Beth McGrath
Stevens Institute of Technology
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Beth McGrath is Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) and Senior Research Associate in the Schools of Engineering & Science and Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. Since 2005, under McGrath’s leadership, CIESE was honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) award and has garnered more than $26 million in STEM education and research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the NJ Department of Education, and the US Department of Education, mainly in the areas of K-12 engineering and science education, 21st century skills, and STEM scale-up and capacity building in K-12 and higher education. McGrath played a key role in several national Internet-in-K-12 science education curriculum development and teacher training initiatives that impacted more than 35,000 teachers in 23 states and 8 countries. Her research interests include: organizational development and capacity-building in K-12 education, diffusion of technology innovations in K-12, and engineering’s role in 21st century skill development. McGrath serves on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) Assessment Standing Committee, and several advisory boards of science and engineering education development projects. She holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.Ed. from the University of Maryland.

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