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EPICS K-12 Staff

Dr. William Oakes  | Charese Williams | Maeve Drummond


Charese Williams, EPICS K-12 Coordinator


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

   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.



Margaret Maeve Drummond, EPICS University Coordinator, has 20 years of experience as a lead administrator for academic programs in the College of Engineering at Purdue University. She manages activities and expansion for the EPICS University Consortium, a network of 25 academic institutions worldwide. As a member of the EPICS leadership team she has responsibility for establishing strategic collaborations and leading fundraising initiatives for the organization.

Maeve Drummond University Coordinator for EPICS