and Consulting Activities
Dr. Lipton maintains several research and consulting interests
related to industrial, technology and engineering education, graphic communications,
typography and workforce preparation.
Engineering and Technology Faculty Representative, Model Community College Transfer Program for Future mathematics and Science Teachers (Sept., 2010–present)
Funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, this three‐year project's goal is the adapting of transfer pathways systemwide (CSU) to dramatically accelerate the production of a diverse pool of new science and math teachers committed to working in our most underserved schools.
K-12 STEM Education Coordinator, IMPACTLA (Improving Minority Partnerships and Access through CISE-related Teaching) LA NSF K-12 Program (Sept., 2010–present)
The IMPACT LA NSF K-12 program partners graduate teaching fellows with middle and high school science and math teachers within the East Los Angeles area. The Cal State L.A. graduate fellows serve as visiting scientists or engineers who work closely with their partner teachers to engage middle and high school students in science and engineering activities related to the fellows' reseearch.
Objectives: The program goals are to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineeringm and Mathematics) curriculum, inform and inspire students about careers in science and engineering, and improve the graduate fellows' ability to communicate their research to a broad audience.
Principal Investigator, National Center for Engineering
and Technology Education (NCETE) CSULA Site (Sept.,
2008present); Co-Principal Investigator (Sept.,
This site is part of one of 17 National Science
Foundation-funded Centers for Learning and Teaching in the
country and the only center addressing engineering and technology
Objectives: The infusion of engineering content
and design, problem solving and analytical skills into technology
education to increase the quality, quantity, and diversity
of engineering and technology educators. This will be accomplished
by teaming engineering faculty and technology educators in
a synergistic approach that involves: 1) preparing
graduate students who will become educational leaders engaged
in teacher preparation and professional development projects
with the knowledge and skill to integrate engineering into
technology education; 2) conducting research in how students
learn technological concepts, how students learn creative
problem solving, assessment and evaluation strategies, and
how best to prepare technology and engineering teachers; and
3) conducting professional development for 9-12 teacher partners
based on the testing, adaptation, and adoption of instructional
techniques that enhance STEM.
Principal Investigator (Administrative), California State University, Los Angeles Structures,
Propulsion and Controls Research Center (URC). (20052007)
One of forty centers funded by the National
Aeronautic and Space Administration.
Objectives: Develop long-term
partnerships among industry, academic, and government to .stimulate
highly leveraged industry/university cooperation by focusing
on fundamental research recommended by Industrial Advisory.
Co-Principal Investigator, A
Report on the Status of Online Programs to Prepare Industrial
and Technology Education Teachers (2004)
A Report funded by the California industrial
and Technology Education Association for the California Industrial
and Technology Education Consortium..
Objective: Determine the extent and nature
of teacher training programs that offer course work online.
Member, Technology for All Americans Project Gallup Poll Advisory
Committee (January, 20042006)
This ten member advisory commmittee is responsible
for providing input which will lead to the development and
administration of an national poll by the Gallup Organization
to assess the technological literacy of Anerica's citizens.
Objectives: Generate the 2nd ITEA Gallop Poll on
Member, Technology for All Americans Phase III Project Standards
Team (June, 20012003)
This nine member Standards Team from across
the United States has significant responsibility as part of
the Technology for All Americans Project (TfAAP), a project
of the International Technology Education Association, funded
by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Objectives: Development and review of professional
development standards for Technological Literacy; contributions
to Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy: Student
Assessment, Professional Development, and Program Standards
(2003), Reston, VA: International Technology Education Association.
Director, The Center for Technology Education, CSULA (February, 1995June, 2001)
Objectives: Develop, administer,
coordinate and undertake funded projects related to Industrial
and Technology Education and assist industrial and technology
educators in securing funding.
Outcomes: The Center has maintained funding of approximately
$200,000500,000 annually with project emphasis on inservice
industrial and technology teacher education and leadership
Member, Task Force on Industrial and Technology
Education in California (April 1998June 1999)
Thirty representatives from major California
technology industry sectors and education appointed by the
California Superintendent of Public Instruction and funded
by the California Department of Education.
Objectives: Evaluate the role, scope and delivery
of industrial and technology education in California with
emphasis on meeting the states need for skilled employees
and technicians, improving educational programs to meet industry
standards and developing/implementing cohesive K through university
industrial and technology education programs.
Outcomes included the gathering of related input
from education and industry constituencies, data gathering
and completion of and report to the California Superintendent
of Public Instruction.
