Meet Our Team

Zainab Abbas, CEO and Founder

Zainab Abbas is the board chair, founder, and chief executive of SciTech2U Inc. Zainab lends her expertise to SciTech2U as the CEO, managing all day-to-day activities, budgeting, volunteer and instructor recruitment, and program development. She also develops curricula and instructs most SciTech2U programs.

Zainab received a B.S. from Knoxville College in Pre-Medicine, and an M.S. from the University of Cincinnati in Molecular and Developmental Biology. 

Zainab has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Fortis College, and she has performed in various research capacities at Proctor and Gamble, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), IGEN, BioVeris, and Panbio Diagnostics.

Zainab has extensive experience as a Senior Scientist performing such functions and tasks as developing immuno-based assays; validating instruments and reagents; managing lab audits; providing technical support, troubleshooting reagents and instruments; performing various molecular techniques; and developing protocol and standard operating procedures.

Zainab lives in Montgomery County, MD with her husband and has six children. She is active in her community by supporting causes from education to food security. Zainab enjoys homeschooling her children and others, physical fitness, and reading.

 

Kevin D. Bryant, Board Member, Director of Programs

Kevin D. Bryant currently serves as the Treasurer of the SciTech2U Board of Directors, and the Director of Programs. As Treasurer, Kevin oversees all financial reporting aspects of SciTech2U, and as Director of Programs, Kevin assists in developing innovating OST and after-school programs, including funds development to support them.

Kevin has a Business Management degree (AAS) and an English degree (BA) from the University of the District of Columbia, and a degree in Humanities (MA) from Georgetown University.

Kevin has an extensive background in education with more than 14 years of teaching experience at the collegiate level in areas of writing, communications, philosophy, and general education and has taught at Howard and George Washington Universities and continues to teach at the University of the District of Columbia.

Currently, Kevin works for a DC-based non-profit, United Planning Organization (UPO), where he serves as a Resource Developer and Planning Manager and where he manages the submission of millions of dollars in grant applications each year.  Prior to serving in this position, he performed as a research analyst—Community Planner—(also at UPO) where he led research activities including market and community needs assessments.

Hannat Abbas, Board Member

 

Jameelah Madyun, Board Member

 

About SciTech2U

Mission

SciTech2U’s mission is to nurture future scientists. We realize this mission by making high-quality, hands-on scientific lab experiences accessible to K-12 youth, including to ethnic/racial minority, female, and low-income youth.

Vision

We envision a learning community where all children have access to high-quality, intellectually challenging science, technology, engineering, art and Math (STEAM) enrichment opportunities, ultimately leading to a highly qualified STEM workforce.

Background

Founded in 2011 in Montgomery County, MD, SciTech2U is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization with a mission to nurture future scientists by providing high-quality and creative, out-of-school time (OST) and after-school scientific instruction and activities to youth, K-12.

SciTech2U’s philosophy of learning is based on the belief that when students “experience” learning, they are more likely to gain and retain additional knowledge. That is why SciTech2U invests in developing innovative and creative hands-on, experiential learning activities to reinforce complex STEAM concepts in a safe and nurturing environment.

Students confidently learn to dissect organs, explore cancer cells, discover revelations of DNA, become effective stewards of the environment, design and build crafts, experience gravity in wind tunnels and through in-flight aeronautics, and more.

At SciTech2U, we believe that every child deserves access to high-quality and innovative learning opportunities regardless of any barriers they may experience. That is why Scitech2U seeks and invests a significant amount of resources to make its OST programs accessible to ethnic/racial minorities, low-income persons and females.

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