E-MATE Advisory Committee
Blake Haggerty started working at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 2000 and is currently the Assistant Director for Instructional Design. As an instructional designer he helps faculty make their face-to-face and online courses more engaging. Some of his responsibilities include helping instructors design and develop web-enhanced courses, creating multimedia objects, managing the learning management system and helping NJIT make decisions regarding the evaluation, selection and implementation of new technologies that support instruction.
As an Adjunct, Blake has designed and taught a Technology in the Classroom course (for the Education, Science, Technology and Society program) and two online graduate courses (Visual Design and Advanced Online Design) for the Professional Technical Communications program. He enjoys incorporating what he has learned as an instructional designer into his classes.
Executive Director, PI
National Center for Optics and Photonics Education
Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D., CFPIM, CIRM, is a scholar, writer and expert on the convergence of learning, technology and business operations. Karl is a professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. and serves as the Assistant Director of Bloomsburg’s Institute for Interactive Technologies. Karl teaches graduate level courses including "Instructional Game Design" teaching students to leverage technology and interactive design to promote learning. He is a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant titled “Simulation and Modeling in Technology Education (SMTE).” The goal of the grant is to develop a 3D interactive video game to teach middle school students math, science and engineering concepts. Karl’s team is responsible for combining game play and pedagogy. He was also a consultant on a project with Pearson to add game elements to high-stakes test preparation in a project called Zeos Academy.
Karl has written five books including Learning in 3D and Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning. His latest book is called The Gamification of Learning and Instruction. In the book, Karl explores the research and theoretical foundations behind effective game-based learning. He examines everything from variable reward schedules to the use of avatars to the use of games to teach pro-social behaviors.
Donna Lange has been teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Associate-level programs for more than 25 years at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of the nine colleges of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. She is an associate professor and former chair of the Applied Computer Technology Department and has taught a variety of computer-related courses in the areas of both hardware and web development.
Donna is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) and Center Director of the NSF ATE National Center of Excellence, DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students (www.deaftec.org). One of the major components of DeafTEC is Project Access which provides online resources and professional development to help teachers adapt their teaching style to foster better learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students based on Universal Design principles in education.
Donna was formerly the PI of the NSF ATE projects Deaf Initiative in Information Technology I & II, offering professional development training for deaf IT professionals, and Co-PI of the NSF ATE national dual credit program Project Fast Forward. She holds a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Brockport and an MS degree in Software Development and Management from RIT.
Anthony Manupelli is an award winning producer and director with more than fifteen years of experience in documentary television production. Anthony excels at using film and video to craft compelling stories while also making complicated scientific ideas clear, engaging, and entertaining. As staff producer for 11 years at the PBS affiliate, WGBH Boston, including 4 years at NOVA, Anthony worked on a diverse range of national science and educational programs and series. He has successfully developed, budgeted, produced and managed multi-million dollar projects while at the same time established relationships and worked closely with project funders such as the National Science Foundation.
Anthony was the Producer/Director/Writer of the ATE video series, “Pathways to Technology” (DUE# 0202223) for PBS in collaboration with the AACC. He is also the Executive Producer of a variety of NSF ATE funded projects, including, ATETV.org (DUE# 0802503) and (DUE#1003657), ATE Student Voices, Student Leaders (DUE# 100368), TeachingTechnicians.org video series (DUE#1003733), the DeafTEC video series (DUE# 1104229) and CUNY’s Student Entrepreneurs: A Reality-Based Video Series following STEM Virtual Enterprise (DUE#1205031).
Professor of Computer Information Systems
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Gordon F. Snyder, Jr. is Executive Director and Principal Investigator (PI) for ICT Center at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), where he also manages curriculum development for networking. At STCC he helped develop the Verizon Next Step program and now serves as the New England telecommunications curriculum coordinator for the program. He is the author of four engineering and engineering technology textbooks and has over 14 years of consulting experience in the field of communications and LAN/WAN design. He has served on several local and national boards including the Microsoft Community & Technical College Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council and the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Voluntary Partnership representing the telecommunications, computer, and information industry sector. He currently chairs the Institute for Telecommunications Technologies Board at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, California, the NSF National Center for Optics and Photonics Education Board in Waco, TX and the Convergence Technology Center Board in the Dallas Fort Worth. TX metroplex. Closer to home he chairs the Technology Enterprise Council (TEC), a regional, industry-led organization working hand-in-hand with academic institutions and other non-profit organizations to advance the growth and success of companies driven by information and communications technologies in Southern Vermont, Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. In 2001 he was selected as one of the top 15 technology faculty in the United States by Microsoft Corporation and the American Association of Community Colleges and in 2004 was selected as the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council Workforce Development Leader of the year.
Steven Weitz is an animator and digital artist who has worked on various animation, film, and television projects throughout his career. He has produced animations and visual effects for clients such as Walt Disney Studio Home Entertainment, ABC Network, The Sci Fi Channel, Mattel and Warner Bros, working on independent films, DVD games, and Emmy Award winning visual effects for original movies and television shows, including the hit shows Lost and Alias. He now serves as an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Lehigh Carbon Community College, teaching animation, digital arts, and game design. He earned his BFA and MFA in Computer Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Jason Wertz is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Montgomery County Community College where he teaches courses that focus on video game design and development, iOS development, foundations of programming, and Linux administration. Jason developed the game design program at Montgomery County Community College and recently redesigned the school's web development curriculum. In his former life Jason was a graphic designer, web developer, and Unix administrator. Jason has a BA in Communications from Elizabethtown College and an MS in Instructional Technology from Philadelphia University. In his free time Jason likes to build apps, write music, and pretend he's a rock star.