Natasha Wilkerson &
Natasha Wilkerson and Claire Meschkat are two Aggie aerospace engineers turned educators. These former college classmates and roommates at Texas A&M University share a passion for providing access to quality STEM education.
Natasha began her career working as an aerospace engineer launching satellites and testing Navy ship radars for the Department of Defense. Now she serves as the STEM Project Director for Communities in Schools of San Antonio, Texas, while also working on her master’s in science education. Before becoming an educator, Claire was an aerospace engineer in the commercial and agricultural aviation manufacturing industry, as well as the Space Shuttle program. She currently teaches kindergarten through 7th grade STEM. Together, Natasha and Claire co-founded Vivify, an education resource provider where teachers and parents can learn how to successfully implement STEM activities that inspire and prepare students for college and career pathways of the future.
Master of Ceremonies
Shelly Tornquist is the Director of Spark! PK-12 Engineering Education Outreach at Texas A&M University where her office strives to ignite and foster an engineering spirit from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.
Prior to her role with Texas A&M Engineering, Shelly was Master Teacher in Spring Branch ISD for 26 years, and has been a leader in Engineering Education in the state of Texas throughout her career. Projects include developing and leading new teacher boot camps, developing the Texas standards for the Math/Physical Science/Engineering teacher certification, and most recently developing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills frameworks in STEM education. Widely known for her work with Project Lead The Way, she was the Lead Master Teacher for the State of Texas and has trained over 700 teachers in PLTW Core Training Institutes over 13 years.