Founder / CEO
Making STEM Mission
To empower the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and engineers, through hands-on learning experiences
After graduating from Ohio University with a degree in mechanical engineering, I put the fundamentals of engineering into practice as a mechanical design engineer in Cleveland Ohio. Working with advanced aerospace and medical customers, I helped design custom solutions to complex problems. Modeling and creating components for the space shuttle thrust control system, pushed creative and technical abilities. Partnering with iWalk to design a power-assisted robotic ankle gave the first taste of designing products to help others.
Earned a Master's in Education from John Carroll University through the Woodrow Wilson Scholarship program. Taught design and engineering at MC2 STEM high school, in Cleveland Ohio, a public high-needs school. Helped students use design thinking and problem solving to identify problems in the community and build real solutions, for real people, to have a real impact. Used 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machining, to build projects to donate to local charities, such as the women's crisis center, and the local farmers market.
Shared a passion for digital photography and videography with students to document their learning story. Students use photography to document their projects and capture classroom success. Published 17,000 pictures, with over a million views, of students using advanced manufacturing to make an impact in the community. Students used pictures to analyze and improve their learning, and share their learning story with friends, family, and the community.