Dr. David Jones earned a B.S. and M.S. from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He joined the Biological Systems Engineering Department at UNL in 1989 where he holds the rank of Professor. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Food Science and Technology. He has been working in the fields of modeling, process analysis, and risk assessment. He has made contributions in the areas of processing alternative crops, thermochemical conversions, modeling heat and mass transfer within complex systems, and developing models for risk based decision making. In addition, Jones developed methods to use fuzzy set theory and soft computing techniques to capture information about complex systems. The educational aspects and the students of the BSE department have been a focus for Dr. Jones. He was instrumental in developing the BSE curriculum. Dr. Jones is a leader in presenting the department to recruits, the public, and the university at large. He has developed a number of courses at all levels of the curriculum. His most lasting contribution has been the development of a junior level course in heat and mass transport that incorporates particular considerations for biological systems. Further, he has developed and maintained a productive senior capstone design course that provides hands-on engineering training to graduating seniors. He serves as the academic advisor for incoming freshman and transfer students and has served as faculty advisor for a number of student organizations. He is active professionally and recently served as the national secretary for the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE), a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and serves many roles for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE). He has published over 100 papers and book chapters and supervised and advised numerous graduate students.
Carmen R. Zafft is a Ph.D. student in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She obtained a Master of Science in Leadership Education for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1999. She has also served in various management and program development roles for non-profit and educational agencies in the Mid-Atlantic Region and Mid-West.
Dr. John Sutton serves as Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation. Dr. Sutton, former Vice President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Committee, serves as a senior staff member of the Center on Instruction in Mathematics and leads the mathematics development team for the Doing What Works project for the U.S. Department of Education. He serves as Co-PI for the NSF funded DRK-12 project, Examining Mathematics Coaching project (0918326), as well as the Project Director for the Idaho and Nebraska Statewide MSP Evaluations and the evaluation for the NSF-funded MSPs “Math in the Middle,” “NebraskaMATH,” and “Students Transitioning into Engineering programs” at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.
Lance C. Pérez has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) since August 1996. He currently also holds the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNL. From August 2008 to August 2010 he was a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he worked on the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, the Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program, the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program and the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program. His research interests are in the areas of error control coding, wireless communications, sensor networks and engineering education. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and the MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
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