Heat Lab welcomes Courtney Aiken

Heat Lab welcomes Courtney Aiken

Courtney Aiken received her B.S. in Sociology from Florida State University and her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University where she was previously employed since 2011. A native of Apopka, Florida, Courtney has a passion for advocating for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and empowering minority students to take advantage of all opportunities available. She seeks to improve graduation and retention rates while mentoring and assisting students who need guidance achieving their academic goals.

As a Higher Educational professional, Courtney has provided training, support and direction to underrepresented students pursuing STEM and biomedical research careers through coordinating various NIH research training fellowships, such as MARC U*STAR and MBRS RISE.  She has also lead in the success of various conferences, symposiums, and programs that were key in enhancing students’ leadership skills as well as supporting their academic success, professional development and research experiences.

Pictured: Heat Lab Faculty Support Coordinator, Courtney Aiken

Currently, Courtney is a Faculty Support Coordinator supporting the Heat Lab Research group with budget administration, outreach and community engagement, and sponsor/client management. She also manages the coordination of Thermal Science Seminars and various event-planning efforts, such as workshops, poster-sessions, and expos. She looks forward to working closely with students and collaborating with various offices on campus, such as the Center for Engineering Education and Diversity (CEED) or the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) to facilitate heat lab tours and/or demonstrations for students who are visiting during spring break, special events, summer programs, and/or workshops.