Core & Associated Faculty

The Conn Center facilitates the exchange of expertise and interest for Kentucky institutions and industries focused on renewable energy and energy conservation to develop clean, reliable, affordable energy sources that improve our energy security, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and provide economic prosperity. The Center partners with core faculty at the University of Louisville and associated faculty at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, and Kentucky State University to address our research themes. Find out more below about these outstanding researchers.

University of Louisville

  • Suraj Alexander - Professor, Industrial Engineering
  • Bruce Alphenaar - Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Delaina Amos - Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Richard Baldwin - Professor, Analytical Chemisty
  • Thomas Berfield - Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Eric Berson - Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Christopher Burns - Assitant Professor, Organic Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry
  • Robert Cohn - Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Director, ElectroOptics Research Institute and Nanotechnology Center
  • Somnath Datta - Prefessor and Vice Chair, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
  • Susmita Datta - Professor, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
  • Adel Elmaghraby - Professor and Chairperson, Computer Engineering & Computer Science; Director, Innovative & Emerging Technologies Lab
  • Mark French - Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Director, Center for Environmental Engineering
  • Xiao-An "Sean" Fu - Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Chakram Jayanthi - Professor and Chairperson, Physics & Astronomy
  • Yongshen Lian - Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jinjun Liu - Assistant Professor, Chemistry
  • William M. McGinley - Professor & Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research
  • Sergio Mendes - Professor, Physics & Astronomy
  • John Naber - Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Sam Park - Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mark P. Running - Assistant Professor, Biology
  • David Schultz - Associate Professor, Biology
  • Keith Sharp - Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Director, Renewable Energy Applications Laboratory (REAL)
  • Gamini Sumanasekera - Associate Professor, Physics; Theme Leader, Conn Center
  • Mahendra Sunkara - Professor, Chemical Engineering; Interim Director, Conn Center
  • Kevin Walsh - Samuel T. Fife Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Director, Micro/Nano Technology Center
  • Gerold Willing - Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Frank Zamborini - Associate Professor, Analytical Chemistry

University of Kentucky

  • Rodney Andrews - Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering; Director, Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER)
  • John Anthony - Hubbard Professor of Chemistry
  • Ralph Brodd - Director, Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research & Development Center
  • Joe Chappell - Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Yang-Tse Cheng - Professor, Materials Engineering
  • Don Colliver - Professor, Controlled Environment Systems
  • Mark Crocker - Associate Director, Biofuels & Environmental Catalysts; Senior Scientist, CAER
  • Czarena Crofcheck - Associate Professor, Food & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Seth Debolt - Assistant Professor, Horticulture
  • Uschi Graham - Scientist, Clean Fuels & Chemicals, CAER
  • Eric Grulke - Professor, Chemical Engineering; Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies; Director, Electron Microscope Center
  • David Hildebrand - Professor, Plant Biochemistry & Genetics
  • Bruce Hinds - Associate Professor & William Bryan Professor, Materials Engineering
  • Gerald Huffman - Professor, Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Barbara Knutson - Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Steve Lipka - Associate Director, Electrochemical Power Sources, CAER
  • Mark Meier - Professor, Chemistry
  • Pinar Menguc - Engineering Alumni Association Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Madhu Menon - Associate Professor, Physics
  • Luke Moe - Assistant Professor, Environmental Genomics & Biochemistry
  • Michael Montross - Associate Professor, Food & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Sue Nokes - Professor, Food & Bioprocess Engineering
  • Steve Rankin - Associate Professor and a Gill Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Scott Shearer - Professor and Department Chair, Machine Systems Automation Engineering
  • Vijay Singh - Earl Parker Robinson Chair in Engineering Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Director, Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  • Ray Smith - Extension Professor, Plant & Soil Sciences
  • Darrell Taulbee - Scientist, Power Generation & Utility Fuels, CAER
  • Ling Yuan - Associate Professor, Plant & Soil Sciences
  • Xuguo "Joe" Zhou - Assisstant Professor, Insect Integrative Genomics

Eastern Kentucky University

Western Kentucky University

  • Blaine Ferrell - Professor, Biology; Dean, Ogden College of Science & Engineering

Northern Kentucky University

Kentucky State University

  • Kazi Javed - Professor, Chemistry; Director, KSU Center for Environmental Education
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