Meet the West Coast Hub

This hub will focus on the longitudinal transition of NSF-funded students with disabilities.  The overall focus of all of the research efforts is on understanding the extent of the impact of the TAPINTO-STEM Model on students, faculty, support staff, institutions, and employers. If we are to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing degrees and careers in STEM then we must determine which strategies and support services they perceive as most valuable in preparing them for this future.  To do this we must collect more and higher quality data about factors that promote the success of individuals with disabilities in STEM fields, as was recommended by the NSF Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE).  We must also build on earlier national data collection efforts.

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Scott Bellman serves as program manager of the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Center at the University of Washington, and associate director of diversity and inclusion at the UW Center for Neurotechnology. His interests include the career development of students with disabilities, access to challenging postsecondary programs and careers, and the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. Scott attended the University of Iowa, where he received a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling and a degree in psychology. He is the editor of the book Perspectives of STEM Students with Disabilities, and has published several articles that share work promoting inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Scott Bellman
Scott Bellman
West Coast Hub Lead
University of Washington
University of Washington
  • Scott Bellman, Project Director of DO-IT, will manage the TAPDINTO-STEM e-mentoring program, serve as Hub Lead and CLI, and will chair the Hub Working Committee.
  • Dr. Eric Chudler, Executive Director/Education Director, Center for Neurotechnology, and Research Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, will serve as STEM faculty mentor
  • Elizabeth Woolner, Publications Coordinator will coordinate CBI proceedings.
  • Lyla Crawford, Online Communication, CBI, and Internal Evaluation Coordinator will manage online communication, coordinate CBIs, and work with External Evaluator to conduct internal project evaluation and Alliance Social Science Researcher to conduct hub research study.
  • 4 Undergraduate Student Workers, ideally with disabilities, will assist with events, conferences, evaluation, correspondence, publications, records, reports, data collection, and other project activities.


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    San Diego State University
    • Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will serve as CLI and STEM faculty mentor.
    • Program Coordinator, TBD, will engage with student participants, coordinate interventions on campus, collaborate with disability support services, and assist in coordination of events; recruit participants by developing and disseminating marketing materials and communicating with campus units; development and review of student applications; assist with data collection.

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      University of Alaska at Anchorage
      • Dr. Jennifer Brock, Associate Dean for Academics and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will serve as CLI and STEM faculty mentor.
      • Dr. Matthew Joseph Cullin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will serve as STEM faculty mentor.

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        Point Loma Nazarene University
        • Maria Zack, Campus lead

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          MiraCosta College
          • Carlos Velasco, Campus lead

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            University of San Diego
            • Satyan Devados, Campus lead