The First Integrated STEM Leadership Summit in Asia emphasizes the need for shared efforts among diverse sectors and provides a platform for cross-sectoral dialogue and collaboration among government, academe, industry, and community.
Former Astronaut and ISS Commander, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Steven Swanson graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Applied Science in Computer Systems from Florida Atlantic University, and a Doctorate in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.
Swanson joined NASA as a systems engineer and a flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of NASA’s Johnson Space Center working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). The STA is a complex airborne shuttle simulator, which models the flight characteristics of the space shuttle from 35,000 ft. to main gear touchdown. During his time with the STA, Swanson worked to improve the STA’s navigation and control systems and incorporate a real-time wind determination algorithm. Plus, he has completed over 6000 simulated Shuttle approaches.
In May of 1998, Swanson was selected as mission specialist by NASA and started training in August of 1998. During his NASA career, Swanson has completed five spacewalks totaling 28 hours, 5 minutes and accumulated 195 days, 15 hours, 41 minutes in space. Also, he has over 2800 hours of aircraft flight time.
From his flight experiences, STS-117 Atlantis (June 8-22, 2007), delivered the second starboard truss segment, the third set of United States solar arrays, batteries and associated equipment. STS-117 landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, having traveled 5.8 million miles in 14 days. Swanson was MS-2 (flight engineer), performed two spacewalks, and flew both robotic arms. STS-119 Discovery (March 15-28, 2009 delivered the fourth and final starboard truss segment, S6. STS- 119 landed at the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after traveling 5.3 million miles in 13 days. Swanson was MS-2 (flight engineer) and was the lead spacewalker for the flight, performing two spacewalks.
On March 25, 2014, Swanson and two Russian crewmates launched aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket (TMA- 12M) from Baikonur, Kazakhstan as members of Expedition 39. In May 2014, Swanson assumed command of the station with the departure of Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata. Expedition 40 concluded on September 10 with a safe landing in central Kazakhstan, marking an end to 169 days in space that covered
almost 72 million miles in orbit and one spacewalk.
Dr. Lance Bush
President & CEO, Challenger Center
Lance Bush is President and CEO of Challenger Center. With a goal to inspire more students, Dr. Bush has led the growth and expansion of the organization, including the development of a simulation-based program that can be delivered in the classroom. Under Dr. Bush’s leadership, Challenger Center was recognized with the National Science Board’s Public Service Award for its work to promote a public understanding of science and engineering.
Dr. Bush started his career at NASA as one of the chief engineers designing the next generation space transportation. He managed the International Space Station Commercial Development program. He also co-founded and served as the Chairman of the International Space Station Multilateral Commercialization Group comprised of the five partner space agencies (Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia, and the United States) and 16 countries.
Dr. Bush is a member of the Cosmos Club, President of Sea Space Symposium, and Founder and an Advisory Board Member of Space Generation Advisory Council. He has previously held positions including Board Member of the International Space University, Chair of Education for World Space Congress, and Vice President of Education for American Astronautical Society.
Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar
Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) Associate Dean for Open Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dr. M. S. Vijay Kumar is the Executive Director of J-WEL and Associate Dean for Open Learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Kumar has been providing leadership for technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT for the past 22 years, previously as MIT’s Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Assistant Provost, and Director of Academic Computing, and currently as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW). His research and advisory engagements are directed towards strategy, planning, and implementing technological innovations globally.
Mr. Daniel Rouan
President, La main à la pâte Foundation, France
Born in 1950, Daniel Rouan is an astrophysicist, Director of Research, Emeritus at the Observatoire de Paris (Laboratoire d’Etudes Spatiales et d’Instrumentation en Astrophysique – LESIA).
Former student from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), he defended his PhD thesis in 1981, then joined the CNRS in 1982 where he specialized in infrared astronomy.
His recent scientific experience was enhanced with discoveries of three dozens of extrasolar planets, such as the first earth-sized exoplanet shown to be a rocky one, or the direct detection of a Saturn-like exoplanet.
He has published 230 articles and books and supervised 23 PhD students. He has also undertaken important duties in the management of staff and scientific projects, in his laboratory as well as at national and international levels.
During his entire career, he was very much involved in tertiary education. After many years teaching astrophysics, and observation methods, he took the lead of the Master in Astrophysics, then of the doctoral school of Astrophysics in Ile-de-France that gathers all regional scientific universities in Paris area.
Ms. Joyce Malyn-Smith
Education Development Center
Joyce Malyn-Smith, EdD, is an international expert on STEM career development and workforce education. She leads a body of work exploring how people develop STEM skills, knowledge and dispositions in and out of school, then translate those into a productive and rewarding career.
