Dr. Robert L. Bertini

Dr. Robert L. Bertini
Director of Sustainable Transportation

(813) 974-9797

Robert L. Bertini was appointed in August 2016 as the 4th Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. Dr. Bertini’s primary research interests are in sustainable transportation solutions, traffic flow theory informed by empirical and experimental measurements, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), multimodal transportation “big data” for improving performance measurement, planning and operations, and proactive traffic management and operations.

Dr. Bertini is currently the chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Operations Section (AHB00), overseeing 13 committees and one task force. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society. Dr. Bertini received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, where he developed an online multimodal transportation data repository that is a platform for performance measurement, modeling and prediction. The recipient of many awards, he received the DeFazio Transportation Hall of Fame Award and was invited to deliver the Ogden Lecture at Monash University in Australia.

He was the founding director of the Portland State University Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory and of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), a statewide, university transportation center focused on sustainable transportation solutions. He also served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he also led the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office and chaired the Department’s Innovation Council. He was also on the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at his alma mater, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he developed the Transportation Engineering Student Project Area (TESPA) and co-led the award winning Institute of Transportation Engineers student chapter.

He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Bertini is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and Oregon.


Sustainable transportation solutions, Traffic flow theory informed by empirical and experimental measurements, Intelligent transportation systems, Multimodal transportation “big data” for improving performance measurement, planning and operations, Proactive traffic management.

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Dr. T. H. Culhane

Dr. T. H. Culhane
Director of Climate Change & Sustainability

(813) 974-9694

Dr. Thomas Henry "Taha" Rassam Culhane is a faculty member of the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and director of the Patel College Climate Change concentration, teaching courses in the Food and Climate Concentrations. He is also the co-founding director of the not-for-profit educational corporation "Solar CITIES Inc." which helps community stakeholders solve urban ecology and development issues surrounding waste-water, solid waste, food security and decentralized clean energy production.

For the previous five years Culhane was a Visiting Faculty Researcher and full professor at Mercy College New York, teaching courses in Environmental Sustainability and Justice, Environmental Psychology and Urban Ecology and leading students on "service learning" and "voluntourism" trips to share environmental technologies in impoverished parts of the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Culhane has been a Google Science Fair Judge for 6 years and has worked with the US Office of Naval Research and UCLA on STEM science education projects with at risk-youth. In 2010 Culhane and the Palestinian Wildlife Society introduced small scale biogas technology to stakeholders in the West Bank and Gaza through funding from the US Embassy, US AID and private foundations, and he has been working with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Alumni Network, Engineers without Borders Palestine, Al Najah University, and the Eco-village Network Global Campus, and the HomeBiogas company in Palestine and Israel on a yearly basis since 2006, working to help ensure "peace through prosperity and permaculture".

Culhane got his Ph.D. from UCLA in Urban Planning, living with and working on solar energy and waste management projects with the trash recycling communities of Cairo Egypt, and his Master's in Regional and International Development working on urban agroforestry issues in Guatemala. His undergraduate work at Harvard included a year in the primary rainforests of Borneo, working on community ecology issues with hunter-gatherer tribes. His mission is to empower communities to regain ecological self-sufficiency and economic security through regenerative systems integration, believing that we have all the puzzle pieces to make thriving societies, and just need to come together and put them together.


IDS 6938 – Navigating the Food/Energy/Water Nexus

IDS 6938 – Climate Change and Adaptation

IDS 6946 – Sustainability Internship


Thomas Culhane strives to "be the nexus" in his research and personal life, putting the Food Energy Water Nexus and Systems Thinking into practice on a daily level and testing the limits.

As an urban planning graduate student in California studying disaster preparedness and social acceptance of sustainable development technologies in the late 90s and early 2000s, Culhane researched how to introduce sustainability in ghetto schools and moved into the Los Angeles urban Eco-village where he lived off-grid for several years with DIY technologies including self-installed bicycle generators, photovoltaics, solar hot water and compost-toilet technologies. He worked with the Maya people and built and lived in an off-grid research site in Guatemala that included rain-water catchment where his diet for a month consisted only of what the trees and other organisms on the property provided.

