A former research and design engineer for Motorola, who designed computer chips for cellular phones, is the new director of STEM education for the Evanston/Skokie School District 65.
He is Matsuo Marti, who was the founding principal of Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, an open enrollment early college STEM high school within the Chicago Public School system.
Marti is the replacement for Jesch Reyes, who resigned last month to accept a position in the San Francisco Unified School District.
As Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Marti joins the district's curriculum and instruction team and will oversee STEM learning for all students.
He was described by Superintendent Paul Goren as "imaginative and inquisitive," with "a rich history in education, research, and engineering."
Upon his appointment, Marti said "I see the world as a series of endless questions, discoveries, and problems with innovative solutions that can make a real difference."
He added: "Through my passion for science, I have committed to sparking the minds of future innovators in hopes that they can experience the same joy and excitement."
The new STEM director grew up on Chicago's South Side and earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois before he obtained a masters in education from DePaul University and a masters in educational administration and supervision from National Louis University.
Part of his responsibility will be to oversee the district's involvement in EvanSTEM, a community-wide initiative to help local students prepare for STEM-based careers.