Glenn Ellis is a professor of engineering at Smith College who teaches courses in engineering science and methods for teaching science and engineering. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University. The winner of numerous teaching awards, Ellis received the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year Award for Baccalaureate Colleges from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. His research focuses on creating K-16 learning environments that support the growth of learners’ imaginations and their capacity for engaging in collaborative knowledge work.
Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, M.S. (ABT), is an Associate Professor of physics and civil engineering technology at Springfield Technical Community College, where she teaches courses in physics, engineering mechanics, technical mathematics, and reinforced concrete design. She received her B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The PI for a 2008 NSF MSP Start Partnership grant, she has designed professional teacher education and created a learning community of Springfield, Mass., public school teachers that is changing how engineering and technology are taught throughout the city.