she was director of the Center for Engineering Educational Outreach at Tufts University.  With more than $4 million awarded from the National Science Foundation to support three different programs, Martha developed and disseminated pre-collegiate engineering projects for teachers. 

Martha founded the STEM Education Center at WPI to develop programs for PK-12 STEM educators, both in-service and pre-service.  Martha supported the growth of WPI’s Teacher Preparation program.  Because of Martha’s leadership, WPI now graduates more teachers certified to teach middle and high school Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, or Technology/Engineering in Massachusetts.  Martha led work that created robust professional development opportunities for PK-12 STEM educators. Because of her work with the STEM Education Center, WPI has become more visible in the local and national (and international) education communities as a leader in professional development for PK-12 educators.   

Martha has served the board of directors for more than a dozen educational organizations and on two National Academy of Engineering committees. Her most recent service for the National Academy was on the Committee on Future of Center-Based, Multidisciplinary Engineering Research.  She has served as chair of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Pre-College Engineering Education Division and she continues to serve in leadership for the ASEE.  Martha was a founding member of the Central Mass STEM Network, now based at the STEM Education Center at WPI.

Martha is one of only three members of the WPI community to be elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education.  She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASEE for her work as a nationally recognized authority in K-12 engineering education outreach.  Martha also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), a national organization working to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain, and graduate women. 

Martha has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $3.7 million in awards from foundations and government agencies for projects at WPI.  These include a $1.1 million gift from Douglas and Edna Noiles to support STEM Education Center programs for teachers; a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the Massachusetts Technician Educational Collaborative; and a $620,000 award from the Massachusetts Math and Science Partnerships to build learning communities for middle school mathematics. Three years ago, with funding from the Linde Family Foundation and the one8 Foundation, Martha changed roles in the STEM Education Center in order to focus all of her efforts on supporting the growth of Project Lead The Way in Massachusetts.

Martha has made many important and lasting contributions to the WPI community.  She has been an innovator in the engineering classroom, an active participant in WPI’s Faculty Learning Communities, a contributor to countless WPI faculty grant proposals, and an ambassador for WPI on the national STEM stage.   Her work has had significant impact and WPI is a better university because of Martha’s contributions.   While Martha will be greatly missed in her fulltime role, we are grateful that she has agreed to stay connected to WPI as a Senior Fellow in the STEM Education Center. 

Please mark your calendar and join us on March 20 to thank Dr. Martha Cyr for her contributions to STEM education and WPI.