Her research focuses on future work and its implications for lifelong education. Her projects develop industry/education connections in computational thinking, big data, AI and other advanced technologies; asking provocative questions around dispositions needed as humans partner with machines in problem solving, what it means to be human in the age of AI and what new foundational skills are needed by students in K-20 to advantage them in work at the Human-Technology Frontier.
Her work with community colleges focuses on expertize needed in emerging occupations and occupations changing dramatically as a result of advances in technologies. In that arena she has developed rigorous industry skill standards-based tools/resources to ensure schools align their programs and curricula with changing industry demand.
Ms. Victoria Levin
Senior Economist, The World Bank
Victoria Levin is a Senior Economist in the Education Global Practice and a co-Lead of the Skills Global Solutions Group. Her current work focuses on issues related to student assessment, measurement and development of socio-emotional skills, and innovations in adult literacy. In the past, Victoria has worked in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice in the Europe and Central Asia region on strengthening labor market policies, challenges and opportunities of population aging, and on the performance of social safety net systems in the Middle East and North Africa region. Before joining the World Bank, Victoria worked at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Victoria holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Dr. Ethel Agnes Valenzuela
Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela is presently the Director of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat). Dr Valenzuela took office on 1 April 2019 as the 18th Director of SEAMEO, marking 2 firsts, the first Female SEAMEO Secretariat Director and the first Filipina to lead a regional organization in education, culture and science.
At SEAMEO Secretariat where she served from July 2015 to 15 February 2019 as the first woman Deputy Director for Programme and Development, she worked and advocated for region-wide SEAMEO programmes with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for SEAMEO College, with UNICEF-EAPRO for the first region-wide grade 5 assessment called Southeast Asia’s Primary Learning Metrics (SEA PLM), and with UNESCO for inclusive and quality education, teacher professional development, open educational resources, massive open and online courses, education for sustainable development and global citizenship.
Dr Valenzuela served SEAMEO INNOETCH as Head/Senior Specialist of SEAMEO INNOTECH from 2006 to 2015, at the Philippine government as Education Commissioner of UNESCO National Commission from 2000 to 2010, Director IV at the Commission on Higher Education from 2000 to 2006, Chief Education Programme Specialist at CHED International Affairs Services from 1995 to 2000, and a graduate school Professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Education Diliman campus.
Dr Valenzuela’s expertise is on educational policy research in the areas of internationalization of education, transnational and distance education as well as teacher education. She has published international and local articles, journals, technical reports and guidelines for some SEAMEO and other international organizations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, CHED and DepED. Among her well-noted work were: The K to 12 Regional Comparison in Asia, K to 12 Toolkit, Philippine Higher Education Guide (CHED), Quality Assurance, Mutual Recognition in Higher Education (UNESCO Paris), Toolkit for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (UNESCO BKK), Toolkit for National Information Centers (UNESCO Bangkok), Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit, Internationalization of Philippine Higher Education (UNESCO Natcom) to name a few. She also published Philippine Education in the International Encyclopedia of Education under Elsevier London.
Dr Valenzuela holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Management, Masters of Arts in Science Education and Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education. She holds Career Executive Service Officer IV rank (CESO IV) in the Philippine Government. She was awarded as Doctor Fellows at the Royal Institution Singapore, an Eminent Alumni and Blue Ribbon Awardee as Distinguished Alumni of the Philippine Normal University in 2013.
Ms. Lina Benete
Head of Education Unit and Education, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office
Lina Benete is a Chief of Education and Education Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. She leads an education work programme in Central Asia, which includes policy, teaching and learning material, and teacher training development on mainstreaming the 21 st century, ICT and STEM skills for sustainable development. In her previous position at the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Bangkok, Ms. Benete was responsible for analysis, technical advice and capacity development in education governance, planning, management and finance areas in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that, in the Education for All Global Partnerships department at the UNESCO Headquarters, she contributed to the development of high-level initiatives and conferences, which set the global education agenda. Her professional experience also includes stints in Middle East, East Asia and Pacific, and Africa departments of the World Bank.
Dr. Stephen Pruitt
Lead Convenor, Next Generation Science Standards
Stephen Pruitt took office as the sixth president of the Southern Regional Education Board in July 2018.
He started his education career as a high school chemistry teacher in Fayette County, Georgia. During his career, Pruitt has amassed education policy, assessment and instructional background at the local, state and national levels.
Before coming to SREB, Pruitt was Kentucky’s state commissioner of education. At the national level, he had worked closely with state agencies and educators around the country to improve policy and practice in science education. In Georgia, Pruitt served as science and mathematics program manager, director of academic standards, associate state superintendent for assessment and accountability and chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Education.
