avatar for Martin  Cwiakala

Martin Cwiakala

Center for Advanced Technical Studies
Chapin, SC
Martin Cwiakala (pronounced: ‘Sha-kola’) earned his undergraduate and Doctoral degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His professional experience includes work as a machine designer, project engineer, engineering manager, software designer, and consultant. Cwiakala taught “Computer Aided Design” at Rutgers University and coauthored the textbook, “Introduction to Computing for Engineers.” In 2002 he made a career change to teach at W. J. Keenan High School in Columbia, SC. There he coached the award-winning Robo-Raiders, Keenan’s FIRST Robotics team. In 2012, he transferred to the “Center for Advanced Technical Studies” in the Lexington Richland 5 District, where he teaches PLTW engineering classes. He states, “Teaching high school has been the best part of his engineering career.” He has an afterschool club named InvenTeam and participates in TSA, Trebuchet Competitions, and The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC).