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' 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 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.

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Kiernan Gordon

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

College of Health and Human Services

Kiernan Gordon, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor (Sport Marketing, Athletic Administration, Event and Facility Management) who joined the faculty in 2014.  He earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (2013).  Gordon's primary research stream centers on the role that emotions play in people's engagement with, and consequent consumption of, sport facilities, events, and related products.  A former intercollegiate basketball coach and administrator with over a decade's worth of experience at NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA Division II institutions, Gordon brings with him a strong balance of applied and academic experiences to UNH's Sport Studies Program.

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Meg Heckman

Lecturer in English

College of Liberal Arts

Meg Heckman teaches classes on reporting, editing, digital storytelling and media entrepreneurship. Her work has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, The Boston Globe, Editor & Publisher, USA Today and other publications. Meg contributed chapters to A Practical Guide to Digital Journalism Ethics and, along with Mike Pride, co-authored We Went to War: New Hampshire Remembers. 

Meg loves telling great stories about pretty much anything, but her favorite topics are gender, politics, and technology. She is a past president of the New Hampshire Press Association, served twice as a Pulitzer juror, and is the New England regional captain for the Journalism and Women Symposium. She blogs (sporadically) at

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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 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.