Steve Essinger works in the Biochemical Signal Processing Laboratory as a research assistant. He is designing a DNA forensics laboratory and is enhancing the image processing laboratory. He also plays guitar in a local band, the Usual Suspects.
Working as a lab assistant and tutor for undergraduate Electrical Engineering, Ray is no stranger to the word teach. He is especially no stranger to the signal processing universe as he has taken courses under Dr. Kim in psychoacoustics and voice processing, and has studied his B.S.E.E. with focused course work on signal processing and control systems. Ray works with Dr. Kim, and the rest of the DK-12 and Drexel GK-12 affiliated staff in applying Signal Processing Labs to High School students at CAPA.
Patrick Richardson is a research assistant madly pursuing a Masters in ECE. He has headed a study to investigate if Guitar Hero actually helps students learn music, and he is very interested in psychoacoustics. He conducts labs on echo-effects and sound at CAPA.
One of the few Undergraduate students working along side the professors and teachers of DK-12, Chidi is an Undergraduate Junior at Drexel University, who is doing a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree at Drexel University. Chidi has a firm understanding of the
bioinformatics field and as such has designed labs involving computer
software to show the probabilities and statistics that are related to
the field of biology. She has also worked with Pete and Dr. Dirnbach to collaborate with the content she is using in her lab as well as collaborate times that are necessary to administering the labs.
An Undergraduate Senior, Ryan was the designer of the DK-12 website (all complaints and feedback, should go to him), and is currently in the process of making a geometry based iRobot laboratory to be used at CAPA during the 2008-2009 school year. Ryan has a slight understanding of programming and has used that knowledge to make a Java encoded iRobot lab that is simple to teach and use.
Christine Ho is an undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering. She is helping to implement Bioinformatics laboratories and the complexities of DNA at the high school.
A teacher of Biology from CAPA, Dr. Dirnbach is a person who is more than willing to help us with fulfilling the Grand Three Challenge. A lot of early labs that were done with Dr. Kims and Dr. Rosens graduate students were conducted either during his
class time, or during the after hours in his classroom at CAPA. Aside
from allowing a place to conduct our laboratories he also taught himself first hand how to use some of the Image Processing GUI's and the MET's based browser games to give himself a better sense of understanding
behind the labs.
A geometry and Algebra 2 teacher at CAPA, Pete was one of the many RET teachers that came to Drexel during the Summer of 2008, to get a first hand view and feel of a few of the labs that the students were
going to bring to CAPA in the coming year. He also took the time out to collaborate and ask a few students about their proposed activities and offered feedback and advice to make them more applicable to the high school curriculum and the high school environment.
From here five year NSF Grant Fellowship
experience, to researching Digital Signal Processing with applications in Bio-informatics, and bio-based design; Dr. Gail Rosen is a very
experienced professor when it comes to teaching in a different way. As a 2003-2004 NSK GK-12 teaching fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she brought DSP concepts both visually and audibly to students learning mathematics such as trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. In 2009, she received an NSF CAREER award.
As assistant professor at Drexel University for
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Kim's research focuses mostly on Music information retrieval audio signal processing, as well as machine listening. He is no stranger to audio applications and techniques; being a member of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) he has been able to contribute the MPEG-4 and MPEG-7 audio standards.
For D K 12 experience is more than enough, receiving the Exploring Creative Expression through Music and Audio
Technology award from NSF shows the dedication that he committed to the development of numerous summer outreach programs to teach music technology to high school students and the development of a companion science program aimed specifically at Middle School Students.
An assistant professor in Mathematics at Drexel University's college of education, he holds masters degrees in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education, as well as a doctorate in Mathematics Education from Vanderbilt University
Being involved in two NSF based research projects as a research assistant, he has worked with Drs. Paul Cobb, and Kay Mc. Clain on the development and sustaining of Technology Intensive Classrooms where Mathematics can be learned with Logic Understanding.