Rick is a Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Plant Sciences at Penn State. His research is interested in the profitability and competitiveness of the nursery and Christmas tree industry in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Rick is the principal investigator for the Women in Ag Network (WAgN) Cambodia: Gender and Ecologically Sensitive Agriculture, a project that is working to empower women and improve nutrition by promoting women’s participation in the value chains for horticulture crops produced via sustainable intensification practices. As a researcher for this international program, Rick engages is a number of various writing genres, including but not limited to proposal writing, technical writing, collaborative writing with social scientists and technical scientists, and rhetorical writing for his colleagues in Cambodia who will translate his research findings and sustainability guidelines into the local Cambodian language for the poor women farmers.
Eileen has held the position of Senior Principle Multi-Discipline Engineer at Raytheon since 1982. She graduated from Penn State with her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1981 and with her Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1987. Before joining Raytheon, she worked as a COOP student at Burroughs Corporation for 6 months per year from 1977-1980 and as an Engineer at Texas Instruments from 1981-1982.
Throughout her time at Raytheon, Eileen has had a number of duties related to writing and communication; some of them include: Digital Circuit Design, Proposal Input, Systems Design, and various Personnel-related tasks. She has reviewed many resumes for prospective employees, conducted in-plant interviews, written hire/no hire recommendations based on the results of the interviews, and has provided annual performance appraisal inputs on all of the employees working under her.
Andrew currently works for Parsons. He has held a number of roles in engineering and EPCM consulting companies over the last 30+ years; he credits clear and effective communication as the catalysts for his mobility, both horizontally and vertically. He has held both technical and business management roles, domestically and internationally, in the areas of engineering, contracts, finance, accounting, HR, safety, and quality.
As a guest speaker, Andrew is most interested in focusing on career communication topics related to job search, reading and interpreting position requests, resumes, cover letters, interview tips, and working in global teams. He is open to answering any questions from students and wandering in any of the directions toward which they are interested in steering the conversation. Because Andrew lives in South Carolina and works in North Carolina, he joins classes remotely via video conferencing.
Karen is a Professor in the School of Visual Arts and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at Penn State. She has received a National Art Education Foundation grant (2017-2018), a National Science Foundation grant (2010-2012), and two Fulbright Faculty Scholar grants for research in Finland and Austria, as well as other grants for research in Uganda and Ecuador. Her work focuses on transdisciplinary creativity, inclusion, eco-social justice art education, feminist art pedagogy, data visualization, transcultural dialogue, and cyberart activism. She engages in feminist theory and methodologies and creates virtual spaces to raise issues of the politics of representation, identity, and social disparity. By problematizing cultural inscriptions and highlighting contextualized signifiers that people use to invest meaning in images, she explores social and personal transformative possibilities through virtual interactive environments and 360-degree video immersive experiences. Karen would be a fantastic candidate to speak on any topics related to strategies for transcultural web-based discourse, issues of diversity, and advocacy.