“I CAN STEM” NJ Inductees

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New Jersey Inductees

The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network honors diverse STEM leaders who have made and continue to make significant contributions in STEM. 

"Equity is at the heart of all the work we do for STEM in the State. I CAN STEM is an initiative that will support our continued work towards our goal of making STEM accessible and representative of everyone."
Kim Case
NJSPN Manager

2021 New Jersey Inductees

January

Lauren Madden

Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey

Dr. Madden is a science educator who advocates for scientific literacy and the health of our planet through teaching and learning. Dr. Madden currently serves as an Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey.

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February

Naseed Gifted

Principal of Malcolm X Shabazz High School

Naseed Gifted is an educator, engineer and writer for sci-fi comic book series P.B.Soldier. Gifted is also the founder of Newark’s Comic Book Festival and Animation Film Festival “Khem Comic Fest and Khem Animation Film Festival.” 

Presently, Naseed Gifted is the principal of Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, NJ.

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March

Kimberly Cook-Chennault

Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University

Kimberly Cook-Chennault’s research interests include design of integrated hybrid energy systems and investigation of the structure-property relationships in ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric materials in the form of thin films and bulk composites for sensing/actuation and energy storage/harvesting applications. 

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April

Jason Hoar

Senior Scientist at Merck

Jason Hoar is a Senior Scientist in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, & Drug Metabolism (PPDM) with 13 years of research experience at Merck. Jason is also the Global Lead (May 2018 – current) for Merck Rainbow Alliance (MRA), Merck’s LGBTQ+ and Allies Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG). MRA, founded in 1999, is one of ten EBRGs at Merck. Last year, he was inducted into the Class of 2020 BEQ Pride LGBTQ+ Leader Under 40.

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May

Helen Corveleyn

Helen Corveleyn is a STEM Facilitator at Hopewell Elementary School (HES)  with teaching experience in Pre K-8 science education. Her passion is inspiring young people to become planetary stewards who can communicate scientific ideas and promote innovation in science and sustainability. She is the recipient of 2020 Mercer County Teacher of the year and enjoys teaching children in the classroom and teachers pursuing graduate degrees in environmental leadership and conservation education. 

June

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December

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New Jersey Inductees

The I CAN STEM New Jersey Inductees are selected through a nomination process which is reviewed by the NJSPN’s ​New Jersey STEM Strategic Advisory Board​. The NJSPN is no longer accepting nominations for the 2021 New Jersey inductees. 

By including role models right in our State, students will have the opportunity to meet or hear from them in real life and learn about the various STEM industries that are right here in New Jersey.