NATHALY ARDILES
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Nathaly Ardiles is a University Innovation Fellow and an undergraduate studying electrical engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). In the summer of 2016, she interned at Hubbell Incorporated in Shelton, C.T. Nathaly has interned at Hubbell Incorporated in Shelton, C.T. in the summer of 2016. She participated in the research and technology laboratory with the premise wiring engineering team. During the summer of 2017, Nathaly interned at Thermo King an enterprise of Ingersoll Rand in Minneapolis, M.N.. This summer, she will be interning at Accenture in Los Angeles, C.A. as a technical analyst. She was President of LAESA-SHPE (Latin American Engineering Student Association- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) for the academic school year of 2016-2017. Nathaly focused on the organization’s mission to raise STEM awareness for minorities in the our communities.

DR. HERMES CALDERON ARTEGA
DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING AND INFORMATICS
CARIBBEAN UNIVERSITY PUERTO RICO

Dr. Calderon earned the title of Mechanical Engineer from Universidad del Atlántico, Colombia, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM), a M.E. and Ph.D in Civil Engineering, also from UPRM. Before finishing the PhD he was awarded a fellowship to participate in the AGED program, receiving and providing mentoring to PhD Students, participate of outreach programs as mentor of high school teachers and students as part of the “Partnership for Research and Education in Materials”, an NSF‐supported program.

He worked as a Faculty at University of Puerto Rico ‐ Ponce and Caribbean University, where he was promoted as Coordinator of the Civil Engineering program. Since 2012, Calderon has been the director in charge of the Department of Engineering and Informatics Technology at Caribbean University.

Dr. Calderon has always showed his interest and commitment with the improvement of education for the STEM programs. He participates in the Academic Committee of the Puerto Rico Aerospace Cluster, an initiative of the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO). Lately, Dr. Calderon focuses his interest in continuous improvement of the engineering and computer programs at his institution. His last publications include Successful Accreditation of the Electrical Engineering Program offered in two campuses at Caribbean University (2016) and Successful Assessment Strategies for ABET Accreditation of Engineering Programs Offered at Different Campuses (2016).

DR. GILDA BARABINO
DEAN, GROVE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Gilda A. Barabino is Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She has appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine.

Prior to joining CCNY, she served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory.  She is a noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. She consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, workforce development and faculty development.

Dr. Barabino received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the President–Elect of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Immediate Past President of the Biomedical Engineering Society.  Dr. Barabino has over a decade of experience in leading NSF initiatives for women and minority faculty and is the founder and Executive Director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity.

DR. JOSEPH BARBA
STUDENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP DIRECTOR
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Barba manages the CiPASS STEM Summer Bridge Program. He is a professor of Electrical Engineering, Director of the New York STEM Institute, and Director of Student Entrepreneurship for CCNY.

Dr. Barba was Deputy Provost of CCNY from 2002 to 2004, and served as the Founding Dean of the Grove School of Engineering from 2004 to 2013. He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific papers and has been Principal Investigator (PI) for numerous research and institutional grants (including on an NSF grant to increase the number of community college students pursuing engineering, and on an NYS Education Department grant to promote STEM education).

Dr. Barba earned his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from CCNY and his Doctorate from CUNY

VICTORIA BILL
MAKERSPACE MANAGER AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Victoria Bill is the founding Manager of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace Lab. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the first-year engineering program, teaching EG 1003 Introduction to Engineering and Design. She received her master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in embedded systems, electromagnetics, and acoustics. Her research interests include IoT, wearable technology, and engineering education. She presents annually at the American Society for Engineering Education and the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces.

DR. KAMAU BOBB
FOUNDING SENIOR DIRECTOR OF THE CONSTELLATIONS CENTER FOR EQUITY IN COMPUTING
GEORGIA TECH UNIVERSITY

Kamau Bobb is a national authority in STEM education. He is the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. He is an engineer and science and technology policy scholar whose work focuses on the relationship between equity for students and communities of color in the STEM enterprise, large educational systems, and the social and structural conditions that influence contemporary American life.

Dr. Bobb brings to STEM education a fierce commitment to equity as an indicator of justice. He has addressed and advised numerous leading tech sector companies, universities and k-12 schools. His writing on STEM education and culture has been featured in The Atlantic, Black Enterprise, The Root, Edutopia and on the Obama White House Blog. His national and state leadership have contributed to a STEM education agenda that is more honest and reflective of contemporary social and cultural realities. Dr. Bobb holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Lisa and daughter, Sadira

DR. VINCENT BOUDREAU
PRESIDENT
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Vincent Boudreau was appointed president of The City College of New York by the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York on December 4, 2017. For the past three years he has served as the founding dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at CCNY, and is a professor of political science at City College and a member of the City University of New York graduate faculty.

At City College, where Dr. Boudreau has worked since receiving his degree, he served as the director of the M.A. Program in International Relations, the chair of the Department of Political Science, the director of the International Studies Program, and the deputy dean of the Division of Social Science. He serves on the editorial committee of Comparative Politics,  and has undertaken projects with ActionAid Asia, Jubilee South Asia, The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, and Freedom House.

THE HONORABLE GALE BREWER
PRESIDENT
BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN

Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Borough President of Manhattan.

