Faculty Consultants

The following Purdue faculty have agreed to meet with Solutions Lab teams, by appointment, until 3 pm on February 21st, 2019. You may contact these faculty consultants at their listed email addresses to request a meeting. Faculty consultants may not meet with students after the release of the Solutions Lab prompt.

Please put “Solutions Lab meeting request” as the subject line in your team’s email.

Dr. Anwer

Dr. Megha Anwer

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Diversity and Global Awareness, Honors College

Dr. Megha Anwer received her Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2015. Her dissertation project “Navigating the Necropolis” explores the criminal and terroristic narratives of the city, and investigates the mobility practices of marginal populations as they navigate the violent city. She is as passionate about literature as she is about photography and cinema, and her research invariably shuttles between these different media texts. Her areas of specialization include urban theory, cultures of violence, gender and sexuality studies, visual studies, Victorian literature and photography, contemporary postcolonial literature, film studies and graphic novels. She has published several articles in her areas of interest and her work has appeared in The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Short Film Studies, Victorian Studies, Widescreen, Global South and A Review of International English Literature. At the moment, she is working on a project commemorating the Abu Ghraib torture photographs, and their impact on a wider visual economy of the twenty-first century.

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Dr. Bertoline

Dr. Gary Bertoline

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Dean and Distinguished Professor

Dr. Gary R. Bertoline is the Dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University. He earned his BS at Northern Michigan University, MEd from Miami University, and PhD at The Ohio State University. He was on the faculty in the College of Engineering at Ohio State for 3 years before coming to Purdue University in 1990.

Bertoline co-founded the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) as well as the Polytechnic Institute initiative at Purdue University. The Polytechnic initiative is a major effort to transform the college’s curricula and learning experience for the students to better prepare graduates for life and work in the digital age. Bertoline is the lead for the Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, which opened in Fall 2017.

Bertoline’s research interests are in scientific visualization, interactive immersive environments, distributed and grid computing, workforce education and STEM education.

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Dr. Bross

Dr. Kris Bross

Associate Dean for Research & Creative Endeavors, Honors College

Dr. Kristina Bross is a member of Purdue’s Teaching Academy and is enrolled in the Book of Great Teachers. She is a recipient of the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, received a Center for Undergraduate Instructional Excellence (CUIE) fellowship and was a Service-Learning Faculty fellow. She has edited a collection of essays by Purdue undergraduates that presents their archival research into Purdue’s history: Little Else Than a Memory: Purdue Students Search for the Class of 1904 (Purdue Univ. Press for the Honors College), and recently her students documented their research into Purdue’s past through the blog “More than a Memory.” She served on the year-long task force to create the Honors College, and has been a member of the Honors College Faculty Governance Committee since its inception.

Outside of Honors, Bross is associate professor of English, specializing in early American studies. She is the author of Dry Bones and Indian Sermons: Praying Indians in Colonial America (Cornell Univ. Press, 2004) and co-editor of Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology (Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2008), and a book forthcoming from Oxford University Press on the ways Early Modern writers imagined the world.

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Dr. Jarriel

Dr. Katie Jarriel

Clinical Assistant Professor, Honors College

Dr. Katie Jarriel joined the Honors College as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Fall 2018, where she is also serving as Faculty Honors Preceptor for Silver House. She recently completed her PhD in Classical Archaeology at Cornell University. Her dissertation is titled Small Worlds After All? Landscape and Community Interaction in the Cycladic Bronze Age. Katie’s research combines archaeology and computer modeling to explore how people living in the Mediterranean during the Bronze Age created communities based on a shared sense of place. While her main area of interest is Greece, she has also done archaeological fieldwork in Spain, Israel, and Cyprus. As an undergraduate, Katie attended the Honors College at the University of South Carolina, where she received her BA in Anthropology.

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Dr. Kroll

Dr. Matthew Kroll

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Research Data and the Digital Humanities

Dr. Matthew Kroll is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Research Data and the Digital Humanities at Purdue University, where he holds a joint appointment in the Research Data Libraries and the Department of Philosophy.

He received his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University as a member of the Philosophy and Literature program. His dissertation examined myth, history, and orality in the poetics and poetry of Charles Olson.

His research interests include: 20th Century American Poetry (particularly of the postwar period); digital humanities as a tool for both teaching and discovery; data ethics; the digital preservation and presentation of non-quantitative, non-numeric, and often analog humanities data (e.g., recorded lectures, letters, working notes, etc); orality as pedagogy and a way of learning; the intersections of poetry and philosophy; 20th Century French Philosophy (particularly that of Gilles Deleuze); and the oral-epic tradition.

