Professor Cecil has received the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), which is administered by the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In 2020, Cecil is one of the 15 PAESMEM recipients.
Cecil been working with psychologists in developing informal STEM learning environments using Virtual Reality to encourage K-12 students including autistic children towards STEM programs and careers. He has also pioneered the creation of Virtual Learning Environments for teaching robotics and emerging topics to both undergraduate and graduate students using domains such as NASA’s Moon Mission. His work has been funded by NSF, NASA, OCAST and other agencies.
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