The International Association for STEM Leaders will be globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEM) excellence in traditional and nontraditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students.
Carole Cameron Inge, Ed.D., a leading social entrepreneur and advocate for STEM education, founded IASL. She has led several major STEM organizations, to include directing the NASA Center for Distance Learning for NASA Langley Research Center. During her tenure, the NASA outreach program reached over 200,000 teachers and over 4 million children through 950 international television affiliates and online mechanisms. As part of this work, Dr. Inge designed scientifically based research projects for both NASA and Discovery Education to determine the extent of increased student achievement and career exploration in STEM areas. This work was published in the U.S. Department of Education's "What Works" Clearinghouse.
For Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Dr. Inge designed and led a modeling and simulation center with a focus on STEM in the energy and environmental fields. She also founded and directed the National Institute for Technology Policy and Research, which focused on the use and transformation of technology in teaching and learning. In 2003, Dr. Inge help found a nationally recognized multi-million dollar broadband company that today provides connectivity to hundreds of schools and universities throughout Virginia. She designed and led one of the first large scale two-way interactive technology projects for education in the country and she was instrumental in launching educational video on demand services in K-12 environments. Dr. Inge is considered a leader in asynchronous and synchronous education, holding a Masters and Doctorate in education technology policy from The George Washington University.
Usha Rajdev brings expertise in teaching math and science methodology with an emphasis on identifying errors and misconceptions, and Project Based Learning in Engineering and Design. She was fortunate to be selected by the NASA Space Goddard Center to send an experiment, on the germination process of a variety of beans, up on the space shuttle Atlantis in 1999. She was a recipient of Faculty of the Year 2012 Service Award, Virginia Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator Award, and National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator Award. an environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation. Dr. Rajdev was recognized and awarded 2014 STEM Leadership Award by the International Association of STEM Leaders, for her STEM program and activities conducted at local area schools and the involvement of Marymount students. She was selected for a Fulbright Specialist Project in India to conduct professional development workshops with faculty and undergraduates in Education, and develop a community-wide service-learning project to promote literacy. Dr. Rajdev has recently been accepted for Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program Scholar Roster.She is a counselor for Marymount University’s chapter for Kappa Delta Pi, a faculty advisor for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Student Chapter, and President of the International Association of STEM leaders.