Community Catalysts

Community Catalysts (ComCats) are a group of 21 faculty across the nation who help make the Engineering Unleashed community a thriving place. 

You may have already seen a ComCat commenting on your cards or welcoming you to the community. ComCats review cards, provide feedback to authors, and connect faculty who are working on similar topics. They also serve as role models for community behavior, engage in forums, greet new users, and participate in card creation. 

Connect with them in the forums or in a card discussion, and feel free to reach out with your questions and feedback!

Meet the ComCats

Ajmal Khan

Ajmal Khan

Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University

Ajmal has incorporated EML into Electrical & Computer Engineering courses. His research successes include 26 refereed publications and published work in engineering education.
Chris Sharp

Chris Sharp

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, George Fox University

Chris enjoys pursuing character development, engineer identity, and creativity discovery with a design focus. He finds it fascinating when varying disciplines come together.
Davood Askari

Davood Askari

Assistant Professor, Wichita State University

Davood's research is focused on design, modeling, analysis, fabrication, and characterization of solids, composites, hierarchical multifunctional nanocomposites, thin films and more!

Erin Henslee

Erin Henslee

Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University

Erin is interested in developing curriculum that sustainably meets the changing needs of the engineering profession and student.
Jacqueline Gartner

Jacqueline Gartner

Assistant Professor, Campbell University

Jared Schoepf

Jared Schoepf

Director of Operations of EPICS, Arizona State University

Jared developed a tiered approach to rapidly detect nanomaterials in the environment and consumer products. He has a passion for teaching and mentoring students.

Jessica Kuczenski

Jessica Kuczenski

Director of General Engineering, Santa Clara University

Jessica is passionate about teaching and learning in higher education. She has a vested interest in building the teaching community at SCU and beyond.
Jim Brenner

Jim Brenner

Nanotechnology Minor Program Chair, Florida Institute of Technology

Jim's Nanotechnology Minor program includes a Materials Characterization Lab and lecture courses. His research is in nanosensors and automating tissue engineering.
Katie Russell

Katie Russell

Professor of Practice, Tulane University

Katie is an enthusiastic early-career faculty member. Her passion is implementing engaging pedagogy including problem-based and active learning.

Kristen Peña

Kristen Peña

Program Coordinator, Sr., Arizona State University

Kristen manages several entrepreneurial programs and events especially related to student engagement and the institutionalization of EM.
Kristine Horvat

Kristine Horvat

Assistant Professor, University of New Haven

Kristine is interested in innovative teaching! Her research involves low carbon energy, including methane hydrates couples with carbon dioxide sequestration and algal biofuels.
Maqsood Ali Mughal

Maqsood Ali Mughal

Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Maqsood Ali enjoys teaching future engineers and researchers. He teaches modern engineering design techniques to design, simulate, implement, and test circuits.

Margot Vigeant

Margot Vigeant

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University

Margot is Bucknell’s maker evangelist. She’s interested in how we can increase student engagement through active, collaborative, and problem-based learning approaches.
Maria-Isabel Carnasciali

Maria-Isabel Carnasciali

Chair, Department of Engineering & Applied Science Education, University of New Haven

Maria-Isabel believes much of the learning students do takes place outside the classroom, from project work and service learning to clubs and activities on campus.
Michelle Marincel Payne

Michelle Marincel Payne

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Michelle co-leads an Undergraduate Research Community to support students learning through research, including a strong emphasis on social sustainability.

Mike Rust

Mike Rust

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Western New England University

Mike looks to address complex challenges facing our world today and in the future. He helps train and work alongside the next generation of problem solvers.
Sid G

Sid G

Assistant Professor, University of Dayton

Sid is an aerospace engineer with a passion to make flying better and efficient through applied and fundamental research. He trains students to find impactful opportunities.
Stephanie Gillespie

Stephanie Gillespie

Lecturer, University of New Haven

Stephanie focuses on leading multiple first-year engineering courses as well as facilitating integration of the new maker space into faculty curriculum. She has experience in K-12 outreach.

Stephany Coffman-Wolph

Stephany Coffman-Wolph

Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University

Stephany is actively involved in community outreach to increase the number of women in STEM and create effective methods for introducing young children to CS concepts and topics.
Tammy Rice-Bailey

Tammy Rice-Bailey

Associate Professor, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Tammy serves as member-at-large for the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC). Her research interests include remote workforces.
Wayne Tarrant

Wayne Tarrant

Associate Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Wayne thinks about risk a great deal! He's interested in risk measures, self-organized criticality, systemic risk and whether we can measure it, taxation systems, Gini coefficients, & more.