Committee Members' Biosketches
NORMAN L. FORTENBERRY is executive director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). The Executive Director of ASEE has the direct and full-time responsibility for executive and administrative management of the continuing operations and Headquarters functions of ASEE and serves as secretary to the Board of Directors. Fortenberry was appointed to his post in May 2011. ASEE is an international society of individual, institutional, and corporate members founded in 1893 and committed to promoting global excellence in engineering and engineering technology instruction, research, public service, professional practice, and societal awareness. Fortenberry was previously the founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). CASEE was NAE’s first operating center, promoted research on teaching and learning and sought to translate research results into improved educational practices in pre-college, collegiate, and work-based settings. Prior to joining NAE, Fortenberry served senior advisor for policy, analysis, and planning to NSF’s assistant director for education and human resources. He concurrently served as director of the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). While serving as director of DUE, Fortenberry also served for 2 years as director of NSF’s division of Human Resource Development (HRD) – making him the first person to simultaneously serve as head of two separate NSF divisions. Before becoming a division director at NSF, Fortenberry served as Executive Director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (The GEM Consortium), a national alliance of employers and universities dedicated to increasing the number and success of graduate degree recipients in engineering and science drawn from underrepresented minority populations. Fortenberry began his career as a member of the mechanical engineering faculty at the Florida A&M University – Florida State University College of Engineering. Fortenberry is a fellow of ASEE and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fortenberry is the author or co-author of more than 48 peer-reviewed publications and has written proposals for funded projects exceeding $16 million. He was awarded bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
DONNA MIGDOL is a STEM teacher and professional developer for the six Oceanside (New York) elementary schools. Ms. Migdol previously taught grades 3-6, and was the mathematics and science lead teacher for the school district. Ms. Migdol has presented her classroom engineering design and math lessons to the Peer Review Panel in Albany, as well as to the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. As a third grade teacher, WNET and Teacher Net filmed Donna’s classroom as engineering design coupled with inquiry-based math and science instruction was highlighted. Donna Migdol co-developed and facilitated the Math, Science, and Technology Summer Institute at Hofstra University, after her participation at Hofstra, Stony Brooks and Brookhaven Labs five year NSF funded MSTe implementation plan. She also is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, where she teaches graduate STEM courses. Ms. Migdol has served as an elementary mathematics and STEM consultant for school districts across Long Island and in NYC. She has published several articles and her work as a teacher has been cited in Alfie Kohn’s book, “The Schools Our Children Deserve”. Ms. Migdol’s work with students was also cited in chapter one of “Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8: Standards-Based Success Stories”, edited by Robert E Yager. She partnered with Hofstra University’s Center for Technological Literacy as a curriculum writer and professional developer for two grant - funded projects geared to support STEM literacy grads 6-8. Donna Migdol was the keynote presenter for Hofstra’s HNET Conference where her presentation centered on “What a classroom could be…” In 2012, Ms. Migdol’s fifth grade class involved in roller coaster physics was filmed by WNET and The Teaching Channel. She also served as a committee member for the National Academy of Engineering/National Research Council Committee on Integrated STEM Education. The report, STEM Integration in K-12 Education -Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research (2014). In the classroom, in 2013, Ms. Migdol had five sixth grade teams who became national finalists in the Siemen’s “We Can Change the World” Challenge. In 2015, Donna Migdol also served as a judge for the NAE Engineering for You Video Contest. Ms. Migdol co-presented a STEM workshop and served as a panelist at the STEM and The Next Generation Science Standards conference at the NY Hall of Science. Her work most recently has been to co- develop, integrate and teach a comprehensive integrated 4-6 STEM program in the Oceanside schools. She will be co- developing the curriculum for grade 3 shortly. In 2016, Ms. Migdol was asked to co-present the Oceanside STEM district -wide implementation design to the Nassau County Assistant Superintendent’s Organization. Shortly thereafter, eight school district leaders have come to see Oceanside’s integrated elementary STEM model. Ms. Migdol continues to search out ways to integrate student centered learning strategies into a STEM experience for students who will eventually be asked to use their passion for science, math and engineering to uncover solutions to the great problems we have left them to solve.
