STEM Faculty

John Bray

Mathematics Faculty


B.S., University of Scranton
M.S., Pennsylvania State Univ

John Bray was an adjunct instructor at HCC for more than eight years before joining STEM as a full-time faculty member. His prior experiences include a 22-year career as a commissioned officer in the US Army. His assignments included serving as a research officer at the Defense Logistics Agency, a commander of a logistics support battalion in Europe, and an instructor and assistant professor of mathematics at the US Military Academy.

For eight years, John was Chair of the Mathematics Department of Broward College in Fort Lauderdale and adjunct professor at several universities in the South Florida region. He was also a senior analyst for OptiMetrics, a defense contractor in the Bel Air area, for which he is still a part-time employee.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2543
Email:  JBray@Harford.edu

Gene Cooper

Physics Faculty


B.S., SUNY - Fredonia
Ph.D., University of Virginia-Main

Presently a full-time STEM instructor at HCC, Dr. Cooper has more than23 years of experience as an adjunct math and physics instructor at the college. He also served as a research physicist for 27 years at the U. S. Army Research Laboratory, where his research focused on projectile stability for the design of projectiles with liquid payloads and the controlled flight characteristics building analytic/numeric models to bridge technological gaps. He has more than 70 publications in refereed journals, symposiums, and government documents. Dr. Cooper is a Senior Member American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and Sigma XI.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2031
Email:  GCooper@Harford.edu

Jim D'Amario

Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Physical Science


B.S., Loyola University Maryland
M.S., University of Toledo
G.C.E.R.T., Johns Hopkins Univ

James D'Amario has extensive experience teaching Astronomy, Earth Science and Physics. His teaching experience includes working at the University of Toledo and St. Francis University. Additional experiences include working in journalism and science laboratories.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2255
Email:  JDamario@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/JDamario/

Christopher Gordon

Assistant Professor


B.S., Muhlenberg College
M.S., Univ South Carolina-Columbia

While earning his master's degree, Christopher's research was focused on developing various laser-based chemical sensors for a myriad of uses. He is currently working toward his Ed.D. in science education. His research interests pertain to inquiry-based teaching pedagogies and the effects they have on students' academic self-concept


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2166
Email:  ChGordon@Harford.edu

Bob Greger

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science


B.S., St Francis College
M.S., Pennsylvania State Univ

Bob Greger has taught computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics since coming to Harford Community College in 1968. He has also obtained a certificate in Computer Science from Clarkson University.

Bob has been active on a number of committees and is currently the Sunshine Fund committee officer. He is active in St. Joan of Arc Church and St. Margaret Church and sings with the Irishmen's Chorale.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2274
Email:  RGreger@harford.edu

Floyd Grimm

Professor of Biology


B.S., Bloomsburg Univ of Penn
M.Ed., Bloomsburg Univ of Penn

Prior to joining the HCC faculty in 1968, Professor Grimm taught biology and general science at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County Maryland. His primary teaching responsibilities at Harford have included microbiology and general biology. In addition to teaching in the STEM Division, he designed, implemented and serves as Program Director for the distance learning Histotechnology Certificate Program, which provides students around the world with the opportunity to become certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Since joining the faculty, Professor Grimm has been awarded research and training grants from the National Science Foundation, Maryland Division the American Cancer Society, Exxon Educational Foundation, Maryland State Department of Education, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act. The author of numerous publications, he has served as President of the Harford County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and Chair of the Public Education Committee for the Maryland Division of the American Cancer Society. He is a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers, National Society for Histotechnology. Professor Grimm has also served on the Program Accreditation Committee of the National Accrediting Commission for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2372
Email:  FGrimm@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/FGrimm/

Thomas Guinivan

Assistant Professor - Chemistry


B.S., College of William & Mary
M.S., US Army War College
M.S., Drexel University


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2661
Email:  tguinivan@harford.edu

