Elissa Milto, MEd.
Director of Outreach, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Elissa Milto is Director of Outreach at Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. Before beginning her work in engineering education, she taught high school students with special needs but has worked with all grades. A focus of her engineering education work is making sure that all students have equitable access to engineering activities. She has participated in research studies looking at how to support autistic students in engineering design, social and vocational skills, and how adults can build on their students’ assets to support them, including addressing social skills and executive functioning as students work and interact with each other. Elissa helped design and oversaw the dissemination of Novel Engineering, a NSF-funded project using works of fiction and non-fiction as the context for engineering design projects. As part of this effort, she co-wrote Novel Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Engineering and Literacy, published by NSTA Press in 2020. Elissa develops and facilitates professional workshops on Novel Engineering and other engineering education topics to help teachers implement it in formal and informal settings.
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