Affiliated Faculty

Since our establishment in 1981, we have had the opportunity to work with a large collection of Ball State faculty and staff on various energy and resource-related endeavors.  

Our current CERES affiliated faculty and staff include:

Sherif Attallah
Assistant Professor of Construction Management
Purdue University, PhD
Heriot Watt University, MBA
The American University in Cairo, BSc
Previous research includes environmental life cycle analysis, evaluation of building performance, and agent-based modeling for decision making related to sustainable development in construction markets. Has taught sustainability in construction projects, renewable energy systems, building diagnostics, and life cycle analysis to undergraduates and graduates. Interested in developing efficient construction materials for energy conservation and evaluation of building performance.

Joseph Bilello, FAIA
Professor of Architecture
University of Maryland, PhD
Washington University, MArch
University of Pennsylvania, BA
Teaching and research interests include interdisciplinary design and planning, painting and sculpture in mixed media, design for resilience, sustainability, adaptive use, balancing hand and digital drawing, architectural research methods, beginning design, and synthesis of design and choreography.
Served as Dean of BSU’s College of Architecture and Planning and Associate Dean for Research, Texas Tech University. ACSA Creative Achievement Award, Washington University; Distinguished Alumnus Award and Rushing Distinguished Faculty Research Award, Texas Tech University; Phi Kappa Phi; AIA Fellowship

Joseph Blalock
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
Chairperson of the Department of Landscape Architecture
Pratt Institute, MUD
State University New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, BLA
Teaching interests include studios in urban design, community, and housing; landscape architecture engineering; and design communication media. Research interests include urban public open spaces and complete streets/low-energy transit including walkability, cycling, and public transportation.
Member American Society of Landscape Architecture, Hoosier Salon Annual Show, Design Communication Association Annual Show, CERES Fellow

Anthony Cancio
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of Illinois, PhD, MA
Columbia University, BA
Teaching and research interests include nanophysics, Condensed Matter Theory, optical properties of semiconductors and nanostructures, computer modeling of electronic structures, and Density Functional Theory.
CERES Fellow

Michele Chiuini, PE
Professor of Architecture
Politecnico of Milano, Italy, DottIng
University of Sheffield, England, MA
Current research includes the influence of building technology on architectural theory. Past research and professional work include solar energy applications in housing design, housing rehabilitation, and technological innovation in housing. Teaching experience includes the 2013 Solar Decathlon, architectural design studios, and structural design.

David Concepcion
Professor of Philosophy
Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD
Bates College, BA
Research interests include ethics, especially responsibility and blame, teaching and learning; environmental philosophy; and feminism. Teaching interests include immersive learning, feminist ethics, and environmental ethics.
Past-President of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. Lenssen Prize for Research in Philosophy regarding Teaching; the American Philosophical Association Prize for Excellence and Innovation; BSU Outstanding Diversity Advocate; BSU Outstanding Teaching Award.

Lohren Deeg
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Ball State University, MArch, BArch, BS
Teaching interests include design studios and visual communication. Research interests include planning and design for the elderly, educational technology for planning, historically-appropriate infill, urban housing, greenways, public participation methods, environmental graphics, and way-finding systems.
Member American Society of Architectural Illustrators, American Planning Association-Indiana Chapter, Educause, Design Communication Association

Carolyn Dowling
Associate Professor of Geological Sciences
University of Rochester, PhD, MS
University of Virginia, BA
Research interests include hydrology, hydrogeology, alternative energy, environmental and low-temperature geochemistry, water-rock interactions, and trace metals in streams and groundwater systems. Current research examines ground-source geothermal systems, and water and sediment geochemistry in the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys.
Chair Geothermal Nexus research group, official collaborator MCM-LTER (Antarctic McMurdo Long Term Ecological Research) program

James Eflin
Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
University of Washington, PhD
University of Colorado, MA, BA
Current research interests include the social and environmental implications of food resources, global change, and renewable energy systems.
Associate Editor Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
BSU Delegate on the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors
CERES Fellow

David Ferguson
Professor of Landscape Architecture
University of Illinois, MLArch
Ball State University, BLArch., BS
Current research includes integration of sustainability and digital technology to design cities and landscapes of the future. Additional research includes sustainable landscape design focusing on sustainable agricultural practices and markets, and on native landscapes. Teaching interests include sustainable construction and materials, Urban Design, Cities of the Future, and sustainable landscape architecture design.
As former Director of BSU’s Center for Media Design, oversaw applied research projects in digital technology that engaged on-campus and off-campus partners.
CERES Fellow

