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Dr. Aman Yadav, Educational Studies, Michigan State University, Home, Email

Dr. Yadav is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. He focuses his research on understanding: (1) teacher preparation and professional development at the preservice as well as inservice teacher level; and (2) problem-based learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. Dr. Yadav’s work also involves creating pathways for undergraduate education majors to become computationally-educated secondary teachers. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and is familiar with CS curricula having taken CS courses on a broad set of topics.

Dr. Tim Korb, Computer Science, Purdue University, Home, Email

Dr. Korb is the Assistant Head of the Computer Science Department. He is responsible for the direction and operation of the departmental computing facilities and is involved in several departmental programs, including K-12 outreach, corporate and alumni relations, and undergraduate scholarships and awards. He has developed and/or taught courses in programming languages, compiler design, and computer networking, and, most recently, co-designed and taught two introductory computing courses.

Dr. James Lehman, Curriculum & Instruction, Purdue University, Home, Email

Dr. Lehman is a Professor of Educational Technology and Associate Dean for Discovery and Faculty Development in the College of Education. From 2002-2009 he served as the Head of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His research focuses on the integration of personal computers in education particularly in the sciences, interactive multimedia design, and computer mediated distance education. He is a co-author of Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning. From 2000-04, he served as the PI of a U. S. Department of Education PT3 implementation project at Purdue, which focused on improving the educational technology knowledge and skills of prospective teachers and teacher educators. He is a member of the university's Teaching Academy and was inducted into the inaugural class of its Book of Great Teachers.

Dr. Susanne Hambrusch, Computer Science, Purdue University, Home, Email

Dr. Hambrusch is a Professor of Computer Science. She served as the Department Head from 2002 to 2007. From 2010 to 2013, she served as the Director of the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate at NSF. Her research interests are in query and data management in mobile environments, computer science education, and design and analysis of algorithms. She has led two projects in computer science education, “Science Education in Computational Thinking (SECANT)” and “Computer Science for Education (CS4EDU).”

Dr. Brian French, Educational Leadership & Counseling Psychology, Washington State University, Home, Email

Dr. French is a Professor of Educational Leadership & Counseling Psychology. His research focuses on educational and psychological measurement issues. The first area concerns the application of psychometric methods to gather score validity evidence for a variety of instruments. The second area, informed by the first, is the use of methodological studies to evaluate and improve methods in terms of efficiency and accuracy used to gather test score validity evidence. A sample of topics of interest include: Measurement Invariance, Structural Equation Modeling, Item Response Theory, Classical Test Theory, Factor Analysis, Monte Carlo studies.

Senior Personnel

Bennett Brown, Project Lead The Way, Email

Bennett Brown is Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Project Lead The Way (PLTW). He is project lead on PLTW’s new computer science course, a first-year high school course covering College Board’s CS Principles framework. He began his teaching career with a focus on equity in computing resources, establishing Internet services in every classroom for Chicago’s DuSable High School in 1994. After fifteen years of experience teaching high school math, science, computer science, and PLTW engineering, he joined the PLTW Curriculum and Instruction team in 2012. He has taught PLTW teacher training courses at Duke University and the Universities of Iowa, Kentucky, and Minnesota, and San Jose State University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from M.I.T. and a master’s degree in Physics from the University of Iowa.

Wyatt Dumas, Project Lead The Way, Email

Wyatt Dumas is an Associate Director of Professional Development at Project Lead The Way (PLTW). He is currently working on developing the pilot curriculum for PLTW’s new CSE course. He has 3 years of classroom experience teaching Computer Science courses of his own design at Los Alamos High School in New Mexico. These include Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics and Modeling, and Introductory CS. He holds an A.B. in Computer Science and Visual Arts from Bowdoin College, as well as an M.S. in Teaching and Learning from the University of Southern Maine.

Phil Sands, Computer Science, Purdue University, Home, Email

Phil Sands is the K-12 Outreach Coordinator for Computer Science at Purdue University. Previously, Phil spent 6 years as a software engineer and 7 years teaching computer programming and statistics at high schools in Washington D.C. and Michigan. His focus is on expanding the opportunities for computer science education in Indiana and engaging underrepresented minorities in the field so that all students have the opportunity to participate.

Deborah Hagen, Email

Deborah Hagen has been an educator at both the high school and college level. With a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Computer Science, she has spent over 20 years teaching computer science and mathematics at both the high school and college level in Florida, Missouri and Indiana. Her current interest is in increasing the availability and improving the quality of Computer Science classes at the high school level.

Graduate Students

Sarah Gretter, Educational Psychology, Purdue University, Email

Sarah Gretter is a Ph.D. student in the department of Educational Psychology & Educational Technology. Her background is in cognition and learning, and her research interests are critical digital literacy, teacher training, and the cognitive-emotional impacts of technology on the learning brain.

Yizhou Qian, Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University, Home, Email

Yizhou Qian is a Ph.D. student in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. His research interest is in designing technology-based learning environments to support computer science instruction and learning in K-12. Before he came to Purdue, he was a computer science teacher in a high school in China and he taught gifted students.

Melanie Lotz, Computer Science, Purdue University, Home, Email

Melanie Lotz is a Master’s student in the Computer Science Department. She holds BA degrees in Mathematics and English and an MA in Linguistics. From 2011-14 she was a High School Math and Computer Science teacher at the Fulton County Schools in Georgia where she also taught the AP CS A course. She joined the CS Department at Purdue in 2014. Her research interests include Information Security and Cryptography, and she is passionate about learning and education.

External Evaluator

Dr. Sarah Woodruff, Ohio’s Evaluation & Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Home, Email

Dr. Sarah Woodruff is the Director of Ohio’s Evaluation & Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education at Miami University. She provides leadership in research design, data analysis, instrument development, and all aspects of evaluation and research for large-scale, externally funded education programs and projects across the nation. Her primary research interests include gender and equity issues in science education, science teacher preparation and licensing policy, and teacher professional development related to inquiry teaching and learning.

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