In 2011, to address our nation’s critical challenge of creating a workforce educated and trained in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), APL launched a STEM Program Management Office to help inspire, engage, and educate the next generation of STEM professionals. Led by Program Manager Dwight Carr, APL’s STEM efforts are concentrated on providing students, parents, and teachers with substantial involvement with STEM professionals and the work they do. With APL since 2003, Carr has performed successive technical roles as electrical engineer, lead engineer, and project manager. Before joining APL, he was instrumental in establishing a manufacturing laboratory for the Gene Logic Genomics Corporation and served as a research fellow for the National Institutes of Health. Carr holds a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and received his undergraduate degree in biology from Howard University, where he was a member of the National Golden Key Honor Society and the Beta Kappa Chi Honor Society. When Carr is not out promoting APL STEM programs in the community, he is spending time with his wife and two children.
Elise Buckley is APL STEM’s Academic Program Specialist. She has worked in a variety of STEM education settings, doing outreach work with the Maryland Science Center, teaching math with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, and working on teacher professional development programs with NASA Langley’s Office of Education. She holds a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in physics from Juniata College and an M.Ed. in education planning, policy, and leadership from the College of William & Mary. Her research interests focus on professional development opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers, and she has several published articles in physics, math, and education journals. Elise’s passion is increasing equity of access to STEM education, and she is always willing to talk about ways to meet that goal.
Jason Cartwright joined the APL STEM Program Management Office in September 2017 as the STEM Program Specialist working with the Maryland MESA program. As a former middle school science and mathematics teacher who is passionate about equity in STEM education, Jason is excited about collaborating with APL engineers and public school staff to support and expand Maryland MESA’s robust after-school STEM program. Jason holds an M.A. in education from West Virginia University. When not working with MESA, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Jaracus Copes is a STEM professional turned educator. He coordinates the STEM Academy to help students prepare to be part of the 21st-century workforce. Jaracus joined the STEM Program Management Office in January 2017. He holds master’s degrees in nonprofit management, education, and education entrepreneurship and has a B.S. in chemistry.
Mary Cumor has served as Operations Coordinator for the APL Maryland MESA program since 2003. She has facilitated and planned all events associated with the MESA program for the past 10 years, hoping to make her mark in creating a pathway for students in the STEM fields. Before joining the MESA family she supported numerous employment offices of the Talent Services Department at APL over 5 years. Her husband Rick, three daughters and their husbands; and six grandchildren make Mary a happy wife, mother, and grandmother!
Colleen D’Agrosa is APL STEM's K-12 Internship Program Specialist, overseeing the ASPIRE High School Mentoring Program, middle school tutoring, and the UNITE professional development program for STEM teachers. She joined APL in December 2011 as the office administrator of the STEM Program Management Office. Previously, she served as the Associate Director of Development at Howard Community College (HCC), where she managed HCC’s fundraising events and alumni programs. D’Agrosa became interested in STEM outreach while working with the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County, organizing the first Girl Power event in partnership with APL. She enjoyed being part of an event that encouraged young women to pursue STEM fields and is thrilled to have the opportunity to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM. Colleen holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Delaware.