A large team of contributors built the guts of STEMgineering Academy and proudly transitioned it to three team members to expand the use via STEMgineering Academy:

Dr. Ellen Furuya

Dr. Ellen Furuya

President, STEMgineering Academy

Ellen joined the Hofstra Center for STEM Research in 2016 and couldn’t believe the amazing STEM initiative that was coming out of the partnership between the Hofstra Center for STEM Research and Boys and Girls Club. She is delighted to have the opportunity to broaden the audience and bring you STEMgineering Academy. Ellen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a PhD in Food Science and Creighton University with a BS in Chemistry.  She brings her career at Pillsbury and PepsiCo to STEMgineering activities with a food science focus.  Check out Lemonade Taste-Off!

Dr. Xiang Fu

Dr. Xiang Fu

Information Technology, STEMgineering Academy

Xiang is the chief designer of WISEngineering, the web/mobile application system used for STEMgineering Academy. “No” is not in his vocabulary and STEMgineering Academy is the benefactor with voice activated input, automatically generated certificates, design walls and social media-like sharing to name a few features. Dr. Xiang Fu obtained his PhD in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004. He is the director of B.S. in Computer Science and Cybersecurity at Hofstra University and his research lies in the general area of software engineering, with an emphasis on automated verification, vulnerability scanning, malware analysis and intrusion detection.

Dr. M. David Burghardt

Dr. M. David Burghardt

Founder and Advisor, STEMgineering Academy

David created the Center for STEM Research and as Principal Investigator on the Wise Guys & Gals Project, created the STEMgineering Academy so other organizations could benefit from the development of WISEngineering and the engaging STEM activities created. He is Professor of Engineering and co-Director of the Center for STEM Research and has been the lead or co-lead on 12 National Science Foundation projects. David has been involved with STEM education for over 25 years and teaches in the School of Education as well in the School of Engineering. His research focus on applying engineering design as a pedagogical strategy in formal and informal learning environments.