Dr. Park’s educational and outreach activities are inseparably linked to her research activities. As a participant in the start of a new international research center, Dr. Park has an excellent opportunity to establish an outreach program on the global scale via collaborations with international universities and institutions, particularly those with students in need of a non-traditional role model. Dr. Park also participates in developing national-scale outreach programs for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students as an appointed member of both the Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She has also been elected as an executive committee member of the Particle Technology Forum. The avenue for mentorship of local K-12 students is already in place and Dr. Park has hosted a 10th grade high school student working in her laboratory. As the first female faculty member in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, Dr. Park’s enthusiasm and efforts to recruit women and minority students has already resulted in increase number of students from underrepresented groups in the department.
AIChE K-12 Web Initiative (one of the SIOC committees)
Centralize, Connect, Coordinate, and Communicate: Leveraging The National Volunteer Base and Ideas for Enhanced and Expanded Local Impact in K-12 Outreach
Mission: Increase interest, awareness, and excitement for science and engineering, and chemical engineering in particular, in K-12 students by utilizing web-based tools to enable local volunteers to focus on exciting students in K-12 about engineering and science by disseminating national best practices and making local connections between the ultimate customers (students and teachers) and the resources (volunteers, information, companies, and resources), while increasing awareness of AIChE activities to the general public.
Link to AIChE’s K-12 Web Initiative (will be available in summer 2009)