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Staff & Faculty

Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Central Office

Tom Chilton

Division Director, Science and Technology

501-682-7322

Cathy Ma

Program Administrator, Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4422

Jennifer Fowler

Director of Education, Outreach, & Diversity for Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4419

Dr. Steve Stanley

Program Director, Arkansas NSF EPSCoR

(501) 683-4408

Center Leadership & Supporting Faculty

The Arkansas NSF EPSCoR Executive Management Team is headed by Program Director, Dr. Steve Stanley who serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Arkansas RII Track-1 Award. Dr. Stanley is responsible for overall program management and works with Cathy Ma, Program Administrator and Jennifer Fowler, Director of Education, Outreach & Diversity out of the Central Office at AEDC.

The Central Office team also relies on campus administrators to assist in inter-university collaborations, reporting and strategic planning related to the project. These representatives work to ensure project implementation and information flow between campuses and the EPSCoR Central Office.

The project's Scientific Steering Committee is made up of two co-leads from each of the four research components and the cyberinfrastructure component. Any questions related to the Center for Advanced Surface Engineering research can be directed to the appropriate co-lead below.

AECM Team

Cellulose Team

Mechanical Team

Tunable Team

Cyberinfrastructure

The Scientific Steering Committee and Executive Management Team receive the support of an External Advisory Board and Industry Advisory Board.

Supporting Faculty

  • Dr. Nawab Ali, Antimicrobial Testing of Cellulosic Materials, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, (email)
  • Dr. AntiƱo Allen, Extracellular Matrix Inspired Surfaces, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, (email)
  • Dr. Ben Babst, Plant Ecophysiology & Nanocellulose Applications, University of Arkansas at Monticello, (email)
  • Dr. Brian Berry, Molecular Biochemistry & Nanoparticle Tethering, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, (email)
  • Dr. Michael Borrelli, Artificial Extracellular Matrix Surface Testing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, (email)
  • David Chaffin, Cyber infrastructure & High Performance Computing, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Jingyi Chen, Nanoparticle Synthesis, Characterization & Surface Modification, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Robert Coridan, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Peter Crooks, Chemical Modification of Cellulose Surfaces, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, (email)
  • Dr. Soma Shekar Dachavaram, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, (email)
  • Dr. Patrick Desrochers, Cellulose Characterization and Modification, University of Central Arkansas, (email)
  • Dr. Ekaterina Galanzha, Bioinspired Magnetic Nanoparticles & Tunable Surfaces, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, (email)
  • Dr. Gija Geme, Cellulosic Filter Efficacy Verification, Southern Arkansas University, (email)
  • Dr. Seyed Ghetmiri, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, (email) 
  • Dr. Fiona Goggin, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Josh Goss, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Bill Headlee, Plant Ecophysiology & Nanocellulose Applications, University of Arkansas at Monticello, (email)
  • Dr. Jamie Hestekin, Advanced Membrane Casting and Characterization, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Ganesh Kannarpady, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, (email)
  • Dr. Tim Knight, Cellulosic Filter Efficacy Verification, Ouachita Baptist University, (email)
  • Dr. Rajshekhar Kore, Postdoctoral Fellow- Exosome Characterization & Manipulation, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, (email)
  • Dr. Samir Jenkins, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, (email)
  • Dr. Makenzie Long, University of Central Arkansas, (email)
  • Dr. Henry Meng, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Arun Nair, Multiscale Materials Modeling, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Sahitya Pandanaboina, Postdoctoral Fellow- Neural Cell Culture, Arkansas State University, (email)
  • Dr. Steven C. Ricke, Bacterial Production of Cellulose, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, (email)
  • Dr. Nathan Reyna, Gene Expression Analysis & RNA Sequencing, Ouachita Baptist University, (email)
  • Dr. Keith Roper, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Shannon Servoss, Modification of Extracellular Matrix Surfaces, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, (email)
  • Dr. Bill Taylor, Metal-mediated Bond Activation Mechanisms, University of Central Arkansas, (email)
  • Dr. Shanzhi Wang, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, (email)
  • Dr. Yanhua Jennifer Xie, Arkansas State University, (email)

 

State Science Advisory Committee

The State Science Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to the Board of the AEDC Division of Science and Technology, making recommendations for strategies, research focal areas and partnerships that will benefit the state of Arkansas, help accomplish the mission of the AEDC Division of Science and Technology and align with the goals of targeted federal sponsors.

The complete list of members can be found on The Committee Page.