Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) July 29, 2008
The MIT Club of Princeton, serving the Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni of central New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce that five area teachers went to MIT this summer to learn the latest techniques in teaching science, technology and engineering, and be exposed to some of the latest research at MIT.
MIT, in conjunction with its respective alumni clubs across the world, select approximately fifty teachers each year to attend Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) for one week during the summer. The program is designed to share MIT's perspective on how engineers apply the principles of science to meet the technological needs of society. The selected teachers attend presentations on the frontiers of science and math; sessions on the synthesis, processing, properties, and performance of materials; and discussions on the design and manufacture of engineering systems that affect the quality of life on Earth (e.g. water treatment, healthcare, international commerce, and energy conversion).
The five teachers selected this year by the MIT Club of Princeton included Michael Condurso of Bordentown Regional High School teaching Engineering and Technology, Kimberly Murray of Lenape High School teaching Chemistry, William McMullen of John P. Stevens High School teaching Physics, Kathleen Segale of Ridge High School teaching Mathematics, and Afshan Waheed of Perth Amboy High School teaching Biology. It is their combined passion for science and math that prompted them to apply for the MIT SEPT Program.
In addition to funds from the Club itself, the SEPT program was funded with generous contributions from Ashok Madhavan, an MIT alumnus and the Assistant Treasurer of the Campbell Soup Company with a matching contribution from his employer; Mayor Jun Choi, an MIT alumnus and current Mayor of Edison, New Jersey; and local alumni Louisa Ho and Carl VanDyke. The Club has set up a special fund within the MIT Alumni Fund to fund the cost of sending local teachers annually to the MIT SEPT program. As a non-profit, donations to the fund can be augmented by matching employer contributions where available, further increasing the funds available to support this important program.
Speaking about their time at MIT, Mike Condurso said, "Outstanding. I felt like we were drinking out of a fire hose. It is the most intense and exciting professional development that I have ever participated in. It is going to affect how I teach and view the designed world for years to come. I am honored to have been able to attend."
Kim Murray said, "Spending a week at MIT was one of the most professionally energizing experiences I have done in my career. The SEPT program not only impressed me with the vast amount of valuable information that was shared with us during the week, it also provided me with the opportunity to network with educators from around the globe."
Afshan Waheed of Perth Amboy said, "What a wonderful experience! Awesome! I wish I could go there every year." Edison Mayor Jun Choi said "I am very pleased with the Club's support of science, engineering and technology education, a vital component of future competitiveness. We are pleased that local area teachers got to learn with teachers from across the country, Europe and Latin America."
Ram Iyer, President of the MIT Club of Princeton, said, "As alumni of the premier institute for science, engineering and technology, we want to do our part for the communities we live in. Last year, we sponsored one teacher for the SEPT program at MIT; this year, it was five. We are proud to sponsor each teacher as part of our alumni club's ongoing effort to promote science, engineering and technology within K-12 education across central New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As alumni, we know that each of these teachers will come back from MIT enriched and excited." Iyer added, "The competitiveness of the US in the global economy is largely dependent on our ability to excel in science, engineering and technology. Developing more and better teachers and encouraging more students to pursue an education in those areas is good for the country our children will live in."
For additional information on the MIT Club of Princeton's SET (Science Engineering & Technology) Program targeted at New Jersey high schools, please contact Ram Iyer at ramiyer @ alum.mit.edu. For more information on the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers please visit http://web.mit.edu/scienceprogram/program.html
President, MIT Club of Princeton
ramiyer @ alum.mit.edu