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James Maccariella, P.E.
Coordinator, Engineering Science and
Civil Engineering Technology
maccarij@mccc.edu
609-570-3462
Richard Porter
Math, Science, Health Professions Faculty
porterr@mccc.edu
609-570-3826
Laura Blinderman
Math, Science, Health Professions Faculty
blinderl@mccc.edu
609-570-3833
Helen Tanzini
Math, Science, Health Professions Faculty
tanzinih@mccc.edu
609-570-3349

 

Mercer's Investigators

The project is led by faculty members in each STEM discipline.

The PI, Jim Maccariella, is a tenured faculty member and coordinator of both the engineering science and civil engineering technology programs. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years of industry experience. In addition, he has 14 years’ teaching experience both at MCCC and Rowan University. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Engineering Institute, Engineering Mechanics Institute, the American Society of Highway Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He has presented at the International Bridge Conference, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Deep Foundations Institute Specialty Seminar, American Society of Highway Engineers Seminar, National Society of Professional Engineers Seminar, Intelligent Transportation Society of Connecticut, and STEMtech Conference.

Co-PI Laura Blinderman is a tenured faculty member in biology. She is a trained research scientist with 14 years of bench experience in biochemistry and molecular biology. After studying insulin action at UMass Medical School, she worked as a molecular biologist at 2 small biotechnology companies (Integrated Genetics, Stratagene) and one pharmaceutical company (BMS). She has been a full time faculty member at MCCC since 2000 where she teaches General Biology and Genetics and received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching award in 2005. A number of projects currently of interest to her include the development of an Honors Biology course, developing a study abroad program in Belize, continuing to develop the Mercer Science Center, and pursuing a project to unite college science majors with elementary school students in the NJ Science Olympiad.

Co-PI Richard Porter is a tenured faculty member in mathematics. Completing MS degrees in both mathematics and chemistry, he went to work for SmithKline and BMS pharmaceutical companies in NJ. After working with various county community colleges, he returned to Rutgers University as chemistry TA, full-time math instructor, and math coordinator for the Rutgers College EOF summer bridge program. He keeps close ties with the university, having been a president of the Cook College alumni association, and a regular volunteer for the Plant Biology Department. In 2001, he took a position at Mercer County Community College as the coordinator of Basic Mathematics to work with the most challenged students from the Trenton and main campuses. Since then he has been the Chair of the Academic Foundations Group, Mathematics Department Chair, Math Program Advisor, Math Club Advisor, and currently Course Coordinator of Intermediate and Linear Algebra. His collaborative, research-based, classroom activities that integrate students by major and common interests, enabled him to be the first to teach honors pre-calculus and calculus at Mercer and to recently share his experiences in Denver with instructors from around the country.

Co-PI Helen Tanzini is a tenured faculty member in chemistry. As a graduate of Trenton Central High School, she understands firsthand, the choices and limitations of attending an urban school district with limited opportunities in science. An opportunity to participate in undergraduate research in organic chemistry at Rutgers University led her to pursue a career as an organic synthesis chemist in a major chemical company and later discovered education as a career path. She has been a full time faculty member at MCCC since 1998 and received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching award in 2010. She coordinates the chemistry program, teaches Organic Chemistry and Physiological Chemistry, serves as the advisor for Honors research students and coordinates many of Mercer’s outreach efforts. Her newest interest is the creation of Honors Organic Chemistry courses which will include a new concept “flipped laboratory.” This will require students to take ownership of experimental development and preparation before they perform the experiment.

 
 
 
 


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