Abby Ilumoka currently serves as program director for engineering education in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at NSF. Prior to joining NSF, Abby was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, a position which she held for 25 years. Her current research interests include engineering education and complex adaptive systems optimization. Tackling complex systems such as the national K-16 STEM education enterprise requires interdisciplinary research. Abbys research focus within DUE is to use her experience and background in engineering research and engineering education to optimize NSF funding decisions in undergraduate STEM education and to broaden participation in STEM through the development of adaptive models that accurately model the US K-16 STEM education enterprise.