APL’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program Management Office is committed to helping students and teachers develop their literacy and competency in STEM. Our mission is to develop our nation’s STEM talent. We do this through our core programs that provide a continuum to STEM careers for students in grades 3–12. Our core programs are designed to be complementary and are grounded in what we call the integrated model. The integrated model is how we ensure that children in our programs learn about what being a STEM professional truly means. Use this website to learn more about APL’s core programs and how you can get plugged in!
APL Family of STEM Programs
Dwight Carr, APL STEM Program Manager
In 2011, to address our nation’s critical challenge of creating a workforce educated and trained in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), APL launched a STEM Program Management Office to help inspire, engage, and educate the next generation of STEM professionals. Led by Program Manager Dwight Carr, APL’s STEM efforts are concentrated on providing students, parents, and teachers with substantial involvement with STEM professionals and the work they do. With APL since 2003, Carr has held successive technical positions as an electrical engineer, lead engineer, and project manager. Before joining APL, he was instrumental in establishing a manufacturing laboratory for the Gene Logic Genomics Corporation and served as a research fellow for the National Institutes of Health. Carr holds a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and received his undergraduate degree in biology from Howard University, where he was a member of the National Golden Key Honor Society and the Beta Kappa Chi Honor Society. When Carr is not out promoting APL STEM programs in the community, he is spending time with his wife and two children.
Elise Buckley, STEM Academic Program Specialist
Elise Buckley is APL STEM’s Academic Program Specialist. She has worked in a variety of STEM education settings, doing outreach work with the Maryland Science Center, teaching math with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, and working on teacher professional development programs with NASA Langley’s Office of Education. She holds a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in physics from Juniata College and an M.Ed. in education planning, policy, and leadership from the College of William & Mary. Her research interests focus on professional development opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers, and she has several published articles in physics, math, and education journals. Elise’s passion is increasing equity of access to STEM education, and she is always willing to talk about ways to meet that goal.
Jason Cartwright, MESA Program Specialist
Jason Cartwright joined the APL STEM Program Management Office in September 2017 as the STEM Program Specialist working with the Maryland MESA program. As a former middle school science and mathematics teacher who is passionate about equity in STEM education, Jason is excited about collaborating with APL engineers and public school staff to support and expand Maryland MESA’s robust after-school STEM program. Jason holds an M.A. in education from West Virginia University. When not working with MESA, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Jaracus Copes, STEM Academy Program Specialist
Jaracus Copes is a STEM professional turned educator. He coordinates the STEM Academy to help students prepare to be part of the 21st-century workforce. Jaracus joined the STEM Program Management Office in January 2017. He holds master’s degrees in nonprofit management, education, and education entrepreneurship and has a B.S. in chemistry.
Jessica Goodard, ASPIRE STEM Program Specialist
Jessica Goodard is APL’s ASPIRE STEM Program Specialist and is responsible for coordinating APL’s Student Program to Inspire, Relate, and Enrich (ASPIRE) and APL’s STEM scholarships. She joined APL in August 2014 and spent more than four years assisting the Laboratory’s technical staff and coordinating the ASPIRE program for one APL department. Previously, Jessica worked as a language arts tutor primarily for ESOL students in kindergarten through graduate school. In that role, she was able to help students hone their skills, increase their reading and writing abilities, and improve their English language fluency. When she isn’t working with students, Jessica spends her time writing fiction and nonfiction and has both published in professional outlets and presented at academic conferences. Jessica holds a double B.A. in English and creative writing from Salem College and an M.A. in English literature from George Mason University.
Sandy Segrist, STEM Program Management Office Administrator
Sandy Segrist attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and joined the APL STEM office in July 2019. Sandy brings over 20 years of experience in administrative roles to support all aspects of the STEM office and is excited to be a part of a team that is promoting and getting students involved in STEM. Sandy enjoys spending time with her family, husband Scott, daughter, son-in-law, and son.