Alan GomezThrough the Technology Education program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the student teaching experience I was able to receive real-world skills that could be used the minute I stepped into the classroom. There are also many other opportunities to add to a student's repertoire the additional information that may be needed for success in the classroom. In a world that is constantly changing and updating the way things are done, the technology teacher education program at Stout gets teachers ready for multiple settings that they might teach in.

This program is a great place to also benefit from your peers. Students in this program share their experiences and talents, which in turn benefit all students involved. It was a great experience that I would never second guess. Students that want to become technology teachers should go to UW-Stout to get their degrees. The staff that teach you are well-informed leaders of their fields and give you relevant information that will benefit you in the classroom.

Alan G. Gomez

Alan Gregory Gomez, Ph.D, is currently the Chief Academic Officer for the STEM Academy. He is also an instructor at the University of Wisconsin in the College of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Dr. Gomez is responsible for the development and continuous improvement of the STEM Academy's internationally recognized k-12 curriculum and professional development program. Dr. Gomez has written a National Foundations of Technology curriculum and a National Introduction to Engineering curriculum for ITEA's Center to Advance the Teaching of Technology and Science. Gomez has published materials in professional journals and in the Proceedings for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and presented in over 40 states at major conventions and conferences. Alan has reviewed for the ASEE conference proceedings and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Gomez sat on the National Academy of Engineering’s committee that is charged with “Understanding and Improving K-12 Engineering Education in the United States.” Gomez is a former NASA Astronaut Selection Candidate and is the principal author of "Engineering Your Future: A Project-Based Introduction to Engineering" and of "Survey of Engineering," textbooks for use at the college freshman/high school and middle school levels, respectively. Gomez holds degrees from the UW-Stout and the UW-Madison. Dr. Gomez has taught at several locations including Fort Worth, Texas, Minneapolis, Minn., and Madison, Wis., including five years as a CTE Coordinator. .