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Kirk S. Riley

Executive Director, Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC)
Academic Specialist, Outreach Administration

E-Mail: rileyki@msu.edu

Department Web page: /about/departments/apuoe

Kirk Riley serves as director in the Office of University Outreach and Engagement and executive director of the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC), a Lansing-based non-profit organization. ITEC operates a network of after-school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) enrichment programs primarily for at-risk youth in 4th-12th grades. Riley has been executive director of ITEC since January 2008. In that capacity, he recruits and supports a nonprofit Board of Directors, develops and implements STEM instructional programs, raises funds, and develops and conducts marketing strategies. Riley leads the center in its collaborations with foundations, universities, corporate partners, economic development agencies, local school districts, and state and local government agencies. Under his leadership, ITEC offers programs in robotics, game design, digital media, computer programming and other technology subjects, and has moved more than 2,000 K-12 students towards academic and career success in technology fields. ITEC has created a community of students, teachers, parents, volunteers, and donor organizations dedicated to making science and math accessible to the people it serves.

From 1994 - 2006, he worked as an environmental engineering specialist at Michigan State University. He serves on the steering committee of Keep Learning, in Lansing, MI; the board of the Coalition for College and Career Readiness at Lansing Community College; and as advisory committee member of the Magnet Programs Advisory Committee, Lansing School District. Since 1999, Riley has lectured in the Colleges of Engineering and Natural Science on risk communication and risk perception.

Research interests include:

  • Risk communication and risk perception in high-controversy decision-making contexts, particularly episodes of environmental contamination, and building trust among polarized stakeholders
  • Building effective informal learning environments for teaching technology and math to middle school youth
  • The roles of mentors in after-school learning settings

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Recent Presentations

  • (December 2015)

    Zoology 446

    Riley, K.

    Panel presenter, Michigan State University

    East Lansing, Michigan

  • (November 2015)

    Risky business: Building trust on environmental projects

    Riley, K.

    Lecture on risk communication and perception, Zoology 446, Michigan State University

    East Lansing, Michigan

  • (November 2015)

    The promise of ITEC: Building opportunity in the digital economy

    Riley, K.

    Presented to Emergent Biosolutions

    Lansing, Michigan

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