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Morton Sternheim, Co Director

B.S., Physics, City College of New York
M.S., Physics, New York University
Ph.D., Physics, Columbia University
Professor of Physics, emeritus; Director, STEM Education Institute
Principal Investigator, NSF STEM RAYS out-of-school science program

Co-Principal Investigator, Polar Connections

Director of the UMassK12 Internet service for Massachusetts' school teachers and students

Mark Tuominen, Co Director

PhD in Physics, 1990, University of Minnesota
BS in Chemical Engineering, 1986, University of Minnesota

Professor of Physics

Co-Director of the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing and MassNanoTech


Jonathan Rothstein

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
1996 B.S. The Cooper Union
1998 M.S. Harvard University
2001 Ph.D. MIT

Rob Snyder
B.S. Chemistry, California University of Pennsylvania
M.S. Chemistry Education,
S.U.N.Y, Cortland

Science Teacher
Retired from Brookline High School

University of Massachusetts STEM staff member of Nanotechnology, IPY Polar Connections,   and the STEM Rays Institutes

Holly Hargraves


Holly Hargraves

B.A. English, Westfield State College; M.Ed. Lesley College in Curriculum & Instruction

English Teacher (Retired) from Hampshire Regional High School

University of Massachusetts STEM staff member of NanotechnologyIPY Polar Connections Institutes and for many other previous UMassK12 Programs.

Web Designer since 1995


Jennifer Welborn STEM Ed Staff

B.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Maine
M.Ed. and C.A.G.S, UMASS, Amherst

Science Teacher, grades 7/8, Amherst Regional Middle School

Participating Teacher, STEM RAYS Institute

Prior experience in K-12 science education, laboratory research and editor of middle school science textbooks

 Boris Lau
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2005
M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2002
B.S. McGill University, 2000
Environmental implications of nanomaterials in the water environment
 Jun Yan
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Education Ph.D. Columbia University (2009)
Research Interests Condensed Matter Experiment
Dhandapani Venkataraman  “DV”
Organic , Inorganic, Polymer and Materials Chemistry
Directed Assembly of Semiconductor Nanostructures, Molecular, Polymeric and Inorganic Semiconductor Synthesis, Chiroptical Properties of Helical Electroactive Molecules, Scaffolds for Proton Transport, Solar cells, Fuel Cells, Energy
BSc, 1989, University of Madras; MSc, 1991, Indian Institute of Technology; PhD, 1996, University of Illinois