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Project Team

Faculty

Dr. Richard Venditti

  • Professor, Principal Investigator
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Responsible for overall program administration, course development and course instruction.

Dr. Meg Blanchard

  • Professor of Science Education, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Department of STEM Education, College of Education
  • Responsible for all educational research activities on the project

Dr. Hasan Jameel

  • Professor, Co Principal Investigator
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Responsible for developing course content and co-teaching, as well as coordinating summer internships.

Dr. Ronalds Gonzalez

  • Assistant Professor, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources

Dr. Sunkyu Park

  • Associate Professor, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Responsible for developing course content and co-teaching

Dr. Kitt Payn

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, College of Natural Resources

Dr. Steve Kelley

  • Professor, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources

Dr. Elizabeth Nichols

  • Professor, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, College of Natural Resources

Dr. Med Byrd

  • Director of Applied Research
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources

Dr. Frederik Laleicke

  • Extension Specialist
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources

Dr. Lokendra Pal

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources

Dr. Joel Pawlak

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources

Staff

Dr. Katie McCance

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Department of STEM Education, College of Education
  • Assists with educational research activities, facilitating teacher professional development, developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers, and website management; served as a teaching assistant for the SBBP distance courses.

Students

Karen Collier

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of STEM Education, College of Education
  • Assisting with educational research activities

Rajnish Kumar

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers

Autumn M. Reynolds

  • Graduate Student and Research Fellow
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Assisting with educational activities for students and teachers

Caetlyn Elder

  • Undergraduate Student Assistant
  • Assisting with online educational materials and updating the website

Past Team Members

Apra Rajwade

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of STEM Education, College of Education
  • Assisting with educational research activities

Joseph Gutierrez

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Acting as a teaching assistant for the distance classes, and developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers

Jacob Zwilling

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers

Dr. Darlene Echeverria

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers

Antonio Suarez

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Acting as a teaching assistant for the distance classes, and developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers

Heather Starkey

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Developing course materials for the distance classes, acting as a teaching assistant for the distance classes, developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers, assisting in marketing and recruiting.

James Todd

  • Instructional Designer
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Responsible for video shooting and post production, such as editing. Assisting with the creation of distance education courses using Moodle project space.

Dr. Shana McAlexander

  • Former SBBP Program Manager, Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • PhD Candidate, Department of STEM Education, College of Education
  • Responsible for program logistics, course development, and conducting educational research

Dr. Adam Scouse

  • Former Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar & SBBP Program Manager
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Online teacher, content creator, and project coordinator.

Dr. Franklin Zambrano Gotera

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Developing course materials for the distance classes, acting as a teaching assistant for the distance classes, developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers, assisting in marketing and recruiting.

Dr. Joe Sagues

  • Former SBBP Team Member
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Providing technical assistance with the development of course material focused on biomass conversion technologies and bioproduct innovation

Dr. Steve McKeand

  • Professor, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, College of Natural Resources

Dr. Yuan Yao

  • Assistant Professor, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Responsible for developing course content and co-teaching

Kristen Tomberlin

  • Former Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources
  • Assisting with internship coordination, acting as a teaching assistant for online courses, and developing hands-on lab activities for students and teachers