IUP at Northpointe Hall of
Distinction recipient Rick McMaster ’72, M’74 has retired after 33 years with
IBM, but he’s not resting on his corporate laurels.
Rick pioneered an after-retirement path for IBM and other
industry professionals who want to continue in service by creating an emeritus
role through the International Society of Service Innovation
Professionals, ISSIP. He continues to be active in the American Society
for Engineering Education, ASEE, and the National Science Teachers Association,
NSTA, as well as ISSIP. His monthly column for MIT STEM Pals also continues and
he is finally finding time to blog on his STEM and more website.
The City of Austin has proclaimed February 13, 2014, as Rick McMaster Day in
recognition of his two decades of STEM outreach in the community. Rick
continues educating young students under the pseudonym Dr. Kold every chance he
gets, and mentors fifth grade students monthly at Lake Pointe Elementary school. He started a monthly program, Science Thursday, at the Bullock Texas
State History Museum. School groups tour the exhibits, see short science
demos, and engage in quick hands-on activities. Teachers can also request a more
involved activity for their students. Most students are in fourth grade, which is when Texas history is introduced to the curriculum.
He is also the science adviser to Zachary Scott Theater’
Sciencetricks, which uses circus skills and physical comedy to teach about
different kinds of energy, including mechanical, heat, electrical, and sound.
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