Faculty Advisory Committee

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Berry Lyons
Professor, University Distinguished Scholar

Dr. Lyons has been both the Director of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and the School of Earth Sciences. He is a Fellow of AGU, GSA and AAAS, and been awarded a Lowell Thomas Medal by the Explorers Club and the IC Russell Award for a lifetime of service and innovation to the field of limnogeology by GSA. Lyons and his research group currently conduct research on three specific topics: 1) the biogeochemistry of Antarctic terrestrial/aquatic ecosystems and how they respond to climate change, 2) the interactions and rates of chemical weathering, erosion/sediment transport and carbon dynamics, especially in small, mountainous watersheds, and 3) the impact of urbanization, suburbanization and agricultural activities on water quality.

Dr. Virginia Rich
Associate Professor

Dr. Rich’s lab studies microbial biogeochemistry, within the “genes-to-ecosystems” framework. Her research group uses molecular microbial ecology techniques and strong partnerships with biogeochemists, informaticians, and modelers to investigate how microbes respond to, and mediate, environments undergoing anthropogenic change. Their flagship project is in Arctic Sweden where climate change is causing permafrost to collapse and microbial C cycling to shift dramatically, leading to climate change feedbacks which have been highlighted by the IPCC as a major consequential unknown for improving climate change models. They co-lead a team that stretches across 9 labs and 3 continents to understand and better model the microbiology & geochemistry occurring under thaw at the site.

Dr. Audrey Sawyer
Associate Professor

Dr. Sawyer and her research group are focused on two research themes: 1) Understanding interactions between surface water and groundwater in streams, rivers, estuaries, and coasts and 2) Determining hydrologic controls on the movement of nutrients, contaminants, and heat in watersheds. Sawyer’s group pursues these themes by combining laboratory and field observations with mathematical modelling. Sawyer maintains a computational hydrodynamics laboratory with hydrogeologic field instrumentation, experimental tanks, and high-performance computing.

College of Engineering

Dr. Michael Camp
Executive Director, Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation, CDME

Dr. Camp has served as senior executive, board advisor and strategic consultant for new and growing technology companies in a number of diverse technology verticals. He has served as the co-founder and principal of Prophetech Global IP Solutions. As the lead strategist and senior administrative officer for the TEC Institute, Michael was the chief architect of numerous proprietary technology evaluation protocols and IP marketing and monetization services. Since 2007, the TEC Institute trained nearly 400 interdisciplinary graduate students and reviewed the commercial potential of more than 400 scientific discoveries resulting in the formation of 35 technology commercialization companies that have raised more than $30 million in all forms of venture funding.

Ardeshir Contractor
Director I&E for Eng and Bus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Michael Hagenberger
Professor, Associate Dean for Facilities and Capital Planning

Dr. Kevin Passino
Professor, Director of Center for Energy, Sustainability, and Environment (CESE)

Dr. Passino’s research interests include 1) technology for social justice with a current focus on antiracist technologies, 2) technology for mental health, including stress reduction and treatment of mood disorders and 3) humanitarian engineering focused on modeling, analysis, and design of technology for elements of poverty, social justice, development, and participatory technology design for sustainable community development.

Dr. Linda Weavers
John C. Geupel Chair and Professor in the Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Eng.

Dr. Weavers is co-Director of the Ohio Water Resources Center, the federally authorized and state-designated Water Resources Research Institute for the State of Ohio. Dr. Weavers’ research explores advanced oxidation processes (including ultrasound, ozonation, and photochemistry), sediment remediation, contaminants contained on fly ash and flue gas desulfurization by-product (FGD), and defouling of membranes for water treatment.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Richard Dick

Dr. Dick’s research interests are focused on soil microbial ecology and the role of management in affecting the functioning of soils within ecosystems. The primary goal is to better understand the ecology of soils to manipulate the soil microbial community to improve soil functions, and optimize ecosystem productivity and sustainability. Current research efforts are concentrating on microbial ecology in relation to long-term use of glyphosate in glyphosate tolerant cropping systems, disease suppression of soil borne diseases, methane oxidation, and C sequestration in agricultural, forest soils, and semi-arid soils of West Africa. Dr. Dick is also a recent President of the Soil Science Society of America.

