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CMNST Staff-VNesbit

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Vanessa Nesbit graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Management Science from Wesley College (Dover, DE). She later graduated cum laude from Goldey-Beacom College (Wilmington, DE) with a Masters of Business Administration.  She attained a Master’s Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration degree from Wilmington University with an interest in developing small business sustainability. Vanessa has over 18 years of office and project management experience, touching a wide variety of industries, both for-profit and not-for-profit, including construction, automotive containment, hospitality, events management, and education.  Over the course of her 12 years in higher education, Vanessa has been promoted to positions of increased responsibility and recognized for her strong analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as her creativity, outstanding organizational skills and personal leadership capabilities. Responsibilities: Grants liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs; coordinates and maintains data on grant proposal submissions (especially those requesting commitments to support space allocation, tuition remission, faculty release time); advises and coordinates print and online information dissemination and marketing efforts on behalf of the CMNST; manages multiple College-related budgets, as well as overall College payroll data. Consults on grant proposal budget development.   Back to the Staff Directory Back to the College Home Page

DPensak

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David A. Pensak, Ph.D., is a technology innovator and entrepreneur, author and has lectured at over 30 universities, companies, and government agencies as Fellow of the Creative and Innovative Economy Center of the George Washington University Law School. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Delaware Business School and Drexel University College of Medicine (Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine). Equipped with a Harvard PhD in organic chemistry and computer science, Dr. Pensak started his career at DuPont as a research chemist, directed many R&D projects across a variety of technology fields, and retired as their Chief Computer Scientist. He invented: - a high flow rate filtration system with a new class of membranes to clean up effluent water from abandoned Rocky Mountain mines; - a biodegradable additive that mixed with animal manure in agricultural settings causes the fermentation to become aerobic rather than anaerobic, thereby decreasing smell, nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, and stabilizing the soil; - a new class of concrete protection chemicals for streets and buildings with reduced weathering and pot-hole characteristics; - a new kind of spackle for the construction industry that is immediately ready to paint, needs no sanding, and requires just one coat; - a very low cost prosthetic hand which is within range of even the poorest developing country; - a suite of materials that can be implanted in a periodontal procedure to minimize and/or eliminate gum resection surgery; a new coating for teeth that discourages the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay; - and developed new technologies in heat storage and dispersal; - a new class of textiles which are simultaneously waterproof, fireproof and breathable - at the weight of silk Dr. Pensak also directed a project to splice organ specific polypeptides from snake and insect venom to pharmaceuticals to decrease dosage levels and avoid deleterious interactions with unintended organs. Nevertheless, Dr. Pensak is best known for his software inventions. He invented the first commercially successful Internet firewall, starting-up Raptor Systems to develop the technology, a company now owned by Symantec. Subsequently, he invented an enterprise digital rights security system, starting-up Authentica to develop the technology, a company now owned by EMC. Most recently, he founded Vi Laboratories in Waltham, MA, to develop new anti-piracy detection technologies and reporting systems. He is presently working on technology innovation projects regarding biotechnology, energy, information technology, and materials. The author of the 2008 book Innovation for Underdogs: How to Make the Leap from What If to Now What, at the University of Pennsylvania, he advised the Medical School and has taught technology innovation and entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of Business. He teaches at the University of Delaware Business School, advises the Olin College of Engineering, and has taught workshops regarding technology innovation and entrepreneurship at over 30 universities, companies, and government agencies in the US, Brazil, India, Jordan, Germany, Trinidad, Mexico and Thailand. He is currently writing a new book: Innovation from Evolution to Execution.   Back to College Home Page

EBrown

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  Emery N. Brown is the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a professor of computational neuroscience and health sciences and technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an anesthesiologist at MGH. Dr. Brown received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in Applied Mathematics in 1978 from Harvard College, his M.A. in statistics from Harvard University in 1984, his M.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Medical School in 1987 and a Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard University in 1988. He is an anesthesiologist-statistician whose methodology research develops signal processing algorithms to characterize how the brain represents and transmits information. His experimental research uses a systems neuroscience approach to study how anesthetic drugs act in the brain to create the state of general anesthesia. Dr. Brown is currently a member of the Burrough-Welcome Fund Board of Directors, NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors of the International Anesthesia Research Society. Dr. Brown is a fellow of the IEEE, the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Brown is the recipient of a 2007 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the 2011 Sacks Award from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, and a 2012 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award.   Back to College Home Page

APrasad

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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

SMerritt

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  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

BWhaley

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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

CMNST AAC

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Welcome to the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology (CMNST) Academic Advisement Center! The mission of the CMNST Academic Advisement Center 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 CMNST Dean's Suite, located on the 6th floor of the William C. Jason Library. Hours of Operation M, Tu, W, Th, F - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Appointments: Monday-Friday    9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (No walk-in appointments, please)   Now is the time to plan ahead... The Academic Advisement Center has begun scheduling Pre-Registration Advisement. The following dates have been designated as Advisement days for your respective departments. Please contact Advisors in the Advisement Center to sign-up for Pre-Registration Advisement appointment if you have not scheduled an appointment. The Advisement Center can be contacted by calling 302-857-6561 or by email @ CMNSTAdvising@desu.edu. Appointments are scheduled between the hours of 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Advisement Center is closed 12:00 pm -1:00 pm.                                                              March 17 – 28, 2014   Back to College Home Page

Giving2CMNST

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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

CMNST Dean Staff

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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. Noureddine Melikechi ¦ Email: nmelikechi@desu.edu Professor of Physics and Dean V.P. for Research, Innovation and Economic Development   Dr. Leonard Davis ¦ Email: ledavis@desu.edu Associate Dean   Director of Special Programs (Vacant)   Ms. Vanessa D. Nesbit ¦ Email: vnesbit@desu.edu Sr. Management & Budget Analyst   Ms. Jarso Saygbe ¦ Email: jsaygbe@desu.edu Director, Academic Advisement   Ms. Shanita Leanier ¦ Email: sleanier@desu.edu Academic Advisor   Ms. Diane Weller ¦ Email: dweller@desu.edu Administrative Assistant   Ms. Chanequa Watson ¦ Email: chwatson@desu.edu Administrative Assistant for Graduate &  Undergraduate Program Development   ^ Back to the top   Department Chairpersons Dr. Leonard Davis, Chairperson - Department of Biological Sciences Dr. Eric Kmiec, Chairperson - Department of Chemistry Dr. Marwan Rasamny, Chairperson - Department of Computer & Information Sciences Dr. Hanson Umoh, Chairperson - Department of Mathematical Sciences Dr. Aristides Marcano, 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: CMNSTinfo@desu.edu  Back to College Home Page

Teaching

Summer 2013

CHEM 102

Fall 2013

CHEM 101

Spring 2014

CHEM 101 LECTURE

2014 CHEM 101 Syllabus

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