In Egypt he moved into the slums where poor residents are subjected to deprivation of water, electricity and fuel, and created a program that taught local residents how to self-provision with hand-made solar hot water systems and small wind and solar systems.

As a National Geographic Emerging Explorer since 2009 Culhane introduced his own designs for low cost biodigesters to community leaders in many African countries, including building with former Nigerian president Obasanjo at his home and community, as well as working in schools and communities in or next to wildlife reserves in Kenya, Tanazania, Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland to help stop deforestation, soil erosion, wildfires and indoor air pollution.

He has gone around the world teaching others to innovate, design and construct their own home scale biodigester and vertical aeroponic systems out of low-cost local materials as part of his "food-waste-to-fuel-and-fertilizer" initiative and researching the challenges of sustainable self-provisioning faced by low income residents and pioneered research into "cold-climate adaptations for small scale biogas" and efforts to bring "domestic dragon" home biogas systems into homes and communities in cold regions of the world, from Alaska to Germany to New York, Pennsylvania and Native American reservations near Standing Rock South Dakota.

Culhane is currently a board member of the Rosebud Continuum Sustainability Education Center in Land O Lakes, FL, where he and his wife live a life of "voluntary simplicity" off-grid in an RV on a suburban farm, using solar energy for electricity, cooking on food-waste derived biogas, recycling their shower water and growing a portion of their food through aquaponics, hydroponics and aeroponics.


Culhane is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and United Religions Initiative, bringing Food/Energy/Water Nexus solutions and systems thinking to areas in need, with an active "commitment to action" to bring small scale waste-to-energy and food production technologies to areas impacted by the refugee crisis.

His service includes recent work in Baghdad, Iraq with the US Embassy and United Nations "Greening the Blue" initiative, the refugee serving areas of Jordan, eco-villages in the Palestinian West Bank, the MASHAV international development program with the Arava Institute of the Environment in Israel, and Heart in Haiti school in Port au Prince.

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Dr. David Randle

Dr. Dave Randle
Director of Sustainable Tourism

(813) 974-7539

Dr. Dave Randle holds a B.A. from California Lutheran University, an M-Div. from the Iliff School of Theology, and a doctorate in Spiritual Disciplines, Wellness and Environmental Concerns from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.

As the first ordained environmental minister in the nation, Dr. Randle has successfully coordinated a national campaign to preserve water, wildlife, and wilderness areas on behalf of the Pitkin County Commissioners, served as political and environmental advisor to John Denver, and initial program development coordinator for John Denver’s Windstar Foundation. Dr. Randle was selected as one of the five lead off witnesses for hearings by the U. S. Presidential Commission for a Peace Academy & Conflict Resolution, and was one of six leaders for the 150 person Global Environment Team at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the Earth Summit, Dr. Randle worked with several local and national organizations to provide follow-up leadership training for peace, justice, and sustainability issues for intergenerational teams from local churches, youth from the International Four Worlds Earth Ambassador Program, the Salt Lake County Peer Leadership Development team, and a special leadership training in environmental concerns with youth involved in local gangs. In 2007 Dr. Randle directed the pilot UN International Days programs for World Water Day, Earth Day, International Biodiversity Day, World Environment & World Ocean Day.

Dr. Randle has a variety of consulting experiences including the program development, marketing, and leadership for the Breakthrough Cruise on the Mississippi Queen River boat, the Breakthrough to Excellence program at Walt Disney World, providing of a feasibility study for HOK architectural firm and the Medical University of South Carolina $20 million Wellness/Student Center, the Snowbird Wellness Program, and the SLC VAMC Leadership Development & Breakthrough Commitment System.


