Faculty Stories


Joyce Twing

 I came to Vermont Tech in 1989 after being a high school teacher for 15 years. From my first day of Grade 1, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I love interacting with students and watching them grow personally and professionally. My college degree is in English Education, thus, most of the classes I teach focus on written and interpersonal communication. I am especially fascinated with the... Read More >

Jessica Stewart Riley

Jessica Stewart Riley is a member of the AQHA Professional Horsemen and a Level 2 ARIA certified instructor in Huntseat, Western, and Stable Management. She has competed in both Western and English events at Quarter Horse shows, Western Dressage shows, Intercollegiate Dressage shows, and Hunter/Jumper shows. She has won numerous state championships and regional all-around awards and competed... Read More >

Robin Guillian

While taking her first introductory flight, Robin Guillian became enamored with aviation. She was intrigued by the complex systems that were involved, the hand-eye coordination that was required, and the fact that she could work outdoors. She first became a certified flight instructor before moving on to flying commercial cargo and commercial passenger planes.

Guillian logged more... Read More >

Dr. Stephanie Dorosko

When she was young, Dr. Stephanie Dorosko had two passions to consider as she looked to the future. “I was deciding between human and veterinary medicine. I used to have dreams of being both a pediatrician and a veterinarian,” she says. “I had some experience with farm animals and then I realized how much I enjoyed my relationship with them.”

Stephanie went to Tufts University to... Read More >

Michelle Sama

Michelle Sama knows a thing or two about learning. More importantly, Dr. Sama knows what your brain knows about learning.

She’s not just a respected faculty member at Vermont Tech; she’s also a trained researcher who has her Ph.D. in Pharmacology. Her post-doctoral research fellowship at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine was focused on neuroscience and the physiology of... Read More >

christopher gray

Christopher Gray

I have been teaching and working in manufacturing and engineering-related fields for more than 30 years.  I was originally trained as an All Around Machinist by the Bryant Grinder Corporation.  I have an Associate of Science degree in Manufacturing Technology; a Bachelor's of Science degree in Industrial Arts Education and a Master's of Arts degree in Education.  I have developed and taught... Read More >

John Diebold

In 1982 John Diebold was 23 years old. He had just quit his job at TRW in Ohio, packed everything into his car, and was driving around the country for six months. “I was trying to ‘find myself,’ I think was the term,” he says now, looking back.

He already had a degree from Vermont Tech in mechanical engineering technology, but he ended up back in Vermont doing carpentry and... Read More >

Karen Cote

Karen began her career in Nursing at a large teaching hospital. While working there she also obtained her BS in Nursing and in May of 2010 received the distinguished Baccalaureate Nursing Student Award.

“I had the opportunity to mentor and orient new nurses to the profession and to our hospital, which I thoroughly enjoyed.” After transferring to a small critical access hospital,... Read More >

Carl Brandon

Three hundred miles above our heads, a four-inch-cube miniature satellite - the first one ever launched by a New England college or university - circled in low-Earth orbit, taking photos of our planet and transmitting them back to its home base at Vermont Tech's CubeSat Laboratory for two years and two days.

"This CubeSat was part of a larger scheme," explains Professor Carl Brandon... Read More >

Marlys Eddy

Marlys Eddy is an associate professor and program director of Landscape Design and Sustainable Horticulture. She is a plant and soil scientist with a focus on sustainable agriculture and viticulture. Marlys began teaching in 2004 and joined Vermont Tech in 2007. Her teaching is focused on plant biology courses including Botany, Greenhouse Management, and Introduction to Horticulture.

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Jean Hakim

Jean has 25 years of experience working for Bell Laboratories/AT&T/Lucent/Avaya. Because of her consistent contributions, and leadership to large development teams, and delivery of software systems, she rose through the ranks from Member of Technical Staff to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, then to Consulting Member of Technical Staff, and eventually to director.   At times,... Read More >

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher has been teaching in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Vermont Tech since 2003.  His concentration is in embedded engineering systems that use microcontrollers, programmable logic devices, and sensors.  His teaching style is heavy on a class learning the subject matter together in a formal way, then allowing students to pursue their individual interests in... Read More >

Chris Reilly

I joined the Architectural & Building Engineering Technology Department  in 2008 and I have loved every day that I have been here because I get to combine two of my favorite things: teaching and engineering. My background is in building systems, specifically heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), so classes I teach include subject areas like fluid mechanics, thermodynamics,... Read More >