Michael Feder

Program Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Carolyn Bertozzi
Credit: Courtesy of Michael Feder

Michael Feder, Ph.D., is the Program Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is director of the SEA Change Institute and the AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program, the Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, and the AAAS Mentor Awards.

Michael's previous experience includes managing Battelle’s STEMx network – a consortium of 21 statewide STEM education organizations. Dr. Feder provided strategic opportunities for the network to address grand challenges in STEM though shared solutions and collaborative initiatives. During his tenure with STEMx he grew the network by 25 percent, developed the organizations first strategic plan, and created innovative services to expand the capacity of its members.

Dr. Feder also served as a policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he provided the President and senior leaders with STEM education policy guidance. During his two years with the Obama administration he led the interagency committee on STEM education, which wrote the 5-Year strategic plan for federal STEM education programs.

During his career, Dr. Feder also provided guidance to the federal government, state decision makers, and STEM education stakeholders as a Senior Program Officer for the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. At the Board on Science Education, he worked with interdisciplinary expert panels to write reports on topics such as science education standards, engineering education, persistence in STEM degrees, and federal investments in STEM. Dr. Feder also has experience in program evaluation and has been published widely on STEM education.   He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in developmental psychology at George Mason University. He earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.