Martha N. Cyr
Director of K-12 Outreach, Worecester Polytechnic Institute
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Martha N. Cyr is the director of K-12 Outreach at Worecester Polytechnic Institute and is a nationally recognized authority on K-12 educational outreach. She joined WPI in 2003 after serving as director of the Center for Engineering Educational Outreach at Tufts University, where she had also taught engineering for nine years. Cyr received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science and PhD in the field from WPI. She also worked as a thermal engineer for Data General Corporation and held a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program fellowship for three years working on computational thermal fluids research on the impact of liquid pooling on the energy transfer within a heat pipe in microgravity. At WPI, she oversees one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive university-based K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach programs, which includes programs targeted at students in elementary, middle, and secondary schools; programs that seek to engage girls and students from underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines; and programs that provide training and classroom resources for teachers. Working with researchers at other universities under a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation National Digital Library Program, Cyr helped develop TeachEngineering, an extensive online resource for K-12 educators who teach engineering. At Tufts, she was also principal investigator on a $1.5 million NSF award that funded the Tufts Engineering the Next Steps (TENS) Project and a $1.75 million award from the NSF Teacher Enhancement Program for a pre-college engineering project for teachers.

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