LINDA M. ABRIOLA (Member, National Academy of Engineering) serves as Director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment. She is also a professor of civil and environmental engineering and adjunct professor in chemical and biological engineering. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Before her appointment at Tufts, she was the Horace Williams King Collegiate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the integration of mathematical modeling and laboratory experiments for the investigation and prediction of the transport and fate of reactive contaminants in the subsurface. An author of more than 130 refereed publications, she is particularly known for her work on the characterization and remediation of aquifers contaminated by chlorinated solvents. Dr. Abriola’s numerous professional activities have included service on the US Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the NRC Water Science and Technology Board, and the US Department of Energy’s Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) Advisory Committee. She served on the NRC’s Committee on Ground Water Cleanup Alternatives, which investigated the efficacy of pump-and-treat technologies; Committee on Gender Differences in Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty; the NAE Offshoring Engineering Workshop Committee, and STEM Integration in K-12 Education. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Association for Women Geoscientists’ Outstanding Educator Award (1996), the National Ground Water Association’s Distinguished Darcy Lectureship (1996), and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Project of the Year Award in Environmental Restoration (2006 and 2012) and was named Drexel University’s Engineering Leader of the Year in 2013. Dean Abriola received her PhD and master’s degree from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University, all in civil engineering.
ROBERT B. FRIEND is the Chief Engineer for Space Systems in the Boeing Phantom Works (CA). He has 31 years experience in engineering and program management, and is a 31 year employee of the Boeing Company, beginning his career on the Space Shuttle program, one of the businesses acquired by the Boeing purchase of the Rockwell Aerospace and Defense businesses. Prior to this he was Chief Engineer for Advanced Space and Intelligence Systems, and Chief Engineer for Boeing’s Small Satellite programs which encompass company efforts to develop new spacecraft designs, avionics, and software and was responsible for the initial development of the Boeing 702SP, the first commercial all electric propelled spacecraft. Previous to the AS&IS Chief Engineer position he was Director for Platform Engineering in Boeing’s Southern California operations, responsible for engineering at 4 sites and the technologies of Mechanical, Structural, Tooling, Configuration Design, Aerodynamics, GN&C, Acoustics, Aerothermal, Mass Properties and Propulsion engineering, and was Co-Leader for the BDS Flight Function, a functional engineering team which coordinated tool, technology, process, and staff development across 14 separate Boeing sites. Prior to the Platform Engineering directorship, Bob was Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the Orbital Express program, a DARPA project that successfully demonstrated autonomous rendezvous, docking, and propellant and commodity transfers between satellites. In this position he received the Engineer of the Year award for the Boeing Huntington Beach and Anaheim sites, and the Orange County Engineering Council’s James E. Ballinger Engineer of the Year award. Prior to Orbital Express, he managed the Attitude Control Systems Engineering (ACS) department at Boeing’s El Segundo Satellite Development Center, where he was also the ACS lead for the XM3/4 spacecraft. Other leadership and program execution positions that Mr. Friend has held include- Functional and technical leadership of the Ascent, Orbit, and Entry Guidance, Controls and Dynamics group, Rockwell Orbit GNC team lead for Shuttle/Mir Docking missions, and Boeing Non-Advocate Review team lead for TDRS-I recovery efforts. He attended school at Northrop University in Inglewood, CA, graduating in 1984.
JANICE KOCH is Professor Emerita of Science Education at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York where she directed IDEAS- the Institute for the Development of Education in the Advanced Sciences. This outreach institute fostered the public understanding of science and showcased cutting edge science and technology to the local university community. Dr. Koch is the past President of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). She taught courses addressing introduction to education, action research, science education, engineering design and gender issues in the classroom and qualitative research. Dr. Koch earned her Ph.D. in Education at New York University where her cognate area was environmental science. Her research explores furthering the science and literacy experiences of underserved and underrepresented youth in STEM fields. She was the co-Principal Investigator of a teacher enhancement grant (1996-2001) integrating engineering design challenges into science and mathematics education in New York State grades K-5. She was recently (2007-2015) senior personnel for two NSF funded grants addressing ecology and biodiversity in New York City middle schools and high schools. She was the external evaluator on an NSF MSP grant integrating alternative energy technologies into middle school science in Ohio (2010-1014). Currently, she is the science curriculum consultant for an NSF DRK-12 grant integrating science and engineering into middle school science for English Language Learners in Texas. She is the author of TEACH, 3rd ed (2016), an introduction to education textbook and Science Stories: Science Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teacher, 6th ed (2017). Dr. Koch integrates engineering education into her pre-service and in-service science education textbook and uses design thinking to apply concepts in natural science to human made systems.
