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1.4: Authors’ Bios

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  • Natalie Apuzzo is a government contractor for the OSD Test Resource Management Center. She works in the Joint Mission Environment Test Capability Program Management Office, where she is Technical Editor and Web Content Developer. She has 10 years of experience in the Department of Defense, with eight of those years in the Test and Evaluation Community.
  • James G. Batterson, B.S. (Mathematics); M.S. (Physics) College of William & Mary. Mr. Batterson has taught high school physics and mathematics, worked as a scientific programmer for LTV Corporation, and, from 1980 until his retirement in 2008, was a research engineer at NASA Langley Research Center. At NASA he conducted flight research on the dynamics and control of aerospace vehicles, serving as Head of the Dynamics and Control Branch and, later, as Deputy Director for Strategic Development. He has also served on a number of community boards, including the Newport News School Board and New Horizons Regional Education Center Board. While at NASA, he worked on assignments for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, NASA Headquarters, and the Office of Virginia’s Secretary of Education. Upon retirement, Mr. Batterson became Senior Advisor to the Commonwealth for STEM Initiatives in Governor Tim Kaine’s administration. There he led a project that developed the “21st Century Physics Flexbook – a Compilation of Contemporary and Emerging Technologies,” an open content, freely available, web-based resource, written mostly by, and for, high school physics teachers.
  • James Beltran is Science Curriculum Specialist at H.M. King High School, Kingsville, TX. He received a B.S. (Biology & Chemistry) and M.S. (Biology & Neurosciences) at Texas A&M. Previously, Mr. Beltran has taught high school biology, pre-AP biology, physics, pre-AP physics, and AP physics. He is currently completing work on two additional degrees – an M.S. in Education Administration at Texas A&M and a Ph.D in Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. An undergraduate research opportunity drove his interest in how to prevent illness rather than simply treat it after the fact. This led to his development of the lesson plan, “Aliens Attack!”
  • James Bradley, B.E. (Mechanical & Electrical Engineering) General Motors Institute, MBA (Operations Management) Dartmouth College, and Ph.D. (Industrial Engineering) Stanford University, is a professor at the Mason School of Business, College of William and Mary. With industry experience at General Motors and Digital Equipment Corporation, Professor Bradley taught at Stanford and Cornell before coming to the College of William and Mary, where he currently teaches in the Mason School of Business and carries out research in developing managerial policies that improve the flow of goods through supply chains, and how to use information technology and analytics to improve supply chain performance.
  • Mark Clemente, B.A. (Chemistry) University of Pennsylvania, MSEd (Secondary Science Education) Old Dominion University, is a chemistry teacher at Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach Public Schools (Virginia). Before entering the K-12 education field, Mr. Clemente served in the U.S. Navy. He has taught high school chemistry, materials science, and AP chemistry and served as Science Department Chair. Mr. Clemente was Educator in Residence at the National Institute of Aerospace, where he developed a range of modeling and simulation courses and inquiry-based curriculum in collaboration with the NIA research and education staff and NASA scientists and engineers. He authored a modeling and simulation chapter in the 21 st Century Physics FlexBook®: A Compilation of Contemporary and Emerging Physics, a collaboration between the CK-12 Foundation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Clemente has been selected as Virginia Beach Teacher of the Year and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
  • Javier (Jeff) Covelli is President, Innovative Technology Professionals and Senior Business Development Manager, Computer Sciences Corporation. B.S. (Ocean/Civil Engineering) U.S. Naval Academy, M.S. (Electrical Engineering) Naval Postgraduate School, M.S. (Industrial Engineering/Management Systems) University of Central Florida, Ph.D. (Modeling & Simulation) University of Central Florida. Dr. Covelli has a broad range of operational, training, and management experience, ranging from a U.S. Navy carrier pilot assigned to the USS George Washington through various assignments onboard ship including Weapons Systems Training Instructor, Combat Systems Officer, and Maintenance Safety Officer. He has held numerous software and modeling and simulation analysis, development, and management positions with major companies including Lockheed Martin Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation, General Dynamics, and Northrup Grumman Corporation Sector (NPS). He is currently responsible for identifying and qualifying new training and range support opportunities, developing strategic teaming alliances to bolster CSC qualifications, developing strategic relationships within DoD and DHS, and supporting the capture and proposal development process for CSC.
  • Lisa Damian-Marvin is a physics teacher at Candem Hills Regional High School, in FiveTowns CSD school district, Maine. B.A. (Chemistry) Boston University, M.S. (Chemistry) Carnegie Mellon University, M.A. (Gifted and Talented Education) Northcentral University. In addition to teaching physics, chemistry, engineering, and forensics, Mrs. Damian-Marvin was a founding director of the Midcoast Academy for New and In-Service Educators, a program that trained and supported conditionally certified K-12 teachers throughout the mid-coast Maine region. She also worked with the American Geologic Association as a curriculum developer for a national environmental education program. Mrs. Damian-Marvin is a National Board Certified Teacher, was awarded the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching, was a 2001 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Finalist, and won the 2011 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize.
  • Bernard “Chip” Ferguson is the Program Manager for Joint Mission Environment Test Capability (JMETC) Program, part of the OSD Test Resource Management Center. Since joining the Army in 1965, Mr. Ferguson has held leadership positions in combat units, varied level staffs, the Army’s Operational Test and Evaluation Command, and Office of the Director, Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Upon retirement from active duty, Mr. Ferguson became a Division Manager and Operations Manager with SAIC supporting test and evaluation in DoD. With his vast experience in distributed testing and evaluation, Mr. Ferguson was selected for his current position in 2006.
