Serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties
Director and Owner, Shu-ling Garver
Shu-ling Garver has been an engineer at Intel Corporation since 1989. She has had a very successful career as a technical assistant / advisor to Intel’s enterprise Chief Technology Officer (CTO). She is currently in Intel's Global Ecosystem Development working with major computer manufacturers and designers (OEM/ODM) for their tablet and ultrabook launches.
Shu-ling received her M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Oregon Graduate Institute. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Portland State University and a B.A. in English Literature from Shanghai Foreign Languages Institute.
Shu-ling is devoted to help our next generation to generate more engineers. Especially, she wants to help young girls to understand that engineering and science are not just for boys. She is an inspiration to other engineers and future engineers.
- CNN Money News online in March 2013: Executive by day, entrepreneur by night;
- 1851 Francise Online: From the Streets of China to the American Dream;
- Entreprenuer.com October 2013:Intel Engineer Shares Her Passion With the Next Generation
Lead Teacher and Owner, Bret Hadley
Bret Hadley has worked in high tech companies including In Focus and Pixel Works as an operation’s manager. Bret has since obtained a Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) in the field of Physical Education and Health from Portland Concordia University. He taught Health, PE, Language Arts, and Science classes. His dream was becoming a teacher to work with and educate our kids. Our next generation is in desperate need of engineering and science awareness, education and participation. Bret has always enjoyed working with children.
Besides Bret’s graduate education and strong skills to qualify him as a great teacher, he has always been an athlete in multiple sport disciplines. He enjoys all sports, especially soccer and bicycling.
Operations Manager and Lead Teacher, Jens Knudsen
Jens Knudsen recently graduated with a B.S.Ed. in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. He has had student teaching experience at Flagstaff High School. He did volunteer work at Youth Mission and was an Outdoor School Special Needs counselor and student leader. His goal is to have a career in teaching Chemistry, Physics, Physical Sciences, Earth and Environmental Science and Math.
Lead Teacher, Emily Ingalls
Emily Ingalls is currently pursing an M.A. in Early Education and has obtained a B.A. in Social Science from Portland State University. Besides teaching at Engineering For Kids, she is currently an Instructional Assistant at Arts and Technology High School.
Emily has a passion for teaching students of all ages and abilities. She brings a strong desire to provide the highest quality of education possible. Her long term goal is to be a teacher who develops innovative programs that help to inspire her students. Outside of her teaching, Emily loves to stay active by playing soccer and going hiking in Oregon's beautiful countryside.
Lead Teacher, Aaron Park
Aaron is currently a student at Portland State University pursuing a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. He has a B.A. in Spanish, Anthropology from Ripon College in Ripon, WI. His career goal is to be in the field of education. He is very passionate about the importance of STEM education.
Lead Teacher, Matthew Lambert
Matthew Lambert recently graduated from Reed College with B.A. in Physics. During his senior year, he wrote a thesis on The Perfect Skipping Stone. He has extensive experience working in the lab and loves experiments. Since graduating, he has been exploring the possibilities of becoming an engineer, an educator, or both. Science thrills Matthew. He loves to learn about new scientific discoveries that change the way we see the world around us. Teaching is a wonderful way to share those moments with others.
In addition to his scientific expertise, Matthew is an enthusiastic biker, computer wizard, freelance author, and science fiction fan. His long term goal is to find a way to make a living doing something awesome that makes the world a better place.
Lead Teacher, Ben Busch
Ben has a B.S. degree in Environmental Biology from Pacific University. He recently returned after 3 years of teaching English at American Eagle Institute to first grade to high school students, ages 6-14, in Taiwan. He planned, led, and exceed at an international speaking competition. Ben was also a Leader/ Assistant Leader for Pacific University’s Outdoor activities program. His personal belief is that learning can not only be a very enriching experience, but also be a very entertaining experience.
EFK Instructor, Graham Hall
Graham is currently a student at Portland State University pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. He became interested in the science field when he was young through an extra-curricular aviation program. The teachers and volunteers are the very reason he entered the STEM field. Throughout his time in school, he has also volunteered working with youth organizations. Through boy scouts, he taught the engineering and aviation merit badges, as well as general skills needed to succeed in life. he also volunteered as a math and science tutor before and after their scout meetings. Teaching is a passion of Graham, and he finds great satisfaction in helping youth to learn. Through teaching at Engineering For Kids, Graham would like to help the next generation of children find enthusiasm in the same field.
EFK Instructor, Josh Kirkpatrick
Josh currently is a student at Portland Community College working on AA of Music Education. He has a very interesting background in pursuing teaching both music and engineering: he is immersed in principles of technology, electronics and Tuba. His career goal is to teach a large band in schools.
EFK Instructor, Sara Delapena
Sara is currently working towards a B.A. in Sociology / Business at Portland Community College and Portland State University. She would like to continue her education to become a certified elementary school teacher.