Lisa Dieker, is a Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholars in the College of Community Innovation and Education at University of Central Florida (UCF). She serves as the Director of the UCF/Lockheed Martin Mathematics and Science Academy, Program Coordinator for the Ph.D. program in special education, and Co-Director of the UCF Center for Research in Education Simulation Technology (CREST). Her research focuses on harnessing the power of teachers working across disciplines in inclusive settings in teacher education, special education, and simulation. She has led and managed more than $16M in grant funding and has two newly funded doctoral leadership grants to work across teacher preparation, learning sciences, and STEM. She has over 15 years of leading the field in teacher education in creating and assessing teacher performance in simulated environments and has created a new pathway of pilot work in understanding the neurophysiological state of expert teacher mind and body. She has provided over 120 keynotes, and has produced 5 books and over 65 articles and chapters. She currently serves on numerous editorial review boards and is the past Associate Editor and Editor of three journals. She also is the parent and a sibling of persons with disabilities.