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Scientific Advisory Committee

Members of the independent Syracuse Center of Excellence Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) advise SyracuseCoE on projects applying for research grants and demonstration awards. The SAC members are experts in either indoor environmental quality or water resources.

Charlene Bayer, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Dr. Charlene Bayer is Principal Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where she has worked since 1983. At Georgia Tech, Bayer directs research groups specializing in indoor environmental quality and exposure research; green buildings; indoor environmental emissions; the development of real-time exposure monitoring systems; air cleaning systems; and the IEQ of schools. Bayer teaches graduate level course in Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture on High Performance/Green Schools.

Thomas Grizzard, Virginia Tech

Dr. Thomas Grizzard joined the Virginia Tech Civil Engineering Department in 1974 as Director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory in Manassas, Virginia, a position he has held for 29 years. Grizzard has published widely in the fields of nonpoint pollution and urban runoff control, as well as in the management of water quality in streams, lakes, and reservoirs. Throughout his career, Grizzard has accepted numerous service assignments to his profession, the government, and the university. In recent years, he has served on Virginia’s licensing board for water and wastewater plant operators, and he currently is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee to the US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program.

Mohammad Hosni, Kansas State University

Dr. Mohammad Hosni is Head of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Kansas State University. Hosni served as director of the Institute for Environmental Research at Kansas State from 1993 until 2001, where he was responsible for acquiring more than $4.5 million in funded research projects from various government, industry, and private organizations. Hosni has received a number of research and teaching awards, including the Engineering Research Excellence Award in 2001 from Kansas State University.

Lucinda Johnson, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota

Dr. Lucinda Johnson is Senior Research Associate
 at the Center for Water and the Environment, Natural Resources Research Institute
, University of Minnesota at Duluth. Johnson’s research interests include: stressors on aquatic communities; development of environmental indicators; land-water interactions; and amphibian ecology.

Scott Martin, Youngstown State University

Dr. Scott Martin is professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering at Youngstown State University (YSU). Among the other positions Martin has held are Project Manager for the YSU Center for Engineering Research and Technology Transfer (1997-1998); Director of the Mahoning River Basin Research Center (1997-2001); and YSU Representative to the Ohio Board of Registration for Engineers and Land Surveyors (2000-2001). Among Martin’s awards are three YSU Distinguished Professor awards in 1988, 1994, and 1997.

Maria Morandi, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Maria Morandi is an assistant professor of Environmental Sciences and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health of the University of Texas at Houston. Morandi's areas of expertise include assessment of indoor, outdoor, and personal air concentrations of airborne contaminants; development of methods for personal exposure monitoring of airborne chemicals; evaluation of the effects from exposure to airborne particles and ozone; cardiovascular effects from exposure to urban particulate matter; and effects from exposure to airborne particles, ozone, and air toxics in children with asthma. Morandi has served as member or chair of the following US EPA program review panels: the Agency for Toxic Substances Board of Scientific Councilors, the National Institute of Occupational Health Study Section, and the Chemical Exposures Working Group for the National Children Study. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Toxicology Program.

P. Barry Ryan, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Dr. P. Barry Ryan is Professor of Exposure Assessment and Environmental Chemistry in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. He is jointly appointed in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory he was on the faculty at Harvard School of Public Health. He has been active in the exposure assessment field for nearly 25 years, publishing in excess of 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. Ryan’s work has included both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of community-based exposure for multiple pollutants in multiple media.

Kent Thornton, FTN Associates

Kent Thornton is a Systems Ecologist and Principal at water resources, engineering, environmental compliance, and natural resource management firm FTN Associates in Little Rock, AR.

Denice Heller Wardrop, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Denice Heller Wardrop is Assistant Director 
and Research Associate 
at Riparia, the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center. Waldrop is a specialist in wetland ecology and evaluation, assessment, and restoration techniques. Her primary research responsibilities include historic wetland succession and the cumulative effect of land use changes on wetlands within watersheds. Other projects include modeling hydrologic impacts of cumulative wetland loss within watersheds, the development of wetland functional assessment models within a hydrogeomorphic framework, and the creation and restoration of wetlands within Delaware Water Gap National Park.