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Kimberly A. Scott, EdD, Professor and Founding Executive Director


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Trained as a sociologist of education and childhoods, Scott’s interdisciplinary work examines girls’ of color (African American, Native American, Latina) social and academic development in informal spaces and their technosocial innovations. With publications in outlets such as the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, Feminism and Psychology, Huffington Post, and Slate, to name a few. 

Prior to becoming an academic, Scott worked as an urban educator with international and national institutions including a center for girls in Chiang Mai Thailand; the Educational Law Center in Newark, New Jersey; and the National Museum of African Art-Smithsonian. Having written and successfully won more than $10 million in grant funding to support research to support research about and programs for girls of color and digital media use, Scott was named in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access. The same year, the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education identified Kimberly as one of the top 30 women in higher education.

Scott is also a member of the NSF STEM Education Advisory Panel. The panel was created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education and assembled in consultation with the U.S. Department of Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Additionally, she is an affiliate faculty in George Mason University’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Scott earned her BA from Smith College in art history and French literature, an MS from Long Island University in curriculum and instruction/elementary education and her EdD from Rutgers University in social and philosophical foundations of education, and completed the high potentials leadership program at Harvard Business School.

Kalani Rice, Program Manager

Kalani Rice, Program Manager

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Throughout her career, Kalani has worked in high education in the private and public sector. She began by serving students then moved into leadership roles in various capacities including financial, registrar, and career services. Most recently she established policy/procedures, oversight of library services and faculty credentialing. In addition Kalani has taught business and leadership courses. Kalani received her BS in human and child development from the Arizona State University. She received her Master's of Education from University of Phoenix, and Master's of Business with a focus on human resource management from Everest University.

Kalani has a passion for education and is excited to be apart of a program that provides educational opportunities to youth that might not otherwise have the same opportunity.

Oliver Dean

 Oliver Dean, Communications and Media Relations Program Coordinator 

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 Oliver Dean is a graduate from the University of Winchester, England and holds a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communication. Oliver has been part of the CGEST team since September 2018 and is dedicated to help shape a world in which gender equity becomes the social norm. His passion for sociological approaches to entrepreneurship and practical use of media platforms contribute to building a sustainable future for CGEST. The culmination of past experience within communities in England and current placement within his local area, coincides with his commitment to advocating for underrepresented individuals within STEM.   


Sheldon Joshua, Project Manager

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Throughout his career, Sheldon has worked to improve the understanding of operational excellence and project management and their successful applications in traditionally non-technical industries. He began in customer service in 1997 and quickly progressed into leadership roles in banking and financial services through the early 2000’s. For the last 16 years, Sheldon has both owned his own project management consulting firms in 3 states, with consulting and full-time experience with several Fortune 50 corporations leading both global and locally focused projects. Throughout his career progression, Sheldon made certain to incorporate supporting the community by launching partnerships with underserved populations such as teaching financial education and credit management to those serving and recently released from the federal and state penal communities. Most recently he works to support the homeless in Atlanta, developing innovative and scalable housing solutions inclusive of the continuum of care for vulnerable populations. As a certified project management professional for nearly a decade, Sheldon lends his expertise to supporting non-profit organization, leading others into the profession and mentoring future expert project managers across the country.


Sheldon’s overall passion to see full equity realized for girls and women in science and technology is his the main driving force in ensuring the amazing work being done through CGEST is realized globally. Not only for the benefit of his wife, his daughter and 6 nieces, but also for every girl and woman currently in, pursuing or dreaming of a career in STEM. Sheldon resides in Mesa with his family, and is an avid automobile enthusiast, amateur landscaper and foodie.


Matthew Ruf

Matthew Ruf, Executive Coordinator 

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Matthew Ruf serves as the Executive Coordinator for the CompuPower program.

He was born and raised in Wisconsin and loves his hometown teams – Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Badgers.  Matthew began his college education at St. Cloud State University where he earned his BA in social studies education.  After graduating, Matthew accepted a full-time position in Colorado Springs, CO teaching 7th and 8th grade social studies and serving as his school’s Athletic Director.

As a teacher, Matthew learned that there is no excuse for poor quality instruction and that every student is capable of success.  Recognizing the importance of leadership in education, Matthew earned his Master's of Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs with the goal of helping his students and staff reach their full potential.

Matthew looks forward to joining the CompuPower team and is excited to work with all the amazing people involved in the program. 

Steve Elliott, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar

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Steve Elliott studies the relations between science and society. He's especially interested in the conceptual foundations of research design, in the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to study science itself, and in how people develop their capacities for scientific and computational thinking. At CGEST, he helps to mentor student researchers, to secure research funding, to design research, and to disseminate results to academic audiences. As a Flinn-Brown Fellow, he's also involved with Arizona civic leadership. For more information, see his Academia Profile, LinkedIn profile, and current CV

Kristin Elwood, PhD, Curriculum Designer 

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Kristin earned her doctoral degree in the Learning, Literacies, and Technologies Ph.D. program in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Dr. Elwood specializes in educational technology, instructional design, and learning design. She has an M.E. in Educational Technology with a B.A. in English. She taught high school English and graphic design for 12 years. She is passionate about developing learning environments that provide avenues for critical thinking and problem-solving. Specifically she conducts research on the Design Thinking approach to instructional design and views this method as having potential for providing teachers with adaptive skills to better integrate the perspectives of all stakeholders in the development of innovative instructional lessons.

Jessica Borders, Graduate Research Assistant

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Jessica is a fourth-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University. Jessica completed her Master's of Arts degree in Counseling and Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests lie in experiences of underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups in STEM fields.  Specifically, she is interested in how racial and ethnic minority students in higher education navigate challenges that might hinder their persistence in a STEM career.  Future career goals include working towards developing new and innovative interventions to reduce attrition rates of ethnic and minority students entering and graduating from STEM programs.

Chun Tao

 Chun Tao, Graduate Research Aide

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Chun is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. She holds a MS degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a BS degree in psychology from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Chun's research interests include examining disparities in marginalized individuals’ experiences in career and relationship contexts. Chun is passionate about empowerment of women and advocacy for gender equity in professional development opportunities.




Mounic Kumar, Graduate Research Aide

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Mounic Kumar is a master’s student pursuing Information Management at Arizona State University.  Currently, Mounic is the Student Director of Operations and Student Ambassador of W.P.Carey School of Business Leadership Board. He completed his Engineering degree at Anna University, India.

Mounic has 4 years of product development experience as Technical Project Leader/Developer with profound skills in analysing and gathering business requirements, designing and implementing Database and Web-based components. He is a strategic out of box thinker with attention to details and proven track of records on sound decision making.

Mounic is passionate about implementing significant software products that could help to drive industry/domain trends. Here, at CGEST, he is developing an open source digital repository exclusive for the use of COMPUGIRLS, working with research scholars from different parts of United States.