  • John Fitzgerald is a mathematics teacher at Camden Hills Regional HS, Rockport, Maine. B.A. Nasson College, Springvale, Maine; M.S. (Engineering) University of New Hampshire. He has taught the full curriculum of secondary mathematics in private and public schools in Maine and Connecticut since 1976 with a few breaks. From 1980-84, he was employed by Research Computing and the Oceanographic Research Group in Durham, NH. During the 2000-01 school year he served as Interim Head of School for the Children’s House Montessori School in Rockport, ME. Since 2009, Mr. Fitzgerald has also taught Elementary Statistics as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University College at Rockland and at Thomas College. He is currently the President of the local teachers association and advises for the school yearbook. His professional interests include a deeper understanding around the instruction of the AP Calculus curriculum, teacher mentoring and the evaluation process. He is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Camden Public Library. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Fitzgerald enjoys sailing, rowing, cycling and walking in the woods. He and his wife manage an alpaca farm on their property in Camden and are visited often by their children and grandchildren.
  • Joseph Herrington is a physics and principles of engineering teacher at John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science, Boston, MA. B.A. (Physics) Northeastern University. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Herrington develops new curricula in modeling and simulation and simulation-based science and engineering. He has presented at the 2011 NSTA Conference in San Francisco where he spoke on the importance of modeling and simulation (MODSIM) in the classroom and of his experiences as a participant in NASA's Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program. He has also co-presented a one-week workshop focusing on MODSIM to a group of teachers from the Kingsville School District in Kingsville, TX.
  • Michael G. Lilienthal is Principal Analyst at Electronic Warfare Association, Government Systems, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. Dr. Lilienthal received his Doctor of Philosophy in experimental psychology, specializing in psychophysical scaling and measurement from the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the Navy War College Command and Staff College, has a Certificate in Systems Engineering from the Navy Postgraduate School, and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and an IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional. Dr. Lilienthal served in the Navy for 30 years as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist working a variety of programs in research, training, human systems integration, policy development, test & evaluation and modeling & simulation, including a tour as the Director of the Department of Defense’s Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO). He retired as a captain and has been working for the Joint Mission Environment Test Capability (JMETC) in the Operations, Planning & Support Division.
  • Margaret Loper is Chief Scientist for the Information & Communications Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. She earned a B.S. (Electrical Engineering) from Clemson University, M.S. (Computer Engineering) from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. (Computer Science) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Loper’s technical focus is parallel and distributed simulation, and her research contributions are in the areas of temporal synchronization, simulation testing, and simulation communication protocols and she is currently involved in projects related to data intensive systems and the interoperability of live, virtual and constructive (LVC) simulations. She is an instructor and course developer for Georgia Tech’s Professional Master’s in Applied Systems Engineering, teaching the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) for Systems Engineering course. She teaches three M&S professional education courses and runs the M&S Certificate program. Dr. Loper also leads a STEM activity called America’s Teachers @ I/ITSEC. This program brings K-12 teachers from across the U.S. to the Industry/Interservice Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) to expose them to M&S technology and to help them understand how to bring M&S technology into their classroom.
  • Bridget Mariano is a chemistry teacher and computer resource specialist, Kempsville High School, Virginia Beach Public Schools (Virginia). B.S. (Cum Laude - Biology and Chemistry) Old Dominion University. Before coming to Kempsville High School, Mrs. Mariano taught in the Math/Science Magnet Academy at Ocean Lakes High School, where she was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2010. She has made numerous presentations on modeling and simulation, both in her school district and outside, including at the MODSIM World Expo (Virginia Beach) and at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (Orlando). She is a National Board Certified Teacher with specialty endorsements in Adolescent and Young Adult Science Education. Outside of school, Mrs. Mariano enjoys time with her husband, Jon, and four children, Amber, Alexander, Carlie, and Chloe.
  • Catherine Murray is a mathematics and physics teacher in Boston, MA. B.A. (Physics with a minor in Mathematics) Drew University and M.Ed. (Secondary Science Education) Boston College. She has been a Boston Public School teacher for 12 years now, teaching all levels of math as well as physics. Catherine refuses to accept the answer from her students that they “just aren’t good” at math and science. She is passionate about making both science and math education accessible to all students, especially to urban school students who come from a sweeping variety of educational backgrounds and experiences. In 2010, she was selected by NASA to participate in its Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development program. Catherine firmly believes that by making Modeling and Simulation an integral part of STEM curricula, it increases student buy-in to the subject as well as improves their learning outcomes. She hopes to continue working in the field of science curriculum development.
  • Katie Phalen is a chemistry teacher at Tempe High School, Tempe Union High School District in Tempe AZ. B.S. (Agriculture) University of Arizona. Ms. Phalen has been an educator for 25 years and is currently teaching HOPE Chemistry (Health Occupations Preparatory Education) and Introductory Chem-Physics. In the past, she has taught a wide range of courses including Honors Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Biology. She enjoyed developing the “Troubled Waters” lesson plan as it is designed to address the world water crisis from a chemical and biological stand point.
