2018 Global Learning Colloquium on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design


Rethinking Interdisciplinary Approaches to 21st Century Global Challenges

Learn more about the Global Learning Colloquium on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design (STEAM’D).

Daniela Iacona
Daniela Iacona is the senior manager for international relations and board operations at ABET, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university-level programs in the disciplines of applied & natural sciences, computing, engineering, and engineering technology worldwide. Ms. Iacona currently oversees ABET’s international initiatives, including its engagement in mutual recognition agreements, memoranda of understanding, and global collaboration activities. Ms. Iacona is the staff liaison to the ABET Global Council as well as to all foreign delegations and ABET-related international reviews of accreditation systems. Ms. Iacona earned her baccalaureate in international studies from Old Dominion University and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). She is currently pursuing a master of global management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Neil Leary, PhD
Dickinson College
Neil Leary, director of the Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson College, works with faculty, staff and students to create opportunities for learning about socially, economically and environmentally sustainable systems. He teaches courses on climate change, sustainable and resilient communities and campus sustainability. He has co-taught semester immersion programs that have taken students to UN climate conferences in Copenhagen, Durban, Lima and Paris to conduct research on international governance of climate change and to Nepal to conduct field research on climate risks and resilience in rural communities. He has been an author and editorial board member for science assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has led international climate change research and fellowship programs with more than 300 participating scientists and graduate students from over 50 countries. Neil received a PhD in natural resource economics from the University of Washington and a BA from Macalester College.

Barbara Leitherer
Community College of Baltimore County
Barbara Leitherer is professor of mathematics and has been vice chair of global student programs at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). She has been instrumental in promoting the globalization of the STEM curriculum in the School of Mathematics and Science by designing an introductory statistics course as the first globally oriented mathematics course. This effort has led to numerous professional development presentations at local and national conferences, including NAFSA in 2013. She has been chair of the Global Workforce Committee under the college's Global Education Action Board and continues to serve on the A-NET on international math education of the American Mathematical Association of 2-Year Colleges (AMATYC). Barbara Leitherer received her master of arts degrees in mathematics and geography from the University of Heidelberg and master certification in project management from George Washington University.

Mark Seifert, PhD
School for Field Studies
Mark Seifert has been an educator and higher education administrator for over a dozen years. His academic career has spanned several disciplines - mostly across the social science dimensions of economic anthropology, human adaptation, and behavior modeling. Seifert serves as the chief academic officer at the School for Field Studies (SFS), the most prominent field-based environmental education abroad provider in the United States. He oversees 34 faculty members and 12 research fellows at eight international research centers on four continents. As SFS dean, Seifert travels the world supporting academic excellence and undergraduate research in the fields of ecology, natural resource management and conservation, environmental policy, and environmental ethics. Seifert served on several national committees including the National Council on Science and Environment and the Council on Undergraduate Research and remains an advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank and to international conservation NGOs.

Schiro Withanachchi
Queens College, the City University of New York
Schiro Withanachchi is a tenured lecturer of economics at Queens College, the City University of New York (CUNY). With a BS in aerospace engineering and an MBA in decision science, she transitioned from Lockheed Martin (Aircraft) Corporation to teaching statistics. Her 15 years of teaching has involved innovative pedagogy using virtual dialogue and global learning. Schiro is bridging the application-knowledge gap by expanding internationalization with faculty-led study abroad, by maximizing experiential-learning as the faculty internship coordinator, and by escalating diversity discussions in New York City. In 2016, Schiro was awarded the Diversity Enhancement Research Grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for her research in measuring the impact of internationalization on underrepresented students. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College (CUNY).