Kathleen Alfano has a Ph.D. from UCLA in Higher Education with a cognate in administration and evaluation. Her B.S. is in chemistry and she worked as an analytical chemist in industry before pursuing a career in education. She served as founder and Director of the California Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE) based at College of the Canyons from 1996 to 2016. Retired from College of the Canyons in November 2016, she is an Emeritus Professor and also former Dean of Professional Programs and Academic Computing. She currently acts as co-PI for the CREATE NSF ATE Renewable Energy Support Center and as PI of a NSF ATE targeted research project. Dr. Alfano served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation and co-lead of the ATE program in 2007-2008. Dr Alfano also was the only community college representative on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Workforce Trends in the U.S. Energy and Mining Industries which released their report in March 2013.
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