Tasha Zephirin is a Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She is currently a participant in the National Science Foundation sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training in Magnetic and Nanostructured Materials (IGERT-MNM) program-a collaborative effort between Purdue University, Cornell University and Norfolk State University. Her research interests include the development, evaluation, and assessment of co-curricular and extra-curricular STEM programs to diverse audiences across the education continuum (e.g. community members, K-12 students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and industry professionals) in varying contexts.
Catherine G.P. Berdanier is a Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from The University of South Dakota and her M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. Her current research interests include graduate-level engineering education, including inter- and multidisciplinary graduate education, innovative and novel graduate education experiences, global learning, and preparation of graduate students for future careers.
Monica F. Cox, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education and is the Inaugural Director of the College of Engineering’s Leadership Minor at Purdue University. She also serves as the Executive Director of the International Institute for Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a). She obtained a B.S. in mathematics from Spelman College, a M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Her teaching interests relate to the professional development of graduate engineering students and to leadership, policy, and change in STEM education. Primary research projects explore the preparation of graduate students for diverse careers and the development of reliable and valid engineering education assessment tools. She is a NSF Faculty Early Career (CAREER) and Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipient.
Suely M. Black, Ph.D. is a Professor of Chemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering at Norfolk State University, a Historically Black College and University in Virginia. Suely is driven to developing leadership and management skills in students and junior faculty. She has led the IGERT-MNM program funded by the National Science Foundation for almost five years, focusing on the renovation of graduate education to train doctoral students to become leaders in interdisciplinary areas of materials science, engineering and education. She has served as NSU Faculty Senate President since 2013. Suely teaches undergraduate science and non-science majors, and materials science graduate students. She earned her Ph.D. and M.Ph. in Chemistry from Columbia University, NY, and the B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering and the M.S. in Chemistry from Rio de Janeiro Federal University in Brazil.
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