Since she took office in 2014, she has successfully passed legislation to reform the deed restriction process, add ‘caregivers’ to the city’s anti-discrimination law, remove criminal history questions from initial employment applications (the “Fair Chance Act”), and enforce requirements for street numbers on buildings in Manhattan (to aid emergency workers). She has also spearheaded community planning initiatives at the South Street Seaport, in East Midtown, and in other neighborhoods to address development and zoning issues.

Brewer previously served on the City Council for 12 years, serving as the founding chair of the Technology Committee and leading the Government Operations Committee. There, the Council passed her legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, requiring all City data be published online, and protecting domestic workers from abusive practices.

Prior to that, she served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Ruth Messinger, NYC Deputy Public Advocate, Director of the city’s Federal Office, and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Brewer has an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College.

DR. JOSHUA BRUMBERG
DEAN FOR THE SCIENCES
THE GRADUATE CENTER CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

Dr. Joshua serves as the Dean for the Sciences at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Dr. Brumberg’s research is characterized by the integration of anatomical and physiological techniques to further our understanding of the individual building blocks of cortical microcircuit and the role that sensory activity has on their development.  Using the rodent sensorimotor cortex as a model system the Brumberg lab demonstrated that following sensory deprivation (via whisker trimming) there is a dramatic reduction in the extracellular matrix surrounding a specific class of GABAergic neurons. His more recent studies have focused on how sensory deprivation influences structural changes in the brain by analyzing dendritic architectures’, spine densities s as well as the impact on glial cells. In parallel, Dr. Brumberg has also investigated how information is relayed in the brain between distinct functional areas. His results have shown that neurons participating in specific pathways (eg. callosal versus cortico-thalamic) have specific anatomical, physiological and synaptic characteristics which are likely adapted to their roles in inter-areal communication within the brain.

Dr. Brumberg received a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

ANTONIA COLEMAN BROWN
DIRECTOR – EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
MTA NYC TRANSIT

Toni Coleman Brown began her professional career as a Financial Analyst with the Port Authority of NY & NJ’s Management and Budget Department where she was responsible for overseeing multi-billion dollar operating and capital budgets for some of NYC’s most popular facilities like the GWB, Holland and Lincoln Tunnels.  She has held several managerial titles for various companies such as a Director of Marketing for Black Expressions Book Club (a Doubleday Direct company), in which she served as one of the original founders and contributed to the club’s growth to over $25 million in sales.  In 2008 after a 3 year stint of running her own home business, Toni landed a career at New York City Transit, the nation’s largest transportation agency, where she is currently the Director of Recruitment and Internships.

Toni was born in New Orleans, LA. She graduated from Howard University earning a Bachelor’s in Business Administration majoring in Finance. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from City College of New York and is the author of four books, “Network to Increase Your Net Worth” and “Quantum Leap: How to Make a Quantum Leap in Your Network Marketing Business” and the “Delayed But Not Denied” inspirational anthology series.  Toni and her husband currently reside in Queens, New York with their two daughters, Sasha and Taylor.

RAMON CABRAL
DEPUTY DISTRICT DIRECTOR FOR JOSE E. SERRANO, US HOUSE OF REPRESENTAITVES

Ramon Cabral is a first generation Dominican-American and a lifelong resident of Bronx, NY. Ramon graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors in Political Science and is currently working on his Masters of Public Administration at CUNY – John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Ramon serves as the Secretary for the NYC Chapter of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Alumni Association.

BEATRIZ CEJA-WILLIAMS
DIRECTOR, HSI DIVISION UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Beatriz Ceja-Williams is the Director for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division (HSID) in the Office of Post-Secondary Education.  The HSID is responsible for the administration of the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions, the Promoting Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans and the HSI STEM and Articulation programs.

Prior to this role, she served as a Program Manager for the Teacher Quality Programs in the Office of Innovation and Improvement.  As a Program Manager she oversaw the administration of several discretionary programs including: Race to the Top District, Teacher Quality Partnership, School Leadership, Supporting Effective Educators, and Transition to Teaching.  Beatriz Ceja-Williams has also served as the federal liaison to the states of Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for the U.S. Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program.

She earned her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MA in Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Bilingual Education and Special Education from George Washington University.

GREG CHAPELLESCIENTIST/ENGINEER LIAISON OFFICERUNITED STATES ARMY

Gregory Chappelle is the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Liaison Officer and the Michigan DoD STEM Coordinator for U.S. Army TARDEC. He has been the U.S. Army TARDEC HBCU/MI Liaison Officer since 1989 and the Michigan DoD STEM Coordinator since 2010, responsible for sponsoring STEM K-12 educational programs and projects all over Michigan and in Canada. From 1989 to 1994 he was responsible for hiring a significant number of under-represented minorities at TARDEC. His accomplishments have been recognized through many STEM K-12 and HBCU/MI awards at local, state and national levels. These awards include: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Ecybermission Teaching Awards, the 1995 and 2005 U.S. Black Engineer of the Year Awards, the 2003 and  2006 U.S. Army-NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award and a 2005 “Spirit of Detroit Award” for teaching. He has also won numerous awards from the CCNY Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (LAESA-SHPE). He is a Detroit native and a product of Mumford High School (Detroit Public Schools).

