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Katherine Chen
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Executive Director, STEM Education Center
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Katherine C. Chen is the Executive Director of the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). After being a Professor and Department Chair in Materials Engineering at the California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) State University, San Luis Obispo, she shifted career paths to spend more time on broadening the participation of students in STEM (especially those from underrepresented groups) and advancing equity in education through holistic and innovative approaches. She has helped create a successful engineering summer camp to inspire young students to consider engineering in college, directed a scholarship program for low-income, first generation engineering students, brought engineering into pre-service and in-service science and math teacher professional development, and has been involved with several diversity and inclusivity initiatives to catalyze systemic change. She has undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from MIT in Materials Science.

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