Our Team

Kamal Ali
Kamal Ali
Jackson State University
Kamal Ali
Derrick C. Gilmore
Kentucky State University
Dr. Jumoke Ladeji-Osias
Jumoke Ladeji-Osias, Ph.D.
Morgan State University
Kamal S. Ali, Ph.D. has a doctorate in Physics and Masters in Computer Engineering. He is the Chair of the Industrial Systems and Technology Department and a Professor of Computer Engineering at Jackson State University. Dr. Ali’s research focuses on Unmanned Systems and Simulation. With over 32 years of higher education experience, Dr. Ali’s research focus has now shifted to STEM pipeline issues and minority participation in the United States. Serves as the Director of Research, Grants and Sponsored Programs at Kentucky State University. In this role he provides oversight of administrative functions that include research compliance, research ethics, education and policy, administration, and technology transfer. He has over 15 years of leadership experience in university research administration and modeling. His research interest include: sponsored research capacities/impacts at Minority Serving Institutions, STEM initiatives for minority male youth, and behavioral health for African-Americans. He has served as a reviewer for numerous federal agencies and currently serves as the principal investigator of the NSF INCLUDES project and the Verizon Minority Male Maker Program. Additionally, he serves as an instructor in the Whitney M. Young Honors Program. He earned M.S. and B.S. from Albany State University. He is a native of Montevallo, AL. Dr. J. ‘Kemi Ladeji-Osias is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Morgan State University in Baltimore. She teaches courses in computer engineering. She earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Dr. Ladeji-Osias conducts research on embedded system applications and broadening participation of underrepresented minorities in engineering. She is the Principal Investigator for the Verizon Innovative Learning Program at the University.
Clay Gloster
Clay Gloster
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Cindy Ziker
Cindy Ziker, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher – Assessment
SRI Education
Dr. Clay Gloster, Jr. currently serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Science and Technology at North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT). He also serves as the Interim Chairperson of the Department of Computer Systems Technology. He is a visionary leader, researcher, inventor, and educator, with a strong reputation of beginning new programs strategically established to increase organizational health and national credibility.

Clay received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University (’85,’88) and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University (‘93). He has also been employed by IBM, the Department of Defense, the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Howard University.

Dr. Cindy Ziker is a Senior Researcher at SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning. She has over a decade of experience conducting assessment validity research for districts, state departments of education, and education service agencies. As the mini-backbone organization for this initiative, Dr. Ziker will help develop shared measurement systems and guide the vision and strategy for the Network Improvement Community by facilitating cooperation and communication to spur catalytic innovations that will broaden participation of underrepresented students in engineering and science. Dr. Ziker earned a doctorate in Education Psychology from Arizona State University and a post- doctorate graduate certificate in large scale assessment from the University of Maryland and the National Center for Education Statistics. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Practice from the University of Arizona.

Our Evaluation Partner

Michael Feder
Michael Feder
Director, Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity at AAAS
Michael Feder, Ph.D., is Program Director in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion unit. Dr. Feder brings over a decade of experience in STEM education policy, research, and practice to the Capacity Center’s programming.

Previously, he was director of Battelle’s STEMx network – a consortium of 21 statewide STEM education organizations. Dr. Feder provided strategic opportunities for the network to address grand challenges in STEM though shared solutions and collaborative initiatives. During his tenure with STEMx he grew the network by 25 percent, developed the organizations first strategic plan, and created innovative services to expand the capacity of its members.

Dr. Feder also served as a policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he provided the President and senior leaders with STEM education policy guidance. During his two years with the Obama administration he led the interagency committee on STEM education, which wrote the 5-Year strategic plan for federal STEM education programs.

During his career, Dr. Feder also provided guidance to the federal government, state decision makers, and STEM education stakeholders as a Senior Program Officer for the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. At the Board on Science Education, he worked with interdisciplinary expert panels to write reports on topics such as science education standards, engineering education, persistence in STEM degrees, and federal investments in STEM. Dr. Feder also has experience in program evaluation and has been published widely on STEM education.

He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in developmental psychology at George Mason University. He earned his bachelors’ degree from Pennsylvania State University.