Jackie Sullivan bio

Jackie Sullivan is associate dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is founding co-director of the award-winning Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, focused on integrating hands-on engineering throughout the K-16 learning experience for ~4,200 undergraduate and 2,000 K-12 students annually. She received her PhD in environmental health physics and aquatic toxicology from Purdue University and brought 14 years of industry engineering and leadership experience to the higher education environment. At CU, Dr. Sullivan served for nine years as the director of an interdisciplinary water resources and environmental engineering simulation and optimization research center prior to changing her focus to the K-16 educational mission. Sullivan leads the multi-institutional initiative that created TeachEngineering — an NSF-funded online, searchable, standards-based, digital library collection of 900+ K-12 engineering lessons and activities. Sullivan led the 2004 founding of ASEE’s K-12 and Precollege Engineering Division, served as a member of two recent NAE committees—Engineering in K-12 Education and Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering— and served on the Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee at NSF. She is a founding board member for the Denver Schools of Science and Technology—a network of highly-successful public middle and high schools that immerse diverse urban students in a liberal arts STEM-focused college preparatory education. She has published broadly, from Science magazine to NAE’s The Bridge. Dr. Sullivan received the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASEE K-12 Engineering Division and the 2008 NAE Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.