Nicholas Massa holds both BS and MS Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Western New England University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership/Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut. He is currently the chairman of the Optics and Photonics Department Springfield Technical Community College. He has been principal and co-principal investigator on over a dozen NSF grants. He has received numerous awards including the 2010 Maria Yzuel Educator Award from the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the 2021 OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal for outstanding contributions to education in optical science and engineering.
Judy Donnelly is retired from Three Rivers Community College where she was professor of physics and technology for 36 years and Program Coordinator for the Laser and Fiber Optic Technology associate degree program. She is a senior member and fellow of both of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) and the Optical Society of America and has served on outreach and education committees of both societies as well as other national and international STEM education initiatives. She was awarded the Maria Yzuel Educator Award by SPIE (2003) and the OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal (2012) for outstanding contributions to education in optical science and engineering. .
Gary Mullet is a faculty member of the Electronics Group at Springfield Technical Community College and Co-Department Chair with major responsibility for curriculum development. His academic interests include networked sensors and the use of these sensors to implement complex cyber-physical systems such as Lidar based collision avoidance systems for vehicles. A founding Co-Director of an NSF Center of Excellence, he has been very active in the development and dissemination of cutting edge curriculum.
Kelli-Marie Vallieres is Director of the PBL Resource Center at the New England Board of Higher Education. Kelli is also President and CEO of Sound Manufacturing Inc., a precision sheet-metal manufacturing company, and of Monster Power Equipment, a commercial and municipal landscape equipment manufacturer. With her experience in industry and doctorate in Educational Leadership and Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut, Kelli is able to develop secondary through postsecondary educational programs and industry training to improve problem solving and critical thinking skills that benefit STEM students and the workforce pipeline.
Eric Lim teaches optics and photonics as an adjunct professor at the Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). He studied at Stanford University, where he earned a BS in Physics, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering. Before coming to STCC, Dr. Lim worked for 25 years in the photonics industry, where he held senior product development and operations roles in the fields of optical communications, infrared spectroscopy, and fiber lasers. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.