Michael E. Martinez (1956–2012)
Professor, Department of Education, University of California, Irvine
Michael E. Martinez was Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, where he taught courses on learning and cognition at both undergraduate and graduate levels. A former high school science teacher, Martinez received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University in 1987. He subsequently joined the research staff of the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, where he developed new forms of computer-based testing for assessment in science, architecture and engineering.
While a faculty member at UC Irvine, Martinez was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of the South Pacific in the Fiji Islands (1994–1995). He served as Program Director for the National Science Foundation (2001–2002) where he managed the NSF's role in the Interagency Educational Research Initiative (IERI). His honors include appointments as a College Board Visiting Scholar (2002–2003), a Mellon Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (2003–2004), and the APA Presidential Commendation for Contributions to Psychology (2003). Michael E. Martinez passed away on April 4, 2012. View his obituary.