EASE Research Team

Working to encourage equity, inclusion & career readiness via sports & STEAM.

Director and Founder

Leroy Long

Leroy Long III, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Grant Recipient, 2019 NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program
  • Interesting fact: I'm artistic and creative (drawing, writing poetry, etc.)

Student Researchers

Melanie Canfield

Melanie Canfield

  • Junior, Mechanical Engineering
  • Middle Blocker, Volleyball
  • Dream job: Leading a team in designing the most sustainable form of renewable energy
Meteme Desta

Mahteme Desta

  • Junior, Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering Ambassador, Boeing
  • Interesting fact: I love exploring new cuisine, enjoy traveling and am trilingual.
Sydney Ellise

Sydney Ellis

  • Sophomore, Human Factors
  • Outside Hitter, Volleyball
  • Dream job: Human factors professor who is able to create new human factors programs at other universities
Derricka Irons

Derricka Irons

  • Junior, Human Factors
  • Executive Board, Mayor's Youth Council
  • Dream job: Human factors engineer who designs planes, cars, medical equipment
McKenzie Jackson

McKenzie Jackson

  • Junior, Civil Engineering
  • Midfield, Lacrosse
  • Dream job: Civil engineering firm involving construction
Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones

  • Sophomore, Aerospace Engineering
  • Forward, Basketball
  • Dream job: Project manager over commercial airplanes at a company like Boeing
Kobe Reese

Kobe Reese

  • Senior, Human Factors
  • Extra-curriculars: User experience design
  • Dream job: User experience research and design
Olivia Roa

Jordan Schumacher

  • Junior, Human Factors
  • Outside Hitter, Volleyball
  • Interesting fact: I love beach and indoor volleyball.

Student Alumni

McKenna James

McKenna James

  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 2019
  • Former Middle Blocker, Volleyball
  • Systems Engineer (program: Fleet Ballistic Missile), Lockheed Martin
  • Master's Student (program: Systems Engineering), University of Arizona
  • Interesting fact: Moved 13 times & attended 3 high schools before college
Claudia Morello

Claudia Morello

  • B.S. Physics, 2018
  • Doctoral Student, (program: Physics), Kansas State University
  • Graduate Research Assistant in Condensed, Soft & Biological Matter Physics
  • Dream job: Designing optics experiments at a national lab or optics company
Christian Pierre

Christian Pierre

  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 2019
  • Former Chapter President, NSBE
  • Flight Test Engineer, Boeing
  • Interesting fact: Fluent in three languages
Olivia Roa

Olivia Roa

  • B.S. Human Factors, 2020
  • Former Libero, Volleyball
  • Master's Student (program: Human Factors), ERAU
  • Dream job: User experience designer for a company like Google
William Wanyagah

William Wanyagah

  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 2019
  • Former Chapter President, NSBE
  • Development Engineer, Cummins
  • Interesting fact: loves volleyball and art
  • Dream job: Chief Creative Officer at an animation studio

Faculty Research Affiliates

Dr. Sharnia Artis

Sharnnia Artis, PhD

  • Assistant Dean for Access and Inclusion
  • Assessment Specialist
  • Diversity and inclusion researcher, engineering education
Dr. Sharnia Artis

Robert Bennett III, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Health, Exercise and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Society Researcher; Historian
  • Former D2 Student-Athlete
Dr. Morris Council

Morris Council III, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, College of Education
  • UWG Faculty Athletic Rep.
  • Athletic Scholarship Recipient, Former D1 Student-Athlete
Dr. Kelly Cross

Kelly J. Cross, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Diversity and Inclusion Researcher, Engineering Education
  • Intersectionality & identity researcher
Dr. James Pembridge

James Pembridge, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • ERAU Faculty Athletic Rep.
  • Grant Recipient, 2019 NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program
Dr. Lulu Sun

Lulu Sun, PhD

  • Professor, Engineering Fundamentals
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset Researcher, Engineering Education
  • Engineering Graphics and Gamification Researcher
Dr. DeLean Tolbert

DeLean Tolbert, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • Access and Equity Researcher, Engineering Education
  • Engineering Design and Problem-solving Researcher
Dr. Michael Steven Williams

Michael Steven Williams, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Higher Education
  • Social Justice Researcher
  • Student Engagement Researcher

Research

ENGINEERING

ARTS

SPORTS

Life After Sports: Black Males Pursuing Engineering and Related STEM Fields

Grants

Career Readiness Challenge (CRC) App - Promo Video

Career Competencies: More than Students, More than Athletes