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

Roland "Rollie" Otto Biography

Roland (Rollie) J. Otto is Director of Education Outreach and the Global Teacher Academy for the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1988 to 2006, he was head of the Center for Science and Engineering Education at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and from 1995 to 1998, he was executive director of the California Science Project, a statewide teacher professional-development network. From 1986 to 1988, he was assistant director of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2001–2002, Dr. Otto was a member of the Science Subject Matter Committee, California Commission for Teacher Credentialing, which establishes subject-matter content standards for science teachers. He was also principle writer and advisor for the California Science Framework Committee (2000-2001) and chair of the Content Review Panel for the science instructional-materials adoption process (1999). He has a Ph.D. in nuclear/physical chemistry from Purdue and a B.S. in chemistry from Valparaiso University. He did his postgraduate work with Nobelist Glenn T. Seaborg.