Director, K-12 Engineering Education, University of Colorado

Malinda Zarske

Dr. Malinda Zarske is the Director of K-12 Engineering Education at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. A former high school and middle school science and math teacher, she has advanced degrees in teaching secondary science from the Johns Hopkins University and in civil engineering from CU-Boulder. She oversees CU’s K-12 engineering initiatives, is a First-Year Engineering Projects Instructor, and on the development and editorial teams for the TeachEngineering digital library. She has also developed and co-taught grades 9-11 engineering elective courses, summer K-12 student classes, and teacher professional development through the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program.

Malinda is very active in the K-12 engineering education arena nationally, currently serving on the executive board of the American Society of Engineering Education’s K-12 Division and collaborating on several other national K-12 teacher and engineering initiatives. Her primary research interests are on the impacts of project-based service-learning on student identity, recruitment and retention in K-12 and undergraduate engineering.