Our Team

Emily Ferrin, Ph.D.
Program Director & Resident Scientist
Baxter Center for Science Education
emily.ferrin@northwestern.edu

Emily has been a part of the OSEP team since December 2011. She is currently the resident scientist and program director of the Baxter Center for Science Education, an OSEP program in partnership with Baxter International, Inc. and Lindblom Math and Science Academy (LMSA) in Chicago Public Schools. Emily helps create teacher professional development workshops and curriculum resources, making them available for middle and high school teachers in the Chicago area. She splits her time between Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus and LMSA in Chicago. She loves being able to work with such dedicated and passionate co-workers and teachers. Emily earned a Bachelor of Science from Marlboro College and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College.

Ashley Walter, M.S.
Program & Partnership Coordinator
Baxter Center for Science Education
ashley.walter@northwestern.edu

Ashley joined the OSEP team in February of 2014. She currently works for the Baxter Center for Science Education, an OSEP program in partnership with Baxter International Inc. and Lindblom Math and Science Academy (LMSA) in Chicago Public Schools. Ashley helps create professional development workshops and curriculum resources, making them available for middle and high school teachers in the Chicago area. She splits her time between Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus and LMSA. Ashley loves that everyone at OSEP is dedicated to helping advance STEM education, no matter which project they are a part of. Ashley has both a master's and bachelor's degree from Purdue University.

Amy D. Pratt, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Office of STEM Education Partnerships
amy.pratt@northwestern.edu

Amy joined OSEP in December of 2011, bringing 10 years of experience with non-profits both nationally and internationally to the team. Amy’s program areas of expertise include education, public health, community development, and the environment. She has extensive experience in organizational development and strategy; program development, management, and evaluation; building partnerships between community groups, non-profits, government agencies, public schools, universities, foundations, and corporations; and grant development and fundraising. Amy is a founding member of the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI), which is designed to create a community of practice that fosters the development of sustainable and scalable broader impacts activity. She is also assisting with the development of STEM Ecosystems in Chicago and Evanston as part of the national STEM Ecosystem initiative that is building a national community of practice focused on developing cross-sector collaborations to deliver engaging, real-world pre-K-16 STEM learning. Amy has a Ph.D. in geography from West Virginia University. Amy loves that working at OSEP allows her to develop partnerships between Northwestern University and K-12, industry, foundations, government, and the surrounding community to improve STEM education. She also loves working with the OSEP team and deeply values their dedication to STEM education and connecting the University to the community.

Sachin Pradhan M.S.
Software Developer
Office of STEM Education Partnerships
sachin.pradhanr@northwestern.edu

Sachin began working at OSEP in May of 2013. Sachin works as a software developer for the Baxter Center for Science Education and the Computational Thinking in STEM (CT-STEM) projects. Sachin loves to work at OSEP because he gets to come and hang out with cool people every day. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington in 2006 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago in 2013.

Emily DePalma, M.Ed.
Research Program Coordinator
Office of STEM Education Partnerships
emily.depalma@northwestern.edu

Emily joined the OSEP team in February 2016. Emily supports all of the programs and partnerships at OSEP as well as the operations of the office. Prior to working at OSEP, Emily taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools. She loves working at OSEP because it affords her a different lens with which to look at education and the resources to help explore and create change in education. She also loves the passionate people that she gets to work and collaborate with every day. Emily holds teaching licenses in Illinois and Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Science in the Foundations of Elementary Education degree in 2012 and a Masters of Education in 2013, both from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.