Shawna Young is now the executive director of the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) at MIT. Shawna received a BS in Chemistry from Howard University and MAT in Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a great deal of experience working with students and helping them prepare for college and careers in science.
Before becoming a Kenan Fellow, Shawna was a lateral entry physics and environmental science teacher at Hillside High School, and received a 2001 Window of Opportunity grant and a 2002 TILES Technology Grant. She was nominated for the Radio Shack National Teacher Award and received a fellowship from the College Board for Advanced Placement instruction. She developed her project Making the Earth/Environmental Science Connection with Dr. Patricia Bowers from UNC-CH.