2024 Keynote: Dr. Stacy Klein-Gardner
Dr. Stacy Klein-Gardner received a bachelor of science in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University in 1991. She then earned her master of science degree from Drexel University in 1993 and her doctorate in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1996.
Dr. Klein-Gardner served as the founding director of the Center for STEM Education for Girls at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tenn. As a biomedical engineering professor, Stacy led National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded programs such as Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) for nine years. She served as the associate dean for outreach at the Vanderbilt School of Engineering from 2007-2010.
Dr. Klein-Gardner now serves as an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, where she is the co-principal investigator and co-director on the NSF-funded Engineering for US All (e4usa) project. e4usa seeks to demystify and democratize engineering through a one-year introduction to engineering high school course. As the grant portion of the e4usa project comes to its completion, Dr. Klein-Gardner has become the executive director of e4usa, a nonprofit company.
Dr. Klein-Gardner is an active alumna of Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, where she serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors (2022-2024). She is a founding member of the Women’s Impact Network for Duke University and its Leadership Council. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Service Award from Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. Dr. Klein-Gardner serves on the Drexel School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health System’s Executive Advisory Council. Dr. Klein-Gardner is also active in the American Society for Engineering Education, serving as the chair of the Society’s Board of Directors’ Committee on P12 Engineering Education from 2017-2020. She is a Fellow of the society.
Stacy is married to Matt (Texas A&M Engineering ‘04), and they have a middle-school-age son, Andrew.