K. RENEE PULLEN is a current member of the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council. She has been an educator in Caddo Parish Public Schools for over 17 years. Currently, she is the K-6 Science Curriculum Instructional Specialist for Caddo Parish. She previously taught both third and fourth grades at Herndon Magnet and Riverside Elementary in Shreveport, and she has been an adjunct professor for Louisiana Technical University (teacher leadership) and LSU-Shreveport (elementary science methods). Pullen has received numerous awards and honors including Walmart Local Teacher of the Year, Caddo Parish Elementary Teacher of the Year, a Fund for Teachers fellowship to study in Spain, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to study the American skyscraper in Chicago, IL, numerous grants to support STEM instruction, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 2008. Ms. Pullen is dedicated to professional service. She has served on several local, state, and national committees and presented at numerous district, state, and national workshops and conferences. In 2011, she participated in the White House Champions of Change Event: Women & Girls in STEM. Ms. Pullen has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Northwestern State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, and she is certified as a Teacher Leader by the State of Louisiana.
MICHAEL TOWN is a member of the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council. He has taught Science and Engineering courses for over 30 years in Redmond Washington. In 2010-2011 he served as an Einstein Fellow working on STEM education policy issues for the National Science Board which provides oversight to the National Science Foundation. On his return to Redmond he was instrumental in the formation of Tesla STEM High School, a public lottery based, High School and the development of a 7 million dollar environmental education center. He has served on the Steering Committee on Climate Change Education in Formal Settings, and the STEM Integration in K-12 Education reports. He has also chaired STEM Learning Is Everywhere: Engaging Schools and Empowering Teachers to Integrate Formal, Informal, and After-School Education to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Grades K-8 and the Exploring Opportunities for STEM Teacher Leadership convocations and reports. Mike has been awarded the NEA Foundation Green Prize, Amgen Science Teaching Award, Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and the Siemens Outstanding Educator Award. Currently he teaches AP Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Design and the University of Washington Science of Climate Change courses. In this free time Mike works on preserving public land and was instrumental in the passage by Congress of the Wild Sky Wilderness Act which preserved over 106,000 acres in Washington State in 2008.
BRUCE WELLMAN is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT, Chemistry) who teaches Engineering Chemistry and Robotics as part of the Aerospace & Engineering Program at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, KS. Wellman completed his B.S. degree in general science (focus in chemistry) at Penn State University and his M.S. in Education at the University of Rochester (NY). He has taught overseas as an English teacher in French speaking Africa as well as a chemistry/AP Chemistry teacher in the United States in rural, urban, and suburban settings. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 2009 and served as a Teacher Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education during the 2011-12 academic year. Wellman has organized and lead small and large scale professional development for STEM teachers and has been active in bridging the gap between STEM Education research and classroom practices. He has provided workshops throughout the country on how to teach using a student-centered approach called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) and was a contributing author for a published collection of high school chemistry POGIL classroom activities (POGIL Activities for High School Chemistry. Flinn Scientific, 2012). He has served on two NSF review panels as well as co-authoring three different NSF proposals submitted to NSF for potential projects to improve STEM teaching practices and student learning. Wellman has also been involved with teacher preparation programs through serving as a mentor teacher for chemistry student-teachers as well as teaching the Science Teaching Methods class for secondary pre-service teachers at Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO). Wellman is involved with pre-college engineering education at the national level and currently serves as a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Board of Directors’ Committee on P-12 Engineering Education. Wellman has also served on the executive board of the Pre-college Engineering Education Division of ASEE. At the state level, Wellman has been involved with science standards development and teacher training through serving as the lead engineering standards reviewer for the Kansas’ Lead State Review Team for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).