I joined the Vermont Tech faculty in 2002 and immediately found it to be an exciting and rewarding place to teach. I currently serve as the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology department where we offer degrees in mechanical, manufacturing, and electromechanical engineering technology and renewable energy. I currently teach courses in materials, statics, and energy systems. In 2011 I spent a semester in Ireland at University College Cork studying wind power and energy modeling. Prior to joining Vermont Tech I taught at the University of Maryland and studied at the University of Washington where I had the chance to spend a summer at NEC in Japan working on optoelectronics technology. Outside of work I enjoy sailing, skiing, and spending time with my family.
John Knox has been teaching mathematics at Vermont Technical College for 43 years. John received his B.A. in education from Norwich University in 1963 and his Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of Vermont in 1969. Upon graduation from Norwich University, John was commissioned a 2/Lt in the United States Army and served on active duty at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and in Vietnam.
During John’s teaching career he was promoted to full Professor, served as Division Director, and has been the Mathematics Department Chairperson since 1983. He was the first recipient of the Harry Wirtz Master Teacher Award. John was a pioneer in teaching mathematics over Vermont Interactive Television, and he produced three video mathematics courses.
John’s non-academic interests include playing professional baseball in Canada, umpiring baseball in Central Vermont for 25 years, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. He is also a successful photographer of Vermont landscapes, and his pictures have been published in many magazines and calendars.
Kyrstina is a clinical associate of nursing at the Williston campus and teaches classes in the Practical Nursing (PN) clinical program. She holds a degree in nursing and creative writing from Colby Sawyer College and a MSN in nursing informatics from Walden University.
Kyrstina has experience in both bedside and leadership nursing positions including developing the state of Vermont’s health infrastructure. She has also published, Intensive Care, an anthology of nursing-related poems and prose. She was named a Nursing Leader Fellow in 2013 and was recognized by the American Dental Association.
In her spare time, she enjoys writing and spending time with her family in northern Vermont.
Ross is an Assistant Professor in the Science Department, teaching physics (PHYS 1041 and PHYS 1042) and environmental biology (BIO 1020), and is a faculty advisor for the Outdoor Recreation Club. He received a B.A. in environmental studies and chemistry from Middlebury College, a M.S. in mathematics from The University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. Currently, he also does research with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) located in Hanover, NH. Take a look at his work here.
Ross researches the microstructure of snow, ice, and other geologic samples from pole to pole. One recent project looked at saltwater channels in sea ice in around Barrow, Alaska, and the Ross Sea in Antarctic to examine how salt moves through sea ice from the ocean to the atmosphere. As part of the project, he developed a device which allowed him to drive 20 ice cores from Alaska to New England for analysis all while maintaining the natural sea ice temperature gradient. He recruits students to join him in his research projects with opportunities to work at a governmental lab, publish scientific papers, and present work at national and international conferences.
He loves to call Vermont his home and just recently moved to Middlesex with great access to the woods of VT. In his free time, Ross enjoys adventuring outside with his wife and two dogs whether it be skiing, hiking, biking, paddling, or adventure racing (sometimes with Vermont Tech students). If you are interested in getting involved with polar research, looking for tips on outdoor adventures, or want advice about class or life as a scientist, don’t hesitate to reach out (email is best).
Sosten Lungu is certified nutrient management specialist and instructor of agronomy at Vermont Technical College. I learnt when I was a young boy in Zambia, Africa that “everything comes from the soil”. We need healthy soils to produce high quality food. Sosten graduated from Mississippi State University with a doctorate in soil fertility. Sosten has conducted extensive research in use of manure a plant nutrient source. In addition, he has also evaluated use of chemical amendment s to reduce solubility of phosphorus (P) in soils. Sosten’s major interests are in nutrient cycling and management of nutrients to reduce environmental degradation. Attendees will learn how to build nutrient cycling to ensure soil health and good harvest.