Mr. Chappelle was awarded a BS Degree in Physics, a BS Degree in Chemistry and MS Degrees in Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University. He holds State of Michigan teaching certification in physics, mathematics and chemistry. He also was awarded a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He attended Michigan State University for undergraduate studies in Chemistry. He also attended the Ohio State
University and the University of Windsor (Canada) for graduate studies in chemistry, physics and material engineering.

Mr. Chappelle began working with the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1991. From 1991 to 2000 he provided DoD funding to CCNY’s LAESA student organization to travel to Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) regional and national conferences around the nation. During the same period he coordinated Federal Government employment seminars at CCNY with LAESA students. From 1992 to the present Mr. Chappelle has worked to award over $5.7 million of DoD contracts to CCNY’s Mechanical Engineering Department to conduct U.S. Army research projects.

Mr. Chappelle began working with Tribal Colleges in 1995 as part of his HBCU/MI Liaison duties. He provided infrastructure assistance to Native American college students by funding their travel to technical conferences from 1996-99. In recent years he worked to award DoD contracts to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in Alexandria, VA to assist in providing STEM K-12 education to Native American Communities. Mr. Chappelle leads one of the top Native American STEM K-12 educational programs in the nation. Through his leadership the TARDEC has awarded over $250,000 of DoD contracts and grants to enhance the STEM K-12 education of Tribal youth located within Native American Communities.

MRS. KISSY CHAPMAN–THAW
EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST, GRANTS MANAGER
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Kissy Chapman-Thaw is an Education Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division. She has been an educator over ten years in public schools, and private behavior management schools in D.C, Maryland, New York City, New York State, and Virginia. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University: B.A. in English: Creative Writing and British Literature; Grand Canyon University: M.A. in Curriculum Instruction Technology;  Mount Saint Mary College, M.S. in Ed: English and Special Education, 42 credit hours  and a PhD student in Instructional Design for Online Learning with Capella University.

Kissy currently resides in Northern Virginia with her amazingly supportive husband, Mark K. Thaw a Specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and their two children, Christopher and Sarai. Her hobbies include binge watching television or streaming the Medici’s, Versailles, Reign and more from the 1800’s or older; going to the movies, and walking Pharaoh, the family dog.

As a member of the Hispanic Serving Institutions for the U. S. Department of Education she brings her Educator knowledge and experience to support IHE’s Institutions of Higher Education with the goal of increasing access and programmatic solutions for achievement in education.

DR. JOSÉ LUIS CRUZPRESIDENTLEHMAN COLLEGE

José Luis Cruz began his tenure as the third president of the Herbert H. Lehman College of The City University of New York on August 15, 2016.

Widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading advocates for policies to expand opportunities and improve educational outcomes for all students – especially those who have historically been underserved – President Cruz is a frequent keynote speaker and writer on higher education issues. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, and his work has been widely covered by many news media outlets.

Previously, President Cruz served as provost of California State University, Fullerton. He is a former vice president of Higher Education Policy and Practice at The Education Trust in Washington, D.C. and a former vice president of Student Affairs for the University of Puerto Rico system. He began his career as a faculty member in engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, rising through the ranks and serving as chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and dean of Academic Affairs.

President Cruz is a professor of physics in Lehman’s School of Natural and Social Sciences and serves on the board of directors of The Education Trust, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Institute for Higher Education Policy. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as well as a National Science Foundation Career Award recipient. His work on optical interconnections for massively parallel processing systems has been published in scientific journals and presented at international conferences.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez and his doctorate from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Born in Puerto Rico, President Cruz spent his formative years on the island and in various cities in California, Florida, and Honduras. He and his wife, Dr. Rima Brusi live in the Bronx and have five children.

DR. FERIDUN DELALE
CHAIR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Feridun Delale is a full professor and chair of mechanical engineering at CCNY with more than 110 peer-reviewed publications.  He has developed relations with many companies (e.g., Alliant Tech Systems, Frontier Performance Polymers, Novus Technologies, Aeronav Laboratories, and Global Contour) over the years through research collaboration and placement of students in internship and engineering positions.  Dr. Delale earned his Doctorate in Applied Mechanics from Lehigh University.

Dr. Delale shares management of the CiPASS Experiential Learning Project.   The Experiential Learning Project  develops and expands CCNY’s current collaborations with industry, coaches the students in the selection and development of industrial research projects, and develops hands-on experiences to increase student work readiness.

He has also been heavily involved in educational activities. He participated in the ECSEL coalition as the local evaluator. As PI, he directed the NSF supported department-level curriculum reform of the Mechanical Engineering program at CCNY. He was also a Co-PI on a STEP grant that coordinated the undergraduate research experiences for transfer students, and a Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education grant that will help create a new nanotechnology science course.

THE HONORABLE ADRIANO ESPAILLAT
UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN 13th DISTRICT, STATE OF NEW YORK

U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat proudly represents New York’s Thirteenth Congressional District. He was sworn into office on January 3, 2017, during the 115th Congress.

Congressman Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic in 1954 and came to the United States with his family when he was nine years old.  He is the first Dominican-American to serve in the United States Congress, and currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He also serves as Chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.

A steadfast champion for working- and middle-class New Yorkers, Congressman Espaillat is a staunch advocate of a fair living wage, immediate and effective investments in affordable housing, meaningful criminal justice reform, infrastructure improvements, expanded youth programs, and better educational opportunities.

BROOK GESSER
SENIOR ADVISOR US SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

Bio pending.

