Rick Darienzo, TechPREP Instructor
Rick Darienzo joined the TechPREP team in March 2012. A graduate of Stony Brook University, Rick Utilizes his BS in Physics in the best of ways. From tutoring to teaching, researching at Stony Brook, and working at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Rick is a physicist extraordinaire. When he’s not out catching butterflies for his collection or riding his motorcycle (named Kiwi), he’s applying his imagination and skills to Legos and even building his own furniture. An avid proponent of reducing our ecological footprint, Rick also takes time to compost and grow his own berries and herbs. Rick’s previous six years of physics and math tutoring along with his uncommon ability to make the complicated more understandable made him an excellent candidate for the role of TechPREP instructor. After volunteering to aid in summer science camps at BNL, Rick has even more experiments and excitement to share with the next class of TechPREP students!
Michele Theroux, TechPREP Instructor
Michele Theroux has been a TechPREP instructor since March 2012 and participates in many other activities involving science education. She is currently enrolled in the combined BS/MAT program for science teaching, which is provided through the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) here at Stony Brook University. Through this program, she has completed all necessary courses for her B.S. in physics and will be earning this degree along with a Master's degree in Science Education upon her completion of a student teaching assignment in a local high school physics classroom during the Fall 2012 semester. Her previous teaching experience includes tutoring both high school and college level math and physics, teaching basic and advanced writing skills in the Stony Brook University Writing Center, and being a Teaching Assistant for various college level physics classes as well as for a workshop run by CESAME to provide New York State physics teachers with innovative ways to convey challenging physics concepts to young students. She looks forward to using some of the creative science lessons that she learned about at the CESAME workshop to make her next TechPREP class even more exciting than the last!
STEMTech and TechPREP Mentors
Olivia Cheng is a rising third-year WISE student at Stony Brook University, double majoring in Pharmacology and Cinema and Cultural Studies, with a minor in Chemistry. This is her second year mentoring in TechPREP. She enjoys learning about science and enjoys motivating others to learn too!
Faith Consiglio is currently going into her senior year at Stony Brook University. She is a member of the WISE and Scholars for Medicine programs. She was part of the Summer Undergraduate Research internship program at Brookhaven National Laboratory and continued research with her mentor throughout the year. She majors in Biology while also pursuing interests in theater, art history, and dance.
Edwige P. Lauture is a recent graduate at Stony Brook University with a Bachelors degree in Marine Science and a minor in Studio Art. She currently is a research assistant in the Ecology and Evolution department working with Dr. Dianna Padilla, a marine ecologist. She was able to mentor high school students in Marine Science with WISE and enjoyed working with them. Her experience inspired her to be a mentor for TechPREP and she enjoyed it just as much. She has plans to continue doing research and attending graduate school.
Souci Louis is currently a senior studying Biology at Stony Brook University. In addition to being a mentor, Souci is a member of the Women in Science and Engineering program, SBU Pre-Vet Society, Sigma Iota Sigma Sorority, and President of The Order of Omega Honor Society. She wishes to become a Veterinarian one day and encourages others to work hard and follow their dreams too!
TechPREP's Advisory Board consists of community leaders and industry professionals who are dedicated to TechPREP's mission.
List of advisory board members.