Dr. Nancy Butler Songer is Dean and Professor in the College of Education at the University of Utah. Songer's research work focuses on creating instructional and assessment systems that emphasize pre-college students' science investigations and engineered solutions to address local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) challenges. The work includes the original design of curricular units, customized technologies, assessment tools, and teacher resources in interdisciplinary STEM topics, such as climate change and urban biodiversity. Songer was the first Science Educator to receive a Presidential Faculty Fellowship (now PECASE). Songer was also Co-Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee: Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12 and a recipient of two Fulbright awards. Other awards include a NARST Early Career Research Award, US Department of Education Promising Educational Technology Award, and Computerworld Smithsonian award for early work exploring the Internet's educational value.