DR. MATTHEW K. GOLD
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND DIGITAL HUMANITIES
CUNY GRADUATE CENTER

Matthew K. Gold is Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities at the Graduate Center, where he holds teaching appointments in the Ph.D. Program in English, the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies (MALS), and the doctoral certificate programs in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and American Studies. He serves as Advisor to the Provost for Digital Initiatives, Director of the CUNY Academic Commons, Co-Director of the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, Director of the GC Digital Scholarship Lab, and Director of the GC Digital Fellows Program. In all of these roles, he works to integrate digital tools and methods into the core research and teaching missions of the Graduate Center.
He is series editor (with Lauren F. Klein) of Debates in the Digital Humanities, which is now published on an annual basis by the University of Minnesota Press, tracking new developments in the field.

DR. JORGE GONZALEZ-CRUZ
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, PROFESSOR
PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR, HSI:URBANO CONFERENCE

Dr. Jorge González-Cruz is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering at CCNY.  He joined CCNY in 2008 after tenures at Santa Clara University, CA, as a David Packard Scholar, and as Chairman and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. Dr. González-Cruz has extensive experience in leading and managing academic undergraduate and graduate programs supported by the DoE.

He currently directs three DoE grants,:  the HSI-STEM & Articulation Program, the Promoting Post-Secondary Opportunities for Hispanic Americans Program (H-AGEP), and City College Initiative to Promote Academic Success in STEM Program (CiPASS), along with numerous other National Science Foundation and federal grant-supported programs.  His work in research and education has drawn more than $30 million in external funding.

Dr. González-Cruz has published over 80 peer-review articles and was recognized as a prominent young researcher by NSF in 1997 with the prestigious CAREER Award. His educational vision and programs have reached thousands of students, mostly of Hispanic background.

MOHAMED HAROUN
CO-FOUNDER OF NYC MAKERSPACE AND MAKERSPACE MANAGER
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Bio pending.

DR. YASSER HASSEBO
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS, ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE
LA GUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Dr. Yasser Hassebo is an assistant professor in the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Department at LaGuardia Community College. Prior to joining LaGuardia Community College, Dr. Hassebo was a junior member of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the CCNY, where he taught several engineering courses including engineering laboratory, switching systems, control systems and control laboratory.

Dr. Hassebo received a University Scholarship in 2002-2004 and a NOAA-CREST Fellowship in 2005-2007. He was also awarded the Grove School of Engineering (CCNY) Graduate Citation in 2002. Currently,   Dr. Hassebo has authored or co-authored more than 20 journal and conference papers. He has conducted research in the areas of optical remote sensing, light detection and ranging (Lidar). In addition to his Master’s level research on control systems, Dr. Hassebo has conducted research in robotics design and control, fiber optics telecommunication, networking, and routing and wavelength assignment algorithms.

Dr. Hassebo holds a B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Menofia University in Egypt. He has an M.E. (2002) degree in electrical engineering from City College as well as an MPhil (2006) and a PhD (2007) in Electrical Engineering (Remote Sensing) from the CUNY Graduate School and University Center.

DR. DAWN HORTON
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR RESEARCH & EVALUATION
UNIVERSITY OF COLUMBIA TEACHER’S COLLEGE

Dr. Horton applies statistical, qualitative, and research-oriented  tools and techniques to the data associated with the interventions of the various elements of the CiPASS Program to identify and isolate their effectiveness in achieving programmatic objectives.  She works with the Project Leads to ensure that the research questions and research protocols are credible and scientifically accurate.

Dr. Horton is the Assistant Director for Research & Evaluation at the University of Columbia’s Teacher’s College, where she manages several evaluation grants and research projects and participates in the development of the College’s research model. Dr. Horton holds an Ed.D. from the Curriculum and Teaching program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interest focuses on the epistemology of knowledge.

DR. MANUEL JIMÉNEZ
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO MAYAGÜEZ

Dr. Jimenez current teaching and research interests are centered on the areas of design, characterization, optimization, and rapid prototyping of digital and mixed-signal circuits, hardware structures for scalable, reconfigurable systems, and embedded systems. His research experience includes the fields of power estimation, optimization, and automatic layout techniques for VLSI circuits. He also has extensive teaching experience in electronics, digital systems design, circuit analysis, and embedded systems.

Dr. Jiménez is the lead author of the textbook “Introduction to Embedded Systems” published by Springer and the founder and coordinator of the Integrated Circuits Design Laboratory (ICDL), the Rapid Systems Prototyping Lab (RASP), and the Electronic Testing & Characterization Laboratory (ETC). He also directs the Microprocessor Interfacing Laboratory (MIL) at the ECE Department of UPRM. In his research experience he has played the roles of PI or Co-PI in more than two dozen externally funded projects, sponsored by industry, government or federal agencies. He has been adviser to more than two dozen masters and Ph.D. students and published with his students and colleagues more than one hundred technical papers in arbitrated journals, conferences, and workshops around the world.

