April 2014


CCW Meeting 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Dr. Yvonne A. (Akpalu) Kielhorn will be our keynote speaker!

Kielhorn Short Biography

Dr. Yvonne A. (Akpalu) Kielhorn is Founder and CEO of Why Science, and education technology company providing learning systems empowering educators to increase student performance with realworld STEM learning. She is a Ph.D. scientist & engineer with extensive R&D experience and expertise creating business and research relationships to develop useful products from simple ideas. Her scientific, and leadership abilities have been recognized by multiple research, education and entrepreneurship awards.

Neutron Scattering

Before founding Why Science in 2009, she served as a member of the Chemistry & Polymer Science faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At RPI she secured over $1.1 million in grants for scientific research, supervised and mentored 43 students (22 undergraduate, 13 graduate) in chemistry, engineering and management. She also graduated 3 Ph. D. and 4 Master of Science students. She holds a Ph. D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B. A. in Chemistry (High Honors) and Physics from Smith College.