“Getting that Assist: Using My Passion for STEM and Basketball to Engage Youth in STEM” by John Drazan (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
John Drazan is a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He graduated from the State University of New York – Geneseo in 2012 with a degree in physics where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. At RPI, Drazan develops wireless, implantable sensors to measure forces and pressures within the body to understand the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Since 2012, he has served as the STEM director for the Albany, New York nonprofit called 4th Family Inc. Through the 4th Family STEM program, Drazan works with student athletes to develop sports-science outreach programs for use at local schools, basketball programs and community events. In 2014, he was awarded a National Science Foundation GK12 fellowship with Dr. Ron Eglash to develop culturally relevant high school curriculum based on his sports-science outreach work. This past summer, the 4th Family STEM program worked at the LaMarcus Aldridge Skills Academy where 4th Family volunteers and student
athletes built a low-cost “scouting combine” to perform player evaluations for the campers.
The Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium is sponsored by KBRwyle.