IDS 6938 – Special Topics: Sustainable Cities

IDS 6938 – Special Topics: Planetary Boundaries

IDS 6236 – Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices


Dr. Randle has been working to address environmental issues within the frame work of the United Religions Initiative where in collaboration with UNEP he developed the Earth and Faith Leadership Development Program that was piloted in the Olympic Village in Salt Lake City, and which received an Olympic Award and an award at the United Nations. During the Salt Lake Olympics Dr. Randle also directed the Olympic program on Ethics, Values, and the Environment, as well as the Olympic Peace Pole project. Dr. Randle also co-facilitates with Dr. Noel Brown the implementation of the the Call to Global Healing an international initiative which was created through collaboration with the United Religions Initiative and UNEP.

Dr. Randle is currently Managing Director for the Waves of Change International Ocean Institute Campaign and was selected as one of four Civil Society delegates for North America to the UNEP International meeting in Monaco The Waves of Change work focuses on the protection of coastal habitat and marine environments through the Blue Community program. In 2013 Dr. Randle produced a video series in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company Animal Science & Environment team to show Walt Disney Company Sustainability practices. In 2015, Dr. Randle co-chaired a consultation on sustainable tourism at Windsor Castle that included both U.N. representatives and global leaders from around the world and participated in the U.N. High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development as a guest of the UNWTO. Currently Dr. Randle is leading a team for four USF faculty to implement a grant to share best practices in sustainable tourism and marine science with counterparts in Cuba.


  • President and executive director of the WHALE Center
  • Managing Director of the International Ocean Institute Waves of Change initiative
  • Serves on the Global Sustainable Tourism Council International Knowledge, Networking, Education & Training Working Group
  • Serves on the The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Research and Education Council
  • Serves on the board of directors for the Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism
  • Program development coordinator, administrator and faculty for both the Colorado Mountain College Wellness Program and the Aspen Academy of Martial & Healing Arts, as Wellness Director and Administrative Staff for Deaconess Health Systems in St. Louis, MO, and developed an environmental leadership course for the Claremont Graduate School of Theology.
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Dr. Joseph Dorsey

Dr. Joseph Dorsey
Director of Food Sustainability & Security

(813) 974-5883

Dr. Joseph W. Dorsey is an Adjunct Professor, Food Sustainability and Security Concentration Director in the Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, and a LEED Green Associate.

Dr. Dorsey holds a B.S. in Human Ecology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., with a major in human nutrition and food. In addition, he conducted graduate research in International Development at Howard University. His Master’s thesis was entitled, “Transferability of Hydroponic Technology to Arid and Semi-arid Regions.”

Dr. Dorsey earned his Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, specializing in environmental policy and behavior. Dr. Dorsey is an experienced educator in the interdisciplinary fields of environmental justice, urban ecology, and sustainability science. He has held faculty positions at Michigan State University, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the University of South Florida – St Petersburg.

Dr. Dorsey has worked extensively with community groups on social and environmental issues in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, Cincinnati, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior to his doctoral career, Joseph was a clinical nutritionist in Africa and the Caribbean, and a public health professional in the United States.

In the Patel College of Global Sustainability, Dr. Dorsey teaches the MA program’s core course, Concepts and Principles of Sustainability and the food concentration courses, The Future of Food: Environment, Health and Policy and Bio-resources for a Sustainable Future. His research interests include brownfield redevelopment; urban agriculture in developed and developing nations; corporate social responsibility and sustainability management; residential lawn, yard and xeriscaping practices; and community economic empowerment initiatives such as neighborhood gardens, vertical farms, and hydroponic growing operations.

