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EPICS K-12 Staff

Dr. William Oakes  | Charese Williams


Charese Williams, EPICS K-12 Coordinator

Charese Williams
Charese Williams is an electrical engineer who worked for many years as a physics and chemistry instructor and later became an administrator in the Baltimore City Public School System.  Currently, she is leading the development of national dissemination of the EPICS K12 program at Purdue University.  Mrs. Williams is pursuing an EdD in Administration Leadership for Teacher Learning.


Dr. William Oakes, Director of EPICS

William Oakes
Bill Oakes is the Director of the EPICS Program and one of the founding faculty members of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He is a leader in service-learning at the university and K-12 level, conducting more than 95 workshops, publishing articles and contributing to nine books including co-authoring the first text for engineering service-learning. He was the first engineer to receive the U.S. Campus Compact’s Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Educating, recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award and recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Chester Carlson Award for Excellence. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.