Doctoral Graduates from RISE

Quintin Hughes, Ph.D.
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Quintin Hughes works for the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center as a GEAR UP for the PROMISE site administrator with Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS). For more than four years, Dr. Hughes has worked with the faculty and students of Douglass Mid-High and Northeast Academy, facilitating educational experiences that lead to postsecondary success for young people. In addition, he serves as a board member for the Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce, through which he founded the Young Urban Entrepreneur’s and Professionals and leads its’ professional mentoring program.

Dr. Hughes completed his PhD with the Research Institute for STEM Education at the University of Oklahoma in 2011. His research explored Relationships Among Communities, Identities, and Academic Performance of African American Engineering Undergraduates.

Kimberly Graves Wolfinbarger, Ph.D.
Kim Wolfinbarger
Kim Wolfinbarger serves as the inaugural Director of the Jerry Holmes Engineering Leadership Program at The University of Oklahoma Gallogly College of Engineering. She designed this program to develop engineering students’ leadership and professional development skills through an integrated foundation of professional mentorship.

Dr. Wolfinbarger completed her Ph.D. with the Research Institute for STEM Education at the University of Oklahoma in 2015. Her research examined The Influence of Engineering Competition Team Participation on College Students’ Leadership Development.

Cliff Fitzmorris, Ph.D. Candidate
Cliff Fitzmorris
Cliff Fitzmorris serves as a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering where he has taught undergraduate courses and lead the senior capstone course for the past 9 years. He started his career as a test engineer working at AT&T and then a hardware engineer for the National Weather Service.

Mr. Fitzmorris is currently working on his graduate research seeking to understand the role of full time non-tenure track faculty in engineering education.