My research interests focus on the improvement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and research. My latest book about reforming STEM education was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in October 2011.
I also conduct research and write about higher education, and, to a lesser degree, about technology and about health/health education.
I am a sociologist who employs both quantitative and qualitative techniques in his research, but who enjoys the former more. I like building mathematical and statistical models. Much of my work has been comprised of evaluation studies..
"STEM the Tide", Presentation to the administration, board, and STEM teachers at Baldwin Park Unified School District, October, 2014
"STEM: What Does It Mean? Why Is It Important? Is It for You?", Claremont Education Foundation Presentation, October, 2014
"Science Education and Professional Development", Presentation at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University, November, 2014
Co-Chair, Workshop on Integrating Engineering Education with the Liberal Arts, National Academy of Engineering, Washington, D.C., January, 2015
Presentation at "Future of Liberal Arts in India II" Conference, New Delhi, India, March, 2015
Presentation at a conference on liberal art colleges in India, January 2014
Panel co-chair, "Closing the Achievement Gap in Houston", NCORE Conference, June 2014
Presentation at Chapman University as part of professional development for STEM teachers, June, 2014
Presentation at a conference on liberal art colleges in India, January 2014 (Watch Presentation)
Keynote to the Leadership Team of the Anaheim Union High School District, August 2013
"What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School", Keynote during Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Tufts University, April, 2013
Keynote speech to the annual meeting of the NSF programs about broadening participation in STEM, National Science Foundation (NSF), June 2012
Invitational international conference on the future of engineering education Abu Dhabi speech, March 2012
Project Kalaidoscope, January 2012 A keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern California branch of Project Kalaidoscope, an organization which focuses on undergraduate STEM education.
NCORE, June 2011 A presentation about how to succeed in graduate school, and in an academic career, at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.
The Texas Southern University STEM Awareness Forum, March 2011 A presentation at a special STEM Awareness conference convened by the College of Science and Technology at Texas Southern University.