Pruitt also served as a board member to the Council of Chief State School Officers, as president of the Council of State Science Supervisors and as a member of the writing team for the College Board Standards for College Success for science. In addition, he was named to the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education and served on the National Academies of Science Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards that developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education.
A native of Georgia, Pruitt holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from North Georgia College and State University, a master’s degree in science education from the University of West Georgia and a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry education from Auburn University.
Pruitt and his wife are the parents of two children. Their son is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder; their daughter attends the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Manabu Sumida
Regional Representative for Asia, International Council for Science Education
Manabu Sumida is Professor of Science Education Department at Faculty of Education, Vice-Principal of Ehime University Senior High School, Deputy Director of Institute for International Relations, and Special Aide to the President, Ehime University. He holds PhD in Science Education from Hiroshima University. He was a visiting researcher at University of Georgia in 1998 and visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge in 2012-2013. He was a committee member of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003, and the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 and 2015. He received International Contribution Award in 2016, and Academic Contribution Award in 2018 from Japan Society for Science Education. He also received Ryoji Noyori (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2001) Education Award in 2013. He is
currently Director of Japan Society of Science Education, and Regional Representative for Asia of the International Council of Association for Science Education.
Mr. Titon Mitra
Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Mr. Titon Mitra is a senior development professional with over 20 years of experience. Unique combination of development and humanitarian expertise: having managed large and complex bilateral development programs and led humanitarian responses. Extensive experience in leadership roles in Government, UN and NGOs. Formulated best practice Development Assistance and Post Conflict transition Strategies. Demonstrated high level performance in leading and managing change including organisational restructuring. Program management experience in: social development; economic reform; governance; and infrastructure. Lived and worked in developing countries including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Maldives, China, Indonesia, East Timor, the Philippines and Iraq.
Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft
Distinguished Professor of Science Education Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) University of Massachusetts, Boston
Distinguished Professor of Science Education, Professor of Physics and Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Dr. Eisenkraft is past president of the National Science Teacher Association and is past- chair of the Science Academic Advisory Committee of the College Board. He is project director of Active Physics and Active Chemistry introducing high quality project based science to all students. He is chair and co-creator of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, involving 15,000 students annually. He leads the Wipro Science Education Fellowship program which is bringing sustainable change across the U.S. He has recently been supporting novel educational initiatives in Thailand and India.
His current research projects include investigating the efficacy of a second-generation model of distance learning for professional development and a study of professional development choices that teachers make when facing a large scale curriculum change.
Eisenkraft has received numerous awards recognizing his teaching and related work including the National Science Board’s Public Service Award. He is a fellow of the AAAS and holds a patent for a laser vision testing system.
President and Founder STEM Happens Network
Dr. Salvador Fernandez is a proven leader in STEM education, having designed and led the school achievement effort (also known as the turnaround plan) at the New York City Department of Education. He previously held the positions of principal of I.S. 52 in District 6 Manhattan, Director of School Quality in the Office of Accountability for the New York City Department of Education and Director of School Assessment and Improvement for District 5. Dr. Fernandez earned national recognition for his vision and commitment to education reform.
Dr. Fernandez is a New York City public school graduate, and has spent over 37 years in the field of education. In his time as principal of I.S. 52, Dr. Fernandez established partnerships with the General Electric Foundation, the National Science Teachers Association and NASA to promote teacher leadership in STEM education.
Dr. Fernandez is a strong advocate for life-long learning; he currently serves as a
member of the New Rochelle Board of Education in New Rochelle, NY. He is also a
member of the board directors of It Takes a Village to Educate a Child.
Dr. Fernandez received his Master of Science degree from Hunter College. Soon after he acquired his educational administration certificate from City College of New York. Dr. Fernandez was also selected to participate in the Chancellor’s Incentive Doctoral Program where he graduated from St. John’s University in 2002 with highest honors.
Co- Founder, Student Edge
Whilst studying in Perth, Australia, Craig and three of his fellow classmates developed Student Edge, an online community and membership organisation for young people – with over 1 million members.
The organisation was first setup for students in Australia, however is now attracting members from around the world, in particular USA, UK, India and the Philippines.
Student Edge’s vision is to empower young people with the right information, at the right time, so they can make more informed choices – in particular, with regards to financial literacy, job readiness and career & life decisions.
