Meet our team of Faculty Advisory Board members.

Dr. Shana Pribesh

Dr. Shana Pribesh is a Professor of Research Methods and Statistics in the Educational Foundations and Leadership department at Old Dominion University. She is interested in the structural aspects of educational inequality and has worked on studies of student/teacher racial matching as well as the consequences of residential and school moving on educational performance. Dr. Pribesh has over two decades of educational research experience having worked with the American Institutes for Research, RAND, Center for Research in Educational Policy, and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Christine Cunningham

Christine Cunningham is a Professor of Practice in Education and Engineering in the College of Education whose work aims to make engineering and science more relevant and equitable, especially for populations underrepresented and underserved in engineering and science. She aims to create a next generation of innovators and problem solvers by developing research-based and field-tested engineering curricula and professional learning resources for preK-12 education. Her research focuses on articulating frameworks for precollege engineering education and exploring affordances of engineering for learners. She currently serves on the National Assessment Governing Board. Previously, Cunningham was the Founding Director of Engineering is Elementary (EiE). In 2017, her work was recognized with the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.

Dr. Keith Williamson

Dr. Keith Williamson is the Dean of Business and Technology at Fitchburg State University.His teaching, research, and publication interests involve a broad range of topics including transport phenomena, metallurgy, thermomechanical stir processing, and university-K12 partnerships. Williamson has served as PI on more than $6 million of sponsored research projects from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor. He is a former Chair of the Board of Directors for The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, a Virginia research corporation, and Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at Virginia State University. Williamson holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.

Dr. Merredith Portsmore

Dr. Merredith Portsmore is the Director and Research Assistant Professor for Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. Her work focuses on training and resources to support engineering education in the classroom. She is also the founder of STOMP, LEGOengineering.com, and the new Online K-12 Teacher Engineering Education Program.