Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, the Florida Regional Center of Advanced Technological Education, funded by the National Science Foundation and housed at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida since 2004. FLATE serves the state of Florida as its region and is involved in outreach and recruitment of students into technical career pathway; has produced award winning curriculum design and reform for secondary and post-secondary Career and Technical Education programs; and provides a variety of professional development for STEM and technical educators focused on advanced technologies. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Agnes Scott College and both a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on membrane separation science and technologies for water purification. She has over 20 years of experience in developing curricula for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school, and post secondary institutions, including colleges of engineering. Dr. Barger serves on several national panels and advisory boards for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives, including the National Association of Manufacturers Educators‘Council. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Epsilon Pi Tau honor societies. She is a charter member of both the National Academy and the University of South Florida‘s Academy of Inventors. Dr. Barger holds a licensed patent and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Florida.
Dr. Marie Boyette is the Associate Director for the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence, FLATE, a NSF Center of Excellence located at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. Dr. Boyette’s research interests center around data structure and analysis for impact and implementation, and meaningful instructional outcomes for educators, traditional, and non-traditional students. Her practice includes development of experiential learning strategies employed in summer workshops for teachers and exploration of diversity through standard coursework.
Nina Stokes joined the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) at HCC in 2011 as Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) Project Manager. She graduated from the University College of North Wales, U.K., with a B.S. in Marine Biology/Zoology before moving to Florida in 1993. She worked at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg as an Environmental Specialist for five years before embarking on a high school science teaching career. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 1996 with an M.A. in Secondary Science Education, and in 2010 with an Ed.S. in Interdisciplinary Science Education. She worked for the City of Tampa for 10 years first as a Water Conservation Education Coordinator, and later moved to the Department of Solid Waste as Recycling Coordinator.