Sarah Cooley Jones is an Associate Director, College of Engineering at Louisiana State University. Ms. Jones develops and manages student programs for undergraduate and graduate engineering students including programs focused on underrepresented student populations. These programs encompass scholarships, fellowships, and seminars/workshops that develop students academically and professionally. She joined LSU in 1992 as a College of Engineering research associate in the area of environmental analyses and worked on numerous projects including utilization of industrial by-products, water quality analyses and wastewater treatment. Ms. Jones has also worked on the LSU NSF STEM Talent Expansion Program team (2007-2009) as a coordinator developing programs aimed at increasing retention of engineering students.
Kelly A. Rusch is the Executive Director of the North Dakota EPSCoR State Office and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at North Dakota State University. Dr. Rusch has over 27 years of academic experience in environmental engineering, including more than 13 years of administrative experience in areas of STEM program development, implementation, and outreach.
Warren N. Waggenspack, Jr. is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering and holder of the Ned Adler Professorship in Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana State University. He obtained both his baccalaureate and master's degrees from LSU ME and his doctorate from Purdue University's School of Mechanical Engineering. He has been actively engaged in teaching, research and curricula development since joining the LSU faculty in 1988. As Associate Dean, he has acquired funding from NSF to support the development of several initiatives aimed at improving student retention and graduation rates as well as supporting faculty with development of effective learning and teaching pedagogies.
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