Alisa Morss Clyne says she was “inspired to run for school board by the recent dramatic shift away from basing government decisions on facts and data.” Clyne entered the race for the newly-vacated seat on the Haverford Township Board of School Directors because she wants to “ensure that the decisions we make on how to educate our children are driven by studies conducted by experts in the field” and believes that all students need access to education in science, technology, engineering, and math, a.k.a. “STEM.”
As an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University, Clyne knows what sort of math and science training students need to excel in STEM majors at college and to pursue STEM careers. As a research scientist, she brings her experience writing successful grant proposals, managing complex budgets, and mentoring a diverse group of people in achieving her research goals and their own career goals.
On the school board, Clyne will work with teachers, administrators, and parents on engaging ways to integrate STEM concepts throughout the curriculum and “prepare our young people to thrive in our increasingly technological society.” In addition to her research on how mechanical forces in the cardiovascular system contribute to heart disease, Clyne has also garnered over a million dollars in educational grants to develop innovative teaching methods and foster diversity in STEM courses at Drexel. She has also run outreach programs for K-12 students and designed a pre-college bridge program for underrepresented students who aim to major in engineering.
Clyne and her husband live in Ardmore with their 7-year-old son and 5-year-old son, both students at Chestnutwold, and her 3-year-old daughter, will be there soon. Born in Piscataway, N.J., Clyne grew up in the Chicago area before earning her BS in mechanical engineering at Stanford University in 1996. After four years working in the GE Aircraft Engines Technical Leadership Program, Clyne went back to school, earning her 2006 doctorate in medical and mechanical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
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