Our Team

Center Leadership and Staff

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    Jamie Russell

    Director
    230A IG Greer
    (828) 262-8264

    Dr. Jamie Russell serves as Director of the Appalachian Energy Center and is an associate professor of Building Science at Appalachian State University. He holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University and received his doctor of philosophy degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina in 2004. Dr. Russell carried out his post-doctoral research as a Faraday Research Fellow at Ulster University in Belfast focusing on renewable energy in buildings.
    Russell joined the faculty at Appalachian State University in 2008. During his tenure as Appalachian, he served for two years (2014-2016) as a visiting professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
    Dr. Russell has managed three Solar Decathlon Competition projects including the Solar Homestead (US Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon 2011), Solar Decathlon Europe 2014, and US DOE Solar Decathlon 2017. His current research focuses on energy in buildings, energy efficiency and harmonizing building energy consumption and renewable energy sources with the local utility grid.

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    Hei-young Kim

    Research Assistant
    231 IG Greer Hall
    (828) 262-7289

    Hei-young Kim is a research assistant at the Appalachian energy Center. Her focus area is “waste to energy” and currently works for the Nexus project: Biomass energy to heat a greenhouse. Cooperating with local farmers, she takes efforts to adopt the developed biomass heating system to the community. She earned her Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering from Appalachian State University in 2014. She conducted a feasibility study of food waste diversion system in the region for her graduate thesis and seeks funding opportunities for the pilot project of locally derived food waste to energy system.

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    Grace Marasco-Plummer

    Program and Research Development
    235B IG Greer Hall
    (828) 262-7514

    Grace handles a variety of program and research development activities including funding opportunity identification, research team building, concept and program development and related workshops and events. She also supports the directors of the Appalachian Energy Center and the RIEEE to develop and cultivate partnerships and external collaborations. Her general interests lie at the food/energy nexus and include sustainability education and the role of human agency in environmental exploitation. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Business and Asian Studies from the College of Charleston and a Master of Arts in Human Geography from Appalachian State.

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    Janet Miller

    Outreach Manager
    235A IG Greer Hall
    (828) 262-8913

    Janet coordinates the annual clean energy workshop series that provides renewable energy and building science related professional development workshops for continuing education credits. Miller plans events geared to students including the sustainable energy speaker series and the poster contest at the Appalachian Energy Summit, and enjoys providing communication support for the center. She earned her master of science in Building Science from Appalachian State University in 2012. Her research project and area of interest focused on energy efficiency outreach and promoting behavior change towards energy conservation in the home.

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    Elizabeth Schiavone

    Program Specialist
    230B IG Greer
    (828) 262-8631

    As Program Specialist for the Appalachian Energy Center and the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE), Elizabeth is primarily responsible for providing financial management on post-award grant activities and administrative management of funded projects. Elizabeth has worked most recently at UNC-Chapel Hill and brings significant financial acumen and accounting experience to this role.

Project Faculty and Staff

Cherry
Professor and Chair
Department of Economics
(828) 262-6081

Areas of interest: Environmental economics, Experimental economics, Regional economics

Doll
Associate Professor
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Katherine Harper Hall 162
(828) 262-3119

Areas of interest: Indoor air quality, renewable energy

Ferrell
Assistant Professor and Sustainable Technology Program Director
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Katherine Harper Hall 177A
(828) 262-8818

Areas of interest: NEXUS Team Member

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics
231 I.G. Greer Hall
(828) 262-8336

Dennis Gilfillan is a 2008 graduate of Appalachian State University, with a B.S. in Physics-Secondary Education and a minor in mathematics. He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences at East Tennessee State University in 2018, with research focusing on applying multivariate statistics to understand fate and transport of microbial...

Houser
Associate Professor
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Katherine Harper Hall 16
(828) 262-3123

Areas of interest: Biofuels, Farm-based renewable energy, Agricultural waste management

Marland
Research Faculty
227 IG Greer Hall
(828) 262-6161

Dr. Gregg Marland joined the Geology Department in 2011 as an Adjunct Research Professor, and has a dual appointment with the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics. Dr. Marland joins the RIEEE from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he served for over 35 years and since 2000 as Distinguished Research and Development...

Oh
Assistant Professor
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Katherine Harper Hall 135
(828) 262-2617

Areas of interest: PV reliability, Building integrated PV, PV system performance

Perry
Research Assistant
Energy Center
(828) 262-8331

Chuck Perry was the Program Director for the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA) from 2010 to 2018. He currently teaches construction at Appalachian in the Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment Dept., builds energy efficient homes with his company PerryBuilt, and works as a research assistant for the Appalachian Energy...

Raichle
Professor and Chair
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Katherine Harper Hall 20
(828) 262-3110

Areas of interest: Grid interactive renewable energy systems, Photovoltaic self-consumption, Remote monitoring, Diverse applications of instrumentation

Ramsdell
Advanced Lecturer
Physics and Astronomy
Garwood Hall 211
(828) 262-2998

Areas of interest: Energy efficient cooking

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Shaw
Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences
Garwood Hall 449
(828) 262-7107

Areas of interest: Biodiesel

Summerville
Practitioner in Residence
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Katherine Harper Hall
(828) 262-7243

Areas of interest:  Wind power, Hydro power, Battery-based solar, Sustainable technology in the developing world

Tiller
Research Assistant

Areas of interest: Building Energy Efficiency and Moisture Issues , Energy Policy Research . Energy, Economic, and Environmental Analysis, Energy Code Analysis and Development, Renewable Energy System Design and Performance

Yu
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair
Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Katherine Harper Hall 23
(828) 262-2527

Areas of interest: NEXUS Team Member