CIAA Advisory Committee

About the CIAA

The Council of Industry and Academic Advisors (CIAA) for the Center for Promoting STEM advises the project directors and helps assess the needs, expectations, and satisfaction of the constituencies Oakton serves.

CIAA members will be asked to listen to CP-STEM progress updates and challenges and provide feedback. The committee also will discuss marketing and recruiting efforts.  

Committee members are external to Oakton's NSF STEP Grant and have a mix of knowledge, skills and experience. Thomas Hamel, Ph.D., vice president for Academic Affairs, director of CP-STEM, will serve as chair and co-chair respectively.

The College will reimburse travel expenses for committee members living more than 60 miles away.


  • Attend one three-hour meeting every spring semester
  • Review project progress
  • Provide advice on project challenges
  • Inform project directors about national trends in STEM
  • Offer ideas, suggestions and comments on project implementation
  • Write a letter of support for future grant proposals
  • Provide information about external funding
  • Help build a national network and recognition
  • Consult on issues such as certificate requirements and industry needs assessment

Committee Members


  • Thomas Hamel, Ph.D., (Co-chair), Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Trudy Bers, Ph.D., Executive Director of Institutional Research, Curriculum and Strategic Planning
  • Michele Brown, Director, Student Recruitment and Outreach
  • Michael Carr, Ph.D., Chair, Biological Sciences
  • John Carzoli, Ph,D., Chair, Physical Sciences
  • Carlee Drummer, Ph.D., Executive Director of College Advancement
  • Julia Hassett, Chair, Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Roxann Marshburn, Director of Grants and Alternative Funding
  • Nancy Prendergast, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean, Science and Health Careers


  • Harry Ungar, Ph.D., Former NSF Program Officer, Chemistry
  • Jeanne Narum, Director, Project Kaleidascope (PKAL), English
  • Deborah Hughes Hallett, Ph. D., Professor of Mathematics, University of Arizona and adjunct professor at Public Policy at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Mel George, Ph.D., Emeritus President of University of Missouri and PKAL Village Elder, Math
  • Charles Bomar, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Stout, WI, Biotech

High School Districts and Chicago Organizations

  • Nguyen Diep, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent, Evanston Township High School District
  • Barb Dill-Varga, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Maine Township High School District
  • Martha Eldredge Stark, Executive Director, North Suburban Educational Region for Vocational Education (NSERVE)
  • Carolyn Narasimhan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematics, Associate Dean, DePaul University
  • Anne Roloff, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent, Niles Township High School District
  • Paul Sally, Assistant Superintendent - Curriculum and Instruction, New Trier High School District
  • Don Wink, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago


  • Tony Asghari, Principle Staff Engineer, Continental Automotive Systems
  • Susan Farquhar, Second Vice President and Actuary, Trustmark
  • Dan Hogan, Professor, Northwestern University Infrastructure Technology Institute
  • Gregory Willard, President, Quality Control Corporation, Chicago Area Four-Year College/University
  • Ling Ye, Ph.D., Manager, R&D Global Collaborations, Hospira, Inc., Chemist


Meeting Minutes
March 2010

For minutes from prior years, contact Gloria Liu at