I CAN STEM
New Jersey Inductees
The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network honors diverse STEM leaders who have made and continue to make significant contributions in STEM.
2021 New Jersey Inductees
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.
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.
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.
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.
STEM Facilitator at Hopewell Elementary School
Read BioHelen 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. Helen also serves as Director of Gardens at HES which includes both outdoor soil and two types of indoor hydroponic gardens to support the school’s award winning, “Best in New Jersey” Farm-to-School Program. 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. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching Conservation Biology at Miami University of Ohio which compliments her BS in Environmental Policy from Marist College. When Helen is not teaching, you can find her travelling through National Parks with her husband Graig and three children, Jonah, Grace and Gabriel, or researching at international conservation hotspots. Her recent adventures include swimming with whale sharks in Baja, Mexico studying orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia and creating a multi-media based conservation campaign to support the Belize Zoo and Maya Forest Corridor.
Superintendent of the New Brunswick Water Utility NBWU
Read BioEric Ekoue is the Superintendent of the New Brunswick Water Utility NBWU. He is a Certified Public Manager. He holds a Public Water Treatment System T4 License and Public Water Distribution System W4. He is serving on the board of examination for the Water and Wastewater license Operator. Eric has fifteen years of experience in treatment, distribution, compliance, and project management. His utility thrives on providing the best water quality to the resident of New Brunswick and surrounding communities. Eric manages a very diverse workforce and champions the licensing of everyone. He enjoys presenting the word of water operators at various schools and facilitating tours of his Plant by students. Eric‘s motto: FLOW (For the Love Of Water) vibrate through his workplace.
Associate Professor at New Jersey City University
Read BioDr. Vanashri Nargund-Joshi is a science educator who promotes STEM learning through her research, teaching and practice. Her scholarship focuses on in-service and pre-service teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge development. She has published in top journals, such as Journal of Research in Science Teaching, International Journal of Science Education to name a few. Dr. Nargund-Joshi has edited a book entitled Science Education in India in 2019. In recent years, her research has been focused on families of young children to address the gap between school and home. To address this issue, in 2019, she established a platform called The Parent Academy. Through this avenue, she collaborates with several family success centers across New Jersey to conduct STEM workshops for families and children. Dr. Nargund-Joshi serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE). She also serves on the Board of Directors for a national organization called Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). She is co-lead for Liberty STEM Alliance. Dr. Nargund-Joshi currently serves as an Associate Professor at New Jersey City University (NJCU) in departments of Elementary/Secondary Education & Biology.
I CAN STEM
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.