Winnie Wong, Ph.D.
Head of Academy & Director of Content – Mathematics
Dr. Wong received her B.A. degree in Math from UC Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Math from UCLA. After she obtained her Ph.D., Dr. Wong spent 2 years as a fixed-income quantitative analyst for American Century Investment. Though she enjoyed analyzing the market, her true passion lies in education. She ran a successful advanced-math preparation school in San Diego, CA for 7 years. Upon moving back to the Bay Area in 2007, she switched gears and opted to teach at university level. She was a Math lecturer at Foothill & De Anza College since 2008. In 2015, Dr. Wong accepted a tenure-track professorship in Mathematics at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) in Belmont, CA. During the school year, she teaches at NDNU, Foothill, and De Anza College. In summer, she enjoys venturing out for new teaching experiences. In summer 2013, she was a Math lecturer at UC Berkeley. In summer 2015, she was a Math lecturer at Stanford University for their EPGY (Education Program for Gifted Youth) middle school Math immerse program.
Besides teaching, Dr. Wong is also involved in curricula development in higher education. She participated in the initiative and piloted the STATWAY pathway, set forth by the Carnegie foundation, at Foothill College. She is involved in the undergraduate curriculum committee, the Student Success Center task force and the Assessment Council at NDNU.
Currently, Dr. Wong is involved in developing Project-Based Learning curricula for middle and high schools in US, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. She is an active advocate of Human Centered Design Thinking and the Maker Movement. Not only is EDNova Academy an official affiliate of the Maker Camp created by the Make Media – the founding organization of the Makers Faire, she also co-organized an international conference with the National Library of China, the Shenzhen Library of Technology and Sciences, the Guangzhou Public Library, and the Wuhan University Library to promote Makerspaces in Libraries to administrators, teachers, students, and the general public in China. Furthermore, she is the organizer and developer of the ITIE 2016 International Makerspace: Design & Create Contest.
Apart from contributing to the STEM+Maker curricula development, Dr. Wong also actively involves in research. She recently teamed up with NIDA (Network for Information and Digital Access), a UK based organization which promotes effective utilization of information and knowledge dissemination, to conduct Impact Assessment on Science Literacy delivery mechanisms.
Dr. Wong resides in Belmont, CA. She firmly believes in giving back to her alma maters, the community, and paying forward globally. She is a volunteer scholarship reader and interviewer for UC Berkeley and UCLA’s freshman and transfer classes. She is also a reviewer for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). On top of her active involvement with her alma maters and the Mathematics communities, Dr. Wong also heavily involves in non-profit work. She is currently the President at Evergreen Education Foundation, a non-profit organization (NGO) aims to enhance educational opportunities for middle and high school children in rural China.
Wilson Chan, M.S.E.
Director of Content – Engineering, Technology, & Computer Science
Mr. Chan is a veteran in high-tech industry with more than 20 years of experience in both hardware and software design. He received both of his B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His Masters degree focused on VLSI design and artificial intelligence (AI). Upon graduation, Mr. Chan took on a teaching position at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the City University of Hong Kong. During his time at CUHK, he taught a very diverse set of classes including digital and analog circuit design, micro-processor and computer design, power electronics, electro-mechanical engineering, and automated testing. Besides teaching full time, he also worked on multiple research projects and published numerous technical papers in international conferences and journals. His research interests included manufacturing yield, neural network, machine vision, and applied mathematics. After 2 years of teaching and academic research, Mr. Chan came back to the US for his Ph.D. studies at the University of California, San Diego. His Ph.D. research topics were on simulation of quantum device and fault tolerance computing. Two years into his Ph.D. track, Mr. Chan decided to join a prominent company in the high tech industry working on ASIC design and design automation. His industrial experience includes the entire ASIC design process, from circuit design to manufacturing process; from embedded operating system to enterprise automation framework. Mr. Chan’s technical knowledge spans from quantum physics, circuit design, digital design, ASIC design, OS, compiler, artificial intelligence, algorithms, numerous programming languages, and SW development frameworks. Mr. Chan holds a US patent through his work at his company.
Marianne Delaporte, ph.D.
Director of Content – Language art, debate, critical writing, & ethics
Dr. Marianne Delaporte received her B.A. from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served as chair of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Notre Dame de Namur University for over ten years and continues to teach there, offering such courses as Philosophy of Love and Social Justice in the World Religions. Her passion for ethics and social justice has led her to working in community engagement courses with college students, supporting union movements in the Bay Area and fighting against gun violence. She lives in Mill Valley with her husband, a philosopher, and has two children, one at USC, and one in second grade and enjoys swimming and hiking.