Janet Fick, LEED-AP
Instructor of Technology
Ball State University, MA, BArch
Miami University: BEnvD
Registered Architect in Indiana and Wisconsin and Academic Advisor for the Department of Construction Management. Teaching interests include sustainability in the built environment, sustainable construction, sustainability curriculum and materials design, LEED certification, and rehabilitating houses.
Provost’s Immersive Learning Award; COTE Exemplar Award; COTE Green Initiative Award; Habitat for Humanity Green Team

Lee Florea, PG
Assistant Professor of Geology
University of South Florida-Tampa, PhD
University of Missouri-Columbia, MS
Western Kentucky University, BS
Research interests include the natural sciences as they pertain to carbonate aquifers, groundwater influencing drinking water for one out of every four people. Teaching pedagogies emphasize blended delivery and trans-disciplinary, problem-based, experiential learning.
Member Indiana Board of Licensure for Professional Geologists; President Kentucky Speleological Survey

James Flowers
Professor of Technology and Director of Online Education
West Virginia University, PhD, MA
State University of New York-Buffalo, BSEd, BA
Teaching interests include student technology assessment to identify impacts of proposed technological decisions on the environment, rapid prototyping technologies, student design/prototyping of products promoting environmental sustainability, upcycling post-consumer materials into higher-end products, and recycling post-consumer plastic into 3-D printer filament.

Carol Friesen
Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences
Michigan State University, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Stout, MS
College of St. Catherine Major, BA
Research interests include developing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable community/public health nutrition programs to optimize health and reduce obesity; helping individuals and families prepare and serve healthy, low cost meals; and improving nutrition education in schools, homes, and workplaces. Teaching interests include nutrition, community nutrition, and research methods.

Jessique Ghezzi
Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
University of Kentucky, PhD
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, MS, BS
Teaching and research interests include soil management, sustainable agriculture, soil mineralogy, and outdoor sciences pedagogy. Faculty advisor for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter
Kentucky Colonel; 2014 MANRRS Alessandra Wayne Memorial 110% Award (University of Kentucky); Member Soil Science Society of America, Geological Society of America

Michelle Glowacki-Dudka
Associate Professor of Adult Higher and Community Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD
Northern Illinois University, MSEd
Teaching and research interests include adult education, teaching strategies, learning communities, community development, popular education, social capital, international issues in adult education, social justice, sustainability, and transformative learning.
Member AAACE

Amy Gregg
Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Purdue University, PhD
Ohio State University, MS
Ursinus College, BS
Teaching interests include outdoor recreation topics, environmental interpretation, wilderness, and statistics and research methods. Research interests include alternative transportation and sustainability, public use of parks and public lands, visitor education and curriculum development, and green design of parks amenities.
Member Indiana Park and Recreation Association, National Association for Interpretation-Region 4 Great Lakes, CERES Fellow

Walter Grondzik, PE, LEED-AP
Professor of Architecture
Washington University, MS
Pennsylvania State University, BArchEng
Teaching and research interests include environmental technologies in architecture (HVAC, lighting systems, architectural acoustics, fire protection, plumbing systems), energy and resource conservation and utilization, building performance, and building commissioning.

Pamela Harwood, AIA, NCARB
Associate Professor of Architecture
University of Minnesota, MArch
University of Stockholm, Diploma Urban Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BArch
Teaching and research interests include assessment, planning, and design of high-performing pre-K, elementary, and secondary education facilities integrating pedagogy with interior and exterior spaces; the phenomenology of architecture reflecting the language of space, form, and materials; design-build, service outreach, cultural landscapes of the Midwest.
President's Immersive Learning Fellow; Building Better Communities Fellow; Provost's Immersive Learning Fellow; Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award; Outstanding Junior Faculty Award; National Collaborative Practice Teaching Award, ACSA

