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Max MetzMax Metz, Jr., MA, Museum Education (G'18) is Manager of School and Teacher Programs in the Learning Programs Department at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, he finished his degree at Tufts while serving as the Manager and Educator at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds of Historic Newton in Newton. In his position, Max manages programs including teacher in-service trainings, a science educator conference, dissections and water testing labs for students at Shedd and at their schools, and a series of tablet-based, exhibit-based learning programs used in the aquarium galleries. Max says, "I am inspired daily by K-12 educators throughout the region who have been able to utilize programming we've created to enrich the lives of their students, and who have given us feedback so we can better align with the needs of their students, families, and colleagues. I have also been fortunate to use my professional network of colleagues and friends made during the Tufts program to heighten the best parts of my position and to commiserate in some of the more difficult situations."

Graduate Receives PECASE Award

Christopher WrightPhD in Engineering Education ('11) alum Christopher G. Wright was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineering (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Christopher's research was recognized for extending the engineering field's understanding of the different ways in which African-American males at various junctures (e.g., elementary, secondary, and post-secondary) develop engineering competencies and positive identities.

Graduate Achieves Tenure at Purdue

Morgan HynesPhD in Engineering Education ('09) Graduate Morgan Hynes reflects about his time at Tufts and achieving tenure at the Purdue School of Engineering: "I credit my success in achieving tenure to pursuing ideas that I was passionate about. My work focuses on broadening the context of engineering to broaden participation in engineering, especially for those traditionally underrepresented in engineering, which has me focus on how to get younger students excited about what they’re doing. Both my PhD advisors, Bárbara Brizuela and Chris Rogers, modeled being passionate and excited about their work, and I knew I wanted to emulate that in my career. I hope that as I continue my career, I will continue to pursue my passions and provide those types of opportunities to the students I teach and advise."