Before coming to the Center, Elissa was a classroom teacher, working with high school students with special needs. She began working with the CEEO in 1999 while teaching at a local school, bringing engineering into her English classroom. The following year she entered Tufts as a graduate student at the Center, taking classes in engineering and education, and received a M.Ed. Excited by the Center’s work and mission, Elissa continued working at the Center.
Merredith has earned both a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in English from Tufts University in 1998. Merredith has also received her M.A. in Education from Tufts University in 1999. She completed her PhD in Engineering Education in 2010. Merredith is the Associate Director the CEEO. She is responsible for overseeing all of the Center’s outreach programs and efforts in the community. She is the founder of the Tufts University STOMP program.
Laura graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.S. in Biology in 2016. She then completed her Master’s Degree in Education from the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at The Harvard Graduate School of Education. Laura has been part of the CEEO for over four years, working to design and implement various science and engineering curricula as a STOMP Teacher, STOMP Intern, and Workshop Leader. During her time at Harvard, she began working at BlocksCAD, where she helped teach coding and CAD to students of all ages, trained teachers to use the software and implement 3D printing in their classrooms, designed lesson plans, and grew the online community. In addition to managing the STOMP program, Laura works on multiple projects including LEGO Outreach, Novel Engineering, and Design and Engineering Workshops.