Discovering the Possibilities
Are you curious? Do you have an analytical mind? Are you creative and enjoy solving problems? Do you like working in teams? A career in science and engineering may be just right for you. Science and Engineering is the fastest growing department on campus. The College is responding to this demand by doubling the size of the Science Center and equipping it with state-of-the-art labs. Step into a science lab and you’ll experience the energy, passion and commitment of our faculty for teaching and scientific discovery.
The Science and Engineering Department offers students opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to develop the knowledge and skills to pursue successful careers in STEM fields. Employment opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) are among the most sough-after in the nation. The average STEM salary in New Jersey is $52,800. In New Jersey alone, 269,000 STEM and STEM-related jobs will need to be filled by 2018.
Our courses are taught by highly trained faculty in small classes that foster direct student-faculty engagement. As a student you have the opportunity to participate in hands-on research projects and become involved in numerous student clubs and events within the Department that will enhance your knowledge of science.
Our graduates have continued their education at such prestigious colleges and universities as Cornell University, University of California at Berkeley, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rutgers University.
Discovering the Possibilities
Marianne BaricevicRead More
Ed CarrRead More
Nader CoptyRead More
Margaret CzerwRead More
Eric IannaconeRead More
Sarah A. Imbriglio, Department ChairRead More
Ahmed KatshaRead More
Jay F. KellyRead More
Lawrence B. KramerRead More
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Antonella PompoRead More
Paul SchuelerRead More
Emilie K. StanderRead More
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Assistant Professor - Anatomy & Physiology
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D.,B.A., Rutgers University; Program Evaluation Certificate from Montclair State University
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., Rutgers University; M.Ed., M.S., East Stroudsburg University; Teaching Certificate, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; B.S., University of Scranton
Assistant Professor - Physics
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., University of Kansas; M.S., Purdue University; M.S., Northeastern University; B.S., University of Southern Colorado
Physics Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University of South Carolina, Columbia SC. Conducted Experimental Elementary Particle Physics research at: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, Stanford University Linear Accelerator Center, Cornell University Colliding Beam Facility. Complete list of publications at: http://inspirehep.net/search?ln=en&p=copty
Professor - Chemistry
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph. D., B.S., Rutgers University; A.S., Raritan Valley Community College
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., University of Massachusetts; B.A., University of San Diego
Kelly J. Gauger, Stefanie Giera, David S. Sharlin, Ruby Bansal, Eric Iannacone, and R. Thomas Zoeller (2007). Polychlorinated Biphenyls 105 And 118 Form Thyroid Hormone Receptor Agonists Following Cytochrome P4501A1 Activation In Rat Pituitary GH3 Cells. Environmental Health Perspectives, 115, V11:1623-1630 Iannacone, EA, Yan, AW, Gauger, KJ, Dowling, ALS, Zoeller, RT (2002). Thyroid Hormone Exerts Site-Specific Effects on SRC-1 and N-coR Expression Selectively in the Neonatal Rat Brain. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 186:49-59 Zoeller, RT, Dowling, ALS, Herzig CTA, Iannacone, EA, Gauger, KJ, Bansal, R (2002). Thyroid Hormone Brain Development, and the Environment. Environmental Health Perspectives. 110 (suppl 3): 355-361. Dowling, ALS, Iannacone, EA, Zoeller, RT (2001) Hypothyroidism Selectively Affects the Expression of Neuroendocrine-Specific Protein-A mRNA in the Fetal Rat Brain. Endocrinology 142(1) 390-399.
Professor - Chemistry
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., B.S., University of California
Assistant Professor - Anatomy & Physiology
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., Tohoku University Diploma in Zoology, Bachelor in Biological science, Damascus University
2014, American Society for Clinical Oncology Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award (San Francisco). 2009, Cell & Molecular Biology Young Scientist Travel Award for the abstract submitted to the European Respiratory Society. (Vienna, Austria) 2004-2010, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan scholarship for Ph.D. degree.
