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Lewis Chappelear, a 1990 Roosevelt graduate, received a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. A National Board certified teacher, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education. Since 2001, he has taught engineering and design, math and science at an urban high school in Los Angeles. In 2008, Chappelear was named California Teacher of the Year and a National Teacher of the Year Finalist. He received the Pre-University International Educator of the Year award from IEEE, the world's largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, as well as the VEX Robotics Teacher of the Year award. Chappelear works with his students to build robots, design bridges and learn about teamwork with the help of more than 40 engineering, business and community partners.