Julie Cwikla, Ph.D. is the Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM at the University of Southern Mississippi, housed in the Office of the Vice President for Research. Dr. Cwikla holds a doctoral degree in Mathematics Education, with a minor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware and studied under the direction of Dr. James Hiebert. She also holds a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from Fairfield University. Julie has been awarded over $12 million dollars in federal funds to support her ongoing research in STEM education and development. She is a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award Recipient. She has designed, led, and studied professional learning for STEM women faculty in higher education, directed out-of-school interdisciplinary STEM and coding programs for middle school students, developed all-girl Hackathons, examined very young children's intuitive understanding of fraction concepts through technology, studied teachers' use of handheld technology in STEM classes, designed transdisciplinary STEM lessons for middle and high school classrooms, and growing algae on Mars with support from NASA. She is the author of over 40 publications, including book chapters, journal articles, monographs, and technical reports with national publishers and professional journals in STEM education. Her new book Good to Great Grant Writing: Secrets to Success will release Spring 2019.