Associate Professor - Biology
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., B.A., Rutgers University
NSF SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) (2013-2015) Conducted research with RVCC students and citizen scientists at NJ Audubon to study the effects of invasive plant species, deer herbivory and land use on forest regeneration, bird communities and other aspects of forest health in central New Jersey. Clean Ocean Action (2014) - Conducted surveys of marine debris accumulation areas along the tidal portions of the Delaware River, NJ. NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Natural Lands Management/New Jersey Natural Heritage Program (2001 – present) Conduct status surveys, ecological studies, management, and monitoring activities for the 800+ rare and endangered plant species of New Jersey and the region. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2007 – 2013) Conducted surveys for the federally threatened plant species, Helonias bullata (swamp pink), in NJ, and the Candidate species for listing, Narthecium americanum (bog asphodel). ANJEC (Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (2013-2014) Integrative Forest Restoration: Connecting People, Plants and Places. Involved students in the restoration of a local forest preserve by making traditional forest products and supporting student conservation internships through their sale. Conducted in partnership with the Readington Environmental Commission RVCC Sabbatical Award (Fall 2013) – Conducted research and submitted manuscripts for publication on endangered plant species ecology and conservation in NJ. NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Greenbelt Native Plant Center, Natural Resources Group (2011 – 2012, 2007 – 2009) Studied the ecology, taxonomy and restoration of endangered Pycnanthemum species in Staten Island, New York; Served as ecological consultant conducting biological assessment and endangered species surveys at Ridgewood Reservoir in Queens, NY, a new acquisition in the NYC park system RVCC Faculty Research Grant (2011) – GIS analysis of transportation demand at RVCC Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (2010), Representative Frank Pallone, NJ, for research and education efforts related to plastic ocean pollution Beach Sweeps Research Award (2010), Clean Ocean Action, 25th Anniversary RVCC Student Government Association (2008-2010) – Environmental Club Awards: Best Program/Event, Community Service, Campus Outreach, Best Advisor Pinelands Preservation Alliance (2006) Studied the habitat characteristics of historic and de novo sites for reintroduction of the endangered Schwalbea americana (American chaffseed) in the New Jersey Pine Barrens Rutgers University, Agriculture Experiment Station (2003) Researched control methods for a cooperative extension report on overabundant deer populations in New Jersey Carnegie Museum of Natural History (2000) Studied the effects of stream acidification on the foraging ecology and reproductive success of Louisiana Waterthrush in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania South Florida Water Management District, Everglades Research Division (1999) Conducted experimental studies and field research on wading bird foraging ecology and avian seed dispersal on tree islands for the Everglades Restoration Project Virginia Polytechnic Institute, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (1998) Studied the foraging ecology and translocation potential of the critically endangered Laysan Duck (Anas laysanensis); Laysan Island, Hawaiian Islands N.W.R.; Assisted with biological monitoring of breeding seabird populations, endangered Green Sea Turtles, endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal, and exotic invasive plants (Cenchrus spp.); U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division (1998) Studied the demography and life history characteristics of endangered Hawaiian honeycreepers and other rainforest birds; Hakalau N.W.R., HI Rutgers University (1996 – 1998) Assisted in various restoration ecology studies on closed landfill sites in Staten Island, NY; Assisted in various mitigation and restoration efforts in Staten Island, Queens, and Coney Island, NY; Studied the effects of hydrology on Atlantic White Cedar regeneration; Lebanon State Forest, NJ; Studied the foraging ecology of migratory shorebird species; Cape May, NJ and DE Selected Publications: Kelly, J.F. 2014, accepted. Status surveys for the endangered Narthecium americanum (bog asphodel) in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, using remote sensing and GIS. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society Kelly, J.F. 2014. Effects of human activities (raking, scraping, off-road vehicles) and natural resource protections on the spatial distribution of beach vegetation and related shoreline features in New Jersey. Journal of Coastal Conservation 18:383-398. Kelly, J. and J. Stentzel. 