DR. REZA KHANBILVARDI
DIRECTOR, NOAA CREST
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Reza Khanbilvardi, a Licensed Professional Engineer, is the Director of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology (NOAA-CREST) Center since 2001, Executive Director of CUNY Remote Sensing of the Earth Institute at The City University of New York, and Director of Center for Water Resources and Environmental Research. Total funding for these activities are at $6-7 M per year. He is also Editor-In-Chief of International Journal for Water (InderScience Publications). Dr. Khanbilvardi has worked extensively with agencies like NOAA, NASA, NSF, USAID, UN, USDA, NYCDEP, NYSERDA, and CRDF. Dr. Khanbilvardi is NOAA-Chair Professor of Civil Engineering Dept., City College of New York since 1984.  His expertise  include Satellite-based Remote Sensing Applications in Hydro-climate,  Surface Water Hydraulics and Hydrology, Flash-Flood Monitoring and Mapping,  Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources; Snow-Water Equivalent Studies.

LILLIAN MATOS
DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
CARIBBEAN UNIVERSITY

Professor Lillian Matos is the Dean of Students Affairs at Caribbean University since 2016. She has being around in postsecondary education since 1980 working most of the time with the retention of low income/ first generation students.  She was the director of the Student Support Services TRIO Program at Caribbean University for twenty years. As the President of the Caribbean Association of TRIO Programs (CATP), (years 1994-96 and 2000) she promoted the continuation of services for an underserved student population that is underrepresented in higher education. Also promoted research activities under CATP to determine the impact of the services of TRIO Program’s in PR on students whose access to higher education and retention and graduation rates are low in comparison to better prepared students.

She has served in different capacities in the University and currently she is involved in the development of activities to promote student engagement and enhance their university experience.

After the disaster caused by hurricane Maria, she was actively engaged in surveying students’ needs and supplying opportunities to help students keep studying in spite of their circumstances after Maria.

DR. SHAKILA MERCHANT
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF NOAA CREST CENTER
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Shakila Merchant is the Assistant Director of NOAA CREST Center, the City College of New York. She has more than 10 years of experience in Ecosystem Health and Risk Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment. Dr. Merchant has been one of the foundational member of the NOAA CREST program since its inception in 2001. She has been instrumental in designing an holistic Education Recruitment and Outreach Model for NOAA CREST, and bring expertize on recruitment, training, mentoring and program evaluation and assessment. She is also director of the High School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth System (HIRES) and runs the 8-week summer outreach program for High School, CREST Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) and Graduate Summer Program. Dr. Merchant is also the Co-I of the NSF funded INCLUDES (DDLP) project in collaboration with University of Maine, Bangor, ME and PI of NOAA JPSS Students Professional and Academic Readiness with Knowledge in Satellites (SPARKS) program to provide pre-workforce experiential training to graduate students in NOAA JPSS mission sciences.

THE HONORABLE MARK LEVINE
NEW YORK CITY COUNCILMAN
DISTRICT 7

New York City Councilmember Mark Levine represents the 7th District in Northern Manhattan. Serving as the Chair of Council Committee on Health and as a member of the Progressive Caucus, he is a leader on many issues including housing, education, economic justice, transportation, environmentalism, and more.

Councilmember Levine has been a strong advocate for addressing inequality in New York City. As Parks Chair in the 2014-2017 session, he has successfully pushed for greater equity for parks in New York’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. He is also a leading voice on affordable housing issues, including the fight to get legal representation for all tenants in housing court.

Mark began his career as a bilingual math and science teacher in the South Bronx. He also went on to found the Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union. In the years before he entered the City Council, Mark served as Executive Director of Teach For America-New York, as Executive Director of the Center for After-School Excellence at TASC, and as chair of the Traffic and Transportation Committee on Manhattan Community Board 12.

Mark is a long time Washington Heights resident with his wife and their two sons. He graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in physics and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

DR. JIM LEWIS
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTORATE
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Dr. W. James “Jim” Lewis is the Deputy Assistant Director for the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Lewis is on leave from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where he is the Aaron Douglas professor of mathematics and Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education. While at NSF, Lewis has served as co-chair of the P-12 Education Interagency Working Group, tasked with coordinating efforts to improve P-12 STEM instruction through efforts across federal agencies.

Lewis began his current position in January 2015. At UNL, he served as chair of the Department of Mathematics (1988-2003), during which time the department won the University-wide Department Teaching Award and an NSF Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Lewis has received many teaching awards including his university’s Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award and the Carnegie Foundation’s 2010 Nebraska Professor of the Year Award. He is also the recipient of the UNL Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Award for his support of opportunities for women in the mathematical sciences and UNL’s Louise Pound-George Howard Distinguished Career Award. In 2015, Lewis was recognized by the Mathematical Association of America’s Gung and Hu Award for Distinguished Service and the American Mathematical Society’s Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University in 1971.

DR. TONY LISS
INTERIM PROVOST
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Tony Liss is the Interim Provost of the City College of New York.

Dr. Liss was the first Martin and Michele Cohen Dean of Science at City College.  Previously, he was a professor of physics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he had been a faculty member since 1988. In addition, he was a Provost Fellow there working on faculty development and promotion and tenure issues.

Dr. Liss’ research in high-energy physics has taken place at the world’s highest energy accelerators, including the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and the Tevatron Collider at Fermilab. He has led groundbreaking research that has resulted in the discovery of new fundamental particles, among them the top quark. As physics coordinator of the CDF Collaboration at Fermilab, he was responsible for overseeing the work of hundreds of physicists on a myriad of different topics.

A fellow of the American Physical Society, Dr. Liss received his PhD in physics from the University of California – Berkeley in 1984 and holds a BA in physics from The Johns Hopkins University.

