I-STEM and CEAS Host Inaugural Engineering and Science Outreach Symposium

At the Stony Brook-hosted Engineering & Science Outreach Symposium for Long Island Superintendents, Jan 17, 2017, left to right, Robert Kukta, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, CEAS; Monica Bugallo, Faculty Director, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD; David Ferguson, Chair of the Department of Technology and Society; Angela Kelly, Associate Director of the Science Education Program and Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy.


The Institute for STEM Education (I-STEM) and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) hosted the inaugural Engineering and Science Outreach Symposium on January 17, 2017. This event initiated K-12 partnerships to engage students, teacher/counselors and faculty in the passion, challenge and opportunity of engineering - a profession that promotes social and economic mobility. At this event - sponsored by Rodney Morrison, Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management, and Judith Burke-Berhannan, Dean of Admissions - 50 school districts from Long Island were represented.

Professors Dr. Monica Bugallo, Dr. Angela Kelly, Dr. David Ferguson, Dr. Robert Kukta and Dr. Keith Sheppard presented a program titled “Education, Guidance, Advancement, and Learning in Technology and Engineering” (EGALITE) to bolster pre-college and university students’ recruitment and retention in engineering fields. EGALITE is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and corporate partners National Grid and PSE&G. Phase I is focused on educating high school students, teachers, and guidance counselors on engineering design and career pathways, consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards. Phase II is focused on retaining a diverse pool of candidates in engineering majors at SBU.

As part of the EGALITE initiative, I-STEM and CEAS are offering the following resources:

  • Professional development aligned with NGSS designed and provided by SBU faculty and master teachers.

  • School counselor workshops on engineering education.

  • Engineering teaching labs (ETLs) - subsidized for high needs schools.

  • Engineering and science education faculty, staff and students designing and instructing activities.

  • Engineering and science education faculty to serve in advisory capacity for standards alignment.

  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) programs.

I-STEM and CEAS will hold a second event in the spring for Long Island school guidance counselors and science education administrators. Through this partnership, SBU will lead the way in integrating engineering education into classrooms, thereby creating well prepared engineers for successful careers in industry and research.


The symposium presentation can be accessed here.


Angela Kelly, Associate Director of the Science Education Program and Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, reaches out to Long Island school superintendents.   Keith Sheppard, Director of Science Education at Stony Brook University and Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, reaches out to Long Island school superintendents.