Tami Imbierowicz

Associate Professor of Biology


B.S., Towson University
M.S., Towson University

Professor Imbierowicz teaches courses in biology, environmental science, and ecology. She serves as Co-chair of the HCC Sustainability Committee, advancing the green campus initiatives, and works with regional colleges and universities to develop sustainability and energy literacy curriculum. Prior to joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Imbierowicz was employed as a natural resource specialist with Baltimore County Environmental Protection, as well as an educator at the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium in Baltimore.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2122
Email:  TImbiero@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/TImbiero/

Steven Iwanowski

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


B.S., Lebanon Valley College
M.S., Univ Maryland College Park

Steven Iwanowski has been interested in chemistry and science since the seventh grade. He loves exploring how matter behaves within the universe from the chemistry that occurs in stars down to the reactions happening when a cake is baked. He tries to pass this passion on to his students, making as many connections to everyday life as possible.

After a brief stint as an instructor at the University of Maryland, Steven got a job at the American Chemical Society in the Education Division. He returned to teaching in fall 2006, when he started at HCC. He enjoys his work tremendously and is always happy to talk chemistry with anyone.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2250
Email:  SIwanows@harford.edu

Chris Jones

Associate Professor, Transitional Studies Mathematics


B.S., Towson University
M.S., Towson University

Chris Jones has been a faculty member in the Educational and Transitional Studies Division since 2006. He has instructed a wide variety of mathematics courses at Harford, including pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, statistics (both general and honors), finite mathematics, calculus, discrete mathematics, and scientific engineering and computation. Jones has given presentations on methods of student engagement, assessment, and retention at the state and local levels. In 2011, Jones received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award. In 2013, Jones was one of two Harford recipients of the John and Suanne Roueche Leadership Award.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2055
Email:  CJones@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/cjones/

Supawan King

Associate Professor of Mathematics


B.S., Prince of Songkla Unv Thailand
M.A., University of Montana
Ph.D., University of Montana

Supawan King began her teaching career in 1994 at Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand. After receiving her doctorate degree, she returned to Prince of Songkla University and taught both undergraduate and graduate levels. For family reasons, she moved to Bel Air, Maryland, and joined Harford Community College in 2005 as an Instructional Support Specialist for the Math Center. Prior to joining the STEM Division in August 2007, she also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Educational Transitional Studies Division.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2601
Email:  SKing@harford.edu

Stan Kollar

Professor of Environmental Science


A.A., Cuyahoga Comm College
B.A., Univ of California Los Angeles
M.A., Univ of California Los Angeles

Professor Kollar spent his earlier years on the south shore of Lake Erie, in Northeast Ohio. After 3 years in the United States Army, he attended Cuyahoga Community College and then the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees, in Environmental and Systematic Biology, and Plant Ecology.

His professional interests include water quality and the health of Chesapeake Bay, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), renewable energy, scientific literacy, climate change, and sustainable living.He has conducted research into restoration of the Chesapeake using SAV, the water quality of the Bush River watershed and passive solar construction.

His personal interests are broad, ranging from hiking, skiing and snorkeling, to horticulture, photography, art, music and travel.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2283
Email:  SKollar@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/SKollar/default.htm

Yussef Noorisa

Professor of Engineering


M.S., University of Delaware
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Yussef was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. His professional experiences consist of a few years of work in engineering companies and many years of college teaching in Iran and the United States. From fall 1971 to summer 1973 he was an assistant professor and mechanics department chair in Science and Technology College at a four-year engineering school in Tehran. From fall 1973 to summer 1979 he worked as an associate professor and Science Department Chair at AIT. He left Iran after the 1979 revolution and started to teach in the Engineering Program at HCC.

