The Rucks Group 2021 Fall Newsletter


The Rucks Group Fall 2021 E-Newsletter

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 2:00-2:30p EDT

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MNT-EC Expands its Resources Supporting Technological Education

The online portal of the Micro-Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC), a center funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, is a resource about the convergence of multi-disciplines in semiconductor, photonics, and nano-biotechnology programs.

As a key partner in strengthening the bridge between academia and industry, MNT-EC has developed a new peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Advanced Technological Education (J ATE). This journal seeks to circulate the most relevant innovations in research and to promote novel technician education programs to two-year college faculty and staff, K-12 educators, and other industry stakeholders. J ATE is now welcoming submissions for its upcoming issues. For more information on submitting your article to J ATE, please visit the Micro-Nano Technology Education Center.


Continually Improving to Meet Clients’ Needs

Research, evaluation, and continuous improvement increasingly serve as the cornerstone of successful projects and initiatives. As so many project teams gravitate towards this approach, we are proud to enact changes in our organization that respond to the growth occurring in the demand for expert evaluation services. To stay true to our core values, we have implemented changes in responsibilities at The Rucks Group to meet the needs of the clients we serve. As such, we are pleased to recognize our new Director of Research and Evaluation Services Julia Siwierka, Ph.D. as well as to welcome our new Research Associate, Alyssa McKinney-Hokky.


Julia Siwierka, Ph.D
Director of Research and Evaluation Services

Dr. Siwierka joined The Rucks Group in 2018 and during her tenure has become a key member of The Rucks Group team. In her new role, she will focus on maximizing The Rucks Group’s processes for high standards to ensure consistency and excellence on the firm’s full portfolio of projects.

Prior to her advancement, she served as a Research and Evaluation Associate with the firm. In this role she was involved in designing, facilitating, and analyzing data using mixed methods; creating evaluation plans; reporting findings and recommendations to clients; and engaging with clients as collaborators in evaluations. Dr. Siwierka has several years of experience in program evaluation and applied research methods within educational and youth organizations and community-based initiatives. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theatre Arts at Dominican University and a master’s and doctorate degree in community psychology from Wichita State University.

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Alyssa McKinney-Hokky
Research Associate

Mrs. McKinney-Hokky brings several years of experience in STEM fieldwork and STEM education. Prior to joining the firm, she worked within various nonprofit and government agencies to aid in grant-funded project execution, database management, and data analyses. At The Rucks Group, she utilizes her skills to provide direct support for evaluators through survey dissemination, focus-group and interview facilitation, database management, statistical analyses, and report-writing. Mrs. McKinney-Hokky holds a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences with a minor in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing a professional science master’s degree through the University of Wisconsin-Stout.


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