Design Connect Create cultivates a culture where persistence is expected, curiosity is encouraged, risk is rewarded and creativity is applauded. These are our values…
By empowering more young women to take rigorous math and science classes in high school, they will be prepared to choose a STEM major in college. Our camps are designed to keep more young women in the STEM education pipeline in order to create a talented and diverse STEM workforce. The first camp, offered in Dallas ISD in the summer of 2003, was funded by High-Tech High Heels and the Texas Instrument Foundation. Since that time, thousands of young women have attended physics camp. In 2014, President Wanda Gass formed Design Connect Create, a 501(c)3 non-profit, in order to expand the delivery of the camp to other school districts.
2018 Camp Report
Summer of 2018, Design Connect Create hosted 10 two-week physics camps, and 230 young women across the state of Texas actively participated! Camps were in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Duncanville, Mesquite, Grand Prairie, and also at Rice University (Houston), and UT Dallas (Richardson). We encourage you to download our report to learn more about our 2018 summer program.
Meagan Pollock, PhD
Dr. Meagan Pollock is the Executive Director of Design Connect Create. With a unique background in engineering, education, consulting, research, and nonprofit work, Dr. Pollock is a nationally recognized thought leader on STEM equity. Fueled with a deep passion for helping young women of diverse backgrounds to pursue STEM educational pathways and careers, Dr. Pollock is well poised to lead the organization to the next level: building capacity and scaling programs that will help us reach more young women.
Dr. Pollock has most recently worked at the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) as Director of Professional Development leading a team of equity professionals focused on building educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity and workforce diversity. Before turning her focus on the intersection of education and equity, she worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Dr. Pollock was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University, a M.S in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas Woman’s University.
In addition, Meagan is CEO of 7E Ventures, a firm that provides consulting and development services related to engineering, education and equity, and houses two tech start-ups. Meagan also serves as Vice President of Batten Hope, a nonprofit working to fund gene therapy research for children diagnosed with rare neuro-degenerative diseases at UT Southwestern and Children’s Hospital in Dallas.
Meredith Mosley has a passion for service and is dedicated to addressing the needs of our community. Her recent non-profit involvement includes serving as President of the Junior League of Dallas and co-founding Kids on the Move, an organization dedicated to promoting lifelong health and wellness focused on school-aged children and their families.After graduating with a BA from Baylor University, Meredith worked as the Director of Recruiting at KPMG and Resources Global Professionals. In addition to her time spent volunteering, Meredith enjoys a career in interior design at Barbara B Floyd Interiors.
President & Founder
Wanda work for Texas Instruments for 31 years where she was elected TI Fellow and IEEE Fellow. In 2012 she became Director of summer camps for young women and in February 2014 became President of Design Connect Create. Wanda received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering From Duke University.
Marshall Bartlett, PhD
Member Since 2016
Marshall taught physics and earth Science in high school and was the Physics Department Chair at Hollins University before becoming the Science Department Chair at the Hockaday School in Dallas, TX.
Marshall earned a BS in Applied Physics from Brigham Young University, MS and PhD in Geophysics from the University of Utah.
Member Since 2016
Shaunna worked for Texas Instruments for 24 years and has been a consultant for global operations and coach for executive teams for 6 years.
She is on the Engineering Advisory Board at UT Austin and Board Director for YWire Technologies.
She holds a MS degree is Education from UT Austin and MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University.
Jennifer Wisinsky, JD
Member Since 2016
Jennifer is a partner at Haynes Boone in Dallas, TX and maintains a general corporate practice with an emphasis on corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate counseling.
Jennifer earned a BA in Plan II Program from University of Texas at Austin and JD from University of Texas at Austin.