About Us

The Novel Engineering (NE) Project, housed at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), includes research and professional development that seek to improve STEM education at the elementary level as well as broaden the range of students engaged in engineering education activities. NE works with teachers to use classroom literature as the context for engineering problems.

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation DRK-12 program, grant # DRL-1020243. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Our Team


Dr. Chris Rogers- Principal Investigator

Dr. David Hammer- Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Merredith Portsmore- Co-Principal Investigator

Elissa Milto- Project Manager

Dr. Jessica Watkins- Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Kathleen Spencer – Research Associate 

Dr. Kristen Wendell - Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development at University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. Ethan Danahy – Research Assistant Professor

Mary McCormick-  Student Researcher

Brian O’Connell- Student Researcher

Lija Yang- Teacher-in-Residence

Sarah Coppola – Student Researcher


The inspiration for Novel Engineering came from Bill Wolfson, a retired engineer with a passion for engineering and education.

Credit for the name, Novel Engineering, goes to Anne Hayden Stevens at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.