ECenter Faculty Fellows

ECenter Faculty Fellow Overview

The ECenter Faculty Fellow (ECFF) is a stipend-supported position to actively support and drive student and faculty to engage in programs and projects at the ECenter. In addition, ECCF will work with the ECenter leadership and Associate Vice-Provost of Innovation and New Ventures, to help identify additional programming required for continued expansion and success. ECenter Faculty Fellows are nominated by their Dean.


 

 


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Matt Davis

Associate Professor, Interim Chair

Earth Sciences, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

matt.davis@unh.edu
603-862-4119

Matt Davis' research and teaching interests are in the general area of quantitative hydrogeology. He is most interested in problems that couple geologic information and observations with quantitative hydrologic models. One area of interest is the use of geologic information to improve our understanding of flow and transport process in heterogeneous sedimentary aquifers over a range of spatial scales. More recently, his research has focused on groundwater problems more prevalent in New England, including:

  • Use of temperature to understand the spatial extent and dynamics of surface water-groundwater interactions in the hyporheic zone (Truslow et al., 2007);
  • Quantitative and experimental analysis of the sustainability of ground source heat pumps in residential and commercial applications (Davis, 2007);
  • Use of environmental isotopes to better understand groundwater flow paths and residence times in a mesoscale (Smith et al., 2007).

The ongoing research is part of a larger effort to build a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary understanding of hydrologic and biogeochemical processes in the Lamprey River Watershed.


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Dev Dutta

Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship

Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics

dev.dutta@unh.edu
603-862-2944

Dev Dutta is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire.

Dev brings with him over twelve years of academic research experience in strategic management, entrepreneurship, and international business.  Dev's research has been published in top-tier entrepreneurship research journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.  He has also widely presented his research at national and international conferences, notably annual research conferences of the Strategic Management Society, Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, and at the annual Entrepreneurship Research Conference organized by Babson College.

In 2008 and 2012, Dev was nominated for Kauffman Foundation’s prestigious Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (only five fellowships are awarded each year at the national level). His Ph.D. thesis was a finalist in the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Industries Studies Dissertation Award and won the runners-up prize in the 2009 Emerald Publishing/European Foundation for Management Development - Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Management and Governance category.

Dev has over twelve years of teaching experience in strategic management and entrepreneurship and has taught at undergraduate, masters (MBA/EMBA) and doctoral (DBA) levels in different locations in the United States, Canada, China, and India. He has also supervised students’ honors theses, independent studies, internships, and applied research projects.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Dev worked for fifteen years as a corporate strategy consultant in the global Indian IT industry. He served as an in-house strategy specialist for some of the biggest names in the industry, working in the areas of value transformation, process maturity, organizational change and renewal, and business model formulation and implementation.


 

 

Semra Aytur

Associate Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy
Master in Public Policy Faculty

semra.aytur@unh.edu
603-862-3415

Semra Aytur is a Master in Public Policy faculty member, Carsey faculty fellow and assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy. Her research interests focus on relationships between policy, environment, and systems change to promote healthy behaviors and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. She is particularly interested in health disparities and in relationships between land use, transportation, and environmental policies that affect access to health-promoting resources.

Prior to joining the University of New Hampshire, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Semra is experienced in the design, implementation, and analysis of research and evaluation studies focused on policy and environmental change. She received a dissertation grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine the relationships between land use policies, transportation infrastructure investments, physical activity, and obesity. She has also conducted community-based participatory research in rural, lower-income communities. Additionally, she obtained practical public health experience by working in public health departments in several states, focusing on policies related to healthy eating, active living, and chronic disease prevention. She received a bachelor's degree from Brown University, a master's degree in public health from Boston University, and a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She enjoys working with diverse transdisciplinary teams to examine how policy, environment, and systems change can improve community health.


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Jennifer Purrenhage

Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Environmental Conservation and Sustainability

International Affairs

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

jennifer.purrenhage@unh.edu
603-862-3915

Jennifer Purrenhage teaches Contemporary Conservation Issues & Environmental Awareness (NR 435/NR 435H), International Perspectives - Global Environmental Science (IA 401), and Principles of Conservation Biology (NR 650). Her interests include conservation biology, amphibian ecology and conservation, conservation ethics and environmental worldviews, and pedagogical content knowledge in science education. 

Her graduate and postdoctoral research focused on the impacts of variations in aquatic and terrestrial habitat quality on pond-breeding amphibians (mostly spotted salamanders and American toads), and was always conceived in a conservation context. She has used a wide range of experimental approaches---from molecular analyses and small-scale behavioral studies to large, landscape-scale field experiments---to study the ecological implications of habitat alteration for amphibians. Past research topics include: the effects of landscape composition on the genetic population structure of salamanders; the importance of aquatic vegetation structure in mediating biotic interactions of pond-breeding amphibians; differential growth, locomotor performance, and survival of larval and juvenile amphibians from shaded and open-canopy ponds; and the importance of wetland hydroperiod and upland forest buffers for vernal pool-breeding amphibians. By observing how populations and communities respond along environmental gradients (e.g., hydroperiod, canopy cover), and in the presence of multiple stressors (e.g., predation pressure, pesticide exposure), we can: (1) deepen our understanding of how systems function and (2) make predictions about how communities will respond to future environmental alterations caused by global climate change and changes in land use.


 

 

CJ Lewis

Program Manager, Power Play

cj.lewis@unh.edu
603-862-2941

CJ Lewis is a NH-based, award-winning theatre & multimedia artist, producer, musician, improviser, and creative arts educator. He began working with PowerPlay Intearctive Development in 2014 as an Actor-Improviser and started overseeing the program's administrative duties in April 2016.

CJ is a co-founder of the multi-disciplinary creative performance studio Circulus Arts. He is a member of NH Theatre Project’s Resident Professional Company and has worked throughout the country as a teaching artist-in-residence with an interest in engaging students and audiences through interactive cross-disciplinary arts and media experiences.

He’s devised, written, and toured new work for Andy’s Summer Playhouse, traveled the country extensively with the National Theatre for Arts and Education, and is a proud alumnus of the Peterborough Players’ Second Company. He’s also a longstanding member of the internationally lauded alternative improv comedy team Dorks in Dungeons.

Regionally, CJ has been as the General Manager at The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, where his work has been featured as an actor, director, and playwright. He’s a former artistic associate with and served as Director of Company Advancement for Stage Force in southern Maine, and has directed programming and afterschool filmmaking programs at Portsmouth Public Media. He is an original and consistent company member with Seven Stages Shakespeare Company and has collaborated as a performer, designer, and composer on nearly all their projects since their inception.

CJ graduated from UNH's Department of Theatre & Dance in 2007.