Dr. Malinda Zarske is the current Chair of the ASEE Board of Director’s Commission on P-12 Engineering and a faculty member with the Engineering Plus program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She teaches undergraduate engineering core and product design courses as well as STEM education courses for pre-service teachers through the CU Teach Engineering program. Her primary research interests include the impacts of project-based service-learning on student identity - especially women and nontraditional demographic groups in engineering - as well as pathways and retention to and through P-12 and undergraduate engineering, teacher education, and curriculum development. She is passionate about hands-on engineering design for every student, at every age level.
Mike Soltys is an Instructor for the Engineering Plus degree program at at the University of Colorado. Mike is passionate about engineering education, and teaches engineering design in First-Year Engineering Projects (GEEN 1400), Engineering Projects for the Community (GEEN 2400), Statics (GEEN 3851), Thermodynamics (GEEN 3852) and Theoretical Fluid Mechanics (CVEN 3313).
Mike is the co-PI for TeachEngineering, a curricular digital library with the goal of democratizing engineering by project to providing free, standards-aligned, hands-on engineering curricula for K-12 STEM teachers.
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