Dr. Gerri Cole joins college as Director of Engineering Outreach
Dr. Gerri Cole, engineering outreach program director
The College of Engineering recently welcomed Dr. Gerri Cole to the team as the engineering outreach program director. This position is funded by private funds received through Project Lead The Way (PLTW) activities.
Dr. Cole comes to Cal Poly Pomona having most recently served as educational outreach administrator at the City of Hope for programs funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. She also has experience as a high school science teacher and with conducting K-12 outreach activities. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in secondary education from University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a doctorate in science education from University of Georgia.
“We seek capable talent throughout the nation, and we are fortunate to have someone as qualified as Dr. Cole joining our excellent team,” says Dr. Mahyar Amouzegar, dean of the College of Engineering.
Dr. Cole will be providing leadership for Project Lead The Way and related outreach programs to effectively attract and retain a diverse student body, including women and other historically underrepresented groups within engineering. She will provide management oversight for these activities and will be directly involved with the Cal Poly Pomona Women in Engineering program. Her work will also include assessment and documenting the progress and best practices of these outreach programs.
More than 650 K-12 teachers have received training at Cal Poly Pomona in the PLTW curriculum, and over 400 schools in the Cal Poly Pomona service area offer PLTW courses. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and Cal Poly Pomona is one of the largest and highly regarded PLTW University Affiliates. Read more about PLTW at Cal Poly Pomona: http://www.cpp.edu/~engineering/diversity/pltw/index.shtml