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IDS 6233 – Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (core course)

IDS 6217 – Future of Food: Environment, Health and Policy (concentration course)

IDS 6938 – Bio-resources for a Sustainable Future (concentration course)


Working on publication for peer-reviewed journal, Ecological Modelling. Title of paper: “Sustainability Factors in Dynamical Systems Modelling: Simulating the Non-Linear Aspects of Multiple Equilibria.” (2017) Co-author: Dr. Leon C. Hardy, Physics Professor, USF St. Petersburg

"The Food Resource Research and Development Program"

Three (3) Tracks:

Food Production Projects

  1. Organic Agriculture (permaculture, food forests, edible landscapes, Kyminasi plant technology)
  2. Community Supported Agriculture (neighborhoods, schools, churches, botanical gardens, farmers markets)
  3. Water-base Agriculture (drip irrigation, hydroponics, aeroponics, aquaponics, aquaculture)
  4. Controlled Environment Agriculture (greenhouses, brown-fields, warehouses, vertical farms)
  5. Environmental Shell Agriculture (green roofs, green walls)

Food Supply/Security Projects

  1. Food Supply Chains (wholesale, retail, stores, groceries, supermarkets)
  2. Eateries (restaurants, carry-outs, delivery services, food courts, catering, fast food, etc.)
  3. Food Security (hunger reduction networks, food banks, food pantries, shelters, disaster relief)

Food Waste Projects

  1. Conservation Behavior (psycho-social consumption patterns to prevent food waste)
  2. Composting (converting food waste to soil fertilizer)
  3. Biomass Use (using bio-digesters to transform food waste into bio-gas and liquid fertilizer)
  4. Food Waste Management (operationalizing the 4 R’s: Reduce, Recover, Repurpose, Replace)
  5. App Development (Web-based smart technology for food resource inventory, tracking, monitoring and reporting)
  6. Food Policy and Politics (policy analysis, social commentary, recommendations)
  7. Food Waste Metrics (develop scales, indicators and measuring tools to create a “Sustainability Food Print” metric system)
  • As an academic institution, our goal is to become the premier Food Resource Research and Development Program in the nation within the next five years.
  • To achieve this goal, PCGS plans to conduct cutting edge, forward thinking food systems research, develop ground-breaking food resource technologies, and foster and strengthen partnerships with corporations, businesses, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations in local, regional, national and global food systems networks.


Green Energy Living Systems, Inc. (GELS) – Co-Founder and Board Member: Green Energy Living Systems, Inc. (GELS) is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization established to research, design, and develop viable solutions to “real world” challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. Incorporated in 2012 and based in St. Petersburg, Florida, GELS is a living/learning lab, think tank, business incubator, information clearinghouse, and consulting agency.

Rosebud Continuum – Board Member: The Rosebud Continuum is a newly formed 501 C (3) non-profit organization established to be an eco-farm and demonstration site for green technologies and sustainability operations. Based in a 20-acre plot of land and lake in Land O’Lakes, Florida, GELS is collaborating with the Rosebud Continuum to build a hydroponic vertical farm operation in a controlled greenhouse environment. Non-profit SolarCities’ on-site bio-digesters will supply bio-gas for energy and substrate for fertilizer.

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Prof. Louis Zunguze

Prof. Louis Zunguze
Director of Coastal Sustainability

Louis Zunguze is the Instructor and Director of the Coastal Sustainability Concentration at the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability, and is the Principal of The PTL Group, Inc. a consulting company specializing in sustainable planning and development.

Louis has over 25 years of local, regional and international sustainable planning and development experience – Southern and West Africa (Harare, Zimbabwe and Accra, Ghana); Europe (London, UK); and North America (Kent and Cleveland, Ohio; Atlanta Metropolitan area, Georgia; Salt Lake City Metropolitan area, Utah; Tampa Bay and Orlando Metropolitan areas, Florida). In addition to teaching, Louis has experience in guiding local and regional governments plan, design and implement sustainable community development and public policy initiatives in land use master planning, regulating plans, Form-based Codes, economic development, environmental planning and transportation facilities.


IDS 6938 – Sustainable Coastal Planning: Concepts and Principles

IDS 6938 – Sustainable Coastal Planning: Strategies and Implementation


Contributor to the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Panel that prepared the (2006) publication entitled “Ten Principles for Rethinking the Mall”.

