Executive Director: Dr. Skip Rochefort, Chemical Engineering Department
Dr. Skip Rochefort is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (http://cbee.oregonstate.edu/people/skip-rochefort) and the Executive Director of OSU Precollege Programs (http://oregonstate.edu/precollege) and the Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY) at Oregon State University.
He has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (B.S., 1976), Northwestern University (M.S. 1978) and the University of California, San Diego (Ph.D., 1986). He has held several industrial research positions (Dow Chemical, Kodak, AT&T Bell Labs), and since 1993 he has been on the faculty at Oregon State University and has been a University Honors College Faculty member since 1995 and a UHC Eminent Professor since 2012 . He has been recognized for his teaching and advising activities by ASEE, AIChE, the College of Engineering, and Oregon State University. His research interest for the last 40 years has been in all areas of polymer engineering and science. He established the Polymer Research Laboratory in 1993 with complete capabilities for molecular, thermal, rheological, and surface characterization of polymers.
He has been involved in K-12 outreach and recruitment/retention issues in engineering since his arrival at OSU in 1993. During that time he has mentored over 100 high school and undergraduate students, and for those endeavors he has been recognized as the OSU 2013 Mentor of the Year and the Saturday Academy 2014 Science Educator of the Year. In 1997 he founded the Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (http://cbee.oregonstate.edu/sesey) a one-week research experience on the OSU campus which has served over 600 high school girls and ethnic minorities and engaged over 250 engineering undergrads as mentors and counselors. His passion is K-12 outreach for the recruitment and retention of women and minorities into engineering, with the current focus on introducing engineering science to Oregon youth at the middle school and high school levels.
Director: Dr. Kyle Cole
Kyle Cole, focuses on creating equitable education opportunities for Oregon’s underserved and underrepresented students. As the Director of OSU's SMILE and Precollege Programs, he oversees a wide variety of youth college access programs, such as Mobile STEM Camps and Beaver Hangouts, which serves hundreds of rural, and minority students each year. He also teaches in the U-engage and STEM Leaders programs, which are designed to increase the retention and success of underrepresented college students. His future work will focus on scaling-up successful college access programs to address Oregon’s long-term education and workforce development goals.
Coordinator: Emily Nicholson
Emily Nicholson, originally from Northern California, graduated from Oregon State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Education and Zoology and has been involved with youth programming since she was young. She has experience with 4-H, YMCA, STEM Academy as well as informal youth science outreach through Sigma Delta Omega, Oregon State’s Academic Science sorority. She is excited to be working with PreCollege Programs at OSU to open students’ eyes to the possibilities around them.
Coordinator: Dr. Jean Garcia-Chitwood
Jean Garcia-Chitwood has a wealth of experience working with diverse students in secondary and postsecondary education. She has served as the Director of an Upward Bound program, and has managed a K-12 STEM after school program while at Centro Cultural. In addition, she has experience creating summer bridge programs, such as Puentes while working at Portland Community College. Most recently she has led efforts with the Lincoln County School District to re-initiate a Dual Credit Program and in the creation of a new Early College program for high school Juniors and Seniors. Jean holds an MS in Post-Secondary Adult & Continuing Education from PSU and a PhD in Community College Leadership from OSU. She comes from a first generation, Latino migrant family.
Administrative Program Assistant: Kami Hammerschmith
Kami Hammerschmith has worked at Oregon State University for more than 20 years, previously with Orange Media Network/Student Media. She provides administrative support for Precollege Programs and The SMILE Program.