Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science- SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY PhD- Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Teacher Certification Program at Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Dr. Andrew DeMaio
I was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, where I eventually graduated high school in 1995. Having a strong passion for science and mathematics, I attended college to pursue a degree in that area. I went to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University in pursuit of an engineering degree, graduating in 1999 with Bachelor of Science.
After graduation, I worked for two years as a process engineer for Hollingsworth & Vose, a specialty paper manufacturing company. In 2001, I enrolled at the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. I worked as a graduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, and received my PhD in 2006. During that time, I had many opportunities to teach classes and mentor younger college students. From 2006-2009, I worked as a research and development engineer for Dow Chemical, in their emulsion polymers division, and as a process engineer for SCA Tissue, in one of their recycling mills.
It was not until early 2009 that I came to the realization that education was my passion. I enrolled in the Benedictine University Teacher Certification Program with the intention of becoming a secondary school science teacher. In 2009, I started my new career as a high school environmental science teacher in Chicago Public Schools. In 2011, I ended up where I am today at Bolingbrook High School. Currently, I teach Physics and AP Physics I courses, drawing from my past graduate teaching and engineering experiences.