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Michael Hacker is Co-director of the Center for Technological Literacy at Hofstra University and serves as the Principal Investigator of the five-year, $2.3 M National Science Foundation-funded DR K-12 Project Simulations and Modeling for Technology Education (SMTE). He formerly served as a classroom teacher, department supervisor, and university teacher educator. As the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Associate Supervisor for Technology Education, he co-managed the development of the New York State Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and led the development and implementation of innovative middle and high school curricula that now serve as national models. Since 1993, he has co-directed ten large-scale National Science Foundation (NSF) projects that advance K-14 STEM education.
Dr. Hacker has authored five secondary school textbooks, numerous journal articles, and edited several national and international conference proceedings and books. He has been a consultant to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the British Technology Enhancement Project, and to various state education departments and technology education professional organizations. He has served repeatedly as an NSF expert panel reviewer, and has directed several international NATO-sponsored conferences focused on technological education. He was a member of the writing team for the NSF-funded national Standards for Technological Literacy.