Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Examples

We are delighted to highlight some of the educational outreach activities of Carnegie Mellon faculty, featured below. You are also welcome to search the NSF database for awards.

Catalina Achim, Chemistry 

DNAZone is a program organized by the members of CNAST, which provides educational outreach to students in grades K-12. The program is intended to improve student engagement, attitudes, and beliefs towards science. DNAZone attracts students to science by exposing them to modern and exciting, state-of-the art aspects of nucleic acids science. Through this program, CNAST hopes to foster students' interest in mathematics, science, and engineering and their appreciation of collaboration and interdisciplinary work.

Marc DeGraef, Materials Science and Engineering

The “Teaching Advanced Characterization Tools in Local Schools” (TACTILS) outreach program aims to make scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and, at a later stage, atomic force microscopy (AFM), available to middle and high schools in the greater Pittsburgh area. Middle- and high-school educators are assisting with the development of standards-aligned lesson plans.

Jonathan Malen, Mechanical Engineering 

Dr. Malen and students from his lab are involved in a variety of educational outreach activities including judging at science fairs, presenting information at school career days, and conducting science workshops on campus and on community organization sites.