Master of Science in Environmental Management Faculty Biographies

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Bob Beauchamp, PhD Bob Beauchamp, PhD
Adjunct Professor

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Joan Berkowitz, PhD Joan Berkowitz, PhD
Adjunct Professor

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Adion Chinkuyu, PhD Adion Chinkuyu, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

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Sean Donahoe, PhD Sean Donahoe, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

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Daniel Grosse, PhD Daniel Grosse, PhD
Adjunct Professor

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Stuart Hardy, PhD Stuart Hardy, PhD
Adjunct Professor

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Michelle Jarvie, PhD Michelle Jarvie, PhD
Adjunt Professor

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Kenneth Jennings, PhD Kenneth Jennings, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Betty Jensen, PhD Betty Jensen, PhD
Adjunct Professor

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Paul Koch, PhD Paul Koch, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Mike Kotzian, PhD Mike Kotzian, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Paul Lewis, PhD Paul Lewis, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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John Munro, PhD John Munro, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, PhD Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Robert P. Ouellette, MBA, PhD Robert Ouellette, MBA, PhD
Program Director

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Terry Polen, MBA, DMTerry Polen, MBA, DM
Adjunct Professor

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Amanda Ramanathan, PhD Ananda Ramanathan, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

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Robert Romano, PhD Robert Romano, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Rafael Sanchez, PhD Rafael Sanchez, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Dash Sayala, PhD Dash Sayala, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor

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Anna Spaulding, PhD Anna Spaulding, PhD
Adjunct Professor

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Jordan Trecki, PhD Jordan Trecki, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Bob Beauchamp, PhD

Robert Beauchamp, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Bob Beauchamp is an adjunct professor in the ENVM Program in UMUC's Graduate School. He retired as program director and continues to teach at UMUC. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from George Washington University and a PhD in environmental geology from the University of Maryland. He teaches courses in new technologies in environmental management, project management, land and water resource management, and environmental systems. Beauchamp is active on a committee overseeing hydraulic fracking in Pennsylvania and routinely gives presentations on global climate change to business organizations and universities.

Joan Berkowitz, PhD

Joan Berkowitz, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Joan Berkowitz has taught courses in planning for environmental managers, ISO 14001, land and water resource management, watershed planning and management, and environmental risk assessment. She is Managing Director of Farkas Berkowitz & Company, a management consulting firm that assists companies in the environmental industry with strategic planning, profitability improvement, and commercialization of technology. Prior to co-founding the firm with Alan Farkas, she was Vice President of Arthur D. Little, Inc., in charge of that firm's environmental practice worldwide. Berkowitz holds a BA in Chemistry from Swarthmore College and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois. She is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program of the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.

Adion Chinkuyu, PhD

Adion Chinkuyu, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor

Adion Chinkuyu is a licensed professional Environmental Engineer working for the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. He has been with UMUC’s Graduate School in the Environmental and Waste Management Program since 2004. He earned his PhD in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (Soil and Water Resources Engineering) from Iowa State University. As a visiting scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and University of California, Riverside, he conducted extensive research on modeling of water quality, fate, and transport of pollutants in soil and water. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed science journals. He is a technical reviewer for both the Journal of Environmental Quality and the Transactions of the ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers). Chinkuyu is also an experienced regulator in permitting, inspection, and enforcement of water pollution control programs.

Sean Donahoe, PhD

Sean Donahoe, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor

Sean Donahoe has more than 25 years of experience as an environmental scientist and planner supporting several federal agencies in the areas of habitat conservation, natural resource management, environmental impact analysis, and sustainability. He has a BS double major in Mathematics and Biology from Fairmont State University and a MS in Biology with an emphasis in quantitative ecology from West Virginia University. His PhD in Environmental Science and Policy is from George Mason University, where he researched forest landscape ecology, sustainability, carbon sequestration analysis, climate adaptation, and climate change policy, in support of a National Science Foundation grant. He has prepared more than 200 environmental studies for the federal government related to landscape ecology, NEPA, habitat conservation, natural resource management, endangered species management, wildlife surveys, risk assessments, environmental modeling, and land use.

