Jim Egenrieder has a background in biological field research and applied technology, with more than a decade of agricultural and environmental policy experience on Capitol Hill and with federal and state agencies. He was President and Agriculture Student Council representative for the Penn State Chapter of the Wildlife Society while completing a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science in 1986. In 1997 he began a Master's degree program in Science and Math Education at Virginia Tech, which he later ran while beginning a doctoral program in science education and STEM education program evaluation. He taught in Fairfax and Arlington schools, and has been recognized at the state and national level for integrative strategies in Biology and Life Sciences that connect students to real-world issues through advancing student autonomy (voice and choice) in project-based learning. He was the first to formally integrate Virginia secondary science and technical courses, and among the country’s first Google-certified educators. He is also a SCUBA and mixed-gas diving instructor of 23 specialty courses and certifications including underwater naturalist, underwater mapping and recovery, and marine animal rescue.
Egenrieder developed an integrated field course in Watershed Science, Education and Leadership for the College of Natural Resources and the School of Education, and teaches Education Technology and STEM Education at other regional universities. He is cooperatively employed by local and state agencies to coordinate STEM education outreach, strategies, and research and evaluation, and helped develop the NIA Center for Integrative STEM Education. Egenrieder chairs the Arlington Chamber Education and Workforce Committee and the Northern Virginia Technology Council Education and Workforce Committee, and is a Fellow and President-Emeritus of the Washington Academy of Sciences, where he also serves on the Journal Board of Editors. He and his wife split their time between Arlington, Virginia and their research farm on the South Branch of the Potomac River near Green Spring, West Virginia.