2013. “Seabeach Amaranth (Amaranthus pumilus)” Pgs. 144-147 In E. Kiviat and E.A. Johnson (Eds.) Biodiversity Assessment Handbook for New York City. American Museum of Natural History, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, New York, NY, and Hudsonia Ltd., Annandale, NY. Kelly, J.F. 2013. Status and distribution of Amaranthus pumilus (seabeach amaranth) and other rare beach plant species in New Jersey: Field surveys and historical records. Bartonia 66:28-60. Kelly, J.F. 2013. Status of the federally listed Threatened plant species, Helonias bullata (swamp pink) in New Jersey. Final Report submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Raritan Valley Community College, Round Mountain Ecological LLC. Kelly, J.F. 2012. Studies of rare mountain-mint species (Pyncanthemum) in Staten Island, NY. Final Report submitted to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Greenbelt Native Plant Nursery. Raritan Valley Community College, Round Mountain Ecological LLC. Kelly, J.F. 2010. Update on the Status of Honckenya peploides var. robusta (Seabeach Sandwort) in New Jersey, 2001-2010. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Forestry, Office of Natural Lands Management. Kelly, J.F. and D. LaPuma. 2008. Biological assessment of Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens, New York. Round Mountain Ecological LLC, Report prepared for M. K. Morrison Associates and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Kelly, J.F., M.I. Palmer and M.P. Forup. 2007. The biogeography, ecology and monitoring of Narthecium americanum (bog asphodel) in New Jersey. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry, Office of Natural Lands Management. Breden, T., J.M. Hartman, M. Anzelone, and J.F. Kelly. 2006. Endangered Plant Species in New Jersey: Population Health and Threats. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Policy, Planning and Science, Division of Science, Research and Technology. Kelly, J.F. 2005. Habitat assessment of the endangered Schwalbea americana (New Jersey). Ecological Restoration 23:60-61. Kelly, J.F., D.E. Gawlik and D. Kieckbusch. 2003. An updated account of wading bird foraging behavior. Wilson Bulletin 115(1):105-107. Cartica, R. and J.F. Kelly. 2003. Field survey for Isotria medeioloides (Small-whorled Pogonia) in Norvin Green State Forest, NJ. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry, Office of Natural Lands Management. Confidential Report. Drake, D., M. Lock, and J. Kelly. 2002. Managing New Jersey’s Deer Population. New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University Press.
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., Rutgers University; Diploma, B.S., Albright College; Diploma, The Chubb Institute, Parsippany, NJ
Professor - Biology
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ; B.S., Rutgers University
Principal Investigator – “Quality Matters: Enhancing the Biotechnology Program at RVCC”. Funded from 7/1/05 – 6/30/09 for $371,319. National Science Foundation Award # DUE – 0501912 Co-Principal Investigator “Transforming the General Biology Laboratory for Undergraduate Students”. Funded 5/18/11 - 6/1/13 for $170,930. National Science Foundation Award # TUES - 1044699. Mid-Career Fellowship Program - Princeton University, 2014-2015.
Professor - Engineering
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., B.S., University of Naples, Italy
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., New York University; B.S., University of Rochester
Princeton Mid-Career Fellowship 2001-2; NSF Grant: Ethics across the curriculum, Co-PI 1995-97
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., Rutgers University; Sc.B., Brown University
Grants: NSF S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), 2015-2019, $625,000, Co-PI with Cynthia Geoffroy; funding and programming for ~35 partial and full scholarships to improve retention of academically talented, financially needy STEM majors at RVCC NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2005-2007, $12,000, Co-PI with advisor Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld; funded dual isotope analysis at Dr. Daniel Sigman’s laboratory at Princeton University EPA STAR Graduate Fellow, 2004-2007, $110,000, Sole PI; partially funded throughfall and soil leachate portion of dissertation research New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute Graduate Student Grant, 2004-2005, $5,000, Sole PI; partially funded throughfall and soil leachate portion of dissertation research New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute Graduate Student Grant, 2003-2004, $5,000, Sole PI; partially funded soil nitrogen cycling portion of dissertation research
