Bob Schaffer, Ph.D.
Founder, Executive Director, Lead Trainer
Bob has been privileged to spend most of his adult life following his passion for education and helping students from diverse academic, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds reach their full potential. While completing his graduate work at Stanford, Bob excelled as a teaching assistant in the Electrical Engineering department, where he routinely led community programs to support all students, winning six teaching and community service awards. In addition to developing pedagogy training for his department, he worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning to help TAs across the university improve their teaching. In 2006, as a professor at Harvey Mudd College, he founded a program that, thirteen years later, still has college students creating and teaching science lessons for socioeconomically disadvantaged students at local elementary schools. In 2008, Bob returned to the Bay Area to complete his PhD and, for eight years, contributed to and led projects at SRI International as a senior research engineer. In March 2011, in founding Elevate Tutoring, Bob was able to combine his desire to improve education for underserved communities with his knack for teaching others how to teach by creating a program that has proudly brought training and scholarship opportunities to 88 hard-working, deserving college students. In 2014, Dr. Bob (as his students call him) returned to university teaching at Santa Clara University where he currently works part-time supporting the General Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments. In the Fall of 2019, he started a new full-time position as tenure-track faculty in the Engineering department at Mission College. While engineer, researcher, founder, tutor trainer, and professor all fit well, his favorite title to date is father to his daughters, Zara and Senya.