Student Edge also has a 140,000 strong Online Youth Research Panel and Research & Insights arm (Youth Insight), who provide insights on young people’s thoughts, attitudes and behaviours. Youth Insight have helped a number Government, Corporate and NGO’s in better understanding young people. Youth Insight are currently helping the Australian Government run a benchmarking study, to uncover young people’s awareness, perceptions, barriers and enablers towards STEM Education.
Ms. Lites Viloria
National Project Coordinator Women in STEM Workforce Readiness, International Labour Organization
Lites is the National Project Coordinator of the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Programme of the International Labour Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. The goal of the programme is to encourage more girls to choose to take Technology courses, and to help more women working in STEM-related occupations to stay and advance in tech- related industries. The programme seeks to strengthen linkages between private sector firms, sectoral business associations and technical and vocational training centres to ensure greater opportunity through higher entry, retention and
advancement of women workers in STEM-related positions. The programme is supported by JP Morgan Philanthropy, and is being implemented in three countries, namely, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Before working with the ILO, Lites was the CEO of Edukasyon.ph, an education tech startup that helps young people find the right education for the careers they aspire for. She helped build from scratch this startup in 2013, back when startups were not yet popular. Six years later, Edukasyon.ph continues to help students and schools, both here and abroad with more than 5 million users. Prior to working in a tech startup, she worked for more than 7 years, as the Chief of the Advocacy and Publications Division of the Institute for Labor Studies, the policy research and advocacy arm of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). At the Institute, she was the focal person for the Joint Programme on Youth Employment and Migration with the United Nations which focused on helping young people get information on finding jobs and preparing for these jobs.
On the side, Lites is also the Media and Partnerships Manager of Bikes for the Philippines Foundation. A foundation that gives bikes to kids who have to walk more than 3 miles to school. She is also a community manager for Yoga Malate, a community-based yoga studio in Manila.
Lites holds a BA in Political Science from De La Salle University, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Philippine Christian University, and a Social Entrepreneurship Diploma from the Ateneo De Manila. She is the first Filipina to be selected for the US Department of State Women in STEM Program, alongside 50 other women from across the world.
Ms. Kelli Wells
Founder and Executive Director, STEM Leadership Alliance
Ms. Kelli Wells has over 25 years of experience in working with corporations, nonprofits, and government organizations to build collaborative cultures to establish and meet priorities. She most recently was the Executive Director for Global Education and Skills at the GE Foundation for the last 18 years. She designed and executed a portfolio that focused on building education, skills, and training initiatives by bringing key partners to the table to prepare the next generation for the demands of the workforce and the changing labor economy both nationally and globally. Ms. Wells has done extensive work in the K-12 education systems which has reached more than 10,000 teachers and 1.3 million students across more than 2,000 K-12 public schools in the US, and has also saved school districts more than $20 million. She expanded the work to include higher education institutions and workforce development programs which led her to develop the Brilliant Career Labs, a first-of-its-kind, physical, and virtual learning experience that helps students explore careers and understand the skills required for the jobs of the future using digital fabrication.
President-Elect, National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Allan is president-elect of the National Science Teaching Association. She is currently a Professor of Biology and Coordinator of the Secondary Science Education program at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.
She brings more than 35 years of leadership and teaching experience to NSTA including 16 years of teaching science in Oklahoma, California, and North Carolina. She has also served as president (2012– 2013) and district director (2005–2008) of the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA), president (2012–2013) and college level representative (2006–2009) of the Oklahoma Science
An NSTA member since 2005, Allan has contributed extensively to the association. She has served as a division director (College Division) on NSTA’s board of directors; worked on several committees, panels, and tasks forces; is an NSTA Press author, was the post-secondary strand leader for the 2018 STEM Forum & Expo.
Dr. Philip Reed
President, Int’l Technology in Engineering Education Association (ITEEA)
Philip A. Reed, PhD, DTE, is a Professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where he serves as the technology education program director and has served as graduate program director and as department chair. He is the 2019 ITEEA President-Elect and will serve as the 2020 President and 2021 Past-President. Dr. Reed was the ITEEA Region One Director from 2015-2017 where he helped establish the ITEEA China International Center and assisted with the implementation of Engineering by Design (EbD) in Kuwait. His research focuses on
curriculum development and assessment in career and technical education.
Dr. David Barnes
Associate Executive Director, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Dr. David Barnes is the Associate Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the senior mathematics educator. NCTM is the largest mathematics education membership organization dedicated to supporting mathematics teachers, teacher educators, teaching and learning at Pre-K through grade 12.
Dr. Barnes leads the Research, Learning and Development division of NCTM which is responsible for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, the design and development of NCTM’s professional development offerings, the NCTM Research Conferences, NCTM’s Linking Research and Practice initiative, and NCTM’s advocacy and public relations work. He has been the staff lead and on writing teams for multiple NCTM’s landmark publications including Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations, and Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All.
