Framingham State campus

larry mckennaLawrence McKenna
Program Coordinator and Advisor
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Earth Sciences 
Ph.D. Geology and Geochemistry, MIT
B.S. Geology, MIT

Larry McKenna has been teaching-at graduate, undergraduate, secondary and middle school levels-since 1987. His primary teaching practice is best described as “immersive.” He and his students use real data and real mathematics to understand both the content and significance of science to our society. McKenna teaches undergraduate classes on geology, physics, solar system astronomy, climate and statistics. He also teaches the capstone class in the M. Ed. STEM specialization, STEM 962 A World Connected: Interdependence and Systems in Science. His research interests center around numerical modeling of complex systems, currently focused on population dynamics of alligators and characterizing rates and causes of ecological change in salt marsh and near shore environments.

Robert PagPhoto of Robert Pagee
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

Ph.D., The University of Mississippi

Instructor for STEM929 Number, Operations, and Representation and STEM959 Examining the World through Data and Shape

Robert is the current Chair of the Mathematics Department as well as coordinator of the STEM Program at FSU. He has been teaching mathematics since 1997 to diverse student groups including future NFL players, pre- and in-service teachers, and future medical medical professionals at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. With support from a Technology Enhancement Competitive Grant 170-B through the commonwealth, he developed and implemented a graduate level professional development course (Closing the Proficiency Gap in Mathematics through Enhanced Technology) in partnership with South Middlesex and Assabet Valley Vocational School Districts. In addition to teaching mathematics with technology, his research interests include teaching Bayesian methods in introductory statistics courses and explaining/predicting cooperation using mathematical game theory (e.g., the Prisoners Dilemma).


sdunnSuzanne Dunn
6th Grade Math teacher, Hopedale Public Schools

M.Ed. Lesley College
M.S.C.S. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
B.S. Industrial Engineering Northeastern University

Instructor for The Art of Engineering Design - STEM 915, Framingham State University

Suzanne has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in computer science from WPI. For 10 years she served as a robotics engineer for the Department of Defense. Returning to school she obtained a master’s degree in education from Lesley College and has been teaching middle school math for the last 20 years. Most recently she has completed the Lift2 (Leadership Initiative for Teaching Technology) program which included an externship in the robotics department at MITRE Corp.


mruaneMichael Ruane
Professor Emeritus, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Boston University

Ph.D., S.M.E.E., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.E.E. Villanova University

Instructor for The Art of Engineering Design - STEM 915, Framingham State University

Mike led the team-based, product-oriented capstone design courses in electrical and computer engineering at BU, where he received several awards for outstanding teaching and service. He worked with high school and elementary teachers as Director of K-12 Outreach for the College of Engineering, and led the High Tech Tools and Toys Lab, a freshman discovery lab on imaging and instrumentation. He also was the education coordinator for two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, on imaging and smart lighting. With NSF support, he ran summer site programs for undergraduates and for teachers. These brought novices into research settings and offered training in research, design, pedagogy and project based learning. His familiarity with NSF research in STEM led to his enthusiasm for developing better early experiences with design in the elementary classroom. He continues to supervise students and projects at BU, but is most excited about helping teachers create a STEM culture in their elementary classrooms that is focused on design as a habit of thought.


kleducKaren LeDuc
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Dover Sherborn Public Schools

Ph.Ed. and M.Ed. Lesley University
B.S. Framingham State
Instructor for Philosophy of Education, EDUC 991

Dr. Karen Leacu LeDuc, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Dover Sherborn Public Schools, has worked in the area of STEM for over fifteen years, beginning as a classroom mathematics teacher for sixth graders to serving as Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator for the Framingham Public Schools for over four years. Working with adults to further their understanding of STEM content and pedagogy has been a driving force for her work, inclusive of teaching the Philosophy of Education course to the STEM cohort participants.


lwodinLaurie Wodin
Library Media Teacher and Specialist, Hopedale Public Schools

MLS/Library and Information Science, Simmons College
B.A. English, UMass

Instructor for 21st Century Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning, STEM 945

Laurie Wodin is a longtime Library Media Teacher and Specialist who has worked at all levels from kindergarten through college and supervised school systems as well. She specializes in curriculum development of resource-based research methodology and literature while incorporating technology into her instruction. Sound and current educational pedagogy underpin all curricula. She is also a longtime Social Studies Curriculum Chairperson and has served on the Massachusetts School Library Association Executive Board having managed the statewide video and bookmarks contests for many years. It is Ms. Wodin’s belief that all students learn best when active and that skills are learned best when integrated into curriculum and applied. Regarding professional development at the graduate level, Ms. Wodin believes in much the same philosophy. All projects are structured so that students can return to the classroom having developed projects that are relevant, useful and ready to implement.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220