Schools

Philadelphia High School for Girls

The Philadelphia High School for Girls has a one hundred sixty-six year history as a public, college preparatory school whose heritage is founded in tradition, for academically talented young women drawn from the diversity of our city. Our mission is to graduate students who will treat others compassionately and lead lives of personal integrity at the university level, preparing them to be future leaders. This is accomplished in a safe, nurturing environment that challenges the intellect, provides an enriching extracurricular program, embraces diversity and encourages ethical behavior. We maintain a rich and rigorous academic program, which includes Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, as well as outstanding humanities courses.


Girard Academic Music Program

GAMP is a public magnet college preparatory school that engages students in a curriculum that incorporates both academic and music requirements. In addition to our strong academic curriculum all students are enrolled in music theory classes and participate in our school choir. Students also have the opportunity to join music electives such as concert choir, concert band, orchestra, marching band, string ensemble, and jazz band.

GAMP was founded in 1974, by former administrator and teacher Dr. Jack Carr. From 1974 to 1976, the Girard Academic Music Program occupied the Trinity Church Parish House. GAMP moved to The Armory, which is owned by St. Rita’s church and located at Broad and Wharton Street in South Philadelphia, from 1976 to 1979. Since 1979, GAMP has used the Edgar Allen Poe School building, which is celebrating its 100th year anniversary, located at 22nd and Ritner street. In 2009, a state of the art theater, gymnasium, and cafeteria were added to the Edgar Allen Poe.


Central High School

As a college preparatory public school, Central High challenges students with rigorous academic programs to prepare them for the demands of higher education. Building upon the diversity in our school, we aim to prepare students to contribute and thrive in a heterogeneous world. We will enable students to develop problem solving skills, a life-long passion for learning, and aspirations to be thoughtful leaders of their generation.

The Central community (including students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners) believes the following:

  • The diversity of our student body is a precious asset
  • The inclusion and engagement of all community members is essential to our collective success
  • Our essential purpose is to foster the highest level of academic achievement for each student.

Science Leadership Academy

The Science Leadership Academy is a partnership high school between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute. SLA is an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning that opened its doors on September 7, 2006.

SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.


Teachers

acgiacomini@gmail.com

Andrew Giacomini

Central High School

  • Physics - 11th Grade

  • Pre-Calculus - 11th & 12th Grades

Educational Background

B.S. M.E., Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
Graduate work in Science of Instruction, Drexel University


swmburu@philasd.org
P 215.276.5258 ext. 3120
 

Susan Mburu

Philadelphia High School for Girls

  • Chemistry - 10th Grade

  • Physics - 12th Grade

Educational Background

B.Ed. Science Chemistry & Physics, Nairobi University
M.A.T. Education, Cheyney University
M.C.E. Chemistry Education, University of Pennsylvania


emlee@philasd.org

Erica Lee

Girard Academic Music Program

  • Mathematics - All High School Students

Educational Background

B.S. Secondary Mathematics, Temple University
M.S. Mathematics Teaching, Drexel University


tbest@scienceleadership.org

Tim Best

Science Leadership Academy

  • Integrated Biology/Chemistry - 10th Grade
  • Science Electives - 12th Grade

Educational Background

B.S. Plant Sciences, Cornell University
M.A.T. Science Education, SUNY Stony Brook


sdunda@scienceleadership.org

Stephanie Dunda

Science Leadership Academy

  • Biochemistry - 9th Grade

  • Environmental Science - 12th Grade

Educational Background

B.A. Biology, Wesleyan College


jruddick@philasd.org

JARED RUDDICK

Girard Academic Music Program

  • Biology - 9th Grade

  • Physical Science - 10th Grade

  • Science Elective

Educational Background

B.S. Zoology, Michigan State University
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Tennessee State University


Fellows

AGL46@glink.drexel.edu
 

Abraham Lin

Biomedical Engineering

B.S.E. Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Research

"My focus is on studying non-thermal atmospheric plasma discharge interactions with various cell types from stem cells to macrophages; this has potential exciting applications for wound healing, tissue regeneration, and cancer therapies."

STEM Education

"I have been interested in STEM industries because it has the potential to greatly affect the world we live in for the better." 


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Drosen@drexel.edu
 

David Rosen

Applied Cognitive Brain Science

M.A. Psycology, Emory University
M.S. Teaching and Instruction, Drexel University

Research

"Cognitive Neuroscience of Musical Performance / Improvisation, Music and Emotion, Autotelic Behaviors and Flow, Creative Development/Enhancement, Neuroimaging (fMRI, fNIR, EEG) and Neuromodulation (tDCS, TMS), Effects of Music Training Models, Technology's Impact on the Modern Musician and Composer"

STEM Education

"As a musician and cognitive neuroscientist, I have always been interested in the human cognitive phenomenon of spontaneous creativity within groups of musicians. With current advances in neuroimaging technologies, it is now possible to acquire quantitative data examining brain functioning during musical tasks. Additionally, several researchers in the music cognition field (i.e. Dan Levitin, Oliver Sachs, etc.) really inspired me to pursue research in this area."


dgf27@drexel.edu

Donald Fehlinger

Mechanical Engineering

B.S. & M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University

Research

"My research is focused on transport through nanoscale protein channels as well as chemical and biological separations across nanoporous membranes."

