Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh is Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He has bachelor's and masters degrees in Computer Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. His research interests include educational research methods, communication of research, and k-16+ engineering education. Ganesh’s research is largely focused on studying k-12 curricula, and teaching-learning processes in both the formal and informal settings. He is principal investigator of the Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers project, Learning through Engineering Design and Practice (2007 - 2011), a National Science Foundation Award# 0737616 from the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. This project is aimed at designing, implementing, and systematically studying the impact of a middle-school engineering education program.
John Thieken, M.Ed., is currently a high school mathematics teacher at the Paradise Valley School District and a doctoral student in the Ph.D. in mathematics education at Arizona State University. He has as Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University. His experiences with the district include curriculum design (to include online coursework) and assessment design (district district assessment exams and Arizona Instrument of Measurement Standards practice). Johnny is currently involved in doctoral research (Learning through Engineering Design and Practice, NSF ITEST Award# 0737616, 2007-11) under the guidance of PI Ganesh and Dr. James A Middleton and Dr. Finbarr Sloane, where he engages in measurement and analysis methodology design, data analysis (quantitative and qualitative), curriculum design, curriculum implementation, and sustainability.
Lisa Randall, MEd., is a K-12 teacher currently working with the National Science Foundation project, Learning through Engineering Design and Practice at Arizona State University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Brigham Young Univerisity and a Masters in Educational Counseling. Her 14 years of teaching with Mesa Public Schools include curriculum design (middle school and high school) in the field of Bioengineering, partnerships with Motorola and the Arizona Science Center and district-wide teacher training. Lisa is currently studying to obtain her second Masters in the field of Administration and Leadership at Arizona State University.
Alison W. Smith, M.Ed. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies (minor in Special Education) and a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (emphasis in English for speakers of other languages), both from the University of Oregon. Alison was a fourth grade teacher at Excelencia Elementary School in the Creighton School District in Phoenix, Arizona, receiving numerous awards and honors for her teaching. Alison is passionate about education, and the innovative teaching of science and math. Alison currently works as SRP’s Community Outreach Liaison to Education.
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