Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME)

Zachary A. Pardos

Dr. Pardos is an Associate Professor of Education at UC Berkeley studying adaptive learning and AI. His current research focuses on knowledge representation and recommender systems approaches to increasing upward mobility in postsecondary education using behavioral and semantic data.

He earned his PhD in Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a dissertation on computational models of cognitive mastery. Funded by a National Science Foundation Fellowship (GK-12), he spent extensive time with K-12 educators and students working to integrate educational technology into...

Michelle Hoda Wilkerson

I am a learning scientist whose work explores computational literacy, with special focus on how young people learn about scientific computing, its power, and its limitations. Most recently, I have explored how two varieties of scientific computing in particular, visual data analysis tools and agent-based simulation, can be responsibly introduced as epistemic tools within the precollegiate curriculum. Because my research focuses on the ways in which these tools allow youth to explore large-scale systems with significant social impacts (e.g. climate, health patterns, nutrition, pollution), I...

Siqi Huang

Siqi is a PhD student in the Graduate Group of Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) at UC Berkeley, where she is guided by the expertise of Professor Alan H. Schoenfeld. She plays an active role in two research groups: the Functions group and the Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) research group. Siqi's research focus revolves around fostering a profound understanding of mathematics, cultivating a strong disciplinary identity in students, and nurturing their capacity to think with flexibility and resourcefulness within mathematical contexts.

Siqi's overarching research...

Haider Ali Bhatti

As a child, Ali and his family immigrated to the United States from Pakistan and settled in Englewood, New Jersey. As a proud New Jerseyan, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, followed by a Master's degree in Biological Science Education at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. After graduating, he taught high school biology and also worked at Khan Academy as a biology content creator.

Currently, he’s a PhD candidate in the SESAME program at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on how we can make...

Alan H. Schoenfeld

Alan Schoenfeld is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Chair in the School of Education and is an Affiliated Professor in the Mathematics Department. Schoenfeld is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and a Laureate of the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi. He is an elected memberof the International Academy of Education and the U.S. National Academy of Education, and has served as President of AERA and vice...

Krina Patel

Krina, a Kenyan-born Indian, has always been intrigued by the diverse educational systems across different countries. Her passion for engineering design was sparked during her senior year of high school when a baking mishap inspired her to pursue an engineering degree at Penn State. As an undergraduate, she was involved in design thinking, engineering education, and organizational psychology research at the Pennsylvania State University (Do-iT Lab). Upon completing her Bachelor's in Engineering Science from Penn State in 2022, Krina began her PhD studies in the SESAME program...

Amelia Farid

Milly's research explores how student engagement in mathematical disciplinary practices can be leveraged towards advancing conceptual understanding of mathematics content. With a BA and MA in mathematics, Milly is interested in bringing powerful mathematics to all students. She has experience teaching math at the middle school and undergraduate levels, as well as initiating and working in grassroots youth empowerment programs all over the world (China; Colombia; New York; and California).

Specializations and Interests

Mathematics Education; Cognition...

Julien Putz

Julien Putz is a first-year doctoral student in the Graduate Group of Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) at UC Berkeley. His primary advisor is Prof. Dor Abrahamson and he is an active member of the Embodied Design Research Laboratory. He is interested in understanding and modelling the cognitive processes that constitute mathematical thinking from an embodied and enactive perspective. Further interests of his include the relationships between physical skill acquisition and conceptual learning in mathematics. He also seeks to leverage first-person methodologies like...

Vasiliki (Vicky) Laina

Vicky is a PhD candidate in the SESAME program and a member of the CoRE lab (Computational Representations in Education). She is interested in better understanding and supporting productive engagement in mathematical argumentation. Proofs have a central place in her work, and she employs low- and high-tech instructional designs to make disciplinary practices associated with the production and communication of proofs accessible to young learners.

Vicky holds an MA in Mathematics Education from the University of Leeds, UK, and the equivalent to a BSc and MSc in Pure and Applied...

Laleh Coté

A California Bay Area native, Laleh has always been interested in education, music, writing, and people. In her 20s, she discovered a passion for human health and began studying biology at the local community college. As an undergraduate, she was involved in research in molecular biology; microbial ecology; immunology; and natural resources at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab); the University of California, San Francisco; and the University of California, Berkeley.

She received AS and AA degrees in Science and Liberal Arts from Laney College in 2010, and a BA in...