Understanding and Improving K-12 Engineering Education in the United States

Jacquelyn Sullivan Biography

Jacquelyn F. Sullivan, associate dean for student cultivation, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado (UC) at Boulder, heads the college diversity, recruitment, and retention programs. A founding co-director of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program and Laboratory, Dr. Sullivan was a driving force behind this hands-on K–16 learning initiative, which now serves more than 4,000 undergraduate engineering students annually. For this work, she was a co-recipient of the 2008 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education from the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2005, she received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the K–12 Division of the American Society of Engineering Education. She also directs the TEAMS Program (Tomorrow’s Engineering—creAte. iMagine. Succeed), funded by the National Science Foundation, and was a co-developer of a retention-building First-Year Engineering Projects course at UC Boulder. Dr. Sullivan is a founding board member of the Denver School of Science and Technology, a public, urban high school that incorporates science, engineering, and technology into a humanities-rich setting focused on student achievement. Her articles have appeared in Science, The Bridge, and many other publications. She received her Ph.D. in environmental health physics and toxicology from Purdue University and has 14 years of engineering experience in the energy and software industries and nine years of experience as director of a water resources and environmental engineering research center.