Polytechnic State University’s Materials Engineering Department (mate.calpoly.edu) and associate director of Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability in Engineering (csine. calpoly.edu). As principal investigator of a National Science Foundation Department-Level Reform grant, she and her colleagues are exploring the design of engineering learning experiences that promote systems thinking, responsible global citizenship, and retention of underrepresented individuals. Her recent research interests have included thin film processing and characterization and materials degradation in hydrogen fuel cells. Professor Vanasupa has degrees in material science and engineering (Ph.D. Stanford University, 1991; M.S. Stanford University, 1987) and metallurgical engineering (B.S. Michigan Technological University, 1985). Since joining Cal Poly in 1991, she has received Cal Poly’s Distinguish Teaching Award (2002-2003), the Northrop-Gumman Excellence in Teaching and Applied Research Award (2000-2001), the American Society for Engineering Education Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award (1997), and the TRW Excellence in Teaching Award (1992-1993).
John Warner received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, his M.S. and Ph.D. from Princeton in organic chemistry. He worked at the Polaroid Corporation for nine years, and then went to UMASS Boston, where he has started the world’s first green chemistry Ph.D. program. He is now at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he directs a large research group working on a diverse set of projects involving green chemistry, using principles of crystal engineering, molecular recognition, and self-assembly. His work combines aspects of community outreach, government policy, and industrial collaboration. He is associate editor of the journal Organic Preparations and Procedures International and on the editorial board of Crystal Engineering and Crystal Growth and Design. He recently received the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring from President Bush and the Outstanding Service to Nursing Award from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. He was awarded the American Institute of Chemistry’s Northeast Division’s Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002. His recent patents in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products, and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. Professor Warner is coauthor of the book “Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice” and serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, DC.