DR. SUSAN LORD
CHAIR OF GENERAL ENGINEERING
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

Susan M. Lord is Professor and Chair of General Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego.  She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Lord’s teaching interests include electronics, optoelectronic materials and devices, service-learning, feminist pedagogy, and lifelong learning. From 1993-1997, Dr. Lord taught at Bucknell University. Her industrial experience includes AT&T Bell Laboratories, General Motors Laboratories, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and SPAWAR Systems Center. In 2012, she taught at Southeast University in Nanjing, China. From 2006-2016, she was Chair of Electrical Engineering at USD.

Since entering college, Dr. Lord has been committed to increasing diversity in engineering particularly supporting women and underrepresented minorities. Dr. Lord is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education and the Journal of Engineering Education. She joined the National Effective Teaching Institute (NETI) facilitation team in 2015 conducting annual workshops for engineering educators.

CLARA LUCIO
CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT
JOPWELL.COM

Clara Lucio, oversees the brand and activations for Jopwell. Jopwell is the leading career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American students and professionals
Ms. Lucio is a marketing professional at the intersection of content, innovation and culture. My passion lies in activating multi format campaigns that make the distracted, fickle, and influential Millennial audience take notice.  She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated from Yale University with a degree in Religion & Politics.

DR. JAMES B. MILLIKEN
CHANCELLOR
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

James B. Milliken is Chancellor of The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university. Mr. Milliken, a lawyer by training, was appointed Chancellor and distinguished professor of law at the CUNY School of Law in 2014. He previously served as president of the University of Nebraska for a decade, where he held faculty appointments in the schools of law and public administration, and as senior vice president of the 16-campus University of North Carolina.

Chancellor Milliken is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness, the Business-Higher Education Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Economic Club of New York.   He has also served in leadership positions at the American Council on Education and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

DR. FRED MOSHARY
PROFESSOR, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Fred Moshary is a professor of Electrical Engineering and founder, director, and Doctoral Faculty member of the City University of New York Earth System and Environmental Science program.  Dr. Moshary received his PhD from Columbia University and was a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard University before joining City College.

Dr. Moshary shares management of the CiPASS Experiential Learning Project.   The Experiential Learning Project  develops and expands CCNY’s current collaborations with industry, coaches the students in the selection and development of industrial research projects, and develops hands-on experiences to increase student work readiness.

DEBORAH O'CONNOR
DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT
NYC TRANSIT AUTHORITY

Ms. O’Connor is a Talent Acquisition professional with two decades of experience successfully re-engineering, planning and implementing successful hiring strategies for Experienced Hires, Campus Recruitment, Internship programs and Diversity Recruitment initiatives, in the financial services and transportation industries.

She is currently the Recruiting Director for the NYC Transit Authority, the largest agency under the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority). Areas of specialty include: compliance, credit analysis, finance, investment banking, equity research, fixed-income research, structured finance, engineering and law,

RICARDO PACHECO
CARIBBEAN UNIVERSITY PUERTO RICO

Ricardo M. Pacheco Soldevila is a combat engineering veteran that has paused his career to study civil engineering at Caribbean University.

Because of his performance in the College Board Tests, he was awarded with the Rafael Carrión, Jr. Academic Excellency award. He enlisted in the Puerto Rico Army National Guard as a combat engineer right after graduating high school, where he took part in Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief, and Police Support operations. After completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan he enrolled in Caribbean University’s civil engineering program.

DR. KENNETH PARKER
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, MATHEMATICS
NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Dr. Parker is an Assistant Professor at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, NY. His academic career began at the University of Kansas in 2000, where he studied commutative algebra with Satya Mandal and received his Ph.D.

His extensive teaching experience as well as his background in computer science give Professor Parker a unique teaching style, integrating classic chalkboard fundamentals with dynamic visualizations via technological assistance. His current project revolves around the implementation of an online homework system and alternate online instructional material, designed to supplement in-class lectures; and his hope is that they will eventually replace our outdated reliance on cumbersome, expensive math textbooks.

THE HONORABLE CARMEN DE LA ROSA
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
72ND DISTRICT

Carmen De La Rosa is a career public servant and a resident of Northern Manhattan who is deeply committed to serving her community. She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the Inwood section of New York City as a young child. She was proud to be the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college, receiving a degree in political science and a certification in peace and justice studies from Fordham University.

In 2007, she began her career working for NYS Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell, where her passion for government and politics was sparked. She worked with communities on the Upper West Side to improve the quality of life of residents, fight colocations in local public schools and preserve affordable housing. It was here that she learned the functions of a State Assembly office.

Carmen is passionate about using government as a tool for social change and a vehicle to empower and support communities. A lifelong resident of Inwood, Carmen resides on the same street she was raised, with her husband Jose and two-year-old daughter, Mia.

In May 2016, Carmen also completed Coro Leadership Institute-New York. In November 2016, Carmen was elected to the NYS Assembly for the 72nd Assembly District.

DR. MILLICENT ROTH
CCAPP DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY TO THE DEAN OF SCIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Dr. Millicent Roth established the City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP) in 1987 from a grant sponsored by the New York State Department of Education.  The grant has brought six million dollars to the college to fund student support services and activities, such as advising and tutoring, and provides stipend support to undergraduate research students and interns.

