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Wentz

Elizabeth Wentz
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Elizabeth Wentz is the dean of social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of geographic technologies with particular emphasis on how such technologies can be used to understand urban environments. Geographic technologies, which include Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial analysis, offer insight into how human activities and physical space relate in urban systems by using quantitative methods to measure and analyze such activities.

Professor Wentz's teaching focuses on geographic technologies and graduate-level research design and proposal writing. Her book, "How to Design, Write, and Present a Successful Dissertation Proposal," guides students through the dissertation proposal process.

 

 

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Erika Camacho

Erika Camacho
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Dr. Erika T. Camacho grew up in East Los Angeles and was taught by Jaime Escalante at Garfield High School.  She received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Wellesley College.  After earning her Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Cornell University, she spent a year as a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She then held a tenure-track faculty position at Loyola Marymount University before joining the faculty at ASU in 2007.   She was the recipient of the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) and was only the 4th female mathematician to have been bestowed this honor.  She was a 2013-2014 MLK Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at MIT. She co-founded the Applied Mathematical Sciences Summer Institute (AMSSI) and co-directed other summer programs dedicated to the recruitment of undergraduate women, underrepresented minorities, and those that might not otherwise have the opportunity. 
 
Dr. Camacho published the first set of mechanistic models addressing photoreceptor degeneration. While experimental physiologists have been working on this area for decades, Dr. Camacho has provided a new framework through which experimentalists can examine retina degeneration and catalyzed a number of papers and investigations by other researchers. Her work examines the mechanisms and interactions of photoreceptors that are critical to their functionality and viability with the ultimate goal of stopping blindness. She uses analytical and computational approaches to uncover new mechanisms and principles that are key, test and suggest hypotheses, as well as explore potential treatments. She currently collaborates with experimentalists and experts on retina from the Vision institute of Paris, Massachusetts Ear and Eye Infirmary, and UMass Medical School and other mathematicians.  Her other research is at the interface of mathematics, biology, and sociology.
 
Her leadership, scholarship, and mentoring have won her many national and regional recognition including the Great Minds in STEM Education Award, the SACNAS Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award, the Hispanic Women Corporation National Latina Leadership Award, one of 12 Emerging Scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, one of the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award, the Victoria Foundation Higher Education Outstanding STEM Award, the ASU Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award, ASU 2017 Commission on Status of Women Outstanding Achievement and Contribution Award, and many more. Her national service is exceptional and ranges from mentoring at all levels to Associate Editor for the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology to AMS Council at Large and many other national advisory boards.
 
She has been profiled and featured in multiple media outlets including VME/PBS’s series Generation STEM, Local NPR  (KJZZ 91.5) on Latinas in STEM Careers, Univision Nightly Spanish News in a two-part segment entitled “Erika Camacho’s Inspirational Story”, the SIAM News “The Intersecting Lives of Two Mathematicians in East L.A.”, in three SACNAS News Feature Articles, Latino Perspectives Magazine “Camacho stands and delivers”, and Voces magazine “I am the American Dream: Erika Tatiana Camacho, Ph.D.”.  She has been interviewed on CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News as part of a segment in honor of her high school teacher Jaime Escalante, in PBS Arizona Horizonte for her HWC Leadership Award, and on NPR’s KJZZ about the importance of Latinas in STEM careers in March 2017.

Lenore Dai

Lenore Dai
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Lenore L. Dai is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE) in the Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). She oversees degree and research programs in aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and the professional science master’s program in solar energy engineering and commercialization. She joined ASU in 2008 and served as the Program Chair of Chemical Engineering from 7/2009-8/2015. Professor Dai received her doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois in 1997. She worked for PPG Industries, Inc. for 5 ½ years prior to joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University (TTU) in 2002.

Professor Dai is a 2018 ASU Advanced Leader Initiative (ALI) Fellow and a recipient of multiple research and teaching awards, including the ASU Fulton Top Five Percent Faculty Award (2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016), ASU Fulton Exemplar Faculty Award (2014), ASU Parents Association Special Recognition Award (2012), AIChE-ASU Professor of the Year Award (2010), National Science Foundation CAREER award (2007), Whitacre Engineering Research Award (2007), Lockheed Martin Engineering Teaching Award (2007), Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award (2005), AIChE-TTU Professor of the Year Award (2003, 2005, 2006), 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2003, 2004, 2005), University of Illinois Young Alumnus Award (2001), and Racheff Award (1996).

