About Our Rising Star
Full Name: Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Position: Assistant Professor of
Engineering Education in the
College of Education at
Texas State University
What do you teach?
“Ortiz teaches graduate courses in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and collaborates on various state and national STEM teacher professional development programs and pre-engineering student outreach programs.
She is also director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University. Through the Institute, Ortiz brings educators, students and families together in research-based educational science, technology, engineering and mathematics education experiences.”
Araceli was born in Mexico City, but grew up in Detroit, Mich. She studied engineering, completing a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a master of science degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University.
For 15 years, she pursued a career as an engineer and manager with General Motors, the Ford Motor Company and Microsoft with experiences in the areas of manufacturing, quality improvement, product design and marketing.
She loves to travel and experience other cultures. Her work has taken her many places in the United States and abroad, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Mexico. In 2002, motivated by her desire to research, teach, and to promote engineering as a career for more students, she transitioned into the field of education.
She completed a master’s degree in education from Michigan State University and began fieldwork as a teacher. She gained full certification as a mathematics public school teacher and administrator in Massachusetts and Texas.
Araceli brought real-world examples and methods related to STEM into her classrooms. Her background as an educator includes leadership experiences in curriculum development, teaching, and policy development in public education and teacher education.
While at the Museum of Science in Boston, she co-developed the Engineering is Elementary curriculum that integrates science, engineering and literacy for elementary students.
Ortiz completed a Ph.D. in engineering education from Tufts University and has been an assistant professor at Texas State University for two years. Her research interests include studying the role of engineering as a curricular context and problem-based learning as an instructional strategy to facilitate students’ mathematics and science learning.
She works with students from traditionally underserved populations and seeks to understand challenges and solutions for improving their motivation and academic readiness for college and career success. Dr. Ortiz also conducts research regarding effective STEM teacher preparation, induction and professional development.