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Dean's Office Staff

  • Dr. Clytrice Watson 
    Professor of Biological Sciences and Interim Dean
    cawatson [at] desu.edu
  • Ms. Vanessa D. Nesbit 
    Sr. Management & Budget Analyst
    vnesbit [at] desu.edu
  • Dr. Andrew Lloyd
    Director, Assessment
    alloyd [at] desu.edu
  • Dr. Marcel A. Poe
    Director, Academic Advisement
    mpoe [at] desu.edu
  • Ms. Faith Woodard
    Senior Academic Advisor
    fwoodard [at] desu.edu
  • Ms. Joena Henry
    Director, Academic Advisement
    jhenry [at] desu.edu
  • Ms. Diane M. Weller
    Administrative Assistant
    dweller [at] desu.edu

Department Chairpersons

  • Dr. Charlie Wilson
    Chairperson - Department of Biological Sciences
    cwilson [at] desu.edu
  • Dr. Cherese Winstead
    Chairperson - Department of Chemistry
    cwinstead [at] desu.edu
  • Dr. Marwan Rasamny
    Chairperson - Department of Computer & Information Sciences
    mrasamny [at] desu.edu
  • Dr. Nicola Edwards
    Chairperson - Department of Mathematical Sciences
    nedwards [at] desu.edu
  • Dr. Mukti Rana
    Chairperson - Department of Physics & Engineering
    mrana [at] desu.edu

CMNST External Advisory Board

Dr. Emery Brown

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.

Dr. S. James Gates

Bio not available.

Dr. Elizabeth McCormack

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.

Dr. Stanley Merritt

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.).

Dr. David A. Pensak

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.

Dr. Ajay Prasad

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.

Ms. Bernice Whaley

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.