Manager, PreK-12 Activities; Manager, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Geraldine Gooding is a change agent in STEM whose career spans over 15 years in various fields from engineering to urban planning to education. Currently Ms. Gooding is the Manager of Strategic Projects, PreK-12 Activities and Diversity Initiatives at the American Society for Engineering Education. In this position, Ms. Gooding leads projects that seek to increase diversity in the engineering field especially in academia and improve PreK-12 teacher development programs.
Starting her professional career as a Quality Engineer at General Electric (GE) and after a number of years working in various engineering environments, Ms. Gooding transitioned into education where she sought to broaden her impact on engineering education on the PreK-12 and postsecondary levels. Ms. Gooding has a passion for promoting innovative and effective STEM education methods and
empowering youth to reach their highest potential. She teaches elementary after school enrichment classes in structural engineering bringing in real world examples from her prior work.
Outside of work, Ms. Gooding has held leadership positions in various organizations such as Women/Girls in Technology, National Society of Black Engineers, and Your Time for Creative Empowerment Inc. where she is currently the Director of the Youth Peer Leadership Council. She serves her local area as a DC STEM Network Ambassador and sits on the Board of Directors for Capital Area
Robotics Education (CARE). She especially enjoys mentoring young girls from elementary to high school. Ms. Gooding holds a BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics as well as an MS in Technological Systems Management from Stony Brook University. She received Masters degrees in Systems Engineering and in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Pomar Burgos
Director, Science and Technology Information Institute, Department of Science and Technology
With over 30 years of progressive responsibility in large international,
multinational and national organizations for such areas as corporate
communications, public relations, marketing, brand management, corporate
social responsibility, corporate governance, risk management, events
management, publications, speech craft and general office management,
Director Richard P. Burgos exhibits a keen appreciation of the role of effective
communications and collaboration at the processor, individual contributor,
team and leadership levels within a connected, globalized environment.
He brings this appreciation to create added value, which has been evident
in his contributions to the organizations that he works for, including the
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, an
international research for development center based in Hyderabad, Telangana,
India; Enchanted Kingdom; some of the world’s leading IT companies such as
IBM, HP, and Sun Microsystems; the Department of Science and Technology;
and the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos where he began his career as
a Spanish language instructor.
Along with being the Director of the Science and Technology Information
Institute of DOST, he is an active member of the International Public Relations
Association, and a volunteer for the NGO BahayTuluyan, and supports programs
to help blind children acquire computer literacy skills through Resources for the
Blind Inc., and Adaptive Technology for the Rehabilitation, Integration and
Empowerment of the Visually Impaired.
Dr. Christine Anne Royce
Retiring President 2019-2020, National Science Teacher Association (NSTA)
Dr. Christine Anne Royce is currently a professor in the teacher education department and co- director for the MAT in STEM Education program at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. She is also the Retiring President (19-20) for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She finished her term of office as President on May 31, 2019.
Royce has been a passionate educator and dedicated leader in the science education community for more than 25 years. Before moving to the university level, Royce taught at primarily the middle and high school levels teaching both science and math for twelve years; worked as an adjunct faculty member in the education department at the University of Scranton; and served as the academic dean at a high school, where she constructed the master teaching schedule and individual student schedules and designed and coordinated the renovation of three science laboratories.
In 2002, Royce moved on to accept a position as a professor at Shippensburg University. In her current position, Royce—who served three consecutive terms as the chair of the teacher education department—teaches classes in science education, assessment, curricular planning and research design at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and implemented a new online teaching certification program this past fall. She is regularly sought after to serve on university wide search committees and has been the lead faculty member in the development of a graduate certificate in Online Learning and Technology. She co-chairs the Emergent Technology Committee which examines how new, repurposed, and innovative technologies can be used to enhance classroom instruction.
In addition to her work and commitment to NSTA, Royce is extremely active with other state and national organizations and STEM initiatives. She was the PSTA Exchange editor, executive secretary, and twice served as the president of the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association. Royce has also served as the treasurer for the National Science Education Leadership Association, was an NSF panel judge and chair for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, and served as a STEM-UP PA participant in the STEM-UP Mentoring Program for Women in STEM Fields in Academia. During her distinguished career, Royce has received a number of awards and honors. Her accomplishments include receiving NSTA’s Fellow Award (2016), Shippensburg University Provost’s Award for Extraordinary Service (2013), Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators’ Teacher Educator of the Year Award (2010), New Jersey Science Teachers
Association’s Pettix Award for Science Education (2007), National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ Outstanding Earth Science Teacher – Eastern Region (2003), the Woodrow Wilson National Memorial Fellowship (2000) and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (1997).
