Merredith Portsmore the director of the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, as well as a research assistant professor. She has the unique honor of being a “Quadruple Jumbo,” having received all her four of her degrees from Tufts University (B.A. in English, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.A. in Education, and Ph.D. in Engineering Education). Portsmore's research interests focus on how children engage in constructing solutions to engineering design problems. Her outreach work focuses on creating resources for K-12 educators to support engineering education in the classroom. She is the founder of STOMP, LEGO Engineering.com, and the online Teacher Engineering Education Program.
Merredith Portsmore's research interests focus on how K-12 students engage in learning engineering (learning to design solutions to ill-defined problems). She is particularly interested in: how children engage in planning for engineering design problems; children's use and development of representations in engineering design planning; children's development of engineering design process skills through sustained engagement in engineering education; and exploring the role of the engineering design project in children's science learning.