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Dr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education, NASA

Roosevelt JohnsonDr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson, deputy associate administrator for education, is a member of the senior management team responsible for the development and implementation of NASA’s education programs to strengthen involvement and public awareness about the agency’s scientific goals and missions.

During his career, Johnson has been a champion and leader of groundbreaking efforts to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. For more than 20 years, he served as a program director for the National Science Foundation, or NSF, working to increase the participation and advancement of underrepresented minorities, women and girls, persons with disabilities, and minority-serving institutions in science and engineering disciplines, as well as promoting innovative and transformative STEM education program development at a national level. For more information about Dr. Johnson, please visit:


Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland (Baltimore County)

Freeman Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past six years ranked UMBC the #1 “Up and Coming” university in the nation. For a more detailed biography of Dr. Hrabowski, please visit


Steve Hinds, Director, Active Learning in Adult Numeracy

 Steve HindsSteve Hinds teaches math and devises professional development projects and related curricula, especially for programs that serve adults and other students who have had difficulty learning mathematics. Steve is the Director of Active Learning in Adult Numeracy (ALAN), through which he has led curriculum and professional development projects in four states. Steve also is an adult numeracy teacher in the Adult Education Department of Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Prior to this, Steve was a Curriculum Developer at the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago where he wrote and field-tested lessons for the newest edition of Everyday Mathematics. Before moving to Chicago, Steve was the University Mathematics Professional Developer at The City University of New York central office where he led projects serving adult numeracy, high school, and community college developmental math students. He was a founder of CUNY Start, a well-regarded alternative to traditional mathematics remediation for community college freshmen. Steve also serves as a mathematics education Subject Matter Expert for a variety of U.S. Department of Education-funded projects, and as a reviewer for the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS). Steve holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Warwick, Coventry (United Kingdom).

Ms. Marilyn Waite, Environmental Engineer, Paris France

Marilyn WaiteMarilyn Waite’s vision is a world where sustainability values of social cohesion, environmental consciousness, intergenerational equity, and economic health drive decision-making and business practices. A multi-lingual engineer, entrepreneur, project manager, and author, she has experience across four continents in mobile app development and marketing (Quadruple), renewable and nuclear energy (AREVA), education (Kaplan and Shanghai Normal University), economic development (United Nations in Madagascar), sustainable tourism (, and public policy (U.S. National Academy of Sciences). A speaker and author, she has addressed audiences on sustainability in textiles, climate change, water, and energy. She served on the Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board as a Fellow with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Marilyn holds a Master’s Degree with distinction in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. An active member of the Professional Women’s Network (PWN), Marilyn is founder and leader of the Green Economy Initiative. She is a Member of the Board of Directors for Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), and offers unique perspectives in the teaching and learning of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM).


Rinske Stelwagen, Physicist, Holland

 Rinske StelwagenRinske Stelwagen, MSc; M.Ed.; ABD; is a Senior Consultant at CINOP, a Dutch organization specialized in Adult and Vocational education. Ms. Stelwagen brings strong expertise in teaching and learning, management consultancy, and research pertaining to the advancement of teacher knowledge in mathematics. With expertise in Physical Engineering and Education and over 15 years of experience in education, Ms. Stelwagen manages education and research projects the Dutch Ministry of Education, among other national organizations in The Netherlands. She is a national expert of Mathematics in Vocational Education and Adult Learning in The Netherlands, and she brings national expertise in teacher training and professional development. Additionally, Ms. Stelwagen brings vast expertise in the development of national instruments and in creating the National Mathematics Framework for Adult Learning in The Netherland. She also develops and delivers numerous teacher-training workshops in her role as co-founder and developer of a joint national Mathematics teacher’s training for Vocational education. A physicist by training, Ms. Stelwagen’s role at CINOP involves strong expertise in management consultancy, which includes advising in, and writing of, long term plans for mathematical education, curriculum, finance, assessment, and professionalization in the Dutch education system.


Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Director, Center for Mathematics Professional Outreach and Educational Technology (COMPLETE), College of Science, George Mason University

PadmannabhanSeshaiyer Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer is a tenured Professor of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University and serves as the Director of the STEM Accelerator Program in the College of Science as well as the Director of COMPLETE (Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During the last decade, Dr. Seshaiyer initiated and directed a variety of educational programs including the graduate and undergraduate research, K-12 outreach, teacher professional development, and enrichment programs to foster the interest of students and teachers in STEM at all levels.

He has received multiple grants from several agencies, and has won several prestigious awards, including the President’s Excellence Award in Teaching, among others. In 2013 he was elected both as a new Councilor for the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research as well as the US National Commission for Mathematics Instruction by the National Academy of Sciences. He is also actively involved in multiple global STEM collaborative research projects and training programs that engages students and faculty from various countries, including Tanzania, Suriname, Philippines, Myanmar and South Korea. More details about his work can be found at: