Mays Imad is a neuroscientist and professor of Pathophysiology and Biomedical ethics at Pima Community College, the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center, and a Gardner Institute Fellow. Dr. Imad’s current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning and success. Through her teaching and research, she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities that are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, and self-realization. She began participating in the Summer Institute in Summer of 2014 when she attended the Mountain West Summer Institute at the University of Colorado. She continued thereafter as a facilitator and later joined the Steering Committee in 2019. She was elected as a member at large for NIST in Summer of 2020.