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People and Partners

RIEEE is a team- and capacity-building, grant-seeking, research administration, and program enhancing unit that supports the work of faculty partners across campus. Browse profiles below to learn more.

Leadership

Grace Marasco-Plummer

Interim Managing Director
plummergj@appstate.edu

Dr. Owen Ash Morgan

Director of CERPA
Professor
morganoa@appstate.edu

Dr. Lester "Baker" Perry

Professor
RIEEE Senior Scholar
perrylb@appstate.edu

Dr. James "Jamie" Russell

Director of Appalachian Energy Center
Professor
russellja@appstate.edu

Dr. Steve Seagle

Director of SAEREC
Professor
seaglesw@appstate.edu

Staff

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Convergence Research Postdoc
bournekd@appstate.edu

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RIEEE Environmental Data Scientist
hefnermw@appstate.edu

Hei-Young Kim

Research Scientist
kimh2@appstate.edu

Faculty Partners

Our partners listed below are investigators on projects we administer or that we support via seed funding. To learn how you can get involved, reach out to us.

Ashley Adams

Assistant Professor
adamsea1@appstate.edu

Arezou Sadoughi

Assistant Professor
arezou@appstate.edu

Imran Arif

Associate Professor
arifi@appstate.edu

Rachel Bleich

Assistant Professor
bleichrm@appstate.edu

Tonya Coffey

Department Chair
Professor
coffeyts@appstate.edu

Jeremy Ferrell

Assistant Department Chair
Associate Professor
ferrelljc@appstate.edu

Reza Foroughi

Assistant Department Chair
Associate Professor
foroughir@appstate.edu

Seth Grooms

Assistant Professor
groomssb@appstate.edu

Dr. Christine Ogilvie Hendren

Vice Provost for Research and Innovation
Professor
hendrenco@appstate.edu

Mark Hills

Co-Director
Associate Professor
hillsma@appstate.edu

Jim Houser

Associate Professor
houserjb@appstate.edu

Dr. Margaret "Maggie" Sugg

Department Honors Director
Associate Professor
kovachmm@appstate.edu

Dr. Tammy Kowalczyk

Director of the Appalachian Impact Clinic
Professor
kowalczykt@appstate.edu

Dr. Gregg Marland

Affiliated Research Professor
marlandg@appstate.edu

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Department Chair
Joseph F. Freeman Distinguished Professor
meddersla@appstate.edu

Matt Ogwu

Assistant Professor
ogwumc@appstate.edu

Landon Pennington

Practitioner-in-Residence
penningtonle@appstate.edu

Ram Poudel

Assistant Professor
poudelrc@appstate.edu

Brian Raichle

ST Program Coordinator
Professor
raichlebw@appstate.edu

Dr. Tatyana Ruseva

MA Program Director
Professor
rusevatb@appstate.edu

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Associate Professor
shayed@appstate.edu

Song Shu

Assistant Professor
shus@appstate.edu

Johnathan Sugg

Associate Professor
suggjw@appstate.edu

Bob Swarthout

Director of Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor
swarthoutrf@appstate.edu

Bhuwan Thapa

Assistant Professor
thapab@appstate.edu

Dr. Shea Tuberty

Director of the QEP
Professor
tubertysr@appstate.edu

Andrew Windham

Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor
windhamaw@appstate.edu

Ok-Youn Yu

Department Chairperson
Professor
yuo@appstate.edu