J. David Frost, Ph.D., P.E. Thrust Leader for Subsurface Exploration and Excavation (Thrust 4)David Frost is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. Prior to entering academia, he worked in industry in Ireland and Canada on infrastructure and natural resource related projects. A core focus throughout his career has been the study of natural and man-made systems and materials. His research is centered on the application and development of digital technologies for studying subsurface problems at multiple scales and he has received two U.S. patents for multi-sensor subsurface systems. He has graduated more than 30 PhD students, 40% of whom have gone on to academic positions. He has served on or led post-disaster study teams following disasters in the US, Turkey, India, China, Chile and Japan and is a founding member and co-chair of the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. He has organized numerous workshops and conferences on the applications of spatial analysis and image processing techniques to study the response of geomaterial systems under various loading conditions. He is a registered professional engineer in the US and Canada. Delia Saenz, Ph.D. Diversity Director Delia Saenz is Associate Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Arizona State University. Her doctorate, in Social Psychology, was awarded from Princeton University in 1987. She served previously as an assistant professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame before moving to ASU. Dr. Saenz is also a Research Professor in the ASU Hispanic Research Center, and during her tenure at ASU, she has served administratively as Director of the Graduate Program in Social Psychology, interim Associate Dean of the Graduate College, and Director of the Intergroup Relations Center. Dr. Saenz is a Fellow of the Western Psychological Association, and has served as Representative at Large and Program Chair for WPA. She is also a member of the editorial board for Small Group Research.
Jennifer Chandler, Ph.D. Assistant Director for Diversity and LeadershipJennifer Chandler is a Lecturer in the Leadership and Integrative Studies Unit in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. Her expertise is in project management and in examining dominant social norms within leadership contexts. Her research interests focus on effective strategies and techniques for recognizing and disrupting dominant norms that perpetuate the systemic and structural marginalization of groups of people. Dr. Chandler has served in the CBBG IDEA Working Group since 2015. She developed the CBBG Mentor Guide and leads the mentoring training. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Dr. Chandler served over 20 years as a project and program manager for information technology projects undertaken by large multinational corporations and federal agencies. Nasser Hamdan, Ph.D. CBBG Industrial Collaboration and Innovation Director Nasser Hamdan is the CBBG Industrial Collaboration and Innovation Director and an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment Arizona State University (ASU). In 2009, he returned to ASU to pursue his graduate studies after 10 years as an owner and operator of several small businesses. Upon receiving his PhD in biogeotechnics, he worked as a geoenvironmental engineer for a leading global engineering/architecture design firm. Hamdan is also a Senior Investigator in CBBG and has experience coordinating projects that involve integration of multiple disciplines, including geochemistry and microbiology and industry/academia collaboration. He has experience identifying project partnership opportunities and has developed project collaborations with industry and procured funding for those projects. He is a co-inventor on five U.S. patents for soil stabilization technologies that have applications in geotechnical engineering and environmental engineering. Hamdan has expertise in biogeotechnics with a focus on biogeochemistry. He works on projects for remediation of mining-and agriculturally- impacted waters and soils and on ground improvement projects. He is engaged in projects involving induced mineral precipitation, biological transformations, applied biopolymers, and the beneficial reuse of organic and inorganic waste materials such as plant biomass, urine and steel slag. Phone: (480) 965-2277, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Jean Larson, Ph.D. Education Director Jean Larson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Research Professor in both the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology, postgraduate training in Computer Systems Engineering, and many years of experience teaching and developing curriculum in various learning environments. She has taught technology integration and teacher training to undergraduate and graduate students at Arizona State University, students at the K-12 level locally and abroad, and various workshops and modules in business and industry. Dr. Larson is experienced in the application of instructional design, delivery, evaluation, and specializes in eLearning technologies for training and development. Her research focuses on the efficient and effective transfer of knowledge and learning techniques, innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration, and strengthening the bridge between K-12 learning and higher education in terms of engineering content. Charlotte Bowens, Administrative Director Charlotte Bowens, Administrative Director, started at CBBG in July 2020 and brings years of sponsored research administration experience, including grant and financial management, human resources oversight, proposal and budget development, operational support, and strategic planning. Prior to joining CBBG, she was the Research Advancement Manager for the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. During her tenure at the University of Michigan she served as the Administrator for the Automotive Research Center and the Senior Research Process Manager for the College of Pharmacy. Her entrepreneurial endeavors include providing financial, marketing and strategic planning consulting services to tech startups, food entrepreneurs and various emerging small to mid-sized businesses.
Leah Folkestad, Ph.D.Education CoordinatorDr. Leah Folkestad joined CBBG as the Education Coordinator in January 2021. She’s experienced in working with faculty and industry in engineering. As the Director of Educational Technology for the ASU’s College of Engineering, she partnered with faculty to build online courses, research, write grants, and evaluate programs. Recently, she built online Global Logistics courses and a certification program for Centennial College in Canada. She has even collaborated with CBBG to implement and evaluate Problem-Based Learning pedagogy and published the results. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and a M.Ed. in Educational Media and Computers from ASU. She brings 20 years of experience working with stakeholders in education and industry creating engaging, innovative learning programs. Srivatsan Hohana Rangan, CBBG Student Leadership Council President Mary Bankhead, M.A., M.S. Project Coordinator Mary L. Bankhead joined the CBBG Team in February 2019 as the Project Coordinator/Fiscal Specialist. As the CBBG Project Coordinator, she is responsible for managing day-to-day center operations, assisting with budget oversight and transactions, and supporting all Center team members. With her Master of Arts in Counseling (Northern Arizona University) and Master of Science (Eastern Illinois University), she brings with her over fifteen years of Higher Education Administration experience including Student Affairs, Facilities, Operations, and Finance Management. Prior to joining CBBG, she served in fiscal management and operations roles with Arizona State University and training and facilitation roles with Thunderbird School of Global Management.