Daniel Grosse, PhD

Daniel Grosse, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Daniel Grosse has a background in marine biology and environmental policy. He has worked in the government, foundation, agricultural, and consulting sectors. His environmental consulting company in Washington, D.C., focuses on aquaculture and agriculture development. He works with several other ocean-related consulting companies and grows oysters commercially in Chincoteague, Virginia. Grosse earned a BS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and his MS and PhD in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington. He received UMUC’s Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award (The Graduate School's top teaching award) in 2012.

Stuart Hardy, PhD

Stuart B. Hardy, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Stuart B. Hardy is a full-time Collegiate Professor in UMUC’s Graduate School. After earning a PhD from Georgetown University, he served as a professional staff member of a U.S. Senate Committee and worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a natural resources policy analyst and registered lobbyist. His interests and experience include state, federal, and global environmental law and policy development. He received the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award in 2011. He lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island, where he serves as vice chair of the Tiverton Planning Board.

Michelle Jarvie, PhD

Michelle Jarvie-Eggart, PhD

Adjunt Professor

Michelle Jarvie is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the states of Michigan and Oregon. Her early environmental engineering experience was in the municipal water and wastewater industry. Currently, she works on compliance, permitting, and sustainability issues for mining and other industries. She has been teaching online since January 2011. She has a MS in Environmental Policy, a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, an MS in Environmental Engineering, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering, all from Michigan Technological University. Her policy research focused on the barriers to the participation of working-class women in environmental politics; her engineering research modeled the biodegradation of natural steroid estrogens in wastewater. She lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Kenneth Jennings, PhD

Kenneth Jennings, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kenneth Jennings is a certified professional geologist and environmental scientist who has worked for government (EPA); industry (Amoco and Microsoft Corporations), and various consulting firms. He earned a BS in Geology and Geophysics from Yale, a master’s in geology from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA. He is knowledgeable about solid and hazardous waste management technologies, regulations, and case histories, having served as an expert in hazardous waste enforcement at EPA, as well as consulting clients in the public and private sectors in solid and hazardous waste management. Jennings has extensive international experience, having provided environmentally sustainable products and services in Mexico, Barbados, Mauritius, Trinidad, Japan, China, Singapore, Puerto Rico, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, and France.

Betty Jensen, PhD

Betty K. Jensen, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Betty K. Jensen earned a PhD in physics from Columbia University and subsequently an MBA with a major in finance from St. John's University. She has extensive experience in energy and environmental research and the communication of scientific issues to the public. Specific areas of expertise include the impact of energy use on the environment, risk analysis, and advanced nuclear energy options. Jensen has served as an advisor to a number of government, academic, and private institutions and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles.

Paul Koch, PhD

Paul Koch, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Paul Koch is an independent water resources consultant. He earned his doctorate in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska. His interests and experience include water resources planning, surface water hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, green infrastructure, and environmental sustainability. He is currently a Franklin Fellow in the Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. State Department.

Paul Lewis, PhD

Paul Lewis, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Paul Lewis has more than 20 years’ experience managing and researching environmental containments, with special emphasis on chemical safety and agricultural issues. He currently manages a federal program developing regulations seeking health and safety data to evaluate the risks of commercial chemicals. Previously at EPA he assessed and managed the risks and use of pesticides and directed a federal advisory committee, providing recommendations related to scientific, ethical, and regulatory considerations of research with human subjects. When he was at the National Institutes of Health, Lewis helped develop policy addressing biosecurity and oversight of dual use life science research. He holds a PhD in Environmental Science from George Mason University. He has a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University, a MS in Plant Pathology from Oklahoma State University, and a BS in Plant Science from the University of Rhode Island. He has spoken on environmental management issues to a variety of audiences, including federal leaders, universities, scientific societies, industry, and public interest organizations and has written on the subject in various journals.

John Munro, PhD

John F. Munro, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

John Munro has taught courses on energy, water, environmental policy, terrorism, public administration and organizational theory, and environmental land use planning. He uses cognitive and game theory to explain natural resource conflicts. Munro graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s in political science. He earned a master’s degree in international relations from UCLA, then concentrated on environmental and natural resources issues, earning a doctorate. Recently, he has evaluated the quality of national research centers of governments in Europe and is currently writing a white paper for the National Academies and the European Commission on the nature of transportation research dissemination in the United States and Europe.

Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, PhD

Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis has a versatile teaching background, both on the graduate and undergraduate level, ranging from traditional geology courses (e.g., mineralogy) to novel applications of environmental methods (e.g., biogeophysics). He has a BS in Geology and a MS in Environmental Geology from the School of Geology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Macedonia Greece. In 2006 he earned a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. His area of expertise is near surface geophysics; his research is focused on the use of geophysical methods for environmental purposes. He has authored or co-authored more than 25 peer reviewed publications, and he is a constant presence at environmental and earth related conferences.

Robert P. Ouellette, MBA, PhD

Robert P. Ouellette, MBA, PhD

Program Director for the Environmental Management (ENVM) program

Robert P. Ouellette, PhD, has been a professor in The Graduate School at UMUC for the last 15 years. Ouellette is currently the program director for the Environmental Management program. For the last 40 years, he has worked as a contractor on energy, resources, and environmental management issues for large and small firms, not-for profit organizations, and the U.S. and foreign governments (France, Germany, and the European Economic Community). Ouellette has authored some 50 books and hundreds of articles on science, technology, management, and education subjects.

Terry Polen, MBA, DM

Terry L. Polen, MBA, DM

Adjunct Professor

Terry Polen is the ombudsman for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the national chair of the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program. He earned a DM from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Marshall University, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University, a management certificate from Pennsylvania State University, and three environmental certificates from Rutgers University. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) and has also served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.

Polen is an award-winning teacher and has published numerous articles on a variety of business and environmental issues. Most recently, he presented “A Systems-Thinking Analysis of Environmental and Economic Forces on Sustainable Community Development” to the American Academy of Sciences.

Ananda Ramanathan, PhD

Ananda Ramanathan, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor

Ananda Ramanathan has 14 years of experience with information systems, environmental databases, and scientific expertise. She was employed by EPA as a technical data analyst and taught environmental science both on site and online. She has also taught IT project management, new technologies in environmental management, land use management, and land and water resource management courses at the School of Technology and Management, UMUC. Her educational background covers information business management and environmental science. Her doctorate is from Oklahoma State University.

Rafael Sanchez, PhD

Rafael Sanchez, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rafael Sanchez is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of experience in environmental compliance working at the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Washington, D.C. He has worked with both water and air compliance monitoring issues and currently manages the residential wood heater program at EPA. He is also a credentialed EPA inspector under the Clean Air Act. He has a BS in Chemistry and one in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned a master’s degree in technology management (Environmental Waste Management) from UMUC, and a PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University.

Anna Spaulding, PhD

Anna Spaulding, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Anna Spaulding has conducted research that focuses on understanding the processes behind, and prediction of, the fate and transport of contaminants both in surface waters and through the subsurface. Investigations have ranged from looking at how hydrologic forces impact particle movement in stratified estuaries to how the presence of biological materials, such as extracellular polymer, influence the movement of transition metals through the subsurface. Spaulding’s PhD is from Cornell University.

Dash Sayala

Dash Sayala, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor

Dash Sayala, president and CEO of Science & Technology Applications, has more than 40 years of experience in various fields of environmental science and technology. He has been a consultant to the EPA and the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense and was a member of the team that developed the Hazard Ranking System for screening of Superfund sites. He has developed innovative technologies for radiation shielding and drinking water and wastewater treatment. In 2007, he received a U.S. patent for radiation shielding, which is applied to radioactive waste management and hospital radiation protection infrastructure. Salaya received his PhD in Geochemistry from George Washington University and has published more than 60 technical papers, essays, and journal articles. He has taught graduate-level courses for the past 14 years and was awarded a certificate of Commitment and Excellence by the UMUC Graduate School. He is a member of American Men and Women of Science and Asian Men and Women of Science.

Jordan Trecki, PhD

Jordan Trecki, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jordan Trecki teaches in UMUC's Graduate School of Management and Technology in the ENVM program. He holds a BS in biochemistry from Duquesne University, a MS in biochemistry and molecular biology with a specialization in biotechnology from Georgetown University, and a PhD in pharmacology from Temple University School of Medicine. Trecki has gained experience in a variety of fields including allergy, immunology and infectious disease, virology, toxicology, and drugs of abuse. He worked as a neurotoxicologist with the Environmental Protection Agency before accepting his current position as a pharmacologist with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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