About Us

Brooke Ahrens

Director of Educational Innovation

Education B.A., Santa Clara University, M.A., San Jose State University, MLIS, San Jose State University Teaching Credential, San Jose State University Professional Associat...

Melanie Duffin


Education B.S. Mathematics, UCLA Teaching Credential, Santa Clara University Courses Taught AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles Personal Statement Wha...

The Technology, Engineering & Design (TED) Department focuses on educating students for the future.  As technology continues to grow exponentially and innovatively, courses offered in the TED Department  will foster the 21st skills successful students will need. The department strives to represent the interdisciplinary nature of STEAM at Notre Dame.   Courses offered in this department model the Design Thinking Process and provide students with hands-on learning experiences in content specific areas.  Through these courses, students will learn to explore problems, prototype models, and identify various solutions.  Students will engage in creative and critical thinking, design and develop unique ideas, and strengthen their collaboration skills.

The goals of the Technology, Engineering, and Design Department are to:

  • Teach innovation, creative thinking and the collaborative process
  • Provide project-based and  hands-on learning experiences that involve students in real world problems and solutions
  • Develop student awareness of the need for the participation of women in STEAM fields through a variety of career awareness programs
  • Provide information regarding careers and leadership for women in STEAM
  • Foster divergent ways of thinking and designing
  • Encourage and cultivate reflective problem solvers
  • Apply technology, engineering and design thinking to address social justice issues
  • Ideate, invent, and develop solutions to real world problems
  • Offer field trips that provide students with real-world exposure to STEAM concepts

Fast Facts about the Notre Dame Technology, Engineering & Design Department

  • The department has implemented Makerspace in the Learning Commons
  • Courses offered are hands-on and project-based to strengthen students' real-world problem solving strategies
  • Classes provide real world exposure through field trips:
  • Engineering and Computer Science class visits the the Tech Museum
  • The Filmmaking class tours the KNTV news room and experiences live production broadcasting
  • Introduction to Design and Creative Thinking visits locations to understand the role of landscape in architectural design
  • Graphic Design takes a walking tour of SoFA District to analyze business logos and store fronts