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New Faculty & Faculty Administrators

Office of Research


Dr. Yeong-Jer Chen

Research Assistant Professor, received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 2009 and 2005 respectively, from Texas Tech University and a B.S.E.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004 from Texas Tech University. Previously he was a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics at Texas Tech University.

Ms. Melissa T. Hallman

Grant Writer, Darden College of Education, received a Masters in Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 2005 and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond in 1995. Previously she was a Grant Writer for the Office of Research at Old Dominion University and a Funding Specialist/Grant Writer for the Family Alliance in Lynchburg, VA.

Dr. Stephen Landowne

Grant Writer and Assistant Professor, received a Ph.D. and Master of Science from Carnegie-Mellon University and a B.A. from Earlham College. Previously he was an Associate Dean for Academic Research at the United States Military Academy.

Dr. V. Andrea Parodi

Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center, received a Doctor of Science in Nursing in 2007 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Science in Nursing in 1979 from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1973 from the College of Mount Saint Vincent on-the-Hudson. Previously she was Head of Nursing Research and Consultation and Head of the Team Resource Center at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.

Mr. Thomas L. Reese

Director of Business Development and Technology Transfer, Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center, received an M.B.A. in 1998 from Lynchburg College and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 from Old Dominion University. He was employed previously by the Old Dominion University Research Foundation.

Ms. Kersten N. Wheeler

Research Compliance Coordinator, received an M.Sc. in Marine Science in 2002 from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.A. in General Science in 1999 from Mississippi State University. Previously she was a Marine Scientist Supervisor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.