David Hartenstine is a Professor of Mathematics at Western Washington University. He earned his PhD at Temple University.
Perry Fizzano earned his BS degree in Computer Science from Widener University and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from Dartmouth College. He had stints in academia and industry prior to joining WWU in 2005. He served as department chair from 2012 to 2019 and in that time the department tripled in size in terms of number of students and number of faculty. His research interests are in optimization, bioinformatics, information retrieval and computer science education.
Joe Brobst holds a BS in Biological Sciences, MA in Curriculum & Instruction, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, all from the University of Delaware. Formerly a high school biology teacher, he is now an educational research and program evaluation specialist with experience working on a wide range of projects sponsored by organizations including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Education, and Corporation for National and Community Service. His areas of interest and expertise include broadening participation in STEM higher education, K-12 STEM teacher professional development, and preservice teacher preparation in STEM.
Elizabeth Litzler, Ph.D., is the director of the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (UW CERSE) and an affiliate assistant professor of sociology. She has been at UW working on STEM Equity issues for more than 15 years. Dr. Litzler is a member of ASEE, incoming chair of the ASEE Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and a former board member of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Her research interests include the educational climate for students, faculty, and staff in science and engineering, assets based approaches to STEM equity, and gender and race stratification in education and the workforce.
Regina Barber DeGraaff teaches physics, astronomy and science communication at Western Washington University (WWU). Regina completed her PhD in physics from Washington State University with a focus in astrophysics. She also created the position and serves in the role as the STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist at WWU. This half-time position is devoted to the retention and support of underrepresented students and faculty in STEM. Lastly, Regina co-created and manages Spark Science a multimedia (podcast, videos and blogs) project that hopes to share science in an engaging, approachable and humorous way while challenging the scientist stereotype.
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