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

Steve Robinson Biography

Steve Robinson recently joined the Department of Education as a Special Advisor to Secretary Arne Duncan. Prior to joining the Department, Robinson served as the Legislative Assistant for education in the office of then-Senator Barack Obama, advised on policy development during the presidential campaign, and worked on education issues with the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. 

Steve first joined the office of Senator Obama in July 2005, supported as a fellow through the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. During his time as a Senate staffer, he also served as a mentor for students in DCPS, as a reading tutor for elementary grade students and as a math tutor with middle school students.

Prior to joining Senator Obama's office, Steve was a high school science teacher in Eugene, Oregon. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, earned a degree in Biology at Princeton University, and then a Ph.D. at University of Michigan. On the Biology faculty at the University of Massachusetts, he headed a laboratory and mentored PhD students. His teaching experience includes more than 15 years in the classroom at middle school, high school, and postsecondary levels.