I am a first-generation college graduate, receiving my Associate’s degree with High Honors (4.0GPA) from Raritan Valley Community College in 1997, my Bachelor’s degree, with Specialized Honors in Anthropology, summa cum laude from Drew University in 1999, my MPhil in 2005 and my Ph.D. in History/History of Science with Distinction from Drew University in 2007.
After completing my dissertation, I taught for one year at Drew University as a Visiting Assistant Professor, then served for one-year as a Lecturer at Clemson University teaching in their STS program, landing a tenure-track job at Stevens Institute of Technology as Assistant Professor of History/History of Science in 2009.
In 2014, due to my father’s illness, I returned to California and began working at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor as Senior Project Manager for the CSU STEM Collaboratives Project, a multi-campus, $4.64 million initiative to increase persistence and close opportunity gaps for under-represented students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM). You can learn more about the STEM Collaboratives project here
I currently serve as Executive Director for STEM Advantage, a registered 501c3 based in Southern California that serves the Greater Los Angeles Region by providing scholarships, mentors, and internships to women and under-represented students majoring in STEM at five (5) California State University Campuses.
In my spare time, I go hiking, travel, and experience art in all forms.