Royce earned a B.S. degree in elementary education from Cabrini College, a M.A. degree in curriculum and instruction from Delaware State University, a M.S. degree in school administration and supervision from the University of Scranton, a M.B.A. from Shippensburg University, and an Ed.D. in curriculum, instruction and technology education from Temple University.
Dr. Scott Bartholomew
Member, Int’l Technology in Engineering Education Association (ITEEA)
Scott R. Bartholomew, PhD. is an assistant professor of Engineering/Technology
Teacher Education at Purdue University. Previously he taught Technology and
Engineering classes at the middle school, high school, and university level. Dr.
Bartholomew’s current work revolves around Adaptive Comparative Judgment (ACJ)
assessment techniques, student design portfolios, STEM education, and Technology & Engineering teacher preparation.
Dr. Bartholomew actively mentors several graduate students working on research
in Technology and Engineering Education, Adaptive Comparative Judgment, Design
Assessment/Education, and Integrated/Integrative STEM Education.
Bruce Wellman, NBCT
Board of Directors’ Committee on P-12 Engineering Education
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Bruce Wellman is a United States National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT, Chemistry) who teaches Engineering Chemistry as part of the Engineering Academy at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, KS and serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation funded (DR K-12) research project entitled “Building Informed Designers”. 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, served as a Teacher Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education during the 2011-12 academic year, served as a National STEM Teacher Ambassador for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) & the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) during the 2017-18 academic year, and he is currently serving a three- year term on the National STEM Education Advisory Panel which provides advice and recommendations to the U.S. Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM) for the federal government. Wellman has also worked on several projects and consensus reports for the
National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Wellman currently serves on and is a founding member of ASEE’s Board of Directors’ Committee on P-12 Engineering Education.
Philippine Business for Education
Love Basillote is an education and human capital development expert,
specializing in linking education and the economy.
She has significant experience in advocacy, policy research, fund raising,
political communications, and management; having worked for the executive and legislative branches of the Philippine government, a political party, and a private sector-led non-profit.
Ms. Basillote is currently the executive director of Philippine Business for
Education and a technical consultant for a multilateral organization. She holds a Master in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an AB in Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Dr. Le Anh Vinh
Vice Director General
Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences
Associate Professor Le Anh Vinh is Vice Director General of Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES) and Director of National Center for Sustainable Development of General Education.
Vinh got his B.Sc. in Math (with Honors) and Computer Science from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2005 PhD in Mathematics at Harvard University in 2010.
Prof Le has published more than 60 papers at international journals in both Mathematics and Education. He is leading a research group at Vietnam Institute of Educational Sciences on developing Vietnam Educational Strategy 2021 – 2030.
Dr. Mia Dubosarsky
Head of Professional Development
Worcester Polytechnic Institute – STEM Education Center
Dr. Mia Dubosarsky has been a science and STEM educator for more than 24 years.
Early in her career, Dr. Dubosarsky founded and managed a science education
enrichment enterprise for young children called Discoveries, which engaged children in science phenomena through stories, games, and experiments. During her graduate studies, Dr. Dubosarsky worked with Head Start teachers from a Native American reservation to develop science and math lessons around Ojibwe themes. For the past eight years Dr. Dubosarsky leads the Professional Development group at WPI’s STEM Education Center. In this role, she oversees the development and facilitation of STEM-focused professional development workshops for PK-12 teachers and administrators across the country and internationally. The programs engage PK-12 classroom teachers interested in enriching their curricula with standard-aligned, high- quality STEM experiences, as well as administrators looking to develop a 5-year strategic plan for STEM integration in their schools, districts, and institutions. Under Dr. Dubosarsky’s leadership, the Center has engaged more than 4,000 educators (across 12 states and 3 continents) in high quality STEM programming.
Dr. Joel Lee
Director, School of Chemical and Life Sciences
Dr. Joel Lee was awarded a Glaxo – Singapore Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology (IMCB) scholarship to pursue Ph.D studies at the Institute of Neurology, University College London, U.K. after completing his BSc (Hons) degree from the Dept of Microbiology, National University of Singapore. Upon returning to Singapore, Dr. Lee joined Singapore’s first biomedical sciences research institute (IMCB) as a Research Fellow, where he undertook various research projects in the fields of understanding the functions of brain-specific proteins, the roles of specific proteins required for cell shape changes that are important for wound healing, and the wiring network of brain cells for memory.
