Gift for K-12 STEM Honors Altiero

Fall 2017 | Mary Sparacello
As published in the June 2017 issue of Tulane magazine

Nick Altiero

In the 17 years he has served as dean of the schools of Engineering (2000-2005) and Science and Engineering (2006-2017), Nicholas J. Altiero has been recognized as an innovator and leader in engineering education. To honor Altiero's personal and academic commitment to supporting K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, Tulane alumni and friends have established the Nick and Amy Altiero Directorship for K-12 STEM Education, a role that operates at the intersection of community service and academic leadership.

The current director of the Tulane University Center for K-12 STEM Education and Outreach, professor of practice Michelle Sanchez, said, "The Nick and Amy Altiero Directorship for K-12 STEM Education will ensure that Tulane University impacts future generations of scientists and engineers in New Orleans and beyond, making STEM outreach and education an institutional commitment."

Altiero is stepping down in June 2017 but will stay involved in STEM outreach.

Lead donors Richard Mayer (E '79) and his wife, Susan, hope their gift will help Tulane carry on Altiero's legacy. They value his dedication to K-12 STEM education, the firsthand impact of the center and Sanchez's visionary leadership.

Sanchez added, "The center will continue Dean Altiero's dedication to the K-12 community by giving more local, underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged students valuable hands-on experiences, empowering them to pursue science, technology, engineering or mathematics careers."

In addition to the Mayers, a number of the School of Science and Engineering advisory board members have already given to this fund.   Tulane's K-12 STEM education programs are vibrant, serving 3,000 K-12 students and teachers each year. Since Sanchez became director in fall 2012, Tulane has been bringing 530 students to campus annually, but that number climbed to 800 in 2016. Organizers hope to raise $1 million for the endowed fund.

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