As part of his professional development, Yussef has furthered his knowledge in finite element analyses of engineering components. He continues to teach various engineering courses at HCC and help get students ready for successful transfers to four-year engineering schools.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2243
Email:  YNoorisa@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/YNoorisa/

Lisa Ovelman

Engineering Faculty


B.S., Pennsylvania State Univ
M.A., Pennsylvania State Univ


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2227
Email:  LOvelman@harford.edu

Wendy Rappazzo

Professor of Biology


B.S., University of Delaware
B.S., SUNY - Cortland
M.S., Towson University
M.S., University of Delaware

Wendy Rappazzo is from the Finger Lakes area of New York, but has been a Maryland "native" for 20 years. Her primary teaching responsibilities are anatomy and physiology, and biology for health professionals. She has served as the coordinator of the anatomy and physiology courses, created the BIO 119 course, and the first online biology course in Maryland. She is the author for the textbook Biochemistry and Cell Biology, co-author of the Biochemistry and Cell Biology Laboratory Manual, and has published several learning activities through the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society and the American Physiological Society.

Professor Rappazzo also works with Carnegie Mellon University to develop online anatomy and physiology courses delivered nationwide. She is the co-chair of the STEM Outreach Committee and volunteers with several STEM outreach activities in Harford County elementary, middle, and high schools. She is an active member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum Committee, which has created standards and goals for anatomy and physiology courses at two- and four-year schools.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2336
Email:  WRappazzo@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://faculty.harford.edu/faculty/WRappazzo/

Sal Rodano

Professor of Physics and Physical Science


B.S., Millersville University
M.A., The College of New Jersey

Prior to joining the HCC faculty in 1968, Professor Rodano served in the United States Air Force. He later taught physics and chemistry at Bensalem High School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. His primary teaching responsibilities at Harford have included Physics, Physical Science, and Earth& Space Science. In addition to teaching in the STEM division, he designed and implemented several new course offerings. Professor Rodano served as Chairman of the Science Department for two years. He serves as liaison for the Observatory at Harford Community College.

Professor Rodano has published numerous professional articles. He has been awarded educational grants from the National Science Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Act. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development recognized Professor Rodano as an outstanding educator. He has worked in the aerospace and defense industries and is a member of the National Association of Physics Teachers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Education Association, and the American Geological Society.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2254
Email:  SRodano@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/SRodano/

Fary Sami

Professor-Math


B.S., Intl - National Univ of Iran
M.S., Univ of Missouri-St Louis

Fary Sami's teaching career began in 1988 at Michigan Technological University on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She relocated to Maryland in 1992, and enjoys living here mainly because she is close to two large cities, Baltimore and D.C. This is specifically appealing to her because of all the cultures featured, as well as the abundance of fine arts.

Fary joined HCC in 1995 as a full-time math professor. Some of her hobbies include working out, skiing, listening to music, hiking, playing golf, visiting art museums, and traveling. She has discovered that there is a close relation between math, art, and beauty and tries to help others appreciate the beauty of mathematics. Her teaching philosophy is to create an environment conducive to learning.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2490
Email:  fsami@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/FSami/

Scott Schaeffer

Associate Professor of Biology


B.S., West Chester University
D.C., Palmer School of Chiropractic

Dr. Scott Schaeffer joined the HCC faculty in 2007 and regularly teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology, The Human Body in Health and Disease, and Nutrition for the STEM division. He also teaches Medical Terminology and Ethics and is the faculty liaison to the Nursing and Allied Health Division, serving on the Medical Assisting Advisory Board. Dr. Schaeffer is a supporter of International Education at HCC and accompanied his Nutrition class to Belize in winter 2011.In addition to teaching credit classes at HCC, Dr. Schaeffer also coordinates the anatomy and physiology modules for the non-credit Histotechnology Certificate Program.

Dr. Schaeffer is a recognized educational leader in his field. He has served as the primary subject matter expert in the development of award-winning Anatomy and Health & Wellness web-based educational products for A.D.A.M., Inc. He was a contributing author for EMC/Paradigm Publishing's Applied Anatomy & Physiology, A Case Study Approach, Workbook and Laboratory Manual, 2nd Edition. He most recently authored the A.D.A.M. Interactive Anatomy Student Lab Guide, 4th Edition for WoltersKlurer Publishing.


Contact:
Phone: 443-412-2032
Email:  SSchaeffer@harford.edu
Faculty Webpage:  http://ww2.harford.edu/faculty/SSchaeffer/

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