Dr. Lee was subsequently appointed as IMCB’s Chief-of-Staff overseeing and co-ordinating both IMCB’s administrative & research operations. Dr. Lee has participated in Singapore’s Genetic Modification Advisory Committee, the Ministry of Education Working Committee on Life Sciences Education reviewing the high school and college Biology syllabus, amongst others. From 1999 to 2008, he was a Director of IMCB Holdings Pte Ltd, a bio-business and commercialisation arm of the IMCB. He is also a member of the Singapore Advisory Board for the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the Workforce Development Agency Technical Committee for Pharmaceutical & Biologics Manufacturing as well as its Clinical Research Consortium. Dr. Lee was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of Eu Yan Sang International (Singapore’s largest Complementary and Alternative Medicine company), and has been a visiting Fellow of the U.K. Newcastle University. Dr Lee is a holder of five international patents, with three on the safe formulation and method of preparing an extract from plant comprising cholesterol-lowering compounds, one on a novel molecule for removing undifferentiated and dedifferentiated stem cells for human stem cell therapy as well as one for a rapid, non-destructive method to authenticate edible bird’s nest. Except for the patent on the molecule for stem cell therapy, all the patents have been licensed for commercialisation.
As its Founding Director, Dr. Lee moved from IMCB to Nanyang Polytechnic in 2001 to establish the School of Chemical & Life Sciences (SCL). Together with colleagues, SCL has grown from an initial intake of 120 students in its first diploma course in Molecular Biotechnology to now include about 1,200 students over three years in six others, i.e. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Food Science & Nutrition, Medicinal Chemistry, Food & Beverage Business, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Technology, Biologics & Process Technology and the Chemical & Green Technology. The School has been actively promoting STEM to students from high schools and leverages on close industry partnerships as well as through fun, innovative and engaging STEM activities to inspire students to STEM careers.
Engr. Limuel Z. Razo
Corporate Vice-President, Manufacturing Network
A Chemical Engineer by profession, he graduated from University of San
Carlos and is currently the Corporate Vice President of Unilab Manufacturing Network, bringing with him over 45 years of experience in various manufacturing fields, covering industrial engineering, production management, project engineering, environment safety and occupational health (ESH), plant design and construction, supply chain management, quality assurance and quality control and general management. He also worked with local and multinational companies, both domestic and overseas, in pulp and paper, FMCG and healthcare industries.
From his 45 years experience, he worked 18 years with Unilab and designed and built its more recent manufacturing facilities that include Asian Antibiotics, Amherst Laboratories, Belmont Softgel Pharma and Amherst Delta plant.
Not only is he a technical expert but is also a well-known coach, mentor
Dr. Corrin Varady
CEO & Founder, Idea Digital Education
Dr. Corrin Varady started the global digital education company, IDEA Digital
Education in 2014. As the Company's current CEO, he has spoken at
summits around the world about the importance of providing high quality
digital resources to emerging-market students in order to democratise
Corrin has finished a Masters of Finance (Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy / University of New South Wales, Australia), Masters of International Relations (London School of Economics) with First Class Honours and a PhD at the London School of Economics. His book, “Vigorous Self Defense”, was published by Palgrave Macmillan challenging the role of Western leadership in peacekeeping missions in the Middle East. During his academic career, Corrin was an Associate Researcher at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and lectured at both the University of Cape Town and Witwatersrand University Business School, South Africa. He was named the Young Alumni of the year 2015 for the University of New South Wales, Australia and the Ambassador for the Australian Graduate School of Management from 2016 to 2018. Corrin was an Australia Day Ambassador for the New South
Wales Government. In 2019, Corrin was the Chairperson of the Education Innovation Summit in South Africa and he currently sits on the digital education standards advisory committee for the national Department of Basic Education. In October 2019 at the Asian Conference for Education in Tokyo, he presented his latest research on “Learning, Design and Universality: The Tradeoff Between Access and Outcomes in Digital Education Transformation.”
Corrin founded IDEA Digital Education to create and deliver STEM digital content to primary and secondary students in Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia as well as digital professional learning for teachers. IDEA has 127 team members across 8 countries and the IDEA suite of products launched with over 1800 curriculum topics, 34,000 animations, videos and interactive activities as well as over 10,000 assessments. Together with South Africa’s national Department of Basic Education and the Western Cape Government, IDEA has launched aligned digital content and training programs for government school teachers and students. In 2019, IDEA also launched its first Arabic, French, isiXhosa and Behasa Melayu topics in Science and Mathematics. IDEA has offices in Australia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya & Uganda. IDEA is a global Microsoft Gold IP Co-Sell Education partner for content and a Google for Education code training partner. IDEA won the United Kingdom’s Department of Digital, Culture and Sport Global Education Start Up Award for South Africa in 2019. IDEA was selected by Stanford University as one of the 2019 Stanford Seed Transformation businesses and by Agence Française De Développement as a Social and Inclusive Business 2019.
