David HughesDavidHughes
Teacher Pair- John Sawyer

David is a first year Master’s student in computer Science, coming back to Troy after getting his BS in 2010. In the years before grad school, Dave worked as a government consultant in DC, and would like to return to the area when he finishes his degree. He’s currently researching social networks, but some of his other areas of interest are machine learning and data mining. In his free time, he likes to hike, read, and watch TV.





hathawayCharles Hathaway
Teacher Pair-Leslie Hatfield

After leaving the Rensselaer area in 2010 to attend Vermont Technical College for Software Engineering Charles is returning to enroll in the Computer Science PhD program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Charles’ areas of interest include computer networking, software engineering, web application development, and computer graphics. Charles has a background in software automation, web development, hardware-software integration, and computer networking. During his free time, Charles reads books, writes code, and hangs out with friends for the weekly “game night”.


bennett Kathryn Bennett
Teacher Pair- Troy Gale

Kathryn Bennett is a first-year Master’s student at RPI, pursuing a degree in Computer Science. She is originally from Northfield, Vermont. In 2013, Kathryn received her B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was a cheerleader at home football and basketball games. Her primary interests in computer science are graphics and visualizations. In her free time, she loves to read (fiction), draw, and watch movies (preferably animated or about Marvel characters). After obtaining her Master’s degree, Kathryn would like to go into industry and is currently interested in building web applications.


TullyKathleen Tully
Teacher Pair- Michael Justice

Kathleen Tully is a second year Master’s student in Computer Science. She graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2010 with a BA in French and International Studies and a BS in Mathematics. After graduating, she worked for the New York State Department of Labor where she gained experience in online training and SQL scripting. After three years with the department, she returned to school at RPI. With Triple Helix, she is working on a tool that allows students to use geodata to examine their neighborhoods through the lens of social justice. To relax, Kathleen likes to read comic books, practice Tae Kwon Do, play board games and go to RPI hockey games.


Andrew Ellis
Andrew Ellis

Teacher Pair-Peg Webb, Hackett Middle School, Albany
Andrew Ellis earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, located in Washington, DC.  During his time at Howard he was heavily involved with activities associated with STEM initiatives, such as the National Society of Black Engineers and TRUST: A Society for Men.  Currently, he is concentrating in Energy Sources and Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute under the advisement of Dr. Shayla Sawyer.  Andrew enjoys playing and watching sports, photography, and spending time with family and friends.


Libby Rodriquez

Teacher Pair-Terry Bennett, Hackett Middle School, Albany

Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Elizabeth received a B.A. in Computer Science from Maryville College in Maryville, TN. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Computer Science Department. She’s interested in security, web programming, and networking. She loves reading and has the entire Stephen King collection of books finished. She loves exploring and trying new things including photography, climbing, and road biking. In the long term, she hopes to find a programming job that allows her to travel and explore as well as largely contribute in an industry career.


Colin Garvey

Teacher Pair-Shannon Stevens, Hackett Middle School, Albany

Colin Garvey just returned from four years in Japan to start his PhD in the STS program at RPI. As a practicing Zen monk, he strives to understand social justice issues in a cosmic way, though he keeps his action local. He is interested in exploring the power of evolution as a unifying narrative, and combating the pernicious myth of genetic determinism.


Michael O’Keefe

Teacher Pair-Paul Dunleavy, Doyle Middle School, Troy

Michael O’Keefe is a first-year Ph.D. student of Computer Science, originally from Hudson, New Hampshire. He received his undergraduate degree from RPI in Bioinformatics & Molecular Biology in 2012. His research interests are in bioinformatics and computational biology. Currently he is working on a biosensor capable of detecting the presence of the small molecule melamine with Dr. Bystroff in the Biology department. In the GK-12 program, Michael is working with the SensorCaching group to develop participatory community sensing resources. When he’s not studying, Michael is an EMT with RPI’s volunteer ambulance, and likes to hike, bike and enjoy the outdoors.


Ellen Foster

Teacher Pair-Jim Hutchins, Hackett Middle School, Albany

Originally from Michigan, Ellen Foster received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Astronomy from Vassar College where she also began to study Science and Technology Studies. She is currently working toward her Ph.D in STS at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with research interests in the democratization of science and the use of interactive technology in science outreach. Ellen retains an interest in Astronomy and star-gazing. She also enjoys painting, creating music, electronic arts and biking.


Michael Lachney

Michael Lachney
Teacher Pair-Linda Carey, Hackett Middle School, Albany

Michael Lachney has an MA in media studies, and a background in teaching new media literacies. Before working as a Triple Helix fellow at RPI, he was an after-school media arts mentor for Chicago’s Digital Youth Network. During this time Michael taught video production and fan fiction courses to middle school students. He plans to continue work around digital media and learning in RPI’s Science and Technology Studies program, through lenses of social justice in math and science classrooms.


Eric Sterner
Teacher Pair-Paul Dunleavy, Doyle Middle School, Troy

Eric Sterner is a Chemical and Biological Engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Eric started his undergraduate work at RPI in the fall of 2005 in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. After completion of his BS in the spring of 2009, he entered the RPI Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering PhD program. Eric’s research work focuses primarily on sulfotransferase enzymes and glycosaminoglycan sulfation, primarily in the synthesis of bioengineered heparin. Research areas include, but are not limited to: enzyme immobilization, cofactor regeneration, and substrate affinity studies.