Dr. Sathya Gopalakrishnan
Associate Professor

Dr. Gopalakrishnan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. She is also on the faculty of the Environmental Science Graduate Program and a founding member on the Directorial Board of the STEAM Factory at OSU. An interest in exploring ubiquitous interdependencies between economic decisions and dynamic biophysical processes that impact natural resources motivates Dr. Gopalakrishnan’s research program. Her work specifically focuses on applying economic theory to develop coupled models of complex human and natural systems; non-market valuation of environmental amenities and risks; and bioeconomic modeling, applied to coastal and water resources.

Dr. Scott Shearer
Professor, Chair of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Highlights of Dr. Shearer’s research career include development of methodologies and controls for metering and spatial applying crop production inputs (seed, fertilizer and pesticides); modeling of agricultural field machinery systems; autonomous multi-vehicle field production systems; strategies for deployment of UAS in agriculture; and analyses of production agriculture data sets. He has lead research supported by over $12M in grants; authored more than 200 technical publications (refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, meeting papers and book chapters); and has made numerous invited presentations at international conferences, professional meetings and farmer forums. Dr. Shearer is a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

College of Medicine

Dr. Diane Gorgas, MD
Professor, Executive Director of the Office of Global Health Leadership

Dr. Gorgas is a professor of emergency medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She has been active in global health work in Haiti since 2011. She is nationally involved with the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and sits on the Emergency Medicine Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Dr. Gorgas is a physician of emergency medicine at the Wexner Medical Center.

College of Public Health

Dr. Michael Bisesi
Professor, Enterim Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Bisesi is an Environmental Health Scientist, Board Certified Industrial Hygienist, ABIH Diplomat, AIHA Fellow, and Registered Environmental Health Specialist (inactive, NJ). His primary scientific expertise includes assessment (monitoring) of human exposure to and control of toxic and infectious agents; applied environmental toxicology and microbiology; and hazardous material/emergency incident recognition/response. He is actively engaged in international work via the Ohio State-Eastern Africa One Health projects and the OSU Global One Health initiative (GOHi).

Dr. Jiyoung Lee
Professor, Director of Ecology Epidemiology and Population Health Program

The main theme of Dr. Lee’s research is microbial contamination in environments that leads to human exposure and its linkage to health outcome. She focuses on understanding pathways of microbial transmission, microbial dynamics and interactions within microbial community in multi-temporal and spatial scales, and effects on gastrointestinal illness and cancers. Her lab has focused on several areas in water and food matrices and has studied enteric bacteria and viruses, cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins, and antibiotic resistance using interdisciplinary approach, including metagenomic, metabolomic and geospatial tools.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, DVM
Professor, Executive Director of Global One Health Initiative

Dr. Gebreyes is a Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor of molecular epidemiology and Executive Director of the Ohio State Global One Health initiative (GOHi). He serves as the principal investigator of several research and training programs and is engaged in food safety research activities mainly focused on antimicrobial resistance. He co-founded the International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI) (http://icophai.org) and currently serves as the Chairperson. In 2019, GOHi was presented a NIH Gold Medallion in recognition of its collaboration in building global capacity to address complex health issues. Dr. Gebreyes was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2020-2022 academic year.

Fisher College of Business

Dr. Keely Croxton
Professor, Co-director of Full Time MBA Program

Dr. Croxton is an Associate Professor of Logistics in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. She teaches modeling, forecasting, and supply chain management at the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education levels. Her research interests are in supply chain management. She has developed an expertise in supply chain resilience, focused on helping companies balance their inherent vulnerabilities with their management capabilities in order to effectively respond to disruptions in the supply chain. She is also interested in further developing a process-oriented framework for supply chain management, with special focus on demand management and order fulfillment.

Sustainability Institute

Kate Bartter
Executive Director, Sustainability Institute

Kate provides the leadership to implement the Sustainability In stitute mission of integrating sustainability across the enterprise of Ohio State, including academics, students, research, campus operations and outreach, and she manages the day-to-day operation of SI. She also is chair of the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability. In addition, she serves on Ohio State’s Government Affairs extended team.

Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory

Dr. Christopher Winslow
Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Dr. Winslow coordinates Ohio Sea Grant’s Great Lakes research with agencies and universities, as well as assists in research, curriculum development, and student recruitment at The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. For the past seven years, he has been a fixture at Stone Laboratory, teaching Aquatic Ecology classes to high school and college students and mentoring college students and their Lake Erie research projects in the lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program.