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Da Vinci Science Wins ASEE/CMC Highest Honors: Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award

January 2011

ASEE logoThe American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)/Corporate Member Council (CMC) has selected Da Vinci Science as a recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Engineering Education Collaboration Award. Dr. Donald Brann, Vice President of Da Vinci Schools' Board of Trustees and former Superintendent of the Wiseburn School District, and Dr. Ray Haynes, Da Vinci Science's Director of STEM Integration and a retired Northrop Grumman engineer with 40+ years experience spanning both industry and academia, will accept the award at a luncheon held on Feb. 2 during the ASEE 2011 Conference for Industry & Education Collaboration (CIEC) in San Antonio, TX.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in member organizations and companies that demonstrate partnerships or collaborations with education and industry to promote engineering education for young people.

Da Vinci Science was selected for its extensive collaboration with Northrop Grumman and with local universities including Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly Pomona, CSULA, LMU, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA, USC, El Camino College, and West L.A. College. Northrop Grumman provided significant resources to establish the Northrop Grumman Innovation Lab and also has a continuous presence at Da Vinci with employee/engineers on campus weekly for software training, project support, tutoring and seminar/workshop activities.

"We are inspired to deliver because we are led and supported by an extraordinary team of dedicated faculty, staff and industry partners who are committed to filling the STEM pipeline with young people who have the real-world skills needed to hit the ground running," said Dr. Matthew Wunder, Da Vinci Schools' Executive Director.

Da Vinci Science students have participated in many STEM- focused project-based learning activities, including Project Lead The Way college courses, Engineering seminars, and the NAE Grand Challenges Summit at USC Viterbi School of Engineering in collaboration with Cal Tech, Duke and Olin College.

In October, Da Vinci Science was cited by the U.S. Department of State as a "best practice" example demonstrating how industry, government, academia and the K-12 community can effectively collaborate to engage students in STEM education.

We are extremely grateful to Dr. Haynes who has been instrumental in establishing collaborative relationships that increase the visibility and credibility of Da Vinci Science. Dr. Haynes, who has served as a recruiter for Northrop and has written and spoken extensively on mentoring and developing the workforce of the future, was previously a professor and associate dean in the School of Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Additionally, he has been a lecturer at Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford, and many other major universities.

ASEE is a non-profit organization which brings together engineering educators from all of the engineering and engineering technology fields to collaborate on solutions to promote excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice. For more information, please visit www.asee.org.


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