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Ajay Prasad is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, and is the Founder-Director of the Center for Fuel Cell Research. He received his B.Tech. from IIT Bombay in 1983, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1989. He has held research professor and visiting scientist positions in the Netherlands and India. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2007. As Director of the CFCR, he coordinates activities between UD faculty working in this area, and seeks to build ties with industries involved in fuel cells and the hydrogen infrastructure.  He also directs the University of Delaware Fuel Cell Bus Program whose goal is to develop and demonstrate fuel cell powered transit vehicles and hydrogen refueling stations. Professor Prasad’s other research interests include wind and ocean current energy, and vehicle-to-grid technology.  He is also interested in energy-efficient, solar-powered buildings.  He has published about 100 journal articles, book chapters, and patents. He was the former Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering, and serves on the Advisory Board of Experiments in Fluids. He also serves on the UDEI Steering Committee, and the City of Newark’s Conservation Advisory Committee.   Back to College Home Page


  Stanley D. Merritt, Ph.D. is a global manager for Sustainable Growth in the DuPont Safety, Health, Environmental and Sustainable Growth Center where he is accountable for developing, driving and overseeing implementation of the Corporation's sustainability strategy for several different business units such as Building Innovations, Chemicals & Fluoroproducts, and Titanium Technologies.  He also works directly with senior business leaders to build sustainability into their business' strategic plans, and helps define their actions in a way that ensures that sustainability is a key part of their value proposition and integrated effectively into the business. Dr. Merritt began his career as Field Engineer in 1996. After holding several positions within the program (including environmental coordinator, R&D engineer, and field supervisor for the corporate environmental engineering group), he moved into Packaging & Industrial Polymers as a Six Sigma Black Belt and later held the titles of Venture Leader and Global Market Manager for the solar market segment.  In October 2008 he moved to Electronics and Communications as a Global Business Development Manager for DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions.  Dr. Merritt was named to his current position in 2012.  Dr. Merritt holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and degrees from Texas A&M University in Safety Engineering (M.S.) and in Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.).   Back to College Home Page


Bernice Whaley is a proven business development & logistics executive with over 25 years of retail supply chain experience and several years of business consulting experience, prior to her current role at DEDO.  Beginning her career at Happy Harry’s Drugs Stores, Bernice was instrumental in growing Happy Harry’s first warehouse into two Distribution Centers and was appointed Vice President of Distribution & Inventory Management. In 2006, Bernice skillfully directed the closing of the two distribution centers, as a result of Walgreens acquisition of the company. After Happy Harry’s sale, Bernice joined Karabus Management and worked on several consulting engagements for national retailers in the US and Canada. Currently, Bernice serves as Deputy Director for the Delaware Economic Development Office.  Bernice is a graduate of University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing Management, received her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University and is currently completing her doctoral work in Business Administration. Bernice is Board Chair-Elect for Junior Achievement of Delaware and serves on the board’s Leadership Council. In addition to Bernice serving as a member on the Advisory Council of the Dean of the College of Mathematical, Natural Sciences and Technology, she served on DSU’s Blue Ribbon Commission. She also currently sits on DSU's Strategic Planning Council. She is a member of the Delaware Workforce Investment Board’s Strategic Planning Committee, Advisory Committee member for the Center for Industry Research and Workforce Alignment Delaware Tech and Program Advisory Committee for New Castle County Vo-Tech.   Back to the College Home Page


Welcome to The College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology (CMNST)       Academic Advisement Center! Your Path to Academic Success Begins Here!! Mission College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology Academic Advisement mission is to assist students in the pursuit of their academic goals and personal development by providing quality academic counseling in an accessible, friendly, respectful environment that fosters lifelong learning and student success. We support and complement the College's mission and core values by striving to nurture the development of scholars who have a successful college experience that culminates in graduation.We endeavor to do this through an interactive educational partnership from orientation to graduation and beyond. Your academic advisors are available to assist you Monday thru Friday in the advisement center, located on the 6th floor of the William C. Jason Library- Rm. 605.   Advisement Model Freshmen and Sophomores are assigned to the professional advisors according to the first letter of the student's last name. Last name (A-L):  Faith Woodard Last name (M-Z):  Jarso Jallah Saygbe Exchange & International Students: Jarso Jallah Saygbe Juniors & Seniors: Faculty/Mentors   Benefits of Advising Get assistance in goal setting and selecting courses to meet career goals Learn about various majors and minors Make sure you are on-track to graduate Receive help with developing strategies to improve academic performance Get questions answered about policies and procedures Obtain referrals and advice about campus resources   Back to College Home Page

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Mrs. Jarso J. Saygbe
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Mrs. Faith Woodard
Mrs. Faith Woodard
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Your generous donation goes a long way to support the Sciences at Delaware State University!   Your financial gift to the CMNST supports: student scholarships and wages for deserving, young scientists  book vouchers teaching resources equipment and other technology for research laboratories classroom/laboratory modernization and building improvements other initiatives to benefit the students, faculty/staff of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. Ways to Give:  By Mail Make checks payable to the DSU Foundation c/o CMNST  (Name initiative, if you so desire)                          Send to Delaware State University, CMNST, 6th flr, Wm C. Jason Library, 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901  By Phone Call 302-857-6055                   Back to College Home Page

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The Staff of the Office of the Dean College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology   Dean's Office Staff Directory Department Chairpersons CMNST External Advisory Board   Dean's Office Staff Dr. Clytrice Watson ¦ Email: Professor of Biological Sciences and Interim Dean   Dr. Melissa Harrington ¦ Email: Professor of Biological Sciences and Interim Associate Dean for Research   Dr. Cynthia van Golen ¦ Email: Associate Dean of Students    Ms. Vanessa D. Nesbit ¦ Email: Sr. Management & Budget Analyst   Dr. Andrew Lloyd ¦ Email: Director, Assessment   Ms. Jarso Saygbe ¦ Email: Director, Academic Advisement   Dr. Marcel A. Poe  ¦ Email: IDP Coordinator / Academic Advisor   Ms. Faith Woodard ¦ Email: Academic Advisor   Vacant ¦ Email: Administrative Assistant       ^ Back to the top   Department Chairpersons Dr. Charlie Wilson, Interim Chairperson - Department of Biological Sciences Dr. Cherese Winstead, Chairperson - Department of Chemistry Dr. Marwan Rasamny, Chairperson - Department of Computer & Information Sciences Dr. Nicola Edwards, Interim Chairperson - Department of Mathematical Sciences Dr. Mukti Rana, Chairperson - Department of Physics & Engineering ^ Back to the top   CMNST External Advisory Board Dr. Emery Brown Dr. S. James Gates Dr. Elizabeth McCormack Dr. Stanley Merritt Dr. David Pensak  Dr. Ajay Prasad Ms. Bernice Whaley   ^ Back to the top   General Inquiries?  Contact us at: Phone: 302-857-6500 Fax: 302-857-6503 Email:  Back to College Home Page


Spring 2016 

Inorganic Chemistry 

Fall 2015






Novel Catalysts for Biodiesel

Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai

Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai

Associate Professor, Tenure-track 
Department of Chemistry



Postdoctoral FellowThe Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA (2005-2007)  

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2004

Prior Appointment

Senior Research Chemist, DuPont Central Research and Development, Experimental Station, Wilmington, DE (2007-2012)

Curriculum Vitae