Ann Kaiser
CEO/Author, ProjectEngin LLC
Barrington, RI
Biography
Ann Kaiser is the founder of ProjectEngin LLC, a STEM Education consulting firm dedicated to the inclusion of Engineering Design in K-12 classrooms. She is a former engineer and educator with over 30 years of experience. Following an award-winning teaching career, Ann has spent the past five years providing professional development and curriculum support to schools and educators interested in using Engineering Design thinking and practices to frame active, project-based learning. In addition to her ongoing workshop commitments, she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Ann’s Engineering experience in product and market development in the metals industry lead her to value creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills as much as technical knowledge. As an educator, she worked extensively to include more inquiry and project-based learning in math and physics classes. In 2010, she designed and implemented a successful Engineering Design elective that has since been adopted by numerous schools. It introduces students to the potential of Engineering as both a problem-solving process and a potential career path. In 2013, Ann won a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher award and spent six months in Singapore researching Engineering Design performance tasks and projects in secondary Physics. In 2014, she was named a Top Overseas Teacher by the Academy of Singapore Teachers, Ministry of Education. Ann’s innovative work with ProjectEngin led to the company being named the 2017 Small Business Administration Microenterprise of the Year for the New England Region. Ann holds a B.S. in Engineering from Columbia. As an International Fellow at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, she earned a master’s degree in International Affairs, with a focus on technology transfer. Her book, "Designing the Future: How Engineering Builds Creative Critical Thinkers in the Classroom", is available from Solution Tree Press and Amazon.
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