Amanda Simson was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Cooper Union in August 2017. Her research focuses on using heterogeneous catalysis in applications like emissions control and alternative energy technologies. Amanda received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering. After her PhD she worked on developing hydrogen production technologies for Watt Fuel Cell in Port Washington, NY. Dr. Simson is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students in STEM. Prior to her PhD studies she taught middle school for three years, two as part of the Teach for America program. She has developed several programs for students including a series of math competitions for NYC middle school students and a chemistry card game called Valence.
Laura Broughton is an Associate Professor of biological sciences at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. She earned her Ph.D. in Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. Her interests include effective teaching in STEM fields, quantitative literacy, increasing diversity in STEM fields, microbial ecology, and environmental justice. She has run faculty development programs for new faculty members, online course development, and incorporating quantitative literacy into courses.
Elizabeth J. Biddinger, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The City College of New York. She received her B.S. from Ohio University (2005) and PhD from The Ohio State University (2010), both in chemical engineering. Prior to joining The City College of New York, Biddinger was a post-doctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Biddinger’s educational interests lie in chemical reaction engineering, incorporating laboratory experiences into traditional coursework, and bringing awareness of electrochemical engineering to chemical engineers. Biddinger’s research involves applications of green chemistry and energy utilizing electrocatalysis, batteries, and novel solvents.
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