I graduated from Miami University with an MS in physics in 1986. After 6.5 years as an industrial physicist (in the radiation detection industry), I started at The University of Akron in 1994. I have been teaching physics, software applications, and programming courses since that time adding a variety of courses within the College of Education with the addition of a joint appointment in that college since 2008. I have been a dissertation chair within the College of Education at UA as well and am also co-chairing a dissertation within the Physics Department of Kent State University and am on another dissertation committee in their College of Education.
Since July 2011, I have also been the UA STEM Education (Science Technology Engineering & Math) Liaison to Akron Public Schools (APS) and within a partnership that includes UA, APS, The City of Akron, Greater Akron Chamber, Akron Tomorrow, and Invent Now (formerly the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame© - NIHF). Within that role, I helped to develop the APS’ National Inventors’ Hall of Fame STEM High School, facilitated authentic problem-based learning experiences (PBL) for students at that school as well as the NIHF STEM Middle School, including recruiting faculty experts to participate within these experiences. I also developed other innovative activities for STEM students that allow them to interact with UA faculty, staff, administrators and students including the STEM-Explorations program that brought NIHF STEM HS students onto the UA campus five (5) times over the course of a semester to perform real-world STEM investigations and experiences within programs such as Computer Information Systems, Environmental Nutrition, and Fuel Cells.