He managed the development – based on smart growth principles – of the City Creek Project – a redevelopment project encompassing 23 acres in the core downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The Project includes 8 office towers, 2 department stores, 535 residential units and 5,000 underground parking stalls. City Planner for the Summer Olympic Games of 1996 hosted by the City of Atlanta; City Planner for the Winter Olympic Games of 2002 hosted by Salt Lake City.


Louis is an expert in Smart Growth Adaptation Strategies for Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience, and he regularly speaks at planning and development forums about public involvement in the development of sustainable communities.

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Dr. George Philippidis

Dr. George Philippidis
Director of Sustainable Energy

(813) 974-9333

Dr. George Philippidis is Associate Professor at the Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) at the University of South Florida (USF). He is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and an expert in biofuels and bioproducts. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Denver. He has authored numerous publications and 11 patents in clean technologies and has developed graduate courses in renewable energy and sustainability.

Dr. Philippidis has 25 years of experience leading strategic business units in the private sector and directing applied research and development in the public sector. He started his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Denver before moving to Thermo Fisher Scientific in Boston, a Fortune 500 company. He then joined the Applied Research Center at Florida International University in Miami, where he created and directed the Center’s energy business.

At USF Dr. Philippidis directs applied research, scale-up, and technology commercialization in the conversion of algae and biomass to sustainable bioproducts, fuels, and power in partnership with industry. He has worked in venture capital and managed energy and environmental projects in the US and Latin America. He has advised the US State Department, the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Energy, the Organization of American States, and the Florida Office of Energy and is a member of the advisory board of companies.


IDS 6235 – Economics and Finance for Sustainability

IDS 6207 – Renewable Transportation Fuels

IDS 6208 – Renewable Power Portfolio


Energy production and use are strong indicators of economic prosperity and high living standards. Global energy demand is projected to grow dramatically, but at the same time the public is concerned about energy security, climate change, and environmental pollution. Clearly, our country needs policies and technologies that enhance energy conservation and promote renewable energy production from sustainable natural resources.

Given the critical nature of energy in the economy and society, we have made renewable energy R&D and education top priorities at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. We focus on technology development for biofuels (ethanol, biodiesel, and aviation fuel), bioproducts (cosmetics, nutraceuticals, aquaculture), and biopower from sustainable resources, such as algae, cellulosic biomass, and inedible vegetable oils. Moreover, we conduct research in energy policy and the integration of renewable power into the existing infrastructure.

Focus Areas

Algae Technology

Algae represent a promising source of renewable fuels and products, but with the added benefit of serving as a sink for carbon dioxide and wastewater. Using our experience in algae engineering for the production of chemicals and fuels, we use native Floridian algae strains in our lab and at outdoor facilities to test the production of algal products under real-world conditions. Algal lipids can be converted to biodiesel using transesterification or can be thermally treated to produce jet fuel for commercial airliners and military jets. Algal sugars can be used to produce numerous chemicals, whereas algal protein can serve as animal feed and fish food. Our applied research closes the gap between innovative ideas and the marketplace.

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  • Design of cost-effective cultivation systems
  • Scale-up and operation of algae production systems
  • Optimization of productivity
  • Water, nutrient, and energy management
  • Co-product development
  • Intellectual property management

These technical capabilities are supplemented with business experience in assessing the economic feasibility of algal technologies and projecting the financial return to investors.

Biofuels & Bioproducts from Biomass

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Biomass is an abundant and inexpensive local resource for biorefineries designed to produce value-added products and clean power. Florida generates significant amounts of biomass annually: sugarcane bagasse and yard waste in South Florida, citrus peel and agricultural residues in Central Florida, and woody biomass in Northern Florida.

We research and optimize the conversion of various biomass species to sugars in scalable and cost-effective ways through biochemical conversion. First, biomass is pretreated using mild conditions and green chemistry principles. Then, cellulase enzymes are employed to convert cellulose to simple sugars. Those sugars can form the basis of a sustainable green economy, as they are readily convertible via fermentation (or thermochemical processing) to chemical precursors for the manufacture of biofuels, plastics, resins, films, and other renewable products. In essence, biomass can replace oil as the source of chemicals needed for consumer products.

