Darin Gray, Ed.D.

Dr. Darin Gray is the Co-Director of the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center. His first experience with engineering was over 40 years ago when he took a computer science seminar through the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program at Wayne State University. Darin is an alumnus of USC. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from USC Viterbi School of Engineering, a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences,  a Master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis in mathematics from USC Rossier School of Education, a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity from Cal State San Marcos and a Doctorate in Education Technology from Boise State University. He also holds teaching credentials in math and science.

As the Co- Director of the K-12 STEM Center, Darin oversees Center logistics and operations, supervises STEM outreach to K-12 students, forges new partnerships with STEM organizations within and outside of the University, and oversees data driven program analyses. He teaches an introduction to engineering course and a cybersecurity seminar at USC. Darin is also a sergeant in the California State Guard where provides cybersecurity training and assists with cybersecurity of State systems.

After graduating from USC, Darin worked for the Hughes Aircraft Company’s Advanced Circuit Technology Lab where he designed analog to digital converters for the Radar Systems Group. After leaving Hughes, Darin worked for 25 years for the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Adult and Career Education as a mathematics instructor and as a coordinator for an alternative high school. He has been at USC Viterbi for over 23 years and prior to being the Co-Director, he was the STEM Coordinator responsible for program support, curricula development and teacher professional development. He teaches an introduction to engineering course, Discover Engineering, for the USC Summer Programs office. Darin is also a sergeant in the California State Guard where he serves as a Cyber Security trainer for the CA National Guard.

Darin has received the 2020 James E. Ballinger Engineer of the Year award, a USC Alumni Volunteer Award, the Congressional Certificate for Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community, the California Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Leadership, the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition for excellence in teaching, the California Council for Adult Education Award for Excellence in teaching, the California Commendation Medal, the California State Military Reserve Enlisted Excellence Medal and the California Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Leadership. 

He has presented at the American Society of Engineering Education Conference, the California STEM Symposium, the State of STEM Conference, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and the Magnet Schools of America Conference.

Published on July 22nd, 2020

Last updated on December 17th, 2021