Eric Hedin
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of Washington, PhD, MS
Seattle Pacific University, BS
Current research includes computational nanoelectronics to model and characterize nanoscale circuits for potential applications in nanoelectronics, spintronics, and molecular electronics. Research experience includes magnetic confinement fusion energy development, integrated optics, and higher-dimensional physics theory. Classroom experience includes courses in physics and astronomy, summer workshops on Advanced Placement in physics course training for high school teachers and the immersive learning course “Wind Power Potential in East Central Indiana.”
CERES Fellow

Mary Ann Heidemann, AICP
Associate Professor of Architecture
Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
Director, Center for Historic Preservation
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD
Eastern Michigan University, MS
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA
Reed College, BA
Teaching and research interests include the social and economic impacts of environmental planning, historic preservation, architectural history, and energy efficient building retrofitting.
Member APA

David Hua
Assistant Professor of Technology
Ball State University, EdD, MBA, BS
Teaching interests include information technology, positive and negative effects of technology on sustainability, energy conservation outreach and awareness, and immersive learning outreach and engagement in technology for students in elementary school-university.
Member AASHE, ACTE, ATMAE, AITP. COTE Green Initiative Award

Yong Joe
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Director, Center for Computational Nanoscience
Ohio University. PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago, MS
Sung Kyun Kwan University, Seoul, South Korea, BS
Current research includes computational nanoelectronics to model and characterize nanoscale systems for potential applications in nanoelectronics, spintronics, and molecular electronics, electron transport in an Aharonov-Bohm ring with coupled quantum dots, and charge transport through DNA molecules.
Outstanding Research Award; CERES Fellow

James Jones
Associate Professor of Technology
Ball State University, DEd, MA
University of Idaho, MEng
Purdue University, BSCE
Teaching interests include construction management, project management, planning and scheduling, and sustainable construction. Research interests include university-industry partnerships and team teaching and learning.
COTE Green Initiative Award

Kevin S. Kenyon, CEFP, CSL, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning & Management (Emeritus) (pending)
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Business Affairs
Syracuse University, MBA
Clarkson University, BS
Lead campus facilities planning and facilities management at BSU. Achieved nine LEED Certified new buildings or major renovations, including ground-sourced heat pump district heating and cooling system for 47 campus buildings, among other sustainability, energy, and environmental projects. Teaching interests include “Reconnecting with the Earth,” LEED Labs, and Honors College colloquia in sustainability topics.
Member COTE, Faculty Advisor BSU Energy Action Team (BEAT)

Mahfuza Khatun
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Ohio University, PhD, MS
Dhaka University, Bangladesh, MS, BS
Research interests focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology with emphasis on electronic and thermal properties of semiconductor and carbon structures. Carbon structures include carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. Co-founder of BSU’s Center for Computational Nanoscience in 2003. Teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses and supervises Master’s theses and undergraduate research projects. Engaged in development of STEM models and success of undergraduates.
Outstanding Research Award; CERES Fellow

Adam Kuban
Assistant Professor of Journalism
University of Utah, PhD
Iowa State University, MS, BS
Teaching and research interests include mass communication theory, qualitative research (interpretivist paradigm), journalism pedagogy (curriculum development and assessment), learning theory, knowledge construction, and electronic media.
Ramona W. Cannon Award for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence in the College of Humanities, University of Utah; Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award

Jon Lewis
Director, Ball State University Dining
California State University, MBA
Purdue University, BS
Sustainable efforts include local food purchases totaling 15%, a recycled oil program eliminating paper and plastic packaging, local mixed recycling, and a 3 container reusable beverage mug program. Maintains a comprehensive list of departmental sustainable initiatives and works with the campus community to develop emerging sustainability efforts.
Ivy Award; National Association of College and University Food Services Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award

James Lowe, PE
Director of Engineering Construction, and Operations
Kettering University, BSME
Directed and managed design and construction of the ground source geothermal heat pump district heating and cooling system that serves 47 campus buildings. Responsible for direction and management of engineering, energy, and environmental design, construction projects, skilled maintenance trades, and the geothermal and steam plant operations.