A biorefinery pilot plant has been designed and operated in partnership with a major sugar company in Florida. It provides USF and its collaborators with unique process development and scale-up capabilities in a real-world environment.


Fuel diversification is needed for diesel and jet engines. The United States consumes 57 billion gallons of diesel, 21 billion gallons of aviation fuel, and 5 billion gallons of military fuels annually, hence depending significantly on foreign oil. Such dependence makes the United States vulnerable to political instability around the world.

We have technical and business expertise in biodiesel production with a focus on sustainable technologies and resources:

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  • Biodiesel production using supercritical fluid technology
  • Biodiesel from inedible and used vegetable oils
  • Biodiesel from algal lipids

Production of biodiesel is conducted in batch and continuous modes.

We are available to assist entrepreneurs, companies, and communities in the production, distribution, and marketing aspects of their biodiesel business.

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Dr. Kebreab Ghebremichael

Dr. Kebreab Ghebremichael
Director of Water Sustainability
(813) 974-9061

Dr. Kebreab Ghebremichael, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Patel College of Global Sustainability, has a courtesy appointment at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USF. Recently he received the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship for education and research project in Ghana. His expertise in water and wastewater treatment, particularly in the development of low cost and appropriate technologies. Dr Ghebremichael has published one book, 4 book chapters and more than 20 peer reviewed journal papers. He has more than 20 years of teaching and research experience, developed and taught several graduate and undergraduate courses in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Sustainability and supervised several PhD and MS students. Before joining USF, Dr. Ghebremichael worked at UNESCO-IHE (prestigious institute for water education) in the Netherlands and in Eritrea and has gained global experience in water resources, water and wastewater treatment challenges and solution through multiple international projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Dr. Ghebremichael Directs the Sustainable Water Concentration in the MA program in Global Sustainability and he served as the Director of the Office of Sustainability that helped USF achieve several national and international recognitions. Dr. Ghebremichael holds a PhD in Water Resources Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and an MSc in Water Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia.


IDS 6234 – Systems Thinking: The Key to Sustainability

IDS 6245 – Sustainable Water Resource Management: Doing More With Less

IDS 6938 Water Resources Planning

IDS 6246 Water Sensitive Urban Design

IDS 4239 Introduction to Global Sustainability


Globally close to 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and more than 2.6 billion lack appropriate sanitation, mostly in developing countries. This has led to widespread challenges of public health and environmental pollution. Our research focuses on the development of appropriate and low cost technologies relevant to communities that do not have direct access to municipal services.

Focus Areas
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Biosand Filtration

Advance the design and performance of biosand filter. This research looks at significantly improving the performance of the conventional biosand filter and makes it a complete treatment system to remove not only the common contaminants (solids and pathogens) but also specific ones such as fluoride, arsenic and other metals. This research focuses on modifying the surface characteristics of the filter media (based on coating using aluminum oxide or iron oxide).

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Natural Materials for Water Treatment

This research focusses on developing biomaterials or naturally available resources for water and wastewater treatment. It focusses on purifying the bio-coagulants from plant seeds for turbidity and pathogen removal and as a filter aid in sand filtration systems. The research on natural materials also looks at low cost adsorbents form natural or waste resources for inorganic contaminants removal such as fluoride, arsenic, chromium.

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Onsite Wastewater Treatment for Reuse

In the US about 25% of domestic wastewater is treated in onsite treatment systems (mainly septic tanks), which are not efficient at removing nitrogen and pathogens, making them a risk to public health and the environment. This research looks at developing new processes for effective nutrient and pathogen removal form onsite systems and maximize the reuse potential of wastewater locally.

