2016 Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Riley Dunlap


Dr. Riley Dunlap                                          

Oklahoma State University

Regents Professor of Sociology and Laurence L. and Georgia Ina Dresser Professor  

Dr. Riley Dunlap of Oklahoma State University is a professor of Environmental Sociology. His work involves trending public environmental concern, the American environmentalism movement, and climate change. He is currently serving as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Sustained National Climate Assessment conducted by NOAA and the U.S. Global Change Research Program.


Speakers and Panelists


Al Gilewicz, Director of Energy and Utilities, Purdue University

Al is the Director of Energy and Utilities at Purdue. He is interested in energy management and consumption both at the university-level and beyond. His work with Energy and Utilities at Purdue will provide insight into real-world of energy consumption in a polarized social, economic, and political environment.


Ben Gramig, Associate Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Purdue University

Mel Gruver, Assistant Dean Civic Engagement and Leadership Development, Purdue University

Mel is the Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development at Purdue.  She develops and coordinates programs for students to address issues in the community and has done extensive work with networking and community outreach.

Zoe Nyssa, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Purdue University

Dr. Zoe Nyssa: Dr. Nyssa is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue. Previously, she held fellowships at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin. She serves as a consultant to a number of environmental organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Society for Conservation Biology. Her research focuses on environmental decision making and impacts of conservation practices on human and ecological systems.

Kim Osborne, C-SPAN Chair Professional in Residence and Professor of Communications, Purdue University

Dr. Osborne is a C-SPAN Chair Professional in Residence and Professor of Communications at Purdue. She has provided communications services to many leaders of national governments, large companies, universities, and non-profits. Her research focuses on how communications impact decision making.


Bryan Pijanowski, Professor of Landscape Ecology and Director of Purdue’s Center for Global Soundscapes, Purdue University

Dr. Pijanowski is a Professor of Landscape Ecology in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue. He is also the Director of Purdue’s Center for Global Soundscapes. His interdisciplinary research focuses on integrating the arts into ecological systems through the use of soundscape ecology.



Linda Prokopy, Professor of Natural Resource Social Science, Purdue University 

Suresh Rao, Lee A. Rieth Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering and Professor of Civil Engineering and Agronomy, Purdue University

Dr. Rao is a Lee A. Rieth Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering and Professor of Civil Engineering and Agronomy at Purdue. He has taught the weekly ESE colloquium class for many years. His research and teaching are largely interdisciplinary, focusing on diverse topics such as hydrological modeling, resilience of complex systems, and sustainability.

Dan Schuster, Interim Power Plant Manager and Senior Energy and Strategy Risk Engineer. Purdue University Energy & Construction

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