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BS Empire State College, State University of New York 1992
MA Albany, State University of New York 1998
PhD Clark University Graduate School of Geography 2004

My teaching, research, and community engagement is integrated through my participation in WPIs Global Projects Program, where I help students prepare for and conduct projects in places such as London, Venice, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Washington and Worcester. Through the WPI Cape Town Project Centre (2007-15), my work was an exercise in Shared Action Learning (SAL), which as described to students and others is a way to think about and engage in partnerships for sustainable community development. SAL emphasizes Sharing among partners of ideas, knowledge, resources, inspiration and compassion; Action that supports the creative impulses and growth of communities and partners; and Learning drawn from research, action, and critical, reflexive practice.

My work with students and local partners explore the potential for shared action learning and other projects to effect personal, institutional, and community transformation. Themes such as informal settlement upgrading, water and sanitation provision, early childhood development, energy strategies and sustainable livelihoods are important concerns in my work and publications, as is assessing the impacts of project-based, community engaged educational programs on students and local partners.

Professional Highlights & Honors
Keynote Address, 2016
The 8th International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development, Bruges, Belgium
Professor of the Year Award (Massachusetts), 2015
Council for Advancement and Support of Education and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Leo Jansen Prize for Best Paper, 2015
The 7th International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development
Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, 2009
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
International Mondialogo Engineering Award, 2009
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Daimler
Keynote Address, 2009
Geographies of Energy Transition: Security, Climate, and Governance Seminar Series. Leicester, England.