Program Personnel

Principal Investigator

Derek L. Patton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

School of Polymer Science and Engineering

NRC Postdoc, NIST Polymer Division, 2006-2008
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Houston, 2006
M.S., Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2002
B.S., Jacksonville State University, Magna cum laude and Honors in Chemistry, 2000

Email: derek.patton@usm.edu
Website: www.pattonresearchgroup.org


Sarah Morgan

Co-Principal Investigator

Sarah Morgan, Ph.D.
Professor

School of Polymer Science and Engineering

Ph.D., Polymer Science, University of Southern Mississippi (1988)
B.S., B.A., Behavioral Science, Rice University (1980)

Email: sarah.morgan@usm.edu


Ras Pandey

Co-Principal Investigator

Ras B. Pandey, Ph.D.
Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

B.Sc. 1972 Science (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics.), University of Allahabad, India
M.Sc. 1972 Physics, University of Allahabad, India
Ph.D. 1981 Physics (Solid State Physics), I.I.T. Roorkee, India.

Email: ras.pandey@usm.edu


Julie Cwikla

Co-Principal Investigator

Julie Cwikla, Ph.D.
Director of Creativity & Innovation in STEM

Office of the Vice President for Research

B.S. Mathematics & Chemistry – Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT 1995
M.S. Applied Mathematics – New York University, Courant I.M.S., New York, NY 1996
Ph.D. Mathematics Education - University of Delaware, School of Ed, Newark, DE 2001

Email: julie.cwikla@usm.edu


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Program Coordinator

Kimberly Wingo
Associate Director of Recruiting, Outreach, and Student Programs

School of Polymer Science and Engineering


Email: kimberly.wingo@usm.edu


External Evaluator

David Reider
Principal Partner, Education Design, Inc.

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles B.A. (1984)
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music M.M. (1989)
Ed. M., Harvard University Graduate School of Education (1997)