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Courtney Falato

The Ohio State University
Smart Cities Relationship Director
Courtney Falato is the Smart Cities Relationship Director at The Ohio State University.Her current focus is to help facilitate Ohio State's role as the lead research partner ofthe Smart Cities grant awarded to the city of Columbus – a $40 million award that aimsto reinvent mobility in Columbus.

Ms. Falato's career has focused on education, research and technology, most recentlyserving as an administrator in innovative roles at two high-performing central Ohioschool districts. She most recently served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for DublinCity Schools, where she led the democratization of design thinking, computer scienceand career exposure experiences across a 15,000-student district. Prior to that, she wasReynoldsburg City Schools' first Director of Innovation, where she leading the work ofthe district's five STEM schools. There, she developed a district-wide maker educationprogram, established K12 career pathways and led the development andimplementation of a K12 work plan for computer science education.

Ms. Falato's career began in research an education researcher at the AmericanInstitutes for Research (AIR) in Washington DC. There, she managed $400 million ingrant submissions while also collecting, analyzing and synthesizing data for federalmonitoring reports for the US Department of Education. In 2008, she joined Ohio State'sBattelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy as the Associate Directorof STEM projects. While there, she was part of a national research team studying theimplementation, spread and sustainability of STEM school models across the country.While an Associate Project Director at the University of Chicago's Center for ElementaryMathematics and Science Education, Ms. Heppner began focusing on K12 computerscience education research, co-authoring a foundational report for the current computerscience education movement titled Building and Operating System for ComputerScience Education (2011).

Ms. Falato received her B.A. in Political Science from Ohio State and her M.Ed. fromthe University of Virginia.