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Interactive workshop on crafting a competitive NSF STEM education proposal.
Dr. Abiodun (Abby) Ilumoka currently serves as program director for engineering education in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at NSF. She is lead program director for the DUE engineering team and co-lead for the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program.
Prior to joining NSF, Dr. Ilumoka received the Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England in 1976, the Master’s degree in Electronics from the University of Southampton, England in 1978 and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Imperial College London, England in 1982. Following this, she continued with postdoctoral work at Imperial College and later lectured at Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK. After a brief stint in academia and the telecommunications industry in Nigeria – her country of birth – in 1992, she joined the faculty at the College of Engineering, University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Her research interests included microelectronic circuit optimization, AI-based tunable microwave filter synthesis and complex adaptive systems design. She authored many journal publications and conference articles and received research and teaching grants from government and corporate sources rising to the rank of full professor in 2003. In 2007, Dr. Ilumoka received the Connecticut Women of Innovation Award for outstanding leadership & technology innovation. She was honored in 2008 by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame as “one of the best of A New Century of Women in Science’’ for her leadership efforts to mentor young women and minorities in Connecticut. As one of the state’s most distinguished engineers, she was inducted in May 2011 into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) the prestigious non-profit that provides science and technology advice to state government and the Connecticut General Assembly.
Understanding and modeling complex systems such as the US K-16 STEM education system requires bold interdisciplinary research. At NSF, Dr. Ilumoka’s research focus is to use her experience and background in engineering research and engineering education to help generate accurate and efficient predictive models for aspects of the K-16 STEM education enterprise.
R. Steven (Steve) Turley is a temporary program director for physics education in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Turley is involved in the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE), the Robert Noyce Scholarship, the IUSE: Hispanic Serving Institutions (IUSE:HSI), and Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) programs.
Dr. Turley received a B.S. in physics from Brigham Young University in 1978. He did his graduate work at M.I.T. in Physics where he received a Ph.D. in physics where he was supported by a Howard Hughes Fellowship. During and following his education, Dr. Turley worked at Hughes Aircraft Company in their Missile Systems Division and later at Hughes Research Labs.
Dr. Turley's permanent institution is Brigham Young University (BYU) where he is a Professor of Physics. At BYU he has also been an Associate Dean and Department Chair. Before coming to NSF, Prof. Turley was on the Leadership Team of the national Physics New Faculty Workshop and the Treasurer of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Dr. Turley's current research interests are in STEM faculty development, extreme ultraviolet optics, and computational electromagnetics. Previous research projects have been in the areas of nonlinear optics, atomic physics, laser cooling, plasma diagnostics, nuclear physics, and planetary physics. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Dr. Paige E Smith