Our Team


Adam Maltese, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Indiana University – Bloomington

Adam’s current research involves collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data regarding student experiences, performance and engagement in science education from elementary school through graduate school. He currently teach courses in secondary science methods and graduate seminars at the Indiana University School of Education around making and the development of interest in STEM education. In addition, he leads a seminar for doctoral students in STEM fields who plan to pursue academic careers and are interested in improving their teaching practices based on research.


Amber Simpson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Binghamton University

Amber Simpson received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Secondary Education from East Tennessee State University, and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Specialist degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. Simpson spent five years as a high school mathematics teacher in Tennessee before returning to Clemson University to receive her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics Education. One of Amber’s research interest is to investigate family engagement in and interactions around STEM-related activities.


Jing Yang, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant, Indiana University – Bloomington

Jing received her bachelor degree in Chemistry from Beijing Normal University, China. Afterwards she joined the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University pursuing a Ph.D. . in theoretical and computational chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Peter Ortoleva. In 2015, she started her study in science education and planned to pursue a double major Ph.D. She is interested in improving undergraduate STEM education.


Peter Knox, MPA, MA

Doctoral Candidate, Binghamton University

Peter hails from the great state of Montana where he earned an undergraduate degree in History and International Development and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Montana. Currently he is a doctoral candidate in Community & Public Affairs at Binghamton University. His areas of research include social capital and family engagement, family-school-community partnerships, and the role and impact of these in local/state education policy development and implementation, particularly within rural contexts.


Jungsun Kim, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Indiana University – Bloomington

Jungsun earned her Ph.D in Educational Psychology at Purdue University. She has been working with a wide range of students in public schools, private institutes, and outreach programs as a researcher, teacher, and administrator for over 15 years. Her research focuses on how students can consistently develop their talent throughout their educational experiences and how parents, school, and community support students, specifically, who are in underrepresented groups. She believes that STEM education helps students to Structure their Talent and Envision their dreaMs.


Monika Mayer, MA

Principal and Owner, Monika Mayer Consulting

Monika is the external evaluator on the project. She brings over 30 years of experience in designing, directing, and teaching educational programs as well as developing exhibits with a focus on creating innovative learning environments that foster collaboration, creativity and deep engagement. As an informal learning expert she is a leader in the field of tinkering and engineering design programs in museums, and a program innovator who prioritizes evaluation. She holds a B.A. in Social Science and a Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership.