Robert M. Capraro, is Co-Director of Aggie STEM, and Professor Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Dr. Capraro's expertise is applied research in school settings, program evaluation, the teacher as change agent for STEM school improvement, and STEM student achievement. He recently received the best paper award from the International Conference on Engineering Education where he and two colleagues presented their work related to Aggie STEM. He is currently involved in research in four school districts with more than 350,000 students and 150 teachers. His editorial work includes Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal, School Science and Mathematics, and Middle Grades Research Journal and the Research Advisory Committee for the Association of Middle Level Education, editorial board for the Journal for Research Mathematics Education and he is the current editor of the Journal for Urban Mathematics Education. He was selected as a minority scholar for 2007 by the Educational Testing Service and served as president of the Southwest Educational Research Association. He is the author or co-author of six books, several book chapters and more than 130 research articles. Along with 5 colleagues he was recently awarded a 12-million-dollar grant from Institute of Education Sciences bringing his total external funding to ~30 million. He has worked extensively and been funded to investigate pre-college readiness, high school STEM success, and college mathematics readiness and been external evaluator on ~14 million dollars dealing with teacher readiness to teach mathematics, college readiness of language minority students, and community college student STEM success. He has been a member of AERA for 21 years including three years as a doctoral student and held several leadership positions.