Center Leadership and Staff

Jason Hoyle

Research Analyst
232 IG Greer Hall
As a research analyst for the Energy Center, Jason works in the areas of energy policy, economic development, project finance and development, and environmental asset markets. In his years with the Energy Center, he has co-founded an ongoing global initiative to accelerate development and deployment of hydrogen-powered train technology and the International Hydrail Conference, created and currently serves as Editor of the North Carolina Economic Developer’s Guide to the Renewable Energy Industries, and assisted more than a dozen counties across the state with development of landfill gas-to-energy projects.

Hei-young Kim

Research Assistant
231 IG Greer Hall
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.

Janet Miller

Outreach Manager
235A IG Greer Hall
Janet is the Outreach Manager for the Appalachian Energy Center. She organizes the annual clean energy professional development workshop series that provides the most up-to-date technologies in the building science and renewable energy fields to professionals. Miller also coordinates the sustainable energy speaker series, the student poster contest for the Appalachian Energy Summit, as well as provide communication support for the center. She earned her master of science in Building Science from Appalachian State University in May 2012. Her research project and area of interest focused on energy efficiency outreach and promoting behavior change towards energy conservation in the home.

Joey Mosteller

Research Assistant
231 IG Greer Hall
Joey is a lecture professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences and a Research Assistant at the Appalachian Energy Center. Joey assists Stan Steury on Landfill gas projects and has provided the measurement and verification work for the UNC Systemwide Lighting Performance Contract in the western part of the state. Joey received his master of science degree in Appropriate Technology in 2011.

Chuck Perry

Research Assistant
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 Center. He has 25 years of experience in the residential new home industry and over the years he has developed a passion for high performance construction and sharing better building practices with all stakeholders in the homebuilding industry.

Grace Plummer

Program and Research Development
235B IG Greer Hall
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.

Jamie Russell

Interim Director
230 IG Greer
Dr. James (Jamie) Russell is an associate professor of Building Science in the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment. 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 while working on several European Commission (CORDIS) funded projects. 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. He was appointed to serve as the interim director of the Appalachian Energy Center in September of 2018. 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.

Elizabeth Schiavone

Business Service Support Associate
226 IG Greer
As Business Service Support Associate 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.

Stan Steury

Program Manager
231 IG Greer Hall
Stan Steury has been a research scientist at the Appalachian Energy Center since January 2007, after serving 32 years with the US Department of Agriculture. A 1973 graduate of Purdue University, Steury received a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources. In 1997, Steury engaged the community in development of the award winning EnergyXchange Renewable Energy Center at the tiny Yancey-Mitchell Landfill. Steury was hired by the Appalachian Energy Center to promote economic and community development at landfills in North Carolina, and has worked toward development of cost effective means of generating electricity for small landfill gas projects.

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