Mr. Merkle earned his B.S. In Mathematics in December 2008 and his M.S. Ed. In Career and Technical Education in August of 2010 both from SUNY Buffalo State. He continues his studies at Canisius College and the University at Buffalo. Mr. Merkle's background includes 2 years of teaching Mathematics and 5 years of teaching Engineering. His research interests include Interdisciplinary Scientific Inquiry and advancing Career and Technical Education.