People


David Barnes

Geosciences
Phone: (269) 387-5493, (269) 387-8617
Email: dave.barnes@wmich.edu
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Dave Barnes has specialized in applied Sedimentary Geology since graduate studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, in the petroleum industry, and since arriving at Western Michigan University in 1986. His current work involves studies of the subsurface geology and evolution of the Michigan basin, with an emphasis on the distribution and properties of fluid (hydrocarbon, water, and carbon dioxide) reservoirs in the subsurface. He is working on the potential for permanent storage of anthropogenic CO2 in subsurface rock formations, geological carbon sequestration.

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Steve Bertman

Chemistry
Phone: (269) 387-2866
Email: steven.bertman@wmich.edu
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Steve Bertman has almost 20 years of research experience in atmospheric chemistry, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and most recently alternative fuels. As co-director of Bronco Biodiesel, he focuses on the development of methods for biodiesel production from recycled feedstocks in the Kalamazoo area. Dr. Bertman holds a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from Yale University and a BS from Union College.

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Harold Glasser

Environmental Studies
Phone: (269) 387-2713
Email: harold.glasser@wmich.edu
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Harold Glasser works at the nexus where environmental science, public policy, philosophy, values, business, design, economics, history, systems modeling/learning, and education meet. He holds degrees in physics, energy systems design (mechanical engineering), and environmental engineering. His research focuses on the evaluation of complex environmental problems and the processes used to make individual and collective choices for using and protecting the environment (past, present, and future).
His work includes study on solar panels.

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Sarah Hill

Anthropology
Phone: (269) 387-4150
Email: sarah.hill@wmich.edu
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Sarah Hill is a cultural anthropologist who examines patterns of disposal in order to see what discards can tell us about politics and culture. Her community work focuses on turning Kalamazoo's kitchen grease into a biofuel for local public fleets. With a team of chemistry faculty she co-founded and directs Bronco Biodiesel. She also holds a joint appointment in Environmental Studies.

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Steve Kohler

Environmental Studies
Phone: (269) 387-2987
Email: steve.kohler@wmich.edu
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Dr. Kohler's research focuses on the nature of interactions among species and the consequences of these interactions for the dynamics of populations and the structure of communities. These questions are addressed with experimental and observational approaches over a broad range of temporal and spatial scales, using trout streams as a model system. We are using replicated, long-term whole-stream perturbations, brought about by the disease-induced collapse of populations of a dominant competitor, to address questions regarding: 1) the effects of biotic processes and disturbance on food web structure, 2) the resilience of communities to perturbations in food web structure, and 3) the importance of disease in the dynamics of host populations and the structure and dynamics of communities. He also is interested in the responses of stream systems to environmental perturbations and restoration activities at local to watershed scales.

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Dongil Lee

Chemistry
Phone: (269) 387-2842
Email: dongil.lee@wmich.edu
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Dr. Lee’s research interests lie in the development of novel nanostructures and their assemblies for applications in catalysis, sensors, optoelectronics, and solar energy conversion. Scaling behavior, size and shape dependence, and quantum confinement phenomena are all areas of interest in which these systems provide a powerful and often unique environment for manipulation and investigation. We have particular interest in nanoscale electron and energy transfer processes in diverse environments from nanoparticle assemblies to biological systems. The principal analytical tools employed in these studies are electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and scanning probe and electron microscopy.

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John Miller

Chemestry
Phone: (269) 387-2871
Email: john.b.miller@wmich.edu
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Dr. Miller´s research interests are in the area of the physical chemistry of surfaces, specifically the engineering of surface properties through chemical modification and the elucidation and utilization of surface photochemical processes. The goal of his research program is to develop novel methods for controlling surface interactions. The strategy to reach this goal is to combine the analytical tools of surface science with the concepts, experimental, and computational techniques of physical organic and inorganic chemistry. In this way, his research group will clearly elucidate surface reaction mechanisms and thereby better understand and apply fundamental chemical processes occurring at surfaces. He is also a member of the Bronco Biodiesel team.

John Patten

Manufacturing Engineering
Phone: (269) 276-3246
Email: john.patten@wmich.edu
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Wind Turbine Lab - Director
Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) - Director

Dr. Patten has been involved in alternative and renewable energy activities for over 30 years (ever since the 1973 oil embargo). Most recently, John created the wind manufacturing group (within the wind working group) in Michigan to promote the development and manufacturing of utility scale wind turbines in the state. Dr. Patten is currently spearheading the WMU Green Manufacturing Initiative (GMI), which involves the design and manufacture of environmentally benign and energy conscious products and processes.

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Jan Pekarovic

Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging
Phone: (269) 276-3520
Email: jan.pekarovic@wmich.edu
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Dr. Perkarovic received his M.S. degree (1976) and Ph.D. degree (1985) in chemical engineering from the Slovak Technical University, Bratislava. He worked at Pulp and Paper Research Institute (PPRI Bratislava, Slovakia) for 18 years as a Secretary for Science, Head of Pulping Technologies and Environmental Protection Department, and the Head of Pulping Technologies Research Group. Pekarovic has considerable experience in the design and optimization of fluting production line, non-wood fiber-based paper mills, and paper recycling production lines. His most important design projects and industrial realization include the “Mixed hardwood processing for fluting production”, “The chlorine-free bleaching of Mg-bisulfite pulp”, “Tissue production from 100% recycled fibers”, “Dissolving pulp production in Slovakia”. His field of expertise covers the more recent research on processing of biomass (non-wood fibers) for pulp production, agglomeration of stickies/PSA, recycling of hot-melt printing inks, recyclability of aged-soy-based inks. Besides the research, he is involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. He is the author of more than 75 scientific articles and holds several patents.

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Silvia Rossbach

Biological Sciences
Phone: (269) 387-5868
Email: silvia.rossbach@wmich.edu
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Professor Rossbach works in the fields of microbial genetics, microbial ecology, and plant-bacteria interaction. She joined the department from her postdoctoral position at the Center for Microbial Ecology and the Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University. Her research interests include the biology of nitrogen-fixation and the use of beneficial microorganisms to promote plant growth and health. She also studies how combinations of plants and bacteria can aid in the remediation of polluted environments and how soil bacteria interact with heavy metals. She is looking at how microbes can be used in production of biodiesel.

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Bade Sherstha

Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Phone: (269) 276-3432
Email: bade.sherstha@wmich.edu
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Dr. Bade Shrestha is actively engaged in research and development of alternative energy systems. Current research areas include fuel cell, hydrogen storage, alternative fuel combustion, advanced internal combustion engines, renewable and sustainable energy development, combustion, flammability limits, and reacting flows.

 

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