Dr. Audeliz (Audi) Matias is a mentor, associate professor, and online curriculum coordinator at SUNY Empire State College. She teaches online courses and independent studies in the area of geosciences and environmental sciences. Dr. Matias is involved in emerging technology efforts for teaching and learning and has seven years of experience developing fully online courses. She recently managed a collaborative NSF-funded project, “SUNY/NYAS STEM Mentoring Afterschool Program,” which trained graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to mentor and deliver STEM content to underserved middle-school children in afterschool programs across New York State. Dr. Matias has published numerous conference papers, articles, and peer-reviewed book chapters on the subject of emerging technology for teaching and experiential learning. She continuously look for opportunities to integrate teaching and research to benefit students. Additionally, Dr. Matias is actively engaged in local and professional organizations dedicated to mentoring.