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Kurt Becker

Kurt Becker is a Professor and Department Head of the Engineering and Technology Education Department at Utah State University where he has been in that position for 4 years. He is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for NCETE. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the project: Communities of Effective Practice: A professional STEM Development Partnership Model for Teachers of American Indian Students. His areas of research include adult learning cognition, engineering education professional development and technical training. He works with the technology teacher education program in the department and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He has extensive international experience working on technical training and engineering projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and U.S. Department of Labor, USAID.

Contact: kbecker@cc.usu.edu

Jim Dorward

James Dorward is an Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Services and Professor of Elementary Education. He serves as the Internal Evaluator for NCETE. He has been Co-PI on three related NSF-funded projects. Building Evaluation Capacity of STEM Projects was funded by MSP in October 2002 to provide evaluation technical assistance to large-scale mathematics and science partnership projects. The Instructional Architect: A System for Discovering, Recommending, and Combining Learning Objects was funded by DUE in 2000 and Creating a National Library of Interactive Web-Based Virtual Manipulatives K-8 Mathematic was funded by ESIE in 1999.

Contact: jim.dorward@usu.edu

Chris Hailey
Christine Hailey is Principal Investigator for NCETE. She is a Senior Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her research interests are in the broad areas of fluid mechanics and engineering education. She was a member of the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee for AIAA and Chair of the Rocky Mountain Section of ASEE. She was Manager of Parachute Technology and Unsteady Aerodynamics Department at Sandia National Laboratories. While at the University of Texas at Tyler Hailey led the Mechanical Engineering program to its first ABET accreditation. She is a Co-PI on the NSF-funded ADVANCE program at Utah State, working to change the academic climate for female faculty members. She is also Co-PI on the NSF-funded GSE/RES Learning Companions as Change Agents: Improving Girls’ Self-efficacy Beliefs in Learning Math

Contact: chailey@engineering.usu.edu

Dan Householder

Daniel Householder is Co-Principal Investigator of NCETE and Visiting Professor in the Department of Engineering and Technology Education. He is also a Visiting Professor in the College of Technology at Purdue University and an educational consultant. He has been a program officer at the National Science Foundation and recently served as PI of an Advanced Technological Education project based at Hofstra University. He is a former faculty member at Iowa State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Illinois and has held visiting faculty positions at the University of New Brunswick, Southern Illinois University, the University of Puerto Rico, and St. Cloud State University. He began his career as a teacher in the public schools of North Carolina, Illinois, and New Jersey. Dr. Householder has served as president of the International Technology Education Association, president of the Council on Technology Teacher Education, and chair of the Mississippi Valley Technology Teacher Education Association. He has received Outstanding Alumni awards from the College of Education at the University of Illinois and the School of Technology of Eastern Illinois University.

 

Contact: d.householder@usu.edu

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This material is based on work supported by the
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