Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Director of FLATE, the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center a part of the FloridaMakes Network, and previously funded by the National Science Foundation. FLATE serves the state of Florida as its region and is involved
Lakshmi Jayaram is President of the Inquiry Research Group LLC and Policy Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her doctorate in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University and specializes in qualitative and mixed methods research, with a focus on education, social disparities, and policy-relevant studies. She is Co-Principal Investigator of an NSF-funded longitudinal study of two-year college students’ enrollment and persistence, with a focus on under-represented and non-traditional students in STEM fields. Prior to working in academia, Jayaram received her master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and worked at The White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a Presidential Management Fellow.
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