BBEP Team Site Directors

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Director: Corinne Rutzke Ph.D.
Purpose: Gathering at 9 sites (and growing) in the Northeastern US, our high-energy team of experts bring a passion for Sustainability, Education, and Bioenergy & Bioproducts to the workshops and learning tools we create.

Overview

Meet our team. Gathering at 9 sites (and growing) in the Northeastern US, our high-energy team of experts bring a passion for Sustainability, Education, and Bioenergy & Bioproducts to the workshops and learning tools we create. In addition to our Site Directors and Site Teams, our Program Participants (Teaching Partners and Teaching Fellows) become members of the team. Teaching Partners and Teaching Fellows serve as advisors to the program and also carry the message to our nation’s future workforce and to other teachers in their school, about the potential of bioenergy and bioproducts industries and the critical importance of preparation for these emerging multidiciplinary industries with courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Agriculture!

Corinne Rutzke, Ph.D.

Corinne Rutzke, Ph.D.

Currently working on behalf of USDA through a grant to Cornell University, Corinne (Corey) Rutzke serves as program director for a coordinated series of summer workshops for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers (grades 6-undergraduate...
Mingxin Guo, Ph.D.

Mingxin Guo, Ph.D.

My expertise is of soil, water, and environmental chemistry, aiming to maximize crop production while minimize negative environmental impacts through best soil and water management practices. My academic interests are in land application of animal manure...
Tiffany Fleming

Tiffany Fleming

Tiffany Fleming is passionate about science education and plants. She is a certified biology and general science teacher in New York State and has over 10 years of formal and informal science education experience. “Working with other educators to d...
Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall

In 2012, Dennis Hall was named Interim Director of the Ohio Bioproduct Innovation Center (OBIC). Under his leadership, OBIC has launched a new bioproduct industry-centric network and service oriented program to expedite bioproduct commercialization....
Zywia Wojnar

Zywia Wojnar

Zywia Wojnar is Program Manager and Site co-Director for the Bioenergy & Bioproducts Education Programs at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads, NY. Prior to joining Wings of Eagles, Ms. Wojnar was the Environment and Energy Program Leader...
Madhumi Mitra, Ph.D.

Madhumi Mitra, Ph.D.

Dr. Mitra has received her doctoral degree in Plant Biology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. She is an associate professor of biological and environmental sciences in the department of natural sciences at UMES. Her other responsibilities...
Serpil Guran, Ph.D.

Serpil Guran, Ph.D.

Dr. Serpil Guran is the Director of the Rutgers EcoComplex. Her responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex...
Leah Bug, M.Ed., NBCT

Leah Bug, M.Ed., NBCT

Leah is a former elementary/middle school teacher with extensive experience working with NASA and the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. Leah's role at CSATS works to build K-12/Penn State partnerships and design and implement STEM education outreach...
Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, Ph.D.

Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, Ph.D.

Dr. Nagchaudhuri has obtained his doctoral degree (Ph.D) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. He is currently serving as the professor of engineering in the department of engineering and aviation Sciences at UMES....
David DeVallance, Ph.D.

David DeVallance, Ph.D.

Dr. David DeVallance is Assistant Professor of Wood Science, West Virginia University. He teaches courses in Sustainable Construction, Quantitative Decision Making, Plant Layout, and Marketing Forest Products. He is interested in material manufacturing,...