The members below served in various advisory capacities during the development of the TechXcite curriculum.
Jim Barber received a BA in economics in 1968 from Colgate University and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1974. He served as Controller on the NC State Board of Education from 1983-1989, and as Assistant State Superintendent for Financial and Personnel Services for the NC Department of Public Instruction from 1989-1999. He was the Executive Director of LEARN NC in UNC Chapel Hill's School of Education from 1999-2006. Currently, he is the Senior Education Advisor in the School of Education at UNC Chapel Hill.
Martha Cyr received her BS in mechanical engineering from the University of NH in 1982. She earned her MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1987 and 1997, respectively. She was the Director of the Center for Engineering Educational Outreach at Tufts University from 1997-2003. Currently, she is the Director of K-12 Outreach at WPI, and an adjunct faculty member in mechanical engineering. Dr. Cyr served as the TechXcite Advisory Board Chair.
Eddie Locklear received his Doctorate in Education from North Carolina State University in 1992. He has worked in 4-H since 1975 and currently serves as National Director, 4-H Science, at National 4-H Council, Chevy Chase, MD. In December 2003, Dr. Locklear joined National 4-H Council full time in 2004 as National Director, 4-H Afterschool, an initiative created in 2002. In this role Dr. Locklear helped establish 4-H Afterschool programs nationally. In 2006 Dr. Locklear assumed the National Director of 4-H Science role to help design and implement a national program model for 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology. Dr. Locklear has worked closely with the Resource Development Department at National 4-H Council to raise millions of dollars to support 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology programs. These programs are provided to 4-H youth throughout the United States.
David Malone received a Ph.D. in Education from Duke University in 1984. He is currently an Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Duke Program in Education where he has been on the faculty since 1984. He is also the Faculty Director of the Duke University Office of Service Learning. He teaches undergraduate courses in Educational Psychology, Literacy, and Service Learning.
Melanie Scott received her BA in Chemistry and BS in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University in 1993. She has been a Senior Program Associate and Database Specialist with the Burroughs Wellcome Fund since 1996. She is responsible for administering competitive and noncompetitive award programs in science, mathematics, and technology education, including receiving and facilitating peer-review of competitive grant applications, administering grants awarded, and maintaining connections with grant recipients and other organizations working in the field of science education.
Dave Smith received a BA in English Literature from Duke University in 1969 and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1987. He is the Director of the Center for Inquiry Based Learning (CIBL) in the Research Triangle Park, NC. CIBL provides professional development for 2,500 NC teachers each year in inquiry based science education. Smith was a Music/Math/Science Teacher at Carolina Friends Middle and Upper Schools in Durham, NC from 1980-1987, where he. taught student-centered, discovery-oriented math, science, and music in grades 5-10.
Vicki Weston is a first-year medical student at the University of Michigan. She received her BS in Psychology with a Neuroscience Concentration and minors in chemistry and biology from Duke University in 2008. In 2005 she created FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science), a program encouraging girls to develop interests in math, engineering, and science. In February 2008, 180 4th, 5th, and 6th grade girls from Durham, NC spent a day at Duke to attend hands-on, small group workshops led by female faculty members, as part of the annual FEMMES event.