Melinda Messineo
Associate Professor, Sociology
Chairperson of the Department of Sociology
Director, Freshman Connections
University of California-Riverside, PhD, MA, BA
Teaching and research interests include sociology of media, culture, leisure, and family coresidence patterns; images of race and gender in advertising; and aspects of pedagogy.
Accessible Teacher of the Year Award; Outstanding Teaching Award, Excellence in Teaching Award; John H Schnabel Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award, North Central Sociological Association
Member, COTE

Thalia Mulvihill
Professor of Social Foundations of Education and Higher Education
Syracuse University, PhD, MA, BA/BS
Teaching and research interests include qualitative research methods, innovative pedagogies, history and sociology of higher education, and women and gender issues.
President International Society for Education Biography, AERA
American College Personnel Association Annuit Coepti Award; University Excellence in Teaching Award; Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Fellowship; Departmental Award for Outstanding Research; Graduate School Fellow; Diversity Associate; Fisher Institute Wellness and Gerontology Award; GLACUHO Consultant in Residence; Ray Williams Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Higher Education Faculty; Dr. Robert O. Foster Faculty/Professional Staff Award.

Daniel Overbey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, NCARB
Instructor of Architecture
University of Nevada—Las Vegas, MA
Ball State University, BArch, BS
Teaching interests include energy and the built environment and active/passive environmental systems. Research interests include online course development in energy modeling and illumination, post-occupancy analysis of green roofs, and green facility design and animal welfare.
Member ASES, SBSE, USGBC—Indiana Chapter

Michael Planton
Director of Ball State Arboretum and
Associate Director of Environmental Management
Central Michigan University, MS
Ohio State University, BS
Responsible for design, installation, and maintenance of campus landscape, campus recycling program, and management of MS4 storm water program.

Deanna Pucciarelli
Associate Professor
Director, Hospitality and Food Management Program
University of California-Davis, PhD
California State Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo, BS
Culinary Institute of America-Hyde Park, NY, AOS
Teaching interests include food culture; hospitality, restaurant and catering management; and nutrition and food policy. Research interests include sustainable commercial food practices, chocolate in history and culture, and curriculum development in sustainable food systems.
Board member Association for the Study of Food and Society; Board of Trustees Muncie Visitors Bureau
Outstanding Paper Award, Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal; Outstanding Teacher Award; COTE Green Initiative Award; Mars Fellow

Juan Carlos Ramirez-Dorronsoro
Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Purdue University, PhD, MSE
Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, BS
Research interests include air quality, chargeability of pharmaceutical powders, and gaseous emissions and particulate matter dynamics of diary darns.
NSF scholarship, Purdue University; QAQC Manager of National Air Emission Monitoring Study supervised by USEPA

Annette Rose
Associate Professor of Technology
Indiana University, EdD, MS
West Virginia University, MA
Northeastern State University, BS
Teaching and research interests include the intersection of energy, technology, and the environment, especially technology’s impact on human health, ecosystems, and wildlife; technology education; and technology-mediated pedagogy.
Member Robert Cooper Audubon Society, Member BSU Sustainability Task Force, Treasurer Living Lightly Fair
COTE Green Initiative Award; Paul T. Hiser Exemplary Education Award; Outstanding Research Award, Council on Technology Teacher Education; Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award

David Shepherd
Energy Engineer
Purdue University, BS
Coordinates projects in building energy reductions, including building envelope, HVAC controls, mechanical and electrical systems, and building utility metering and data collection.

Leslie Smith
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Ball State University, MLArch, BLArch
Teaching interests include construction and project management, planning and scheduling, team teaching and learning, and design/build projects. Research interests include revitalization of rural landscapes, constructed wetlands, outdoor environmental education, low carbon footprint construction techniques, and low-maintenance landscapes.
Indiana State Board of Professional Licensing for Architects and Landscape Architects; CERES Fellow

Andrea Swartz, NCARB
Associate Professor of Architecture
Yale University, MArch, BA
Teaching interests include architectural design and conceptualization integrating technology systems, materials, detailing, and passive and active sustainability strategies; teaching methods that engage students in hands-on learning in the realities of fabrication; and facilitating student/community conversations in architectural design and “making.” Coordinated students in restoration of a downtown building into the Muncie Makes Lab gallery and installation venue.
AIA Henry Adams Medal, Charles M. Sappenfield Award of Excellence

Sheryl Swingley
Instructor of Journalism
Ball State University, MA, BS
Teaching interests include print and web journalism and science writing. Interests include public relations and fresh water sustainability.
Social Justice Award, College of Communication, Information, and Media

See our listing of past affiliates.

Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES)
Architecture Building, Room 018
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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