tory, Dr. Sullivan was a driving force behind this hands-on K–16 learning initiative, which now serves more than 4,000 undergraduate engineering students annually. For this work, she was a co-recipient of the 2008 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education from the National Academy of Engineering, and in 2005, she received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the K–12 Division of the American Society of Engineering Education. She also directs the TEAMS Program (Tomorrow’s Engineering—creAte. iMagine. Succeed), funded by the National Science Foundation, and was a co-developer of a retention-building First-Year Engineering Projects course at UC Boulder. Dr. Sullivan is a founding board member of the Denver School of Science and Technology, a public, urban high school that incorporates science, engineering, and technology into a humanities-rich setting focused on student achievement. Her articles have appeared in Science, The Bridge, and many other publications. She received her Ph.D. in environmental health physics and toxicology from Purdue University and has 14 years of engineering experience in the energy and software industries and nine years of experience as director of a water resources and environmental engineering research center.
Robin Willner is vice president, Global Community Initiatives, for IBM, which she joined in 1994 to design and implement Reinventing Education, a $90 million philanthropic initiative that promotes K–12 school reform through grant partnerships with school districts and states to develop new applications of technology to overcome common barriers to school improvement and raise the level of student achievement. She also oversees a range of philanthropic and volunteer programs and was project manager for the 2001, 1999, and 1996 National Education Summits, which were co-hosted by IBM. She was instrumental in the initial planning and start-up of Achieve Inc., a national education organization for standards-based reform. Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Willner was executive director for strategic planning/research and development for the New York City Public Schools. She is a member of the boards of directors of the National Center for Educational Accountability, Grantmakers for Education, and Center for Education Policy in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the U.S. Department of Education Expert Panel on Educational Technology from 1999 to 2000. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in urban affairs.