The RET Team

Research Experiences for Teachers - group photo

Front row: Dr. McKinley, Charlie Payson, Darralynn Jones, Drew Kim (Co-PI)

Middle:  Karl Balke, Tony Clark, Dr. Li, Janelle Orange, Dr. Tan (PI),
Dr. Liu, Yimu Zhao, Caitlin Kozak, Molly MacInnes

Third row: Minor Thomas, Thomas Judd, Jarred Moore, and Jinguo Zhao

Modhi Alshehri

Modhi Alshehri- a math and advanced physics instructor at the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics & Science Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Karl Balke

Two students testing their robot

Karl Balke's poster

Karl Balke- a mathematics teacher at the Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan.

2013: worked in The Robotics & Automation Laboratory with Dr. Ning Xi on the "MSU Jumper: A Single Motor Jumping Robot" project.

Brandy Butcher

Brandy Butcher- a science teacher at Haslett Middle School in Haslett, Michigan.

Chris Chopp

Chris Chopp- a biology teacher at the Kalamazoo Area Mathemetics & Science Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Shannon Houtrouw

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Shannon Houtrouw- a Computer Science and Math teacher at the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics & Science Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

2013: worked with Dr. Xiaoming Liu on the "Demo System for the Road" to implement a system that runs from a live camera feed on any computer.

Darralynn Jones

Photo of Darralynn Jones at a microscrope

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Darralynn Jones- a Biology and Physics teacher for Westwood New Tech in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

2013: worked with Dr. Wen Li on the "Crayfish Dissection and Electrical Stimulation" project to understand the correlation of brain machine interfaces with electrical stimulation of crayfish.

Thomas Judd

Thomas Judd

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Thomas Judd- a computer science and computer business applications teacher at Regina High School in Warren, Michigan.

2013: worked with Dr. Ranjan Mukherjee on the "Bio-Inspired Submersible: Synergistically Propelled Ichthyoid" project.

Caitlin Kozak

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Caitlin Kozak- an Environmental Science and Biology Teacher at the Pershing High School in Detroit, Michigan.

2013: worked with Dr. Jongeun Choi on Utilizing Sensory Systems to Perform Environmental Monitoring project.

Molly MacInnes

Two students working on the project

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Molly MacInnes- an Anatomy and Physiology teacher at the Education Achievement Authority in Detroit, Michigan.

2013: worked with Dr. Seungik Baek on the "Stress Loading Conditions that Cause the Formation of Trabecular Bone in the Proximal Femur" project.

Janelle Orange

Janelle Orange

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Janelle Orange- a Science teacher at the MacDonald Middle School in East Lansing, Michigan.

2013: worked with Dr. Wen Li on the "Optimizing Optogenetics: In the Lab and in the Classroom" project.

Charles Payson

Photo of a robot

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Charles Payson- a Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) teacher at the Battle Creek Area Mathematics & Science Center (BCAMSC) Battle Creek Public Schools in Battle Creek, Michigan.

2013: worked with Dr. Philip K. McKinley on the "Solving VEX Robot Maze Task with Evolutionary Computation" project.

Karen Payson

Karen Payson- a math and science instructor at the Battle Creek Area Mathematics & Science Center (BCAMSC) in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Evelynne Pyne

Evelynne Pyne- a math teacher at MacDonald Middle school in East Lansing, Michigan.

Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson- a science teacher at Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville, Michigan.

Sonya Ross

Sonya Ross- a science teacher at Cass Techinical High School in Detroit, Michigan.

Philip Rutkowski

Philip Rutkowski- a science teacher at Haslett Middle School in Haslett, Michigan.

Minor Thomas

Students working on a project 

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Minor Thomas- a Robotics and Physics teacher at the Detroit Public Schools in Detroit, Michigan.

2013: worked with Dr. Richard Lunt on the "MSU: Luminescent Solar Collector" project.