Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI)

Education/Outreach

David R. Shonnard

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair in Sustainable Materials
  • Director, Sustainable Futures Institute

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Alternative energy/Biofuels
  • Sustainability

Robert M. Handler

  • Operations Manager/Senior Research Engineer, Sustainable Futures Institute
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Staff, Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and energy systems
  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Biofuels
  • Aquaponics and hydroponics
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Iron chemistry
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Natural resource economics

Susan L. Amato-Henderson

  • Department Chair, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Motivation Science
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Impact of Values on Behavior
  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Individual Differences in STEM Learning

Jennifer Becker

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Biological treatment processes

Research Interests

  • Bioremediation of Contaminated Groundwater Environments
  • Microbial Ecology and Kinetics of Chlorinated Aliphatic Solvent Biodegradation
  • Conversion of Organic Solid Wastes and Cellulosic Feedstocks to Electricity via Microbial Fuel Cells

Angie Carter

  • Assistant Professor, Environmental/Energy Justice

Research Interests

  • Environmental inequality and justice
  • Extractive industries
  • Agrifood and energy systems sustainability
  • Environmental and natural resource policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental sociology
  • Rural sociology
  • Community-based and participatory research
  • Social movements and social change

Joan Chadde-Schumaker

  • Director, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach
  • Instructor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes education and stewardship
  • Watershed management ; stream monitoring
  • Environmental education
  • Elementary engineering and STEM education
  • K-12 science education
  • K-12 teacher professional development
  • Communicating Science to a lay audience
Robert Froese
"If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it."

Robert E. Froese

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Ford Center and Forest

Certifications

  • Registered Professional Forester, Association of BC Forest Professionals
  • Certified Forester, Society of American Foresters
  • Registered Forester, State of Michigan, Board of Foresters

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Forest Inventory, Mensuration, and Biometrics
  • Silviculture, Quantitative Silviculture, and Growth & Yield
  • Empirical, process and hybrid forest modelling
  • Biomass and Carbon Inventory, Management, and Life Cycle Assessment

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

  • Interim Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • University Professor of Natural Resource Policy
  • Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and CFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change mitigation policy
  • Arctic climate change impacts
  • Energy conservation policy
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Indigeneity and climate policy

Gretchen Hein

  • Senior Lecturer, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Faculty Adviser, Society of Women Engineers

Teaching Interests

  • Blended Learning Methods
  • Technology in the Classroom

Research Interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Persistence in STEM fields

Kedmon N. Hungwe

  • Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Social contexts of development with a focus youth agency and development. 
  • Cognition & tools (encompassing communication technologies, work tools, & everyday tools)

Jacqueline E. Huntoon

  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • 906-487-2440
  • Administration Building 505A

Specialties

  • Geoscience
  • Teacher Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment

Nathan D. Manser

  • Lecturer, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Instructor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Faculty Advisor, Innovative Global Solutions Enterprise

Teaching Interests

  • Engineering Problem Solving and Analysis
  • Systems Modeling
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Mining Methods and Materials Handling

Research Interests

  • Biotechnology Resource Recovery
  • Environmental Consequences of Mining Waste
  • Engineering Education

Audrey L. Mayer

  • Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science

Amlan Mukherjee, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Construction Management

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Planning and decision making in infrastructure system management
  • Develop models and implements simulations that can aid decision makers assess design alternatives and explore what-if scenarios
Blair Orr
"That one little mushroom won't hurt me..."
—Anonymous mushroom collector

Blair Orr

  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Community Economics
  • Forest economics
  • Land use in the Upper Peninsula
  • Ethnobotany

Joshua M. Pearce

  • Richard Witte Endowed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Open Source Hardware Enterprise

Areas of Interest

  • Photovoltaic Materials and Electronic Device Physics of Solar Photovoltaic Cells, Solar Energy Systems and Distributed Generation
  • Green Engineering: Solar Energy, Sustainable Development, Open Source Appropriate Technology, Waste Recycling, Circular Economy, and Energy Policy
  • Open Source Hardware, 3-D Printing, RepRap (self-replicating rapid prototyper), Low-cost Metal 3-D Printing, Distributed Manufacturing, Scientific Hardware

Karla Saari Kitalong

  • Professor, Humanities
  • Director of the Program in Scientific and Technical Communication
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Chelsea Schelly

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Graduate Director, IA/H and EEP

Research Interests

  • Alternative technology adoption
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Renewable and alternative technology policy
  • Sustainable communities
  • Energy conservation and consumption practices
  • Self-provisioning
  • Environmental education

David Watkins, PE

  • Distinguished Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water resources planning and management
  • Environmental systems analysis
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic engineering
  • Optimization methods
  • Learning through service

Research Interests

  • Integrated water resources planning
  • Use of seasonal hydroclimatic forecasts
  • Climate change risk assessment
  • Robust decision-making
  • System dynamics modeling