Steve Krak is a “STEMist.” He has integrated traditional STEM silos over a 25-year history as an engineer in photonics and microfabrication, program manager, project manager, group manager, intellectual property manager, and business developer at Battelle, the world’s largest independent R&D company. While at Battelle, he helped to stand up the Ohio STEM Learning Network as a program manager for four years.
Steve brings this experience to TIES as a STEM Consultant who plays a leadership role in a successful USAID project to design and stand up the first STEM schools in Egypt and facilitating the work of STEM Learning Ecosystem communities building coherence in their education pathways.
“A team of Egyptian students prototyped a communication device designed for women to reduce the prevalence of sexual harassment. Their pride was inspiring and transformed me.
His specialties are systems, design and capstone programs from design to implementation. In addition to the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Steve helped other states initiate STEM networks, managed winning Ohio’s Race to the Top proposal team, and was a member of the National Academies Committee on Integrated STEM Education, which published STEM Integration in K-12 Education.
Steve has three patents and co-authored eight technical publications. When he’s not supporting TIES, he works part time at Denison University as the coordinator of a new cross-curricular design lab for students, faculty and staff. I mentor students in the use of design thinking, engineering design processes and other tools from industry as they strengthen their problem-solving skills.