Gretchen brings a love of designing, creating, and teaching to TPP with 13+ years in STEAM education. Gretchen was a senior leader at Engineering is Elementary at the Museum of Science and a formal and informal K-12 educator. As Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at Boston University, she founded and led 3 STEM educational programs, annually training and deploying 60 engineers to 3,400 secondary students nationwide. To scale these programs, she raised funds of $2.2m from the NSF, foundations, tech companies, and NASA, and she partnered with engineering faculty to secure over $4m for their NSF research grants. She was selected as a Mass High Tech Woman to Watch and a K-12 Engineering Fellow at 100kin10. In 10+ years as an engineer, she led product development teams, designed jet engines and patented energy storage devices. As one of the original nanotechnology researchers, she received a PhD in Materials Engineering from Northwestern University. She holds two engineering Bachelor’s degrees from Vanderbilt University. A graduate of Memphis City schools, Gretchen lets off “steam” playing doubles tennis.