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Dr. Richard Berman

Dr. Richard Berman
Director of Entrepreneurship

(813) 974-9694

Richard Berman is Visiting Social Entrepreneurship Professor at the MUMA College of Business, and a Courtesy Professor at the Institute for Innovation & Advanced Discovery.

A recognized global leader in public health, education and management, he has consulted for the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, McKinsey & Company, and the government of Rwanda.

Richard served as President of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY from 1995 to 2009 and is credited with turning the struggling college into a high-ranking liberal arts school. During his tenure at Manhattanville, he successfully increased both local and international student enrollment, established two new buildings, invested in better technology, and developed additional graduate programs, among other advancements.

Richard attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1966 and his MBA and MPH degrees in 1968. He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Manhattanville College and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from New York Medical College.


IDS 6938 – Entrepreneurship with a Social Impact


  • President of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY from 1995 to 2009 and is credited with turning the struggling college into a high-ranking liberal arts school
  • Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethic Equality of the American Council on Education
  • Division III President’s Council of NCAA, ProPAC
  • New York State’s Commissioner’s Advisory Council on Higher Education
  • Trustee of State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Advisor to the Joint Special Representative of the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) – the largest peacekeeping operation in the world
  • Executive Vice President of New York University (NYU) Medical Center and Professor of Health Care Management at the NYU School of Medicine
  • National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, at the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Sharon Hanna-West

Dr. Sharon Hanna-West
Director of Sustainable Business

(813) 974-6893

Sharon Hanna-West is a Muma College of Business graduate programs faculty member and an affiliate for the USF Center for Entrepreneurship and the Patel College of Global Sustainability. She also teaches in the USF Muma College of Business-Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola program in Lima, Peru. She is the former USF Exide Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics and Sustainability.

Active in growth management and sustainability issues, she studies sustainable business solutions to respond to the challenges posed by climate change, with a goal of making them affordable and profitable. She coordinated USF’s first business and sustainability symposium in 2006, which brought area businesses into a dialogue about sustainability. She then chaired a multi-disciplinary sustainability expo at the USF SunDome in 2008 and a state-wide sustainability conference and expo in 2009.

Hanna-West holds a JD from the University of Florida, where she focused on environmental law. She later founded a corporation engaged in international trade. Hanna-West developed the Building Sustainable Enterprise concentration for the USF MBA program and teaches several related courses. She is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on business sustainability, ethics, and environmentally friendly business practices.


GEB 6457 – Ethics, Law and Sustainable Business Practices

GEB 6930 – Environmental Law and Issues for Sustainable Enterprise

GEB 6445 – Social, Ethical, Legal Systems


Hanna-West’s work has been focused on engaging key stakeholders in the process of positive change and facilitating a shared, strategic vision among business leaders. She has directed student sustainability applied research on many corporations and organizations such as Lykes Industries, Mote Marine, and the City of Tampa, giving students opportunities to apply tools learned in the classroom to real life cases and improve the organizations sustainable performance. Hanna-West works individually with many students on Directed Studies focusing on various organizational sustainability initiatives, and mentors several study abroad students.


  • Coordinated the first Building Sustainable Enterprise symposium at USF in April 2006 that expanded into a multi-discipline business sustainability symposium in 2007
  • Formed a committee and partnered with the Hillsborough City/County Planning Commission to host the first Getting Green by Going Green business sustainability expo at the USF Sun Dome
  • Co-chaired the USF Sustainability Steering Committee which led to the creation of the USF Office of Sustainability
  • Chaired the committees that hosted the combined statewide Campus and Community Sustainability Conference and Business EXPO in October 2009
  • Member of the Mayor’s Energy Task Force 2010
  • Member of the USF Reputation Task Force 2011
  • Faculty Advisor for USF Net Impact
  • Member of the USF Sustainability Steering committee
  • Member of the USF Community Engagement Committee
  • Member of the USF Brazil Task Force for IAPP
  • Chair of the President’s Council on Academic Integrity 2011 – present
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