Council Administration and Staff
The Council's Assciate Director and Professional Specialists possess backgrounds in various STEM fields and are highly experienced in pedagogy. They are available to assist in course and project design, the implementation of engaging pedagogy, and other areas of the Council's mission.
Evelyn Laffey, Ed.D.
In partnership with the Chair, Evelyn leads the implementation and progress review of the Council's initiatives. She has a doctorate in mathematics education and bachelor's in mathematics from Rutgers University. Evelyn's research and teaching is focused on providing an excellent and equitable STEM education. She has served as the Assistant Director of the Upward Bound program at the University of the Virgin Islands, a lecturer of mathematics with Rowan University, and Assistant Dean of Engineering Education at Rutgers University. During her 12 years of service at Rutgers School of Engineering, Evelyn developed engineering education programs to enhance the learning and teaching of STEM. She has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on several grants totaling over $2M.
Associate Director, Engineering Education
Aatish works with faculty in Engineering and related disciplines. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University, with a focus on biophysics and bioinformatics, and a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College. At Rutgers, he created a hands-on robotics workshop in the New Jersey Governor's School of Engineering and Technology, co-created an introductory physics course with a focus on Energy and Sustainability, and taught four years of recitations, workshops and labs with a focus on active learning. He is also involved in science outreach through online science communication, has been published by Scientific American Books in The Best Science Writing Online 2012, and writes an award-winning science blog, Empirical Zeal, hosted on the Wired science network.
Associate Director, Science Education
Catherine works with faculty in environmental science, geoscience and related disciplines. She has a Ph.D. in Earth Science from the UC Santa Cruz and a B.A. in Mathematics and Geosciences from Williams College. Her pre-Princeton teaching experience includes four years as a Keck teaching postdoctoral fellowship at Bryn Mawr College, and four years as an assistant professor at Drew University, where she was awarded tenure. Classes taught include Environmental Geology, Geographic Information Systems, Earth Systems and the Environment, and Geology in the Movies. Her geoscience research, which focuses on understanding the impact of climate change on river and glacier systems, has been published in journals including Geology, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, and GSA Today.
Associate Director, Science Education
Carolyn works with faculty in physics, life sciences, and related fields. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Physics from Cornell. Prior to Princeton, Carolyn served as an Assistant Professor of Physics at West Chester University for five years, where she integrated researched-based teaching methods in both introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses. She is currently President of the SE PA chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and maintains a strong interest in community outreach related to science. Her research in theoretical cosmology applies Bayesian statistical methods to constrain models of the structure and evolution of the universe.
Assistant Director, Science Education
Jaclyn works with faculty in the life sciences and related fields. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton and a B.S. in Biology from The College of New Jersey. Her research interests have included the outer membrane biogenesis of Escherichia coli.