She established a pre-freshman summer program for science, math and engineering students that in its 25 years of operation has been responsible for the success of its many participants, including the college’s first Rhodes Scholar.

When she was a member of the SEEK counseling staff, she initiated a mini-semester for CCNY students to spend a week at Brookhaven National Laboratory to learn about the STEM professions. This mini-semester continues as a state-wide program for N.Y.S.’ opportunity program students

LILIA SANCHEZ
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

Lilia Sanchez is a Senior student pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Ms. Sanchez is currently a Substation, Protection, and Control Intern with the El Paso Electric Company, planning, scheduling, and overseeing the construction of new and/or existing transmission, substation, and relay facilities and related components by company crews and/or independent contractors.

She was recently elected to be Vice-president of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society.

DR. IVONNE SANTIAGO
CLINICAL PROFESSOR, CIVIL ENGINEERING
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

Dr. Santiago’s research focuses on the development of innovative technologies to treat surface, ground, and reclaimed water. Her emphasis is on technologies that are efficient and yet sustainable and resilient, such as the use of zeolites and agricultural waste.

DR. PEDRO SEQUERA
ACCENTURE
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK CLASS OF 2015

Dr. Sequera is currently a Data Scientist at Accenture Operations working on Telecommunications. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York, after graduating Cum-Laude from the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela in Geophysics Engineering and also on a Masters in Statistics from the same university. His research interests include: long-term temperature and precipitation trend analysis, evaluation of societal impacts on climate change, linkage between climate and energy consumption trends, environmental statistics, Bayesian statistics and multivariate spatial statistical analysis.

DR. GLADYS PALMA DE SCHRYNEMAKERS
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT
MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE

Dr. Gladys Palma de Schrynemakers is the Assistant Vice President/Associate Provost at Medgar Evers College.  She is head of Academic Technology and Outcomes Assessment, Academic Advisement and other areas at Medgar Evers College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint John’s University; three masters’ degrees from City College, Long Island University, and Teacher’s College Columbia University; and a doctorate from Teachers College Columbia University.

In her previous position at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, Dr. Schrynemakers served as Associate Provost, Executive Director of Campus Effectiveness and Academic Support, and Director of the LIU Promise.  She also directed the student life and academic outcomes assessment efforts and developed and led the LIU Promise Initiative, a comprehensive approach to undergraduate mentoring using intrusive advisement protocols to improve retention for first-time freshmen by 6%.

Dr. Schrynemakers directed the Collegiate Science Technology Program (CSTEP), which prepares undergraduate minority and economically disadvantaged students to enter the STEM fields. eatures best practices in curricular and co-curricular learning.

DR. MARIA STEIN
VICE PRESIDENT, COOPERATIVE EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Maria Stein has proven success in higher education in a variety of roles and functions. Ms. Stein has over 25 years of experience in consulting, coaching, teaching, and program development. She has facilitated a variety of workshops and trainings on developing strong experiential education and career development programs and services. Her areas of expertise include delivering effective career and co-op services, job development and employer relations. Under her leadership Northeastern University’s Cooperative Education and Career Development earned Princeton review’s #1 or #2 ranking 5 since 2009. Ms. Stein’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University and a M.Ed. in Industrial Counseling/Human Resources from Northeastern University.

JOHAN TOLOSA
SR. PLANNING ANALYST
CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY OF NEW YORK, INC.

Johan Tolosa currently holds the position of  Senior Analyst with Consolidated Edison, the electric, gas, and steam-heart provider for the City of New York.   He holds a Masters Degree from the Pace University Lubin School of Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York.

He has been with ConEd since 2009.  He began his work there as a

Management Associate in the Steam Business Development area, developing financial and technical analyses for prospective customers.  He then moved on to  a role as Associate Engineer in the Steam Distribution Engineering  area before becoming the Conversions Supervisor for Oil to Gas Conversions.  He assumed his present Analytical duties in 2017.

Johan is an experienced Operations & Engineering Supervisor with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry.  His skills embrace both Analytical and Managerial Skills, Power Plants, Electric, Gas, and Steam.

In his non-work hours, Johan is an active volunteer in and supporter of El Centro Hispano, a White Plains, NY, organization that works to assist, support, and strengthen the Hispanic community’s efforts to become self-sufficient and to transition smoothly into the American culture while

maintaining and enriching their own.

DR. ARLENE TORRES
UNIVERITY DEAN FOR REQRUITMENT AND DIVERSITY
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

Dr. Arlene Torres is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College. She works on several University, College-wide, and community organizations to support the educational advancement of underrepresented communities in higher education. As a faculty mentor, she coordinates and directs the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Hunter College. She also serves as the Director of the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative in Academic Affairs in the Central Administration at CUNY.

Torres is the current President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association and Past-President of the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists, a division of the American Anthropological Association. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she held positions as an administrator and member of the faculty. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University and believes in the transformative possibilities of an education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

DR. RENETTA TULL
ASSOC. VICE PROVOST FOR STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

Renetta Garrison Tull is an Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs at UMBC and Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP (alliance members: UMBC, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and the University of Maryland College Park).  She serves as a national coach and mentor for prospective and current graduate students at universities outside of Maryland through invited participation at STEM conferences such as GEM, NSBE, SACNAS, SHPE, and AISES. She currently serves as a Liaison for Institutional Collaboration in the Chancellor’s Office at the Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Tull earned the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, and both the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the Ph.D. in Speech Science from Northwestern University. In her current administrative roles, Tull works to increase community and professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs at through targeted PROMISE AGEP programs.  Renetta Tull is an invited speaker on issues of STEM education, graduate education, postdoctoral training, faculty diversity, and collaborative quality of life research. In addition to her affiliations in Maryland, she is a member of the “QoLT” faculty at Carnegie Mellon,  an MSRP advisor, and member of the Deeper Engagement Working Group at MIT.

