Merre smallDr. Merredith Portsmore
Associate Director

Merredith earned both a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in English from Tufts University in 1998. Merredith has also received her M.A. in Education from Tufts University in 1999. She completed her PhD in Engineering Education in 2010. She currently resides in Chelmsford, MA with her husband Dan and sons Austin and Connor.


Elissa MiltoElissa Milto
Director of Outreach

Before coming to the Center, Elissa was a classroom teacher, working with high school students with special needs. She began working with the CEEO in 1999 while teaching at a local school, bringing engineering into her English classroom. The following year she entered Tufts as a graduate student at the Center, taking classes in engineering and education, and received a M.Ed. Excited by the Center’s work and mission, Elissa continued working at the Center.


peopleWiseDaniel Wise
Educator in Residence

Daniel Wise is an Educator in Residence at the CEEO. He comes to us from San Diego, California, where he taught 10th Grade Humanities at High Tech High- a project-based charter school. He previously taught grades 6-9 in public schools in New York City and was the Program Director at Urban Action Academy- a small public high school in Brooklyn. His work with students has been featured in the books World Class Learners and Deeper Learning, in the journals Phi Delta Kappan and The Harvard Education Letter, on the New York Times website, and in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Center for Student Work. He was one of two National Finalists for Teach For America’s 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. He lives in Somerville with his wife Laura.