STEM Nexus: Connecting Massachusetts' STEM Community

STEM Networks

Begun in 2004, the state’s Regional STEM Networks serve as hubs for connecting educators, community leaders and industry partners to further excite and energize students about opportunities in STEM subjects. These networks are among the longest standing STEM Networks in the country.

Each network is managed by an executive director and housed in either an institution of higher education or a regional employment board. Managed by the Department of Higher Education under the direction of the STEM Advisory Council, the networks play a key role in cultivating interest and engagement in STEM activities in their regions and implementating the priorities of the STEM Advisory Council.

For more information on the FY17 grant to support the state's Regional STEM Network, go to Current Projects.

STEM Week 2018: October 22–26

In order to highlight the connection of strong STEM education to a talented and skilled workforce, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, in collaboration with the STEM Advisory Council, are planning a statewide “STEM Week” from October 22-26, 2018.

For more information or to submit ideas for events, please contact your regional STEM Network Manager. For a full list of STEM Week Partner Organizations and more information, please reference the STEM Week press release.

  Map of Massachusetts showing STEM Network regions

Berkshire | Pioneer Valley | Central | Metro West | Northeast | Metro North | Boston | Southeast | Cape Cod

Berkshire Network


Shannon Zayac, Project Manager
(413) 662-5222





Pioneer Valley Network


Jennifer Hanselman, Network Manager
Westfield State University
(413) 572-8702





Central Network


Kathy Chen, Executive Director
The STEM Education Center at WPI
(508) 831-6221

Terry Adams, Project Manager
(508) 831-5198





Metro West Network


Margaret Carroll, Network Director
Framingham State University
(508) 626-4720

Irene Porro, Project Manager
Framingham State University
(508) 626-4056





Northeast Network


Christine Shaw, Ph.D., Co-Director
Merrimack College
(781) 983-0791

Gail Gasparich, Co-Director
Salem State University
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6265

Metro North Network


Chris Albrizio-Lee, Network Director
MassHire Metro North Workforce Board
(617) 864-1524

Ben Christensen, Project Manager
(617) 864-1550

Boston Network


Alysia Ordway, Principal Investigator
Boston Private Industry Council
(617) 488-1321

Hilary Brayton, Network Director
Boston Private Industry Council
(617) 488-1335

Cape Cod Network


Bridgette Burger, Network Director
Cape Cod Community College
(508) 362-2131 , x4459

Southeast Network


Stacey Kaminski, Executive Director
(508) 531-1437

Katherine Honey, Network Coordinator
(508) 215-7958

Get Involved

May 16

Central MA STEM Network Steering Committee Meeting

May 16

Central MA STEM Network Meeting

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