STEM Education

"I always enjoyed math and science when I was younger, so engineering was a natural fit because I could apply those skills in various ways."


rbs58@drexel.edu

Robert Shultz

Biomedical Engineering

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University

Research

"We are interested in using biomaterial-based drug delivery systems to promote repair and functional recovery following spinal cord injury."

STEM Education

"From a very young age, I had a strong interest in the sciences. Many of my family members are engineers and scientists, so I had a strong support network to promote and encourage my science-related hobbies. In addition to personal interest, I found through internship experience that STEM industry careers can be both intellectually fulfilling and financially practical, making the STEM industry an ideal choice for me."


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Can57@drexel.edu

Camilla Nix

Biomedical Engineering

Degree, Syracuse University

Research

"My research project is focused on drug delivery and biomaterials. The goal is to modify the surface of urinary catheters to prevent bacteria adhesion and attachment, and prevent biofilm formation on the device. By modifying the surface, the incidence of hospital related infections in urinary catheters can be decreased."

STEM Education

"I became interested in the STEM industry when I was in middle school. I really enjoyed my chemistry and biology classroom and the activities and labs in those classrooms. As I got older, I became interested in engineering because I wanted to be a part of creating the technology used in treating disease and helping to find better treatments for various illnesses."


dc679@drexel.edu

Daphney Chery

Biomedical Engineering

B.S. Public Health with Minor Chemistry, Rutgers University
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Research

"My research focuses on investigating the biomechanics properties of breast cancer at different stages."

STEM Education

"I've always loved the sciences and math, couldn't see myself in any other field."


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Gabriel Burks

Materials Science & Engineering

B.S. Physics with Minor Chemistry, Grambling State University

Research

"My research focuses on the synthesis and application of polymer-derived carbon nanomaterials."

STEM Education

"STEM fields are the only places where you are paid to explore, make mistakes, and solve problems. Working in science and engineering, everyday is a unique adventure and it is rare that I experience monotonous moments."


mee48@drexel.edu

Mike Edley

Chemical Engineering

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University

Research

"My research focuses on nanostructured solar cells made by cost effective solution based techniques. I study the operating mechanisms of nanostructured solar cells in order to figure out how to improve their photovoltaic performance."

STEM Education

"I really became interested in the STEM field my senior year of high school. Physics and chemistry were my favorite classes and my teachers pushed me to think about studying something in college related to these subjects. I ended up choosing chemical engineering because it combines both physics and chemistry."


Administrative Staff

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fontecchio@coe.drexel.edu
P 215.895.2047
 

Adam Fontecchio

Principle Investigator

Lead overall direction of program alongside staff

Research

My research involves fundamental investigations of liquid crystal interactions to develop novel devices.

Other Roles

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs; Associate Dean of the College of Engineering; Co-Director of the A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute; affiliated member of the Materials Engineering Department; member of the Center for Educational Research; recipient of a NASA New Investigator Award; recipient of the Drexel Graduate Student Association Outstanding Mentor Award; recipient of the Drexel University ECE Outstanding Research Achievement Award and the International Liquid Crystal Society Multimedia Prize; recipient of NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship


Transient
fromm@drexel.edu
P 215.895.2201
 

Eli Fromm

Co-Investigator

Primary leader for the Graduate Student Fellow's program, including their research, academic and GK-12 program requirements and responsibilities

Research

My research involves bioengineering research projects involving implantable transmitters and sensors and their use in physiologic measurements.

Other Roles

Roy Brothers, University Professor and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director of the Center for Educational Research in the College of Engineering; member of the National Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Charter Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering; Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education; Fellow of the International Engineering Consortium; inaugural recipient (2002) of the Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering for significant contributions to engineering and technology education


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mfg29@drexel.edu
P 215.895.2594
 

Mary Jo Grdina

Co-Investigator

Lead pedagogical training and workshops for the Teachers and Graduate Student Fellows.

Research

My interests lie in science education and curriculum design.

Other Roles

Associate Clinical Professor of Education in the School of Education; Supervisor for K-12 experience in Math/Science/Technology that includes: extensive analysis of test data; mentoring of new teachers; design of integrated, standards-based high school science programs; introduction of computer-interfaced and SmartBoard technologies into science programs 6-12.


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ykim@drexel.edu
P 215.895.5973
 

Youngmoo Kim

Co-Investigator

Content manager for integration of the NAE Grand Challenges into the Graduate Student Fellows' research activities and educational materials

Research

My research involves machine listening and learning, audio signal processing, human-computer interaction, audio source separation and audio data compression.

Other Roles

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director of the Music Entertainment Technology Laboratory


Transient
kurzweg@coe.drexel.edu
P 215.895.0549
 

Timothy Kurzweg

Co-Investigator

Chair of the Recruitment and Selection Committee for Graduate Student Fellows and Teachers; primary coordinator of Fellows with the K-12 community

Research

My research interests include micro-optical systems, optical automation, bio-sensors, and more!

Other Roles

Associate Professor for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; member of IEEE/Lasers & Electro-Opcal Society, SPIE, HKN, and Optical Society of America


Transient
jward@coe.drexel.edu
P 215.895.6918

Jessica Ward

Program Manager

Lead overall organization, scheduling, and reporting associated with the project; assist in the professional development training of Drexel STEM GK-12 Graduate Student Fellows and Teachers

Other Roles

Director of Operations for DragonsTeach