Tufts STOMP Alumni
Read about how STOMP has impacted these featured alumni:
Elsa Head TU '09/'11/'12
Elsa received her Master's degree in the Math, Science, Technology, and Engineering Education program at Tufts University in August 2011. Elsa managed STOMP for the duration of her enrollment in the MSTE program. Elsa graduated from Tufts Undergraduate School of Engineering in the spring of 2009. As an undergraduate at Tufts, Elsa became involved with the Tufts CEEO through STOMP. Elsa is currently pursing a Masters in Teaching in Middle School Mathematics at Tufts and plans on becoming a middle or high school math teacher. Her time and work at the CEEO has inspired her to purse teaching as a career.
Adam Carberry TU '05/'10
Adam received his Ph.D. in the Math, Science, Technology, & Engineering Education Program at Tufts University in the spring of 2010. During his time at Tufts he has been worked at the Center for Engineering Education Outreach (CEEO) for 5 years. At the CEEO, Adam has been a part of STOMP as a STOMP fellow, executive board member, and as the program manager. Through his experiences, Adam has had the opportunity to work in after school programs and classrooms in the greater Boston area, participate in LEGO Engineering professional development workshops, and work at LEGO summer camps at Tufts University and other locations. Adam is currently an Assistant Professor at the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University.
Kaitlyn Conroy TU '05/'07
STOMP was an incredible learning experience for me during both undergraduate and graduate years at Tufts. The program had a profound impact on my ability to communicate, my leadership skills in group settings, and my ability to reason through a solution on the spot. After finishing my master's degree in structural engineering in May of 2008, I went to work for a structural engineering firm in Cambridge, MA. In my current position at LeMessurier Consultants, I am continually relying on my ability to break down concepts to relate engineering concepts to other disciplines (architects, construction managers, fabricators, etc.) that I refined during my time in the STOMP program. I am also frequently put on the spot to develop a creative solution to a problem in the field. As a result of my experience in STOMP, I am able to calmly reason through the problem and develop an efficient solution.
Melissa Pickering TU '05
STOMP was a valuable undergraduate experience -- definitely an asset on my resume to help me secure internships during college and jobs after college. The practice I received in presenting in front of people – even if it was only a group of children – was invaluable. The self-confidence and creativity I developed from having to think on the spot to help students solve a problem have most certainly been applicable in every aspect of my professional life. Now back at the CEEO, I spend part of my time trying to help other universities and industries launch STOMP so that more engineering students and professionals can have a similarly rewarding experience.
Melissa continued on from the CEEO to start iCreate to Educate, a start-up founded to support efforts to make low-cost technology and tools that can unlock students' creative ideas: www.icreatetoeducate.com
Caroline Linehan TU '07
I participated in both the STOMP and GK-12 program as a graduate
student in the Mechanical Engineering department at Tufts University.
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share engineering with local
students and found it incredibly rewarding on both the professional and
personal level. The experience gave me a strong awareness of the
importance of promoting math and science in schools and the opportunity
to get involved in the community. Using Lego was a very fun aspect of
STOMP and I am happy to note that GE Aviation in Lynn has recently
launched an I-STOMP program for grade 5 in the Drewicz School in Lynn,
Massachusetts. Starting this fall, 13 engineers from GE enter the
classroom 4 days a week to teach engineering using Lego robotics. I
started at GE Aviation in the Edison Engineering Development Program in
2007 after obtaining my master's of science in mechanical engineering
from Tufts University. While on the program I had many exciting
opportunities to learn about the business through working on a Marine
Core base in San Diego, traveling on an aircraft carrier and diverse
work assignments at the Lynn site. I graduated from the program this
summer and have taken a position as a performance engineer working on
an exciting new helicopter engine program. Outside of work I have
continued to play ultimate frisbee and will be traveling with my team
to the World Ultimate Club Championships in 2010 in Prague, Czech
Adam Santos TU '09
Adam was actively involve in STOMP for all of his four years as an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at Tufts. Adam was also an active exec board member for two-years. Adam is currently serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Lesothos, a small country in the middle of South Africa.
Check out Adam's blog to read more about his experience in Africa:http://adamslesotho.blogspot.com
Amy Piscopo TU '09
STOMP gave me a unique opportunity to connect with the communities
surrounding Tufts. Teaching weekly engineering lessons in local
elementary schools was fantastic on its own, because by sharing my
academic interests with younger learners, I became a community
contributor instead of just some college student. But the best part of
the program was the big picture; being involved in a movement to
change the way that science is taught in elementary schools,
encouraging students to think outside the box and problem-solve.
Participating in STOMP was a major piece of my Tufts life, and I hope
the program continues to grow.
I am currently working as an engineer at GZA Geoenvironmental, Inc. in
Manchester, NH. I plan to return to school in the near future to
pursue a master's degree in environmental engineering.
Marya Schnedeker TU '09
Marya graduated from Tufts in the spring of 2009. She is currently working to start a STOMP at Cornell University. Here is what she has to say about her experience there:
College students continuously express interest and enthusiasm in volunteering for STOMP. Teachers and after school program coordinators are extremely open to bringing STOMP to their school. The only restricting factor I've faced is funding. This has limited the number of children who can participate. I enjoy planning out the curriculum for which the STOMP network website has many helpful resources. Its great working with students and teachers who are as excited about STOMP as I am.
Rachel Shapiro TU '09
STOMP was the perfect work-study job for me throughout my time at Tufts. I was on the exec board for three years and in my senior year I was able to travel to Macedonia with Elsa to lead an engineering education conference. It sure beat my other college job of making burritos.
I am currently working for the National Outdoor Leadership School based in Lander, WY. I work primarily in the Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship office but I also teach rock-climbing skills and backpacking to college-aged students. Rachel is currently working as a high school math teacher at a school in the Caribbean.
Arielle Fakhraee TU '10
I am going to ETH Zurich in Switzerland as a graduate student in their
Mechanical Engineering Masters Program. I will be working with
Bradley Nelson's group at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent
Systems and plan to collaborate on a microbiotics project.
Meera Gajjar TU '10
As a liberal artsy-type, I especially enjoyed the chance to be a part of the STOMP program. STOMP allowed me to hang out with kids, learn more about engineering, and play with Legos simultaneously. I also gained experience with working with different types of kids in different types of settings while learning how to effectively plan and run lessons.
I will be attending Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR for the next three years with the hopes of becoming an environmental lawyer. If I am lucky, I will find a way to incorporate Legos into my law practice...