Awards: Member of team awarded EPA’s 2010 Bronze Medal and nominated for agency-wide EPA Science Achievement (Engineering) for the design and construction of a porous pavement and rain garden research and demonstration site Member of team awarded 2010 Sustainable Leadership Award from the Portland Cement Association for “advancing the concept and implementation of sustainable development in your community through the porous pavement stormwater management research program” Member of team awarded EPA 2009 Sustainability Champion, Leading Edge Award for showing leadership in reducing EPA’s environmental footprint through the parking lot and rain garden research and demonstration project Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award (“S” Award) for noteworthy high quality performance from Environmental Protection Agency, August 2008 and August 2009 Outstanding Student Paper Award, Biogeosciences Section of the American Geophysical Union, AGU Joint Assembly, Baltimore, May 2006
Publications: Lautze, J., E. Stander, P. Drechsel, A. K. da Silva, and B. Keraita. 2014. Global Experiences in Water Reuse. Resource Recovery & Reuse Series 4, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka. Gilchrist, S., M. Borst and E. K. Stander. 2014. Factorial study of rain garden design for nitrogen removal. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 140(3), 0403016. Felson, A. J., M. Pavao-Zuckerman, T. Carter, F. Montalto, W. Shuster, N. Springer, E. K. Stander, and O. Starry. 2013. Mapping the design process for urban ecological researchers. BioScience 63(11): 854-865. Stander, E. K., A. A. Rowe, M. Borst, and T. P. O’Connor. 2013. A novel use of time domain reflectometry in infiltration-based low impact development practices. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering 139(8): 625-634. Passeport, E., P. Vidon, K. Forshay, L. Harris, S. S. Kaushal, D. Q. Kellogg, J. Lazar, P. M. Mayer, and E. K. Stander. 2013. Ecological engineering practices for the reduction of excess nitrogen in human influenced landscapes: A guide for watershed managers. Environmental Management 51(2): 392-413. Lautze, J., E. Stander, P. Drechsel, B. Keraita, and A. da Silva. 2012. Global experiences in water reuse. In EPA 2012 Water Reuse Guidelines. EPA/600/R-12/618. Stander, E. K. and J. G. Ehrenfeld. 2010. Urban Riparian Function. In Urban Ecosystem Ecology, J. Peterson and A. Volder (eds.). ASA-CSSA-SSSA Books, Madison, WI. Ehrenfeld, J. G. and E. K. Stander. 2010. Habitat Functions in Urban Riparian Zones. In Urban Ecosystem Ecology, J. Peterson and A. Volder (eds.). ASA-CSSA-SSSA Books, Madison, WI. Ehrenfeld, J. G., M. Palta, and E. K. Stander. 2010. Wetlands in Urban Environments. In An Encyclopaedia of Urban Ecology, I. Douglas, D. Goode, M. Houck, and R. Wang (eds.). Routledge, Abingdon, UK. Collins, K. A. T. J. Lawrence, E. K. Stander, R. J. Jontos, S. S. Kaushal, T. A. Newcomer, N. B. Grimm, and M. C. Ekberg. 2010. Opportunities and challenges for managing nitrogen in urban storm water: A review and synthesis. Ecological Engineering 36: 1507-1519. Stander, E. K. and M. Borst. 2010. A hydraulic test of a bioretention media carbon amendment. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 15(6): 531-536. Stander, E. K. and J. G. Ehrenfeld. 2009. Rapid assessment of urban wetlands: functional assessment model development and evaluation. Wetlands 29(1): 261-276. Stander, E. K. and J. G. Ehrenfeld. 2009. Rapid assessment of urban wetlands: do hydrogeomorphic classification and reference criteria work? Environmental Management 43(4): 725-742. Groffman, P. M., K. Butterbach-Bahl, W. Fulweiler, A. J. Gold, J. Morse, E. K. Stander, C. Tague, C. Tonitto, and P. Vidon. 2009. Incorporating spatially and temporally explicit phenomena (hotspots and hot moments) in denitrification models. Biogeochemistry 93(1-2): 49-77. Ehrenfeld, J. G., H. Bowman Cutway, R. Hamilton IV, and E. Stander. 2003. Hydrologic description of forested wetlands in northeastern New Jersey, USA – an urban/suburban region. Wetlands 23(4):685-700.
Assistant Professor - Physics and Engineering
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., M.S., B.S., University of Massachusetts
Associate Professor - Biology
Academic Degrees Achieved: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; B.S., Moravian College
Awards and Grants: Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. International Teaching and Learning Conference. Best Overall Course. SoftChalk Lesson Builder Challenge. Best Higher Ed Lesson - Honorable Mention. SoftChalk Lesson Builder Challenge. HP Technology for Teaching Higher Education Leadership grant. Hewlett-Packard. Top Technology Innovator – Nominee. Chronicle of Higher Education. Publications MicroBooster Video Tutorials. Pearson Publishing. Lab Exercises in Microbiology. Bluedoor Publishing. Principles of Biology Laboratory Manual. Bluedoor Publishing.