MEET THE Members
We love what we do,
but that’s not even the half of it.
From day one, we have been dedicated to instilling equity and inquiry strategies in the classroom, school, district and state levels that help support students and better prepare them for the future.
Dr. Lucia Dettori is a member of the CAFÉCS leadership team. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at DePaul University, where she also serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media. Through a research leave from DePaul, she also served as the Director of the Office of Computer Science at Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Dettori holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from University of Paris XI. She has been involved in efforts to broaden participation in computing for 15 years both as a researcher and most recently as a practitioner through her position at Chicago Public Schools.
Dr. Steven McGee
Dr. Steven McGee serves on the CAFÉCS leadership team as the research director. He is president of The Learning Partnership, an independent research organization that focuses on development and implementation of STEM interventions. Dr. McGee has two decades of expertise in fostering long-term partnerships between researchers and practitioners. As one of the first learning scientists in the nation, he studies how to support learning from an individual cognitive perspective as well as from the perspective of systems and social contexts. He has formerly served as a Northwestern University faculty member in the School of Education and Social Policy, Director of Technology and Assessment at Loyola University, and Chief R&D Officer for the NASA Classroom of the Future.
Dr. Ronald Greenberg
Dr. Ronald Greenberg is a member of the CAFÉCS leadership team. He is a Professor of Computer Science at Loyola University Chicago and serves as Undergraduate Program Director for the Department. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical engineering and Computer Science at MIT and four prior degrees at Washington University St. Louis (B.S./M.S. in Systems Science and Mathematics, B.S. in Computer Science, and A.B. in Mathematics). Dr. Greenberg has been involved for over a decade in a variety of efforts to broaden participation in computing; he and his students have engaged in many outreach efforts throughout the Chicago area.
Dr. Dale Reed
Dr. Dale Reed is a member of the CAFÉCS leadership team. He is a Clinical Professor in Computer Science at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Northwestern University. Dr. Reed has led CS outreach programs in Chicago since 1993 and is indebted to area high school teachers for sharing teaching wisdom with him. He believes technology education is a justice issue for our time and believes that with preparation every student can succeed in learning CS. He believes learning should excite curiosity. He knows how to juggle and ride the unicycle, and someday hopes to do both at the same time.
Dr. Andrew Rasmussen is a member of the CAFÉCS leadership team. He is the Project Developer for the Office of Computer Science at Chicago Public Schools. In this role he guides the implementation of research projects supporting computer science education within CPS, and serves as a connector between the Office of Computer Science and numerous partners internal and external to CPS. He has been involved in efforts to broaden participation in and understanding of computer science since the middle of his graduate work in chemistry at Northwestern University.
Brenda Darden Wilkerson (Founding member)