September 2014 Professional Development Meeting

The September 2014 PD meeting will be held on Thursday the 25th.  Please REGISTER to confirm your attendance.

Ms. Amy Gow is the Spark 101 Coordinator at Perot Museum of Nature and Science and will give the PD Dinner Meeting presentation while Mr. Peter Wright, CEO of Alternate Systems is the PD Tutorial speaker and will give the tutorial presentation.

Tutorial :

About Mr. Peter Wright:

Peter Wright is the CEO of Alternate Systems, a calibration and research lab specializing in material analysis, coating measurement, temperature and electronics, and is a member of the board of The St. Luke’s Foundation. His work is internationally peer-reviewed in X-ray fluorescence measurement and he has led research and development projects at Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is currently working on developing leaders both inside and outside his organization.

Mr. Wright has completed Leader’s Roundtable at Bell Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and continues participation in the Roundtable alumni program. He has also completed programs in technical professionals and organizations at the Sloan School of Business at MIT, in start-ups at Babson College, and in financial management at SMU. Mr. Wright’s undergraduate work was at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dinner Meeting Topic:  Sparking Future Scientists


The Perot Museum of Nature and Science strives to be an extraordinary resource and catalyst for science learning through highly innovative and accessible experiences.  We want to inspire all students from cradle to career through active and hands-on learning.  The Perot Museum is focusing on professional development for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers to prepare and inspire the future scientists and community leaders of tomorrow.  Amy will talk about the STEM needs in North Texas and how education, business and non-profits can work together to bridge the STEM gap.  She will give an overview of the exhibits, programs and ways to engage.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is Dallas’ newest museum in Victory Park, near downtown Dallas.  Bursting with interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages, educational experiences around every corner give the Museum the opportunity to live our mission of inspiring minds through nature and science.  Our roots date back to 1936, with the opening of the Dallas Museum of Natural History in historic Fair Park, which would later merge with the Science Place and the Dallas Children’s Museum in 2006 to create the Museum of Nature and Science.  The Museum of Nature & Science in Fair Park which houses our historic wildlife dioramas and active paleontology lab will remain a part of the Perot Museum, giving visitors the chance to see not only our new Museum in Victory Park but also our historic Museum in Fair Park.

About Ms Amy Gow

Amy Gow has a passion for education, especially in relation to STEM equity.  As the Spark 101 Coordinator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, she is excited to be a part of an innovative program that will engage, connect and inspire all students for success in college and career pathways.  She brings with her experience as the Program Director for Design Connect Create!  Physics Camp for Young Women, and as a National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) STEM Consultant.  Amy has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rice University.  She began her career as a Hardware Design Engineer with E-Systems (now Raytheon) and later went into sales and marketing with Texas Instruments as a Field Application Engineer.  She is a past President of the Hockaday Parents’ Association and former Trustee of The Hockaday School.  She is a member of the Advisory Boards for the Hillcrest Academy of Engineering and the Rice Engineering Alumni – DFW.