Jean VanderGheynst is Executive Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in the College of Engineering at University of California, Davis. Her prior leadership positions at UC Davis include Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies (2009-2013) and Interim Dean (2015) in the College of Engineering. Dr. VanderGheynst’s research focuses on next generation biofuels and bioproducts and agricultural biotechnology. Current projects examine the management of microbial communities in applications including water treatment, food and energy production, and soil treatment for the control of pests and pathogens. More than $9 million of her extramural funding at UC Davis has been in support of undergraduate and graduate student preparation in engineering. This includes a NSF GK-12 award to improve leadership, communication and collaboration skills, and teaching capabilities in engineering graduate students pursuing research in the areas of renewable energy, climate change and environmental sustainability. She received her BS degree from Syracuse University in Chemical Engineering in 1991 and PhD degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University in 1997. She has served on the faculty at UC Davis since 1996.
Colleen Bronner is an associate professor of teaching in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Davis. She has a Ph.D. in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from the University at Buffalo, where she also earned a B.S.in Environmental Engineering and a M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research interests include inclusion of underrepresented groups in engineering, effectiveness of active learning strategies, and engineering in PK-12 education.
Alin Wakefield serves as the Research and Graduate Studies Development Coordinator in the College of Engineering at UC Davis.
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