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Dr. Matei

Dr. Sorin Matei

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Liberal Arts, Professor of Communication

Dr. Sorin Matei, Professor and Director of Purdue Data Storytelling Network, studies the relationship between information technology, group behavior, and social structures in a variety of contexts. His most recent book, Structural Differentiation in Social Media, studied 10 years-worth of Wikipedia editing or 250 million individual contributions to the site. The volume offers a new view on how online groups emerge. It identifies specific evolutionary phases, including a bureaucratic one. The book emphasizes the role of strong although temporary leaders for the success of any online project. His latest research program investigates the role played by social media cognition and emotional responses on risk-prone or risk-averse behavior in natural emergencies. His most current work continues his interest in online social behavior explored in his past projects. He is also known for his work on ethics in big data and for his multidisciplinary, international projects, such as Kredible.Net.

His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort or Visible Past. Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and leading Romanian newspapers.

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Dr. McGowan

Dr. Bethany McGowan

Assistant Professor of Library Science and Health Sciences Information Specialist

As the Health Sciences Information Specialist, Dr. Bethany McGowan provides information literacy, data management, scholarly communication, and collaborative research services to students, faculty, and staff in Health and Life Sciences disciplines. As a member of the Libraries faculty, McGowan contributes to research in areas surrounding health information literacy, behavior change communication, and health data science.


Dr. Parry

Dr. Jason Parry

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Honors College

Before joining Purdue University as a Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow, Dr. Jason Parry received his Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University. His current book project is a study of the role of digital technologies in the reconstruction of human rights abuses. He has additional research interests in theories of sustainable design and the geopolitics of machine sensing. Most recently, his writing has appeared in the journal SubStance and will feature in an upcoming issue of the journal diacritics dedicated to the concept of “Terraforming.” In his teaching, Jason strives to instill in students an expansive intellectual curiosity capable of meeting the global and systemic challenges that will define this century. He is also proud to be the Faculty Honors Preceptor for Titanium House.

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Dr. Rickus

Dr. Jenna Rickus

Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Jenna Rickus is an ABE Professor, with a joint appointment with Biomedical Engineering. She earned B.S. degrees in the Food Process Engineering and Biochemistry dual program. After leaving Purdue, Jenna was a research engineer at Kraft Foods for two and a half years before returning to graduate school.

Jenna earned her PhD from UCLA in Neuroengineering, a joint program between the Interdepartmental Program for Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. While at UCLA she developed new biosensor materials and devices for continuous neurotransmitter measurements. Her lab here at Purdue is focused on controlling and mimicking cells as an engineered dynamic system. Current research interests include mimicking cellular function in non living systems to develop advanced and stable biosensors; modeling and controlling neurotransmitter systems at a single cell level; and cellular oscillations. The practical implications of her work span agricultural, biomedical, and food safety applications.

Dr. Rickus has been dually trained in biology and engineering throughout her career. She has a strong interest in new approaches to education that merge the two disciplines in a synergistic manner. She hopes to train a new generation of engineers/biologists who are both comfortable dealing with the complex world of biology and who can think and function quantitatively.


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Dr. Kendall Roark

Assistant Professor of Library Science and Courtesy Faculty, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Roark is an applied cultural anthropologist who engages in ethnographic fieldwork and anthrodesign projects in Canada and the United States. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork with LGBTQ community volunteers in the American Southwest and health science researchers in Canada’s western provinces, and has recently led a participatory prototyping project for maternal child health digital research infrastructure. Dr. Roark’s broader research and teaching interests include feminist and decolonial approaches to science and technology studies, participatory and speculative research methodologies, new materialist theory and posthuman ethics, and critical data studies.

Dr. Roark is currently an Assistant Professor of Library Science (Research Data Specialist & Anthropology Liaison) with the Purdue University Libraries and active affiliate teaching faculty with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program at Purdue. As part of her role as a research data specialist, she seeks to better understand researcher practices, workflows, data, and information needs. Recent projects have involved collaboratively developing privacy-aware protocols, workflows, and other tools that help facilitate ethical data-sharing practices. As the Libraries-Anthropology Liaison, she coordinates anthropology collection development requests (monographs, journals, etc.), consults one-on-one with students and faculty, and provides information and data literacy instruction.

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Dr. Servaty-Seib

Dr. Heather Servaty-Seib

Associate Dean for Student Life, Honors College, and Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Educational Studies Department

Along with her role as the Associate Dean for Student Life with the Honors College, Dr. Heather L. Servaty-Seib is a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Educational Studies Department of the College of Education where her primary scholarly areas include adolescent/college student bereavement, loss/gain impact of life events, and support and communication in the grieving process. Professor Servaty-Seib received her BA (honors) from Concordia College in 1992 and her Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1995 and 1997. She teaches Honors courses connected to her research—most recently courses entitled Death and Dying and Loss.

Professor Servaty-Seib leads a grief and loss research team, which aims to conduct research that will assist society (e.g., service professionals, friends, family) in gaining a better understanding of the idiosyncratic experiences of grieving individuals. The team has developed the Perceived Impact of Life Events Scale, an instrument that uses a gain/loss approach to assessing the multidimensional impact of single life events.

