Dave WolczykDave

David Wolczyk is the Director of the University of Washington Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) Program. He started in TRIO 20+ years ago as a Tutor and Instructor at Columbia College in Chicago and since then has been an Instructor for the University of Washington Upward Bound (UB) Program and the Science and Technology Coordinator for UW UB and TRIO Training grants. He has taught courses on a wide variety of Science, Technology, and test-prep topics and pioneered the first Computer Assembly and Design course for TRIO students in 2001.

A TRIO Trainer since 1998, he has trained TRIO Staff from around the country on new techniques and best practices for using technology. He was a principal architect of the highly regarded UW TRIO Training online training, and has been a member of the TRIO Quest Advisory Committee since 2000. He studied Biology as an undergraduate, Evolutionary Genetics in graduate school, and spent a year abroad as a Watson Fellow in Europe conducting independent research on Acid Rain. Published works include articles in the Journal of Educational Opportunity, Genetics, and Science.

Dave loves spending his free time with his family or escaping to the mountains for skiing, hiking, cycling, or climbing.

Helen Chyz

Helen Chyz is the Academic Advisor for UW Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub).  She teaches the UW STEMsub college prep course during Summer Academy.  During the school year, she advises students on getting ready for college, applying to colleges, writing skills, and other academic needs.  Helen graduated from the University of Washington’s College of Education with a Master’s degree in Leadership in Higher Education. She previously worked in admissions at a private liberal arts college in the Midwest, counseling students through their admissions process. She also evaluated UW undergraduate applications as a graduate assistant. During her Master’s program, Helen primarily focused on college access and how various student populations navigate higher education systems.

Outside of the office, she teaches indoor cycling classes at the IMA and enjoys spending time with her quarantine puppy, Zoe!

Michael Coats


Michael Coats is the Curriculum Coordinator for Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub).  Michael also tutors UW STEMsub students in math, physics, and chemistry.  Prior to joining the STEMsub team, he spent the two years teaching math, robotics, and social studies to middle school and high school students.  Prior to that, he worked for 11 years as a modeling and simulation engineer, and holds master’s degrees in teaching and applied mathematics.  During graduate school, he volunteered in schools as part of the Boeing After School Program.  He served in the US Navy for four years, and has lived in many places around the US and Europe.

Michael enjoys reading and watching science fiction, playing board games and video games, and Chicago sports (Cubs/Bulls/Bears/Blackhawks)!  He also plays trombone in his community orchestra.

HuyHuy Hoang

Huy Hoang is the Academic Coordinator for the UW Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) Program. He graduated from UCLA with both his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and master’s degree in Education with a credential in Physics. He has over 15 years of science teaching experience in Los Angeles and has worked as an advisor in the AVID and International Baccalaureate Programs. Since moving to Seattle, he has worked as a Learning Specialist and Upward Bound Teacher for the TRIO program at South Seattle College.

Huy is passionate about service, traveling, and most of all running. He has completed countless marathons/ultramarathons and is aspiring to complete an Ironman. He owes a lot of his passion to his work with the Rotary Club and SRLA (Students Run LA), a marathon and mentorship program program that not only prepares students to complete the LA Marathon, but also for life. He truly believes in the education of the whole person — mind, body, and spirit, and follows the motto that, “life should encompass meaningful experiences, strong community, and growth.”

JanaJana Chieu

Jana Chieu is the Counseling Services Coordinator with UW Math Science Upward Bound (UW STEMsub) and has been involved with the program since it started, in 2013. As the Counseling Services Coordinator, Jana helps with the day to day operations of the UW STEMsub program. She is an alumna of the first cohort of the UW STEMsub program and graduated from the University of Washington – Bothell campus with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies and minors in Health Education & Promotion and Consciousness, Creativity & Science.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Nutrition from The National University of Natural Medicine.

When Jana is not working with UW STEMsub, she enjoys a very active lifestyle partaking in activities such as tennis, hiking, and swimming.

Erik Jaccard

Erik Jaccard has been teaching writing and literature at the college level for more than a decade, having begun his career as a graduate student instructor and then lecturer at the University of Washington, where he worked from 2008-19. He is now on the full-time English faculty at North Seattle College, where he teaches courses in composition, literature, and film. He joined UW STEMSub in 2014, and has taught Research Writing for the program’s Summer Academy all but one summer since. 

Alex Banh

Alex is a tutor and occasional summer academy instructor with UW STEMsub and has been with the program since 2019! When he’s not teaching, he’s usually tinkering around with the STEMsub website as well. Alex made his summer academy debut with an Introduction to Programming with Processing class and then added an Introduction to Photography class the summer afterwards. He graduated from the University of Washington Seattle in Fall 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Outside of UW STEMSub Alex enjoys exploring photography (especially film photography!), listening to and (sometimes) participating in musical theater, and watching airplanes. He has a cat named Alexis who is very social and vocal, especially at 6am in the morning. He hopes to one day be a pilot of some sort and then eventually an astronaut!

Matina Kpassira

Matina is a student technology assistant for UW STEMsub, and a Mathematics undergraduate student at the University of Washington. She has a passion for numbers and enjoys teaching. When she has free time, Matina loves biking, hiking, and plays foosball. 

Michael Lai

Michael LMichael is a student technology assistant for UW STEMsub and a senior undergraduate student in the mechanical engineering department. He enjoys designing, machining, 3d printing, and also helping others learn and get excited about engineering.

Outside academics, some of his hobbies include piano, video games, and building PCs.