Our mission

The Central Texas Discover Engineering Steering Committee’s mission is to excite Central Texas K-12 students to pursue careers in math, science and engineering through in-class, hands-on engineering activities and collaborative, volunteer-driven initiatives of the engineering and education communities.

Engineers like you:

  • Provide hands on experiments that demonstrate teamwork and logical processes
  • Discuss their jobs and explain a “Day in the life of an engineer”
  • Discuss the reasons they chose engineering
  • Can have opportunities to judge science fairs and help at science nights at local schools

We have also expanded our program to include several Community Events. Our program reaches more than 10,000 students each academic year. Our organization consists of a year round steering committee supported by donations of cash, services, and volunteer time from local businesses and the community. Each year we select a prominent engineer to serve as honorary chair and act as our spokesperson in the community. Our goals are to increase the number of students and classrooms we visit each year, maximize attendance at community events and increase our reach to underserved populations. See our report for the 2016-2017 school year and our City of Austin proclamation for 2017. We have also received a proclamation from the Texas Governor for EWeek 2017. Central Texas Discover Engineering is proud to be a satellite affiliate of the National Engineers Week Foundation.

We are now a 501(c)(3)

At the end of 2015 we began the process of becoming a unique non-profit corporation after more than two decades of operating under the umbrellas of Austin Community Foundation and Skillpoint Alliance. The program is unchaged but our governing structure now consists of a slate of officers and a board of directors. Initially, our former Steering Committee members filled these positions.  We can now accept tax exempt donations. If you wish to donate to our effort please contact Lonny Stern to earmark your contribution to this program.

Central Texas Discover Engineering Governance:


  • President: Rick McMaster, retired, IBM
  • Vice President:  Linda Barlow, HVJ/American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Secretary:  Katie Kizziar, Thinkery
  • Treasurer:  Rahul Gadkari, National Instruments

Board Members – Officers, plus:

  • Tricia Berry, UT-Women in Engineering Program/Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP)
  • Keri Burchard-Juarez,  Garver / Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
  • John Purvis, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Walter Romanko, 3M
  • Hope Scallan, Round Rock ISD
  • Lonny Stern, Capital Metro

Steering Committee – Board Members, plus:

  • Warren Gill, HCL Technologies
  • Sharon Hamilton, Atlas Design Services
  • Zarella Rendon, IBM
  • Lakesha Small, Intel
  • Barbara Ten Brink, Austin ISD

 Interested in joining us?

Community Involvement

Early supporters