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K-12 STEM Teaching Careers Panel

Monday , October 26th from 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Join our distinguished panel of educators to explore a career sparking young people’s
passion for science and mathematics. The panelists have considerable expertise
teaching in schools that serve diverse populations, and experience supporting current
and prospective teachers. This inspiring event will be moderated by a current student in
the UC San Diego credential program who will begin with questions about teaching that
she had when she was an undergraduate and then lead the audience Q&A.

Register here.



Alec Barron

Alec-Barron.JPGAlec Barron is a Science Content Specialist and Principal Investigator for Competency X in Escondido Union High School District.  Alec works at the secondary level to develop teachers, curriculum, and instructional practices that engage students in learning science.  Alec's experience at schools with culturally and socioeconomically diverse students inspired him to complete a social justice based Education Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity with the University of Colorado Denver.




Chris Halter

ChrisHalter.jpegChris Halter has been in education for more than 30 years, beginning with teaching math and science at the middle school level, then moving on to teach math and biology at the high school level, and now working with pre-service STEM teachers at UC San Diego. He is also a retired Navy officer after serving 20 years in contracting and expeditionary logistics.





Hannah Moanike’ala Nakamoto

HannahNakamotoBio-Pic.PNG2.jpgHannah Moanike’ala Nakamoto transferred from Mount Sac Community College to UC San Diego in 2014 to pursue her bachelors in chemistry. After obtaining her undergraduate degree she immediately began the M.Ed. program through UC San Diego in 2017. She is a Noyce scholar, a recipient of the Tribal Membership Initiative, and a proud cat mother. She currently teaches both chemistry and physics in San Diego Unified School District. Ms. Nakamoto firmly believes that all new and prospective teachers should be supported as much as possible. She welcomes questions and would love to share or collaborate with anyone who might be interested.


Enrique J. Romero

EnriqueRomero.jpgEnrique J. Romero received his M.Ed and B.S. in chemistry and biochemistry from UC San Diego. He has taught in Sweetwater Union High School District since 2014. His passion for science is rivaled only by his commitment to learning in a diverse and equitable community. His philosophy branches from creating accessible paths in STEM to students of underrepresented social groups. What he hopes to contribute is a shared experience with the students, so that they may choose to take avenues traditionally less traveled, navigate through the barriers so that they have the opportunity to reach STEM goals, and foster autonomy so that they all may be resilient.





Carli Underhill

Carli_Underhill.jpgCarli Underhill is a Masters student in the professional year of the M.Ed./Credential program. She moved from Los Angeles to San Diego in order to attend UC San Diego, and she received her B.S. in Human Biology from UC San Diego in 2019. Within the M.Ed. program at UC San Diego, she is pursuing a credential in Biology in order to teach at the secondary level.







Physics Industry Day

Wednesday, November 4th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Department of Physics in collaboration with the Student Success Center is hosting a Physics Industry Day webinar. The event will feature presentations by industry speakers as they share more about their academic and career journey, their current company, top skills they are seeking in a successful candidate, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as participate in the live Q & A.

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Dr. Alexander Schafgans

image_6487327-1.JPGDr. Alexander Schafgans is Director of EUV Source Performance at ASML, the global leader in lithography systems used by the semiconductor industry to pattern advanced logic and memory. In his current role, Schafgans is responsible for ensuring world-wide EUV source performance meets or exceeds customer expectations, while driving knowledge creation to solve the most persistent and challenging performance problems facing the EUV light source. In his previous role as Sr. Principal Scientist, Schafgans was focused on leading EUV power scaling activities from 10W through 500W, resulting in the successful development of the 250W EUV light source product. Schafgans is a graduate of UC San Diego, with B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics, a recipient of 2018 UCSD Alumni 40 under 40 award, and a member of the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors.


Dr. Paul van der Wagt

paul-van-der-wagt.PNGDr. Paul van der Wagt received a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University in addition to two M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Twente University in The Netherlands. He worked in semiconductor R&D and later high speed analog circuit design in companies such as Texas Instruments, Rockwell Science Center, Qualcomm, and Inphi before joining Teradyne in 2010, where he is the analog lead for custom ICs and received a 2018 innovation award. He is a senior member of the IEEE, has published over 35 papers, and holds 25 patents.




 Dr. Deirdre Wendel

Deidre-Wendel.PNGDr. Deirdre Wendel received a Bachelor’s Degree in physics at Columbia University in the City of New York, a Masters Degree in physics from the University of California at San Diego,  and a PhD in physics from Rice University. After completing her Masters,  she worked for 5 years in the defense industry as an engineer and scientist before returning to school to complete her doctorate. In 2009, she joined NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD as a civil servant. At GSFC she pursues fundamental space plasma physics research, provides NASA science mission support, and serves as a principal and co-investigator to research and mission support teams. She publishes research on the topics of magnetic reconnection, solar wind heating, and the coupling of the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere.


Diversity in STEM Webinar Series: Conceptualizing Student Diversity in Our Classrooms

Wednesday, November 4th,  3:00pm - 4:15pm

The Student Success Center in the Division of Physical Sciences has partnered with Dr. Stacey Byrdges and Dr. Stanley Lo to host a webinar called "Conceptualizing Student Diversity in Our Classrooms". This webinar is part of a three-part series called the "Diversity in STEM" series. In this interactive session, we will facilitate a discussion on the different ways in which diversity can be conceptualized in the classroom and how these conceptions inform instructors’ approaches to teaching, learning, and curriculum design. Together, we will examine the features and variations that make up these different conceptions and reflect on approaches we might use to create more equitable and inclusive teaching and learning spaces.


Zoom link and registration page can be found here.



Stacey Brydges

Stacey-Brydges.jpgDr. Stacey Brydges is a Teaching Professor and Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Climate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Affiliate Faculty in the Joint Doctoral Program in Mathematics and Science Education. She received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from McMaster University (Canada) and served for four years as an associate research scientist and lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University in the City of New York before joining UC San Diego. Her program of chemical education research and practice promotes equity and inclusion in the sciences via 3 major strands: (1) evidence-based chemistry lab and lecture pedagogy and curriculum reform at the introductory level; (2) STEM educator (K-12 teacher, graduate TA, and faculty) socialization, collaboration, and professional development; and (3) programming that advances access to, and retention in, STEM education and careers, particularly for women, underrepresented minorities, and two-year college transfer students.


Stanley Lo

Stanley-Lo.pngDr. Stanley Lo is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Section of Cell and Developmental Biology and Affiliate Faculty in joint doctoral program in Mathematics and Science Education. His research examines (1) how faculty conceptions of teaching, learning, and diversity inform the way they teach and interact with students and (2) how the intersection of student identity and experience results in unique opportunities and challenges for learning, both as a means to promote equity and inclusion in science. Dr. Lo is the President-Elect for the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), a scientific professional organization whose members develop evidence-based models in teaching and learning with the goals of improving postsecondary biology education. Prior to moving to San Diego, Dr. Lo was a Research Associate in Learning Sciences at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University and B.S. and M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University.