As a Senior Research Associate and Lead Evaluator with the Science and Engineering team at WestEd, Andrew Grillo-Hill works to provide formative feedback and measure outcomes for a variety of K–18 STEM programs.
His research interests are in online education, assessment, and the application of new technologies to these areas. He has worked extensively on formative and summative evaluations of technology in K–12 classrooms, and of secondary and postsecondary STEM educational programs.
Grillo-Hill currently directs a portfolio of STEM evaluation projects funded by NSF, NASA, and private foundations. The NSF-funded projects include IUSE, DRK-12, HSI, LSAMP, and NRT. He also directs the research for virtual reality (VR) EdTech products.
He has served as principal investigator (PI) and co-PI on various IES and NSF studies to develop and test innovative online assessments. He has experience using approaches that range from think-alouds with individual students to overseeing nationwide randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
Prior to joining WestEd, Grillo-Hill conducted research in biophysical neuroscience and managed educational outreach programs in San Francisco public schools. One of these programs received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2011.
Grillo-Hill received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA in Biochemistry from Occidental College.