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1. “MRI: Acquisition of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) for Multidisciplinary Research and Education at Delaware State University”, $501,000, National Science Foundation, Award Period: 09/2014-08/2017, Role: PI.

2. "Establishment of NASA-MIRO Optics for Space Technology & Applied Research Center (O*STAR Center) at Delaware State University", NASA, Role: Co-PI, Award Period: 09/2015-08/2020, $5 Million. 


Nicholas J. Quigley, Machinist Nick began working in his trade in 1977.  After completing related schooling, he enrolled in a State sponsored Apprenticeship Program.  On completion, he received his Journeyman papers. This program consisted of over 8000 hours of job training and additional schooling.   For 24 years prior to coming to DSU, he worked as Shop Foreman in a machine shop.  His responsibilities included fabrication, project management, consultation, design and research and development for companies such as E.I. Dupont and Gore medical.  As a cabinet and furniture maker, he has been able to blend these two trades and do much of the machining of plastics in the cabinet shop allowing for more speed and versatility in fabrication.   Back to College Home Page


Elizabeth F. McCormack received her bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wellesley College in 1983 and her Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1989. Thereafter, she joined the Laser Photophysics and Photochemistry program at Argonne National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. In 1990 she was awarded an Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 1991 she accepted a permanent staff position in the Laser Photophysics and Photochemistry program, and in 1993 she was promoted to the position of Physicist. In 1995 she joined the faculty at Bryn Mawr College and began a research program in molecular physics with funding from a CAREER award from the NSF. She was promoted with tenure to the associate rank in 2001 and in 2005 was promoted to Professor. In her research she investigates fundamental aspects of molecular excited state-structure and dynamics using a variety of laser spectroscopy techniques. Her interests include Rydberg and ion-pair state dynamics, photoionization, autoionization, predissociation, and photodissociation. Her techniques include resonant multiphoton excitation and detection, time-of-flight mass spectroscopy, and resonant, four-wave mixing in the frequency and time domains. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and has received support for her work from the NSF and NASA throughout her time at Bryn Mawr. In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the APS. In 2006-2007 she served as Chair of the Faculty and in 2007 she received the College’s McPherson Prize for Faculty. From 2008-2011 she served as Dean of Graduate Studies at the College. She is a member of the American Physical Society, the Association for Women in Science, the American Association for Physics Teachers, and a Faculty 21 member of Project Kaleidoscope . Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of The Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the Board of Advisors to Project Kaleidoscope in association with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and is a consultant to the Scientific Equipment Program at the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.   Back to College Home Page

CMNST Staff-LDavis

As Associate Dean for Students, Dr. Leonard Davis is primarily responsible for helping all the students in the college with academic issues ranging from registration, advising, mentoring, and university policies.  Dr. Davis has over 30 years of research experience in neuroscience and that contributed to the establishment of a graduate degree in neuroscience, initially funded with an NSF grant.  Using his many years of research experience, his focus has been on faculty career development and to significantly upgrade the academic programs to prepare DSU students to successful compete for careers in the global community.  His research interest currently is trying to identify the mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Davis is also Chairperson of the Department of Biological Sciences.   Back to Staff Profile Back to the College Home Page

CMNST Staff-LBrooks

Leslie Brooks joined the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, & Technology in the spring of 2013. She brings a wealth of experience with her having worked in both the corporate and academic settings. Most recently, Leslie worked as a Client Education Specialist with a major international bank where she was instrumental in training corporate clients on the banks’ electronic banking systems. Prior to this, Leslie was an Academic Advisor with Central Piedmont Community College where she was the Manager in Charge of the largest of six campuses, advising College and Career Readiness students. Leslie holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Temple University and a Master in Adult Education from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association. Back to Staff Directory Back to the College Home Page

CMNST Staff-JSaygbe

Mrs. Jarso J. Saygbe is from Liberia, West Africa. She has 10+ years of experience in academia at university and community college levels specializing in minority/disadvantaged, women, and first generation student advisement. She currently serves as the Director of Academic Advisement in the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. Her core professional interest has always been and continues to be student development. Her motto on advising is: "advising is teaching" and she teaches students to acknowledge their passions, to seek out opportunities that allow them to pursue their life goals. Her academic credentials include an MA and BA from Rhode Island College. In addition, she has completed course work leading towards a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Johnson & Wales University. Prior to coming to Delaware State University she was an academic advisor for the University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development Program. Mrs. Saygbe has taught Women & Gender studies courses at the University Rhode Island. Her research interests include gender development, primarily policy and social inequalities in developing countries that restrict empowerment with a particular focus on gender and class inequalities in Africa.   Back to Staff Directory Back to the College Home Page

CMNST Staff-AMayol

Dr. Ana-Rita Mayol received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral appointment in Food Chemistry at Cornell University and Consorzio di Ricerca Lattiero Caseario. At University of Puerto Rico–Rio Piedras Campus she directed a vigorous Science Education research group that worked in the development, implementation of innovative interdisciplinary curricular material for K-12 and laboratory experiences for advanced undergraduate courses incorporating nanoscience in the curriculum, and assessment of student learning in the capstone courses. She directed several education, outreach and student training programs including NSF-EPSCoR-Institute of Functional Nanomaterials, NASA-URC-Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials (CANM), PR-AGEP, PR-LSAMP and PR-GK-12, where she build a strong network of interdisciplinary researchers and educators, reaching more than 5000 people each year.  She has occupied leadership positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras such as Academic Coordinator for the Department of Chemistry, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the College of Natural Sciences, Project Director of several NSF programs, and Associate Director of NASA-CANM. Dr. Mayol has served as Director of Special Programs at CMNST since August 2012. She is leading new initiatives in student training, education and outreach efforts within DSU, CMNST and in collaboration with non-profit organizations. She is currently the Associate Director of the NIH-MARC U*STAR program, Program Coordinator of the Title III- Science and Mathematics Skills Development Program (SMS-DP), Director of the Kent County Science Fair, and Co-Director of the Explorer’s Club.   Back to Staff Directory Back to the College Home Page

CMNST Staff-PBattle

Mrs. Pauline Battle received her Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) December 2010 from Boston University Corporate Education Center.  Pauline Battle currently holds the position of Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. She serves as the central point of contact and provides a broad direction of work for the college. Her field of expertise and prior positions held as a Sr. Analyst and Project Controller involved significant experience with cross-functional areas and Service components; Army, Navy and Air Force on a multitude of high level projects  for TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) and Health Affairs (HA)  field operating agencies reporting to the Under Secretary of Defense.    Back to Staff Directory Back to the College Home Page

CMNST Staff- V. Nesbit

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 keenly interested 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


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