Susan W. Brown, PH.D.: Currently is Principal Investigator/Project Director for several grants, including the Southern New Mexico Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy, in the College of Education at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Her research focus is science education and the under-representation of minority students and females in the fields of science, math, and engineering, and the grants reflect this focus. Besides the grant work, she teaches early childhood and elementary science methods at New Mexico State University, as well as work with NASA as an Aerospace Education Specialist. Throughout her teaching and research career she has earned numerous awards such as the 2004 New Mexico State University Outstanding Research, Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the Disney/McDonald Award, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and special recognition from the New Mexico legislature. She is nationally board certified and has facilitated many educator’s workshops, presented and published nationally and internationally.