Executive Director

Maker Education Initiative

AnnMarie Thomas is the Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative. Previously, AnnMarie was a professor in the Engineering and Engineering Education programs at the University of St. Thomas, where she co-founded the Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education, and a faculty member at Art Center College of Design. At UST, AnnMarie and her research students developed Squishy Circuits, a method which uses conductive and nonconductive play dough to sculpt circuits, particularly with young students. She has an SB in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MS and PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

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