In 2007, Corrin founded the World Youth Education Trust (UK, Tanzania and Australia) to support the education of marginalized students across East Africa and where his most significant work focused on the reintegration of child soldiers into education and leadership programs. In 2014, Corrin was featured in the international documentary, “The Road to Freedom Peak” a journey that followed himself and a former child soldier as they rode bicycles across Uganda questioning support for post-conflict communities. The documentary was premiered by Fox and Netflix globally with critical acclaim.
Dr. Sheryl Lyn Monterola
Executive Director, Center for STEM Integrated Education in the Philippines
Associate Professor, University of the Philippines – College of Education
Sheryl Lyn Monterola leads the pioneering center in the Philippines dedicated to
Integrated STEM Education. She is also an Associate Professor in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of the Philippines-
Diliman. She is passionate about advancing STEM education through teacher capacity-building, strengthening the STEM identity of learners, and nurturing STEM learning and innovation ecosystems through synergies among academe government-industry. All of which are aimed at building a culture of inquiry and innovation for nation-building.
Monterola was a visiting research fellow at the Nanyang Technological University
(NTU), National Institute of Education (NIE), Office of Education Research in
Singapore. During her stay at NTU-NIE, she collaborated with research scientists
on 21st century competencies, Singapore’s success in PISA, and the science of
She holds a doctorate of philosophy in Physics Education from the University of
the Philippines-Diliman. Her research and development interests include
metacognition in science education, machine learning applications in education,
21st century pedagogies, and innovations in STEM education.
Director of CTE and GCEN
Center for Global Education at Asia Society
Heather Singmaster is Director of CTE and GCEN in the Center for Global Education at Asia Society. Her work focuses on international benchmarking and integrating global career readiness skills into Career Technical Education (CTE) programs as well as state and national policy. Heather leads the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN), an international network of cities focused on best practice sharing in education. She speaks and writes regularly on global education, including as the host of Education Week’s Global Learning blog for eight years. In partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, she created Global Competence Through CTE – a set of online professional development modules and resources to support CTE educators to integrate future-ready skills into their classrooms through the use of global project based learning. In fall of 2019, an additional set of modules, Career Readiness in a Global Economy: STEM and CTE, to support the teaching of globally focused CTE embedded with STEM content, was released.
Heather previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She holds a Masters degree focused in Anthropology from New York University and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE)
Jennifer Lazo is a women empowerment advocate, writer, former public servant, and a strategic communication practitioner with about 10 years of professional experience in both the public and development sectors.
Her first foray into public service started in 2009 when she joined the Political Communications team of then Senator Benigno S. Aquino III, who was subsequently elected as President of the Philippines. She then joined the President’s Communications team where she was appointed as
a Director at the age of 23.
At present, she leads the communications and advocacy portfolio for the Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (PBCWE), a project under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Investing in Women initiative in partnership with the Philippine Women’s Economic Network (PhilWEN). Through this capacity, she works with large, influential corporations in communicating the business case of workplace gender equality (WGE) in the country and in the region.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from De La Salle University Manila and a Master’s Degree in Global Media and Postnational Communications from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Philippine Science High School System
Ms. Lilia T. Habacon started her professional journey in education in 1978 when she worked as an Instructor in UP Los Banos. She became an Assistant Professor twelve years later (1990) in the same institution then, held the position of Vice Chancellor for Administration in UP Los Banos.
In 2002, she became the Administration Department Head of SEAMEO SEARCA (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture). Later on, she worked as the Executive Director of the National Book Development Board from 2004 to 2005, and as Human Resources Manager of AVRCD – The World Vegetable Center in Taiwan starting 2007 until 2008.
In 2010, she served as the Campus Director of PSHS Central Luzon Campus in Clark, Pampanga. As a member of the PSHS System Executive Committee, one of Ms. Habacon’s most recent accomplishments is spearheading the preparation of the PSHS System Quality Management System Manual, which is a prelude to the ISO certification.
Her academic accomplishments include graduating as Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines (U.P.) Los Banos in 1978, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. Under scholarship, she pursued her Master’s Degree in Statistics in UP Diliman, and finished in 1983.
She also graduated with honor in J.P. Rizal Elementary School, and finished her secondary education with a Special Award in Math from U.P. Rural High School.
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