Alumni Profiles

Mechanical Engineering and social sciences


Alissa Sperling
Alissa Sperling

The intersection of physics and engineering education, specifically involving women and minorities.


Currently: High school physics and engineering teacher, and the assistant director of an overnight camp in NY that serves children who are receiving social services.


Graduate School: M.S., Secondary Science Education, University of Pennsylvania


Selling It: “Marketing my degree was really easy because it was so unique! I knew that I wanted to teach, and with an IDEAS degree I had not only the content knowledge in engineering but also a real understanding of the “soft issues” that surround teaching. I was able to take my social science classes in subjects like women’s studies, society and technology, sociology of childhood, and education.”