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.
Michael teaches courses that include: Introduction to Engineering, Electrical Circuits I, Electrical Project I, Electronic Circuits I, LabVIEW, Electronic and Data Communications, and Electromechanical Project II.
Michael earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Vermont. While a graduate student at UVM, he was employed as a lecturer in the Electrical Engineering department from 1984-1988. He joined the IBM Corporation in Essex Junction in 1988 as an associate engineer in new product development and left in 2002 as a product yield characterization engineer in manufacturing.
He came to work at Vermont Tech in the fall of 2002, serving as department chair from 2003-2011, and is currently as a professor in the ECET department.
Michael says teaching is in his blood; both of his parents taught at the college level. He truly enjoys working with Vermont Tech students.
He also enjoys traveling and attending conferences on education, industry topics and teaching. He likes spending time at the family camp in the Champlain Islands where he tends to and expands his orchard of apple and pear trees. Michael may also be found tinkering with machinery and equipment.
Tina Marshall is an Associate Professor in the Dental Hygiene department providing instruction in General Pathology and Pharmacology, Dental Radiology, and in the second and third-year clinical program and didactic courses for associate degree students. In the baccalaureate program, Tina teaches a course in Educational Methodology and Leadership. She is an alumnus of the University of Vermont, with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene, a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In 1996, after thirteen years of clinical dental hygiene practice in Vermont and Massachusetts, Tina became involved in dental hygiene education as a clinical instructor for first-year dental hygiene students, and eventually accepted a full-time teaching position after completing her Master’s degree in 2002. Tina has worked in the profession of dental hygiene for thirty-two years.
Professionally, Tina has served as President, Continuing Education Chair, and Membership Chair of the Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association. She is currently faculty advisor to the Student Members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SMADHA) at Vermont Tech.
Tina resides in Georgia, VT with her husband Jeffrey. In addition to teaching, she enjoys gardening, traveling, biking, Nordic skiing, and yoga.