Project Director, The Development, Procedures
and Contributions of 2+2+2 Articulation Agreements and Programs (July 1993December
Funded by the Technical Foundation of America.
Objectives: Gather and analyze data related to the
articulated industrial, technology, and vocational education
programs (nature, characteristics, procedural issues, strengths,
weaknesses, issues, recommendations for success).
Outcomes: Presentations at major conferences and
the publication of Models and Variables for Articulated
Programs in the United States. Written for those involved
in the development, organization, implementation and assessment
of articulated programs, this 300=page book examines models
and variables of successful articulated programs from throughout
the nation. Fourteen authors highlight one or more of the
elements/variables necessary for successful articulations
which are presented in five sections: (1) Articulation, Models
and Implementation; (2) Organization, Planning, Development
and Implementation Strategies; (3) Recruitment, Retention
and Counseling; (4) Implementation Models; and (5) Articulation
and Tech Prep. The book includes examples of actual articulation
agreements and other documents related to the development
and implementation of articulated programs.
Principal Investigator, Engineering and
Technical Training Project (November 1992November
A component of the CSU Urban Services Grant
(funded by the U.S. Department of Education) coordinated by
the Edmund G. (Pat) Brown Institute for Public Affairs at
California State University, Los Angeles.
Objectives: Work with the newly established Regional
Job Training Center in Compton to evaluate issues related
to training of unemployed and underemployed clients in the
region. Advise on issues and implement interventions when
appropriate. Outcomes included development of employer
database and analysis of employment data, development of client
referral database, development and delivery of personal employment
Board Member, Pasadena Graphic Arts Academy (19891997), Lynwood High School Graphic Arts Academy (1995 1997), and Belmont High School Graphic Arts
Objectives: Advise on issues (e.g.,
curricular, pedagogical, facility, articulation, staffing,
promotion, financing) related to the establishment and ongoing
operation of each academy.
Outcomes to date: Establishment of the Pasadena Graphic
Arts Academy with 2+2+2 articulation and Pasadena City College
through a Bachelor of Science degree program at California
State University, Los Angeles, including ongoing evaluation
and development. Establishment of an Academy at Lynwood High
School. Consultation in program implementation at Belmont
Graphic Arts Academy.
Consultant, Pasadena Unified School District
and the Printing Industries Association of Southern California (September 1993June 1994)
Objectives: Review data and materials
related to current graphic communications curriculum, integration
of academic subjects and transition-to-work models.
Outcome: Development of a series of modules, Learning
to Work in the Graphic Arts Industry, designed to provide
integration of school-based learning in graphic arts/printing,
language arts, mathematics and science into a worksite-based
transition-to-work unpaid internship program.
Member, Education Committee of the Printing
Industries Association of Southern California (19852001)
Objectives: Enhance industry relations
between industry and education (high schools, colleges, universities),
establish liaison with Boards of Education and teachers at
local schools that provide programs in graphic communications,
advise on educational programs/curricula, equipment, policies,
and the placement of graduates.
Principal Investigator, Status of Industrial and Technology Teacher Education
in California (June 1992March 1993)
Sponsored by the California Council of Industrial
and Technology Teacher Educators.
Objectives: Gather and analyze data to assess the
current and evolving status of Industrial and Technology Teachers
Education in the State.
Outcomes: Dissemination of information through publications,
formal presentations, and interaction with appropriate professionals,
agencies and professional groups.
Consultant, Montebello Unified School District (MayAugust 1993)
Objectives: Evaluate issues related
to instruction, production and utilization of the graphic
arts/printing facility at Montebello High School.
to the School District and the document Options for Instructional
Use of the Montebello High School Print Shop.
Consultant, Expert Witness (1993)
Objective: Evaluation of evidence
(printing materials/equipment) seized in relation to a U.S.
Superior Court counterfeiting case.
Outcomes: Preparation of oral and written reports and
testifying in the U.S. Superior Court.
Faculty Coordinator, Design Clinic for
the California Museum of Science and Industry (19891990)
Objective: Work with a team of senior
students to evaluate factors (plant layout, job flow, reporting
procedures, ergonomic factors, and health/safety considerations)
relating to the printing production needs and procedures of
the Museum and its programs.
Outcome: A report was prepared and submitted with recommendations
relating to the above issues.
Review Panel Member, Santa Monica Community
College District (1986)
Objective: Serve as Performance/Qualification
Panel for the position of Printing Coordinator
Outcome: ACandidate was successfully selected.