As an engineer turned educator, Meagan is focused on engineering equity into education and the workforce.
Dr. Meagan Pollock is the Executive Director of Design Connect Create, a nonprofit organization that empowers young women to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses in order to close the gender gap in STEM careers. In addition, Meagan is CEO of 7E Ventures, a firm that provides consulting and development services related to engineering, education and equity, and houses two tech start-ups. Meagan also serves as Vice President of Batten Hope, a nonprofit working to fund gene therapy research for children diagnosed with rare neuro-degenerative diseases at UT Southwestern and Children’s Hospital in Dallas.
Before turning her focus on the intersection of education and equity, Meagan worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Meagan was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and she holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, a MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University.
Meagan has enjoyed working for both non-profit and private sectors developing curriculum, programs, and conducting research. Meagan has been designing and facilitating professional development curriculum and workshops for counselors and educators on topics of engineering, STEM*, and gender equity since 2008, for organizations such as High Tech High Heels and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. In addition, Meagan has developed integrated STEM curriculum for Learning.com, and Scientific Minds, and worked as a research consultant for Texas Instruments Education Technology in exploring the K-12 Engineering Education market opportunities.
As a speaker, Meagan has led hundreds of workshops that are designed to equip educators with tools to address specific school needs related to equitable learning environments, student academic success and ultimately, college and career readiness. In addition, she is a sought after keynote speaker for conferences for girls in STEM across the US, and has also been invited to Doha, Qatar to speak on similar topics.
As a researcher, Meagan’s work is focused on closing the gender gap in engineering, improving STEM career counseling, equipping STEM professionals to be role models, and equity training for educators. Review Meagan’s publications.
Outside of her academic and professional pursuits, Meagan is an avid traveler, and scuba diver with a home-base in Dallas, Texas.
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*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics