Research Assistants

Bharat Battu, Ed.M (candidate)

Bharat Battu is an Ed.M candidate in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also works at the Museum of Science in Boston for its Engineering is Elementary project – a curriculum designed to foster knowledge and interest in engineering as well as general technological literacy in elementary-school students. At EiE, Bharat produces instructional videos and multimedia for teachers using the curriculum in their classrooms. His academic interest is in expanding STEM education through interactive and mobile learning technologies.


Stephanie Fitzgerald, Ed.M (candidate)

Stephanie Fitzgerald is an Ed.M. candidate in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in the design of educational/serious games for middle school students that cover topics in STEM, in particular the use of technologies to cultivate students’ deep understanding and engagement with difficult subjects. Over the course of several years at Tufts University, she was part of TUSK, Tufts OCW, and the Hirsh Health Sciences Library. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Oregon.


Michelle (Billie) Fitzpatrick, Ed.M. (candidate)

Michelle Fitzpatrick is a returning MBE Masters candidate studying part-time. She is very interested in the intersection of current neuroscience research, cognitive science, and education. Specifically, she is fascinated by the growing body of research in the areas of affect and the role of emotion in learning. Both point to robust ways to expand and deepen our understanding of how people learn – young students who are developing physically, emotionally and cognitively, as well as adults, who possess capabilities for leveraging their experience and knowledge in new ways.

Before coming to HGSE, she worked in trade book publishing as a book collaborator and ghost writer. She helped numerous authors – doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, educators, and even celebrities – develop their book projects. This work played a role in some of her research interests at HGSE. She hopes to continue to investigate a new model for teaching various aspects of the standard curriculum, including writing and math, attempting to build on the role of affect, dynamic skill theory, and how emerging technologies may contribute and enhance this critical thinking skill.


Kasthuri Gopalaratnam, Ed.M. (candidate)

Kasthuri Gopalaratnam is an Ed.M candidate in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Most of his professional experience has been in engineering and technology management. Through his recent experience in running an after-school math enrichment program for young children, Kasthuri became interested in learning, motivation and the role of current and emerging technologies in education. He is passionate about developing a strong academic foundation and a sense of curiosity in young children and plans to develop a collaborative networked learning environment for K-8 students, with a focus on math and science.


Kinga Petrovai, Ed.M. (candidate)

Kinga Petrovai is an electrical engineer who worked for over five years in costing finance at a large Canadian corporation. Being an active volunteer for her alma mater, as well as a math tutor, Kinga decided to pursue her passion in the field of education. In 2010 Kinga became a certified senior mathematics and physics teacher. Currently in the Technology, Innovation, and Education Master’s program at HGSE, Kinga’s focus is on the effective use of technology in K-12 education.