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Dr. Swanson

Dr. Nathan Swanson

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Honors College

Dr. Nathan Swanson is a political and cultural geographer whose research is focused in three areas: (1) geopolitics of everyday life, (2) public space and power, and (3) critical cartography and counter-mapping (as a member of the Counter-Cartographies Collective). Dr. Swanson completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December 2016, following previous studies in law (J.D., Drake University) and political science (B.A. & M.A., Iowa State University). In the course of these programs, he studied abroad in Kenya, Germany, Antarctica, Australia, Syria, Egypt, and Morocco. Dr. Swanson has previously conducted research in the Middle East toward his doctoral dissertation, and his current research focuses on the geographies of Middle Eastern migrant communities in Scandinavia.

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Dr. Tehrani

Dr. Zahra Tehrani

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Grants, Honors College

Zahra Tehrani received her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2011. Her doctoral research aimed to understand how pancreatic insulin-producing cells develop in the early embryo. In her postdoctoral work at UCLA, she studied a drug treatment for Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Dr. Tehrani’s current research efforts are focused on understanding public perceptions of the clinical translation of stem cells. As the number of unlicensed stem cell clinics marketing unapproved stem cell treatments continues to rise in the U.S., Dr. Tehrani believes it is critical to examine the contribution of stem cell hype in the media to the creation of unrealistic public expectations of stem cell treatments. Recently, her research interests have expanded to explore the development of soft skills in undergraduate education. As a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Honors College, she teaches interdisciplinary courses on the environment’s effects on gene behavior, stem cells, and human aging in the Honors College.

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Dr. Vostral

Dr. Sharra Vostral

Associate Professor of History

Dr. Sharra Vostral is an Associate Professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts, and affiliated with both Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and American Studies. Her research centers upon the history of technology, specifically gender, and histories of medical devices and health. Her book, Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology examines the social and technological history of sanitary napkins and tampons, and the effects of technology upon women’s experiences of menstruation. Her current research explores the 1980 health crisis of Toxic Shock Syndrome and its relationship to tampon technologies.

She received her Ph.D. in History at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her M.A. in American Studies at St. Louis University, and earned honors in Comparative Religion at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before coming to Purdue, she was an Associate Professor in Gender & Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Dr. Ware

Dr. Jason Ware

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Faculty Honors Preceptors Program

Dr. Jason Ware earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University. Prior to his faculty appointment within the Honors College, Dr. Ware was a lecturer in the University’s College of Education and a faculty developer within the Center for Instructional Excellence. Within these roles, Dr. Ware taught Multiculturalism in Urban Education, Introduction to College Teaching, and Introduction to Educational Research, and he served as a faculty consultant within the University’s IMPACT project for transformative education.

Dr. Ware is a qualitative research methodologist with a focus on narrative inquiry and a recent turn to participatory action research vis-a-vis community-indicator and well-being projects. Dr. Ware’s past research and engagement have centered undergraduate student development. Through his research, Dr. Ware explored 1) the ways in which using inquiry processes as teaching and learning instruments influence undergraduates’ analytical thinking and ways of knowing; 2) the ways in which study abroad experiences influence undergraduates’ contextual understanding of worldviews beyond the U.S.; and 3) how transformative undergraduate education develops scholars, leaders, and world-changers. At present, Dr. Ware and his research group are exploring the extent to which working with particular urban populations to establish and measure quality-of-life indicators at the neighborhood level can transform material realities and serve as an educative tool.

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Dr. Watkins

Dr. Adam Watkins

Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of the Honors Mentor Program

Dr. Adam Edward Watkins has taught composition at Purdue for seven years, receiving several awards for his teaching and pedagogical development along the way. He earned a Ph.D. in Literary Studies at Purdue as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. He has published literary criticism, reviews, and poetry, including a collection of poems entitled Dear, Companion. His writing interests and teaching practices are based in the influential interaction between mind, culture, and the environment.

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Dr. Weinberg

Dr. Lindsay Weinberg

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Honors College and Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Lindsay Weinberg is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovative Studies with the Honors College and Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. Her research and teaching are at the intersection of media studies, feminist theory, and critical political economy, with an emphasis on digital culture and the history of technology and design. She received her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018. Her work has appeared in Lateral, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, and Impost: A Journal of Critical and Creative Work.

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Solutions Lab Assistant

The Solutions Lab Student Assistant, Sarah Rodenbeck, is also available to meet with teams by appointment:

Sarah Rodenbeck

Sarah Rodenbeck

Sarah Rodenbeck is a senior in computer science with minors in biology and management. Her research interest is in the area of digital ethics, including algorithmic bias, data use practices, and public policy governing the use of technology. Recently, she has become interested in the balance between data and privacy in the context of non-profit and societally beneficial situations. She is currently planning the Digital Ethics thread of the biennial Stamps Scholar National Convention taking place this April. Sarah’s technical interests are focused on machine learning and mathematical/statistical modeling. She will be joining Ford Motor Company as a machine learning/artificial intelligence scientist after graduation.


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