Meet CMI Leader Cynthia Howell

CMI education, training and outreach program manager is Dr. Cynthia Howell. She works at Colorado School of Mines half-time in this position for CMI and half-time for the Colorado Energy Research Institute.

She brings a national perspective and knowledge of energy, education, industry and workforce issues with expertise in partnership development, collaborative project design, education reform and tool development. She has unique multidisciplinary experience working and promoting STEM in higher education, a national energy lab, a government agency, and in K-12 schools.

Previously, she served as the National Renewable Energy Lab's Education Programs Director from 2001 to 2010, specializing in informal renewable energy education deployment. There, she became noted for "research to the classroom" excellence in development and delivery.

She works with postdoctoral fellows and researchers and their respective undergrad and graduate students to take research to K-16 classrooms and the community. Some highlights of current and past work includes: DiscoverE Engineers Week event with Lockheed Martin for three years; a two-week Sustainable Energy Education and Training (SEET) workshop for community college Instructors for six years; and as co-PI for a digital library on climate change and energy,, for three years.

Cynthia received her doctorate in Education and Arts Administration at the University of Northern Colorado – Greeley. She has been involved in teaching at all levels, K through University, throughout her career.