Julia Armstrong is the Director of the OHI/O Informal Learning Program at the Ohio State University (OSU). She combines engineering (BS ECE), public teaching of gifted education (M.Ed.) and industry experience (PMP, CSM) to grow the offerings and strength of the program and build rapport with the industry partners. She uses her diverse interests and skills to bridge the gap between curricular education and skills of the working professional. In 2018, Armstrong was part of a multi-disciplinary team from Ohio State to receive a 3-year NSF award for Advancing Informal STEM Learning.
In her three years at Ohio State, Armstrong designed and partnered on a wide variety of educational events for students to explore through active learning experiences. She focuses on current trends and connecting students to industry representatives, emphasizing open-ended problem-based learning, encouraging students to continue exploration of topics and challenges of interest. Armstrong has grown the OHI/O Informal Learning Program from a few events to two dozen, now serving over 1,500 students annually, including several K12 outreach events.
Meris Mandernach Longmeier is an associate professor and the head of Research Services for The Ohio State University Libraries. In this role she develops services for OSU Libraries that help support the research endeavors of all faculty, staff, and students at Ohio State. She is the co-founder and co-faculty director of OHI/O program (hack.osu.edu), which fosters a tech culture through hardware and software hackathons and other informal learning opportunities. She publishes and presents regularly nationally on topics of user experience research, informal learning through hackathons, and evolving areas of research support services.
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