  • Behzad Raiszadeh, B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) University of Virginia, M.S. (Aerospace Engineering) George Washington University. Mr. Raiszadeh worked in private industry in the Washington D.C. area and Colorado Springs for ten years before joining NASA in 2000. At NASA, he was assigned to Atmospheric Flight and Entry Systems, a department responsible for the safe landing of missions to other planets. Mr. Raiszadeh was a flight dynamics engineer for the highly successful Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), helping construct the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) simulations for the entire landing sequence. After the MER landings in 2004, Mr. Raiszadeh moved to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) project; he was responsible for mission performance modeling, simulation, and analysis. In 2007, after leaving the MSL project, he joined the Ares I launch vehicle project and served as the element manager for the upper stage. Following the cancellation of the Constellation project and the Ares I launch vehicle, he joined NASA Langley’s Office of Education as the Modeling and Simulation Education Project Manager. There, he was responsible for the technical content of the “simulation-based engineering and science teacher professional development program.” Mr. Raiszadeh led the development of this FlexBook. He is responsible for the technical content of the FlexBook and has been the primary contact person with all the authors.
  • Andy Register earned BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His doctoral research emphasized the simulation and real-time control of nonminimum phase mechanical systems using modern control and artificial neural network techniques. Dr. Register has approximately 20 years of experience split between R&D at GTRI and product development at two early-phase start-up companies. R&D experience centers on radar system simulation using both single and multi-processor systems. This experience includes the development of state-of-the-art computer architectures and interfaces along with their integration into human- and hardware-in-the-loop systems. More recently he has been developing advanced radar tracking algorithms, radar-control techniques, and software architectures for various sensor integration simulations. Dr. Register is also teaches graduate-level courses in systems engineering and is involved in teaching satellite mission system concepts to high school students in Atlanta.
  • Mary Bridget Samson teaches at Tempe High School, Tempe Union High School District in Tempe AZ. Bachelor of Science Education (Biology) Northern Arizona University. Ms. Samson has taught Biology, IB Biology, Biotechnology, and Chem/Phys at Tempe High School for 7 years. She has also assisted in teaching at a summer Field Biology course in Wisconsin for the last 10 years. She is currently working towards her Masters of Science in biology education from the University of Arizona. The lesson plan Katie Phalen and Mary Bridget designed addresses the world water crisis from a chemistry and ecology viewpoint with a connection to how water is used by NASA on the International Space Station and for other planned space travel.
  • Andreas Tolk holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science, both from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, Germany. Dr. Tolk is a Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Jointly appointed to the Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering Department, he is also affiliated with the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC) as well as with the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering (NCSOSE). He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed contributions to journals, textbooks, and conferences. Dr. Tolk received the Frank Batten College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Research in 2008, the first Technical Merit Award from the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) in 2010, and the Outstanding Professional Contribution Award from the Society for Modeling and Simulation (SCS) in 2012.
  • Elizabeth Whitaker earned her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering (specialization in artificial intelligence) from the University of South Carolina in 1992. She has over twenty years of experience on software development and research projects. Her primary research interest is applied artificial intelligence (AI), and she has provided case-based learning technologies to be integrated into a multiple machine learning approach. Dr. Whitaker is working on several research projects in human cultural and behavioral modeling exploring the docking and integration of agent-based, case-based and system dynamics models. She and her software team participated on a research project providing case-based military course-of-action (COA) analysis and system dynamics models for recognizing COA weaknesses. She led another project that investigated new modeling tools to aid intelligence analysts in knowledge discovery.
  • Christopher Yglesias is Assistant Deputy Program Manager for Operations, Planning & Support for the Joint Mission Environment Test Capability (JMETC) Program. Prior to joining the JMETC program, Mr. Yglesias worked for the Office of Naval Research, Future Naval Capabilities Program supporting various Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology efforts in the area of Intelligent Autonomy of Unmanned Systems. Mr. Yglesias is an Electronics Engineer from the Air Combat Environment Test & Evaluation Facility at the Naval Air Systems Command. He is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Systems Engineering.

1 SAA1-1110 “Nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement Between Ck-12 Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration for Development of a First Draft FlexBook® on Simulation-Based Engineering and Science.”

2 “A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas.” Developed by the Committee on a Conceptual Framework for New K-12 Science Education Standards, Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council. Public Release July 19, 2011.

3 Kentucky Survey of Critical Technologies. In 2003-04, the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation contracted with Horizon Research International to carry out a survey of almost 300 middle and high school science teachers in Kentucky found that very few were knowledgeable of contemporary and emerging technology areas. For example only 60% had heard of nanotechnology, and 18% felt they understood what nanotechnology was. Eighty-eight percent of the teachers were aware of the term “artificial intelligence,” but only 27% reported understanding the concept.

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