Professor in the Engineering Technology department at Butler County Community College.
In addition to full time teaching, development of curriculum, advising and consulting Mike has served as a Co-PI of an NSF PLM Grant out of Purdue University , PI of an NSF Grant focused on STEM technology education using the guitar and presently is serving as a Co PI of the LEAD Guitars with STEM NSF grant.
A seasoned professional with over 25 years of teaching experience, Mike is passionate about ensuring relevancy of education for today’s students. His educational philosophy and mantra is “Connect with the culture”. This innovative teaching program has garnered remarkable media attention, igniting a renewed enthusiasm for STEM studies. Through grant presentations across the country, Mike and the team have found that math and music are truly universal languages that span gender, age, socio-economics and race.
Steve is a professor of Applied Technology at College of the Redwoods in Northern California (www.redwoods.edu).
He has been teaching engineering design at the community college level for 29 years (24 of those at College of the Redwoods). Steve enjoys making learning relevant, challenging, and exciting for students – all defining traits of The STEM Guitar Project. He has found the guitar to be a great interdisciplinary teaching tool that inspires students and teachers to ‘Take it up to eleven”.
Imelda Castañeda-Emenaker – EdD
Sr. Research Associate, Professional Program Evaluator, and Adjunct Faculty at the College of Education, Human Services, and Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
Primarily conducts program evaluation of various NSF, other Federal, and private-funded projects in human services and STEM-related projects among which are the Mechatronics Project of Gateway Community Technical College; the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative; the Faculty Professional Development in Design, Construction, Assembly and Analysis of a Solid Body Electric Guitar; and the LEAD with GUITARS in STEM Project.
I participated in the guitar building workshop and built my own guitar to have a better context of teachers going through this professional development. Guitar building has truly helped a lot of teachers in improving their students’ interest in their classes, thereby improving their classroom performance.
Nancy Wilson Chang
Just a few miles north of Seattle at Edmonds Heights K-12, Nancy teaches high school math and guitar and ukulele building. In 2011, she and the school’s technology teacher co-founded the Guitar Building & Beyond STEM Program at Edmonds Heights. Since then, Nancy has guided scores of students through the design and engineering process of building custom stringed instruments, highlighting the naturally occurring math and science of guitar construction and music. Nancy is National Board Certified in mathematics and a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. [Website: TheMathVortex.com]
Physics, Physical Science, and Principles of Engineering teacher at New Philadelphia High School, New Philadelphia, Ohio.
PhD Student in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Science and Astronomy Education, University of Wyoming.
Dr. Mark French
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN.
Primarily instructs in the area of mechanics and design optimization. Runs the guitar making lab at Purdue. Has authored more than 100 technical publications including the books Engineering the Guitar and Technology of the Guitar.
I have personally built several dozen guitars of different types and helped students build hundreds of their own.
Instructional Developer, Instructional Technology Services, San Diego State University
Previously Sean was Technology Director at The Grauer School in Encinitas, California, where he managed The Grauer School’s web presence, educational technology, workshops for faculty and parents, and the school-wide 1:1 laptop program. After attending the STEM Guitar Institute in 2010, Sean co-founded a guitar building class at The Grauer School in collaboration with the Math Department Chair.
Doug Hunt teaches engineering and technology courses at Southern Wells Jr-Sr High School. He has been playing the guitar for 30 years, and building guitars for the past seven years. Besides teaching at summer institutes, his role in the grant has been R&D, prototyping new designs, and principle designer for a number of the instruments on the web site. His school produces electric bass kits and many of the fretboards used in the guitar kits. Doug has been recognized by the Engineering and Technology Educators of Indiana and International Technology and Engineering Education Association.
Teacher of industrial arts and engineering drafting at Kiona-Benton City High School for 22 years. Implemented guitar building program in 2012 and have integrated ukulele and acoustic guitar building into the curriculum. Formal education includes attending Washington State University, Eastern and Western Washington University where a Bachelors degree in Technology Education was earned. He also received a masters degree in Education from Heritage University in Washington state. A drummer at heart, building guitars has turned into a huge passion thanks to the incredible folks who developed the STEM Guitar program. Guitarbuilding.org is the game changer for the students and industrial arts/manufacturing programs taught at Ki-BE HS.
Marketing and Program/Project Development Specialist.
Kevin has the unique capacity to connect the Guitar Building Workshop with suitable community partners, including school districts, media outlets and the local music industry. After a 19 year career in marketing and project development in the radio industry, including developing and managing key targeted listener events, Kevin received a Project Management certificate degree from Edmonds Community College. The Project Management education combines his background in coordinating the collaborative effort of multi-dimensional partners and his long standing relationships in the public, corporate, institutional, government, charitable and music industry arenas. In addition, he has a five year working history with a higher educational institution focused on generating media exposure for education programs via major market media outlets.
Professor of Manufacturing Technology and Design at Ventura College.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH.
The STEM guitar project’s Principal Investigator, Tom focuses his instruction in the area of design and manufacturing of products in the MET program curriculum. He also manages the guitar manufacturing lab @ Sinclair which produces 1300+ guitar kits a year for the STEM guitar project. A PLTW affiliate professor for IED, NISOD Teaching Excellence award winner, and ETAC-ABET Commissioner, Tom has taught both at the high school and collegiate levels.
“On this type of project you need to focus on product improvement; our team has done that on a continual basis to create a product that makes the implementation easier.” The STEM guitar Project is now on its 7 generation of guitar improvements since our manufacturing started in 2007.
Eddie (Ed) Ufford, a native of Kellogg, a city in the Silver Valley of Northern Idaho. He now resides in Richland, Washington. Richland is a city in the desert southeastern part of the State, at the confluence of the Yakima and the Columbia Rivers.
Ed currently teaches Computer Aided Drafting and Woodworking for high school students in Richland, WA at Hanford High School. He has taught and coached in the Richland School district for over 22 years. Completed his Bachelors of Science (BS) degree from Western Montana College in Industrial Arts & Technical Education in 1991 and earned his master’s degree in Education by 1996. Ed implemented guitar and ukulele building four years ago. To date his students have built over 85 electric guitars and 45 acoustic tenor ukuleles.
Ed dreams that one day he will actually learn how to play something other than the riff to “Ghost Riders in the Sky”. But until then, he takes comfort in knowing that he shares many to the same individualities of Leo Fender—likes to play pinochle on a Saturday night, obsessed with work and doesn’t play the guitar!