Bill Babbitt
Teacher Pair- Linda Carey, Hackett Middle School, Albany

I am very interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in under-served populations. My research interests focus on inquiry learning in the STEM disciplines and how computer science, especially computer games can increase interest in and retention of basic concepts in STEM related courses. I am an Edyth Mae Sliffe award winner, 2008 Middle School, of the Mathematical Association of America. I have a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Xavier University (1988) in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have a B.S. with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science from Empire State College (2010) in Saratoga, New York. I am a co-advisor for Albany Area Math Circle and our weekly math circle meetings are a highlight of my week during the school year. In addition to Math Circle, I coach a home school MATHCOUNTS team with the assistance of some amazing High School students here in the Capital District. I am also an assistant coach for the Upstate New York ARML team. My science related hobbies include organic gardening, reading science magazines, and browsing on eol.org when I have time.

David Banks
Teacher Pair- Shannon Stevenson, Hackett Middle School, Albany

David A. Banks received his bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from New College of Florida and is currently working toward his Ph.D in RPI’s Science and Technology Studies Department. His research interests include the culture of transportation and urban design, architecture as a profession, and social justice as it pertains to technology. He is also very interested in comic books and science fiction. He is constantly trying to find ways of connecting the former with the latter.

Tian Gao
Teacher Pair- Julia Dunsmoor, Doyle Middle School, Troy

My name is Tian Gao. I was born in Taiyuan, China, and moved to Boston, U.S, while I was attending middle school. I graduated magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009, majored in Electrical Engineering and with a minor in Electronic Art. I used to work in Prof. Badri Roysam’s lab to help research on neuron reconstruction and worm detection as part of undergraduate research program. I am currently a graduate student at RPI Intelligent System Laboratory under Prof. Qiang Ji. My research interest lies in areas of computer vision, machine learning, and pattern recognition, especially motion detection and tracking. I love to travel and have lived in three countries: China, Japan, and US. All the beautiful sceneries I have visited, especially color and images, have always fascinated me, which is a main reason that I chose to study electronic art in college and computer vision now. Science-related hobbies include Chess, Go, and …science!

Louis Gutierrez
Teacher Pair- Liz Franklin, Hackett Middle School, Albany

After completing his M.S. at Southern Methodist University, Louis served for two years in Tanzania, East Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He then worked an additional year there as the IT Administrator for the international NGO AfricAid. In both instances, Louis worked to develop IT resources for underserved populations. Additionally, Louis has spent time in Alaska developing Distance Education Resources for students along the Northern Slope. Currently Louis is a PhD student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where his research areas include using web and mobile technologies to interface with environmental sensors. As part of the Triple Helix Program, Louis is working along side Elizabeth Franklin at Hackett Middle School in Albany, NY to help prepare students for careers in the Sciences and Engineering.

Dan Lyles
Teacher Pair- Terese Bennett, Hackett Middle School, Albany

Daniel A. Lyles holds a bachelors of arts in Sociology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. His research interests include: appropriation of technology in urban communities, Anti-Intellectualism and the Authority of Scientific Expertise. He is a native Texan from Houston and Austin. His personal interests include motorcycle mechanics, baking and politics. He is also a published poet and has a background in music education. He is currently in the process of earning his PhD in Science and Technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He hopes to build his own Science and Technology think tank for the development of community centered technologies.

Chris Shing
Teacher Pair- Kerry Welcome, North Albany Academy, Albany

Hi everyone, my name is Chris Shing, Electrical Engineer. I’m from New Hyde Park, New York, a small town about 40 minutes from Manhattan. I completed my B.S. in Electrical Engineering at RPI and am now continuing my graduate studies in the same major at the same school. Growing up, I never really considered what my future would be like. It wasn’t until I took a class at Sewanhaka High School, titled Instrumentation and Automation, that I was drawn to the field of electrical engineering. In that class I learned the basics of circuit design and analysis, gained some hands on experience with circuits and eventually developed a few pieces of equipment that I still play around with today. Right now I’m working on developing a remote, water-based biological sensing system using some innovative nanoparticles based detectors and ultraviolet LEDs. Also, I’m working with using these nanoparticles for other sensors as well. Science-Related Hobby: Model Railroad (model trains don’t run on steam!)

Jed Williams
Jed Williams
Teacher- Pegg Webb, Hackett Middle School, Albany

Jedediyah Williams earned a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from UMass Amherst. He then spent four years teaching physics and mathematics at Nantucket High School in Massachusetts, the last two years of which he served as science department head. While at NHS, Williams was honored twice for significant contribution to Nantucket Public Schools by the school district, and was nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. During his second year teaching, Williams began work as a research scientist at the Maria Mitchell Observatory.  While there, he developed and improved upon techniques for recording and analyzing transits of extrasolar planets. Williams is presently studying robotics at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute with Jeff Trinkle Ph.d.
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