MENTORS (COHORT I)

The Mentoring Program, launched in April 2022, provides faculty teams with experienced coaching to support their progress throughout the program. Each faculty team is matched with two qualified mentors who are committed to supporting them through successful pilots. Mentors provide 6 weeks of guidance on the curricula development process as well as on DEI principles. See below for a list of mentors with their bios. 

Dr. Adam Carberry
Associate Professor, Arizona State University 

Adam Carberry is an Associate Professor in The Polytechnic School within Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering. He currently serves as the Graduate Program Chair for the Engineering Education Systems and Design Ph.D. program and manages the Seeking Transformations in Engineering Education through Research Lab. Teaching recognition includes a Top 5% teaching award in 2015-2016. Dr. Carberry’s primary areas of interest within the broad discipline of engineering education include: 1) developing new classroom innovations and assessment techniques for pre-college and college students, 2) identifying new ways to empirically understand engineering student and educator experiences, 3) understanding effective faculty mentorship, and 4) evaluating large engineering research centers. Funding for his work has come from the National Science Foundation, The Lemelson Foundation, The Kern Family Foundation, and The Leona M. and Harry S. Helmsley Charitable Trust. 

Dr. James Groves
Associate Professor, University of Virginia

James Groves, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Engineering and Society and Materials Science and Engineering at UVA. He has scholarly interests in the areas of engineering education and materials science, specifically the use of materials for sustainable energy solutions. Dr. Groves co-founded Directed Vapor Technologies International and was founder of Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia, an initiative which explored the use of state-of-the-art online communication and collaboration solutions for the delivery of undergraduate education to underserved communities. Dr. Groves now focuses his efforts upon undergraduate education in the multidisciplinary area of leadership, design, and value(s). He also helps students to consider how alignment of their personal values with their project and design activities can increase their opportunity to make a positive impact upon the world.

Dr. Darshan Karwat
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University 

Darshan Karwat is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University, where he runs “re-Engineered”, an interdisciplinary group that embeds peace, social justice, and environmental protection in engineering. He is originally from Mumbai, India, but feels equally at home in Michigan or Washington, D.C. (and now, the Valley!). Karwat studied aerospace engineering (specializing in gas dynamics and combustion) and sustainability ethics at the University of Michigan. He then spent three years as a AAAS Fellow in Washington, D.C., first at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Innovation Team, where he worked on climate change resilience and low-cost air pollution sensors; and then at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Water Power Technologies Office, helping design and run the Wave Energy Prize.

Dr. Claire Nelson
Chief Ideation Leader & President of the Board, The Futures Forum

Claire Nelson, Ph.D. is the Founder and Chief Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum. Listed among Forbes Top 50 Female Futurists, she is a thought leader in strategic foresight and integral development consulting, with a particular interest in global challenges. An industrial engineer by training, she serves as Convening Chair for Global Working Group on Sustainability Engineering Body of Knowledge and Editor of Human Futures Magazine. She is also Ideation Leader and President of the Board for Caribbean Development Foresight Institute, a think-do tank based in the Caribbean.

Dr. Larry Nies
Professor, Purdue University 

Larry Nies, Ph.D., is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Nies has been teaching Sustainable Engineering at Purdue since founding the courses in 2002.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer.  His research interests span across macro-scale human systems down to nano-scale molecular processes.  For more than 20 years he has studied the fate and effects of anthropogenic chemicals in microbial ecosystems including a focus on the molecular genetic characterization of the structure and function of microbial communities.  More recently, he has been studying how to transform industrial and urban systems toward a sustainable trajectory, primarily through water and carbon footprint assessments.

Dr. Adebayo Ogundipe
Professor, James Madison University

Adebayo “Bayo” Ogundipe, Ph.D. is Professor and Department Head of Engineering at James Madison University. He has worked on the development of tools and protocols for assessing sustainable engineering designs using life-cycle assessment and industrial ecology methods. Dr. Ogundipe’s work has resulted in research publications on environmental and sustainable engineering. He is the co-author of a textbook on sustainable engineering design as well as multiple guidance documents on the topic. His scholarly interests have expanded to include the development of synergistic activities between engineering and non-engineering disciplines with the goal of interdisciplinary holistic approaches to problem solving. His ongoing cross disciplinary work involves international collaborations aimed at developing appropriate educational modules to help engineering students develop global cultural competencies.

Dr. Michelle Marincel Payne
Associate Professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Michelle Marincel Payne, Ph.D. specializes in environmental engineering, including biomimetic membranes for desalination, drinking water and wastewater treatment, and environmental remediation. She also has experience in characterizing risk assessment of radioactive material transport. Dr. Marincel Payne also co-taught Rose-Hulman’s first Appropriate Technologies course, in which students designed novel ways to pump water to reach an off-the-grid village. She is currently leading a student research project investigating the ability of constructed treatment wetlands to remove stormwater pollutants.

Dr. Andrea Welker
Dean, The College of New Jersey

Andrea Welker, PhD., PE, ENV SP, F.ASCE was named dean of the School of Engineering at The College of New Jersey in July 2022. Dr. Welker previously served on the faculty of Villanova University, where she began her career in 1999. In her current leadership role, which she has held for six years, she serves as associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Engineering where she is responsible for undergraduate programs and policies; diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; student programming, support, and retention; entrepreneurial engineering programs; strategic planning and implementation; and assessment.

Dr. Megan Wengrove
Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Meagan Wengrove, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. teaching interests include hydraulics, coastal engineering, sediment transport, turbulence and boundary layers, and engineering nature-based features for higher level undergraduates and graduate students, as well as environmental/energy sustainability for first year engineering students. Dr. Wengrove has spent 2 years working on an Engineering for One Planet course offering at Oregon State University focused on exposing first year engineering students to computer programming with environmental sustainability applications.