Elizabeth Parry
Elizabeth Parry
Consultant, Elizabeth Parry Consulting
Holly Springs, NC
Elizabeth Parry is an engineer and consultant in K-12 Integrated STEM through Engineering Curriculum, Coaching and Professional Development and a Coordinator and Instructor of Introduction to Engineering at the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. For the past sixteen years, she has worked extensively with students from kindergarten to graduate school, parents, preservice and in- service teachers to both educate and excite them about engineering. As the Co-PI and project director of a National Science Foundation GK-12 grant, Parry developed a highly effective tiered mentoring model for graduate and undergraduate engineering and education teams as well as a popular Family STEM event offering for both elementary and middle school communities. Parry is currently a co-Pi on two NSF DR-K12 Projects: the Exploring the Efficacy of Elementary Engineering Project led by the Museum of Science Boston studying the efficacy of two elementary curricular programs and Engineering For All, a middle school project led by Hofstra University. Other current projects include providing comprehensive professional development, coaching, culture change and program consulting for multiple K-8 integrated STEM schools across the country, serving as a regional Professional Development for the Museum of Science, Boston’s Engineering is Elementary curriculum program; and participating in the Family Engineering project. In June, 2014, Liz was appointed by the Board of Directors of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) to chair a new committee on K-12 Engineering. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the ASEE K-12 and Precollege Division; serves as the Vice President of the executive board of the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education, is a board member of the STEM Consortium and is a member of the K-12 Advisory Committee for the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. The past three years, Liz has been named a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s “Nifty Fifty” program, a select group of notable scientists and engineers invited to give keynote presentations in advance of the festival. She has authored or co-authored over 40 papers on issues relating to K-20 integrated STEM, including “Perspectives on Failure in the Classroom by Elementary Teachers New to Teaching Engineering,” (co-author with Dr. Pamela Lottero-Perdue of Towson University) which was awarded best Division (K-12 and Precollege), Best PIC (IV) and Best Overall Conference paper for ASEE in 2014; and "Elementary Teachers Reported Response to Student Design Failures", which was awarded Best K-12 and Precollege Division Paper for 2015. In 2015, Liz received from President Barack Obama the nation's highest award in mentoring, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), Liz is a frequent invited keynote speaker both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining NCSU, Liz worked in engineering and management positions at IBM Corporation for ten years and co-owned an informal science education business.
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    Posted Monday, March 27, 2017 at 2:17 PM
    Comment by Elizabeth Parry
    This is a great post! While we female engineers certainly strive to be as “gender neutral” as possible, biology is simply a fact! I use the seat belt example in many of my speeches, and people are mystified. Yet the questions seem to revolve around “what? They wouldn’t test women in the face of documented data about stature differences?” ....okay maybe I amped up their question but the idea ...
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