TEAM

IMPACT NSF Team Georgia Tech University and University of Colorado Colorado Springs

 

IMPACT TEAM: Principal Investigators


Comas Haynes, Ph.D.

Dr. Comas Haynes, Principle Investigator of IMPACT NSF

IMPACT Principal Investigator
Senior Research Engineer/Faculty at the Agricultural Technology Research Program
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Comas Lamar Haynes is a research faculty member of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He received all of his degrees in Mechanical Engineering inclusive of a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994 (Florida A&M University) and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1999 (Georgia Tech). His technical engineering research includes modeling steady state and dynamic behavior, and alternative thermal systems design, of advanced energy systems. Such technologies include solid oxide fuel cells and hybrid fuel cell/ heat engine cycles. Additionally, Haynes investigates effective interventions to promote ethnic diversity within engineering graduate programs and academia. Finally, he also develops advanced energy systems curricula for public and college courses and experimental laboratories.

 

Rosario A. Gerhardt, D.Eng.Sc.

Dr. Rosario Gerhardt, Co Principle Investigator of IMPACT NSF

IMPACT Co-Principal Investigator
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Goizueta Foundation Faculty Chair
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Rosario A. Gerhardt is a Professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. She is also the Goizueta Foundation Senior Faculty Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her doctorate in metallurgy and materials science from Columbia University in New York City working with the late A.S. Nowick. She also held post-doctoral positions both at Columbia and Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey where she worked on ceramic materials and dielectric properties. Prior to joining Georgia Tech as an associate professor in 1991, she worked as an assistant research professor at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey for 4 years. She was promoted to full professor in 2001 and named Goizueta Chair in 2015. Her research focuses on establishing structure-property-processing relationships in all classes of materials. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundations, the US Department of Energy and NASA. She is also interested in mentoring of women and underrepresented minorities and served as Executive Director in the Office of the Vice President of Institute Diversity at Georgia Tech for nearly four years.

 

Valerie Martin Conley, Ph.D.

Dr. Valerie Martin Conley, Co-Principle Investigator of IMPACT NSF

IMPACT Co-Principal Investigator
Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Leadership, Research, and Foundations
University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO

Valerie Martin Conley, PhD is dean of the College of Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, where she also holds the rank of tenured full professor in the department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations. Prior to joining UCCS, Dr. Conley served as a faculty member, center director, and department chair at Ohio University. She was PI for an NSF ADVANCE grant: Academic Career Success in Science and Engineering-Related Fields for Female Faculty at Public Two-year Institutions. She is a TIAA Institute Research Fellow and co-author of The Faculty Factor: Reassessing the American Academy in a Turbulent Era published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2016. Dr. Conley holds the degrees Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech.

 

Sylvia L. Mendez, Ph.D.

Dr. Sylvia Mendez, Co-Principle Investigator of IMPACT NSF

IMPACT Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Leadership, Research, and Foundations
University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO

Sylvia Mendez is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She received her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas, her MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and her BA in Economics from Washington State University. Dr. Mendez’s research centers on the educational attainment and schooling experiences of Mexican descent youth in the mid-20th century, higher education student success, and the efficacy of faculty mentoring programs.

 


Kinnis Gosha, Ph.D.

Dr. Kinnis Gosha, Co-Principal Investigator of IMPACT NSF

IMPACT Co-Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Director of the Culturally Relevant Computer Lab, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Kinnis Gosha (Go-Shay) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Culturally Relevant Computer Lab at Morehouse College.  Dr. Gosha’s research interests include conversational agents, social media data analytics, computer science education, broadening participation in computing and culturally relevant computing.  More specifically, Gosha's passion lies in his research in virtual mentoring where he has several peer-reviewed research publications. Gosha's Culturally Relevant Computing Lab is comprised of approximately 10 top undergraduate researchers each year from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. The lab investigates research problems centered on creating innovative computing technologies to solve cultural problems and issues. To date, Dr. Gosha has accrued over $7.6 million dollars in sponsored research funding and over 40 peer reviewed research publications. 
 


Katie Johanson, M.A.

Katie Johanson, Graduate Assistant

IMPACT Graduate Research Assistant
Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology
University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO

Katie Johanson is a doctoral graduate student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). She is studying clinical psychology with a major area of study in geropsychology. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and gerontology with a certificate in professional writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2015 and her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from UCCS in 2018. Katie’s research interests are broad and include applied interventions for older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus; an online treatment for older adults with insomnia; biopsychosocial assessment of and cardiovascular disease risk among post-menopausal women; and evaluation of models of integrated primary care and patients’ physical and psychological health. As a research assistant for the IMPACT study, Katie has developed relevant literature reviews to inform the study's hypotheses and design and helped prepare materials for conference submission and publication.
 


 

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