Monica Gaughan

Monica Gaughan
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Monica Gaughan grew up in Connecticut, raised by a father who was a college textbook editor and a mother who made more money cleaning houses than she could in any other pink collar job. Gaughan went to the New College of Florida where she earned a bachelor's (1989) in political science; her honors thesis was on whistleblowing about organizational wrongdoing. After working for a couple of years at a community mental health clinic, she earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University (1992). After working as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Gaughan earned a master's (1997) and doctorate (1999) in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Gaughan has held academic appointments at Oglethorpe University (1999-2001), Georgia Institute of Technology (2002-2006), and the University of Georgia (2006-2013).  Her research focuses on scientific careers and the scientific labor force, with a particular interest in scientific social stratification by nativity, race, ethnicity, gender, and other bases.

Gaughan loves to travel near and far, has too many pets, is married to Mr. Wonderful, and considers no day complete without reading fiction.

Philip Regier

Philip Regier
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Phil Regier, PhD, is university dean for educational initiatives and CEO of EdPlus at Arizona State University. Regier is responsible for expanding the university’s digital immersion program and advancing the university’s leadership role in education innovation.
During his tenure as dean, the fully online student population grew from 400 to more than 35,000, and the number of online degree programs grew from six to 180 as of Fall 2018. 
Today, online programs at ASU utilize more than 200 technologies, and the university is a co-convener of the ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit, the largest and most recognized assembly of education technology entrepreneurs, investors, and users in the world.

Regier has led many EdPlus initiatives aimed at transforming the education landscape by creating opportunities and increasing access to higher education. In June 2014, the university announced a groundbreaking partnership with Starbucks Corporation to provide ASU’s online degree programs to eligible Starbucks partners at no out-of-pocket cost for tuition. The Global Freshman Academy launched in 2015 as a first of its kind collaboration between ASU and edX. This unique initiative provides first year college-level courses to nontraditional students worldwide who can then transfer their credits to pursue a degree program at ASU or another university. In 2016, ASU, King’s College London and UNSW Australia announced the PLuS Alliance, a global partnership led by EdPlus. The Alliance aims to solve global challenges and reduce educational gaps across the world, making world-class education and research accessible to everyone everywhere. In 2017, the adidas and ASU Digital Education Partnership created a program to provide scholarships for adidas employees to enroll in any of ASU's online degree programs, and in 2018 an agreement was announced with Uber providing degree- and non-degree learning incentives for the company’s most productive drivers or a family member. 

A philosophy major and math minor, Phil earned his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He also holds a PhD in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

 

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Erin

Erin Carr-Jordan
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Dr. Carr-Jordan is a passionate social impact executive driven to positively impact the organizational triple bottom line using the SDGs as a guidepost. Since earning her Ph.D. in 2007, her career and activities have lived at the intersection of innovation, academia, coalition building, and advocacy. In addition to her experience as a CEO and entrepreneur, Dr. Carr-Jordan has spent over a decade in higher education and administration where her roles have included faculty, department chair, and associate dean. Dr. Carr-Jordan leads strategic initiatives and develops partnerships to solve wicked problems. In addition to board and committee service in the university setting, Dr. Carr-Jordan was appointed by the Arizona Governor to serve on the ICC Board for Infant and Toddler Development, sat on the American Association of Community College Council (AACC), is an advisory board member of SeaTrust Institute, was a reviewer for the American Psychological Association (APA), served on the board of Chicanos Por la Causa, is a member of UN Women, and is an executive representative to the UN Global Compact. Dr. Carr-Jordan’s legislative and consulting experience includes coauthoring regulation in AZ, consulting for local and state legislators across the country, and advocacy work in environmental safety, public health, and human development. In 2012 Dr. Carr-Jordan was selected as a Flinn-Brown Fellow. She has been an invited guest on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, Sanjay Gupta MD, and Anderson Cooper. Her work is the subject of a public relations textbook chapter and she been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, the Arizona Republic, and in Parenting Magazine. In 2015 she was a delegate at COP21 in Paris and in 2016 she earned a Certificate in Leading Operational Excellence from MIT. Dr. Carr-Jordan is a triple alumna of ASU and in addition to her role at EdPlus, is a Senior Sustainability Scholar in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.