Project SYSTEMIC Team
Natasha Smith-Walker is the Executive Director of Project Exploration and serves as the PI for Project SYSTEMIC. She works to ensure that there is equity, access and opportunity to broaden participation. In addition, her efforts have positioned Project Exploration to lead the STEM Learning Ecosystem initiative for Chicago.
Liz Lehman, PhD, is a School Development Manager at UChicago STEM Education. She supports teachers, schools, and districts as they work to improve science and engineering instruction for all students. She also develops science curricula for K-5 classrooms.
Jameela Jafri has spent nearly 18 years in the field of science education, focusing on youth from communities traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially girls. Through her work at Project Exploration, Jameela has designed, implemented, and evaluated numerous youth out-of-school time programs.
Pamela Sydelko is President of Fat Node Consulting and a systems scientist with nearly 30 years working for Argonne National Laboratory. As the director of the Systems Science Center at Argonne, Ms. Sydelko ran Argonne’s Systems Science Center, a group of talented systems analysts and engineers. During her career, she has led the design and development of numerous integrated systems applications spanning such diverse domains as national security, environmental sustainability, and critical infrastructures. As president of Fat Node Consulting, Ms. Sydelko continues to practice systems science with a focus on systems thinking approaches to extremely complex “wicked” problems. Her passion is the use of systems thinking by governments, communities, private industry and other organizations to help them better understand and manage complexity in their environments.