DR. RAMÓN VÁSQUEZ
PROFESSOR OF ELECTIRCAL ENGINEERING
UNIVERSITY OF THE CARIBBEAN AT PUERTO RICO

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JUAN VAZQUEZ
CAREER COUNSELOR & INTERNSHIP MANAGER
CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Juan Vazquez has 15 years of direct experience assisting thousands of clients with securing internships and employment in sectors of higher education, non-profit/community-based organizations, vocational/educational training, and corporate.

During his service with the Career and Professional Development Institute at CCNY, Mr. Vazquez has  organized and implemented adult employment training programs as well as three internship programs with on-site and off-site components. He currently provides career counseling, coaching, interview preparation and job search services to students at CCNY, helping them to Identify values, develop possible career paths, and strategize for entering a career.

Mr. Vazquez has a Masters in Counselor Education and an Bachelors in Sociology, both from City College.

DR. ELSA VILLA
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR EDUCATION RESEARCH AND POLICY STUDIES
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

Dr. Villa shares her appointment between the UTEP Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the UTEP College of Education where she is director of the Center for Education Research and Policy Studies. She has taught at numerous levels: grades 7 through12, community college, and university in the disciplines of mathematics, science, education, engineering, and computer science.

Dr. Villa recently led an NSF-funded grant Latinas in Computer Science and Engineering, an investigation of identity and agency of undergraduate Latina students with co-PIs from the UTEP Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Education. Currently, Villa is PI of a U.S. Department of Education grant with co-PIs from the UTEP Colleges of Engineering, Science, and Education. Since 1994, Villa has led and co-led numerous STEM grants from corporate foundations and state and federal agencies, and has publications in refereed journals and edited books. Her research interests include communities of practice, gender, STEM teacher education, transformative learning, and identity.

DEVIN VOORSANGER
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, TECH ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ZAHN INNOVATION CENTER

Devin has been working in the Interactive world for 20 years.  Before most of us were using email, in the mid-nineties Devin was charged with creating the online presence for well-known publisher, and brought the magazine’s loyal following online, while ensuring that the organization’s online presence adequately represented it brand and image.
In 1999, Devin founded the interactive marketing firm Parabolica, where he created web presences and charted marketing strategies for clients as diverse as Luminant Worldwide, JWT, De Beers and JVC. Four years later, Parabolica merged with Viking, Hospitality Marketing and Media to offer cross-channel marketing and performance marketing strategies for the travel, cultural, and hospitality industries.
Today, Devin is embedded in the startup ecosystem on both the hardware and software side, helping entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses as well as revitalizing the NYC area’s advanced manufacturing and short run manufacturing capability.

JOAN WALKER
PROGRAM DIRECTOR
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Dr. Walker is a Program Director with the National Science Foundation whose responsibilities include Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM education, Discovery Research for Pre-K-12 students, and Improving Undergraduate STEM Opportunities for Hispanic students.  She is also an Associate Professor of Psychology with Pace University with specializations on teacher development and parental involvement in student performance.

By training, Dr. Walker is a Developmental psychologist with experience in higher education, continuing education and curriculum development who focuses on understanding the development of professional expertise, particularly the role that “soft skills” play in effective problem-solving.

DR. DI XU
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – IRVINE

Dr. Di Xu is an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine. She researches the labor market returns to different degree programs and major areas in higher education. She is also conducting research to explore the impacts of educational programs, interventions, and instructional practice on student course performance, persistence, and degree completion. Dr. Xu earned a PhD in economics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received a BA in English literature from Peking University in China and holds an MA in sociology and education from Teachers College and an MA in applied linguistics from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research interests include economic returns to higher education, financial aid to higher education, and the use of quantitative research methods in evaluating the effects of governmental policies and projects on educational equity and efficiency.

Dr. Xi directs the EASE (Enhanced Academic Success Experience) initiative, a program designed to aid less-prepared Bio Sci majors. The program has  increased students’ academic performance and sense of belonging substantially during its 2 years operation.

Delfino Enriquez-Torres
The City College of New York

Delfino Enriquez-Torres is an undergraduate student formerly of LaGuardia Community college and now attending City college of New York pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. I am a DACA recipient and of Mexican heritage, and the first in my family to go to college. Currently I am participating in the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) and have worked alongside with my mentor Dr. Malgorzata Marciniak of LaGuardia CC for a little over two years. With my fellow researchers and mentor, we have published an undergraduate research paper within the SPIE journal (Efficiency of geometric designs of flexible solar panels: mathematical simulation), and I’ve had the privilege of attending conferences to present our work and how it has impacted us. I am currently working as a math tutor at LaGuardia as a sort of way to entice and encourage those who are interested to go into the field of STEM. I hope to eventually go into research and continue working alongside Dr. Marciniak as a mentor to new researchers.

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