CPEP is an award winning, not-for-profit organization founded in 1986 that has been nationally recognized for education excellence with urban students. CPEP was designed and implemented to address the growing need to identify, inspire and ignite the desire of under-represented youths to pursue careers in Engineering. From our humble beginnings - operating at one school with 40 students - CPEP has grown to represent 13 school districts and 35 schools while directly touching the lives of over 1,000 students each year.

While the CPEP program expanded across the state, so too has our ambition and core focus. In order to better align our programs/curriculum with the ever-increasing need for the United States to build a robust pipeline of students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we have adopted a broader scope. We have moved from a primarily engineering focus to include the full breadth of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education disciplines.



Kelvin Sims

Interim Executive Director & Board Treasurer

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Our Board

Michele Dischino | Board President – Executive and Program Committees 

Professor | Central Connecticut State University

Michael Reiter | Governance Committee

Additive Manufacturing Deputy Manager | Pratt & Whitney

Paula Canter | Governance Committee

Manager, Business Development Boeing Defense, Space and Systems | UTC Aerospace Systems

Ralph Phillips | Governance Committee

Senior Associate | VB Technologies Association

Hank Gruner | Program Committee

Retired Vice President of Programs | CT Science Center

Christopher Jelks | Finance Committee

Advanced Programs & Technology Military Engines Project Leader | Pratt & Whitney

John Lamb | Program Committee

Director Enterprise Architect | Stanley Black & Decker

Sherry Mitchell | Governance Committee

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