Rebecca Zarch is an evaluator and a director of SageFox Consulting Group. She has spent the last 10 years evaluating projects supporting young adults moving through the STEM pipeline and workforce development projects. Rebecca’s work often involves evaluations of innovative approaches to STEM education, typically at community colleges and graduate school programs. Rebecca received her MBA in non-profit management at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Alan Peterfreund is Executive Director of SageFox Consulting Group, an education research, evaluation located in Amherst Massachusetts. Alan has a Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University, and has been a research faculty member at Brown University. A career-shift in 1984 led to 16 years of consulting in the private and public sector with primarily emphasis on organizational change, quality management, and employee participation. Starting in 2000, Alan began to focus on supporting higher education partners in projects that address broadening participation in the sciences, graduate student development, curriculum innovation, instructional technology, teacher professional development and other education reforms. For the past five years, Alan has been the lead evaluator for Epicenter, an NSF-funded STEP Center focused on infusing entrepreneurship and innovation into undergraduate engineering education.
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, Ph.D., is Deputy Director of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter), co-Director of the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program, and is a lecturer in design thinking, creativity and innovation at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University.
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Humera co-leads the University Innovation Fellows (UIF) Program, a key initiative of the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) and a joint-venture between Stanford University and VentureWell. In it, she prepares and supports students to create lasting institutional impact that enhances the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in higher education. After three years of spearheading the design and scale of UIF, in July 2016 she will transition the program to its new home at the Stanford Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the d.school. Serving in her role as Senior Program Officer at VentureWell for over a decade, she led the creation of numerous programs including the organization’s first foray in venture accelerators, which today account for over half of the 501c(3)’s income.
Prior to VentureWell, Humera created innovation networks between industry and the University of Massachusetts Amherst under an NSF Partnership for Innovation grant. Humera began her career at the publicly-traded UK firm Rexam, serving as product manager in their precision-coated materials subsidiary. Humera holds an M.B.A. from UMass Amherst and a B.S. from Smith College. Humera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on twitter @ihumera and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/humerafasihuddin.
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