design education is the primary focus of Professor Rob Fleming's Career.
Courses span from undergraduate studios in sustainable design to the
development of a new master's degree in Sustainable Design to
professional development courses in green construction, ecological
design and integrated design.
Rob Fleming received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple
University and went on to practice architecture for the next 7 years,
earning his professional registration in 1992. In 1996 Rob received his
Masters of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech: Washington
Alexandria Architecture Consortium. His thesis project, The Seeds of
Sustainability set the stage for a lifelong research pursuit
dedicated to better understanding, promoting and visualizing a
sustainable future. Rob began teaching full time at Philadelphia
University in 1996 and was charged with the design, development and
teaching of courses focused on computer aided design, multimedia design
and sustainable design. His research seeks to combine those interests
leading to conference papers on digital ecology and the role of
multimedia in sustainable education His sustainable design studio,
taught since 1997 explores the relationship between environmental
efficiency, community vitality and green aesthetics.
In 2004, Professor Fleming received
the Philadelphia University President's Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2006,
Professor Fleming assumed the role of program Director for the Master of
Science in Sustainable Design. The Program, one of a handful in the
country, will begin in the Fall of 2007.
In 2000, Rob
co-founded the Engineering and Design Institute @ Philadelphia
University, an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green
materials, sustainable design and community outreach. Funded by a grant
from the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, the center is
developing several new materials, serves as a design resource for firms
seeking to design green buildings and provides community outreach
initiatives such as the Sustainable Design Resource Library.
In 2006, The Institute, in
partnership with The Green Building Alliance formed the Pennsylvania
Green Growth Partnership, a multi university and non-profit team focused
on green building technologies, materials and design. In 2004, Professor
Fleming and Chris Pastore, Co-directors of the Institute received the
Pennsylvania Resource Council's "Leadership in Green building Award,"
the 2007 Philadelphia Sustainability Award from the Pennsylvania
Resource Council and the 2007 Delaware Valley Board of Director's
Rob is a LEED
Accredited Professional and has also provided consulting to a number of
firms and companies that are designing green buildings. He has served as
a team leader and facilitator on over
12 integrated design charettes. Professor
Fleming is committed to the issue of sustainability as evidenced by
service to a number of organizations including ACSA, AIA C.O.T.E., and
is a founding board member of the Delaware Valley Green Building
Council (DVGBc). Most recently, Professor Fleming has worked with DVGBC to
design and offer the first training program in the country for Green
Advantage Certification - a program that teaches construction
professionals about sustainable design and construction.
More recently, Professor Fleming was
appointed to the Montgomery County, PA Green House Gas Reduction Task
Force and the Philadelphia Airport Greening Committee.
Dr. Pastore is a Professor and Co-Director of the
Engineering and Design Institute at Philadelphia University.
He received his PhD in Materials Engineering from Drexel
University, M.S. in Mathematics from Drexel, and B. A. in
Mathematics from LaSalle University. Prior to joining Philadelphia
University in 1995 he was an Associate Professor in the
College of Textiles at North Carolina State and prior to
that, Assistant Professor in the department of Materials
Engineering at Drexel University. Dr. Pastore has published
several books and over 100 articles on the structure-process-property
relationships of textiles and composites. He has presented
his research as numerous conferences, in the US and internationally,
and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of several conferences.
Chris received the Fiber Society Award for Distinguished
Achievement in Basic or Applied Fiber Science from the Fiber
Society in 2000, and he and Rob Fleming received the Leadership
in Sustainable Building award from the Pennsylvania Resources
Robert has been with the Engineering & Design
Institute at Philadelphia University (EDI) since 2004. As Senior Research
Associate at EDI, Robert conducts funded and unfunded research into
energy-efficient, recyclable, and deformable building membranes, specifically
leveraging the University's expertise in fabrics. Robert is an Assistant
Professor with the undergraduate program since 2006, developing and teaching
curriculum in sustainable architecture, systems integration and senior design
studios. He has also assisted in the
development of the MS Sustainable Design program's curriculum and teaches in the
program, as well. Robert published several research papers on the integration of
technology and architecture, digital techniques and sustainability and
architectural education in ACSA. He published work on sustainable building
membranes, and presented papers in the US and Europe on deformable building
membranes, specifically at PLEA. Robert is also involved in partnerships with
industry and architects in developing new products and LEED consulting. With
funding from PA DCED, Robert is conducting pre- and post-tests of local schools
to recreate studies in Europe and California that demonstrate correlations
between student performance and building quality. He is also a member of teams
funded by the National Textile Center in the creation of sustainable building
assemblies. Robert has taught summer courses in architecture for 5-8th grades at
local venues, including the Lutheran Seminary in Mt Airy, Philadelphia.
Cathy A. Rusinko, Ph.D.
Cathy A. Rusinko earned a Ph.D. in Management and
Organization from The Pennsylvania State University. She teaches at both
undergraduate and graduate levels, and has taught management and economics at
Penn State University (main campus) and Villanova University. She joined the
faculty of the Philadelphia University School of Business Administration in
2000, and is an Associate Professor of Management. Her research interests
include management of technology and innovation, including sustainable practices
in organizations. Early research focused on cross-functional integration and
competitiveness in manufacturing companies. In addition, she has done research
on innovations in the financial services industry.
Currently, she is examining sustainable
innovations and technologies in organizations, and was awarded a research grant
by the National Textile Center to study the relationship between environmentally
sustainable practices and competitiveness in the carpet industry. In 2005, she
received the Director’s Research Award from the National Textile Center. Her
research is published in scholarly journals including IEEE Transactions on
Engineering Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management,
Project Management Journal, SAM Advanced Management Journal, and International
Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.
She developed a minor in sustainable business at
Philadelphia University. In addition, she is co-editor of a special issue of
Journal of Management Education on, “Greening and Sustainability Across the
Management Curriculum.” She is a member of Academy of Management and The
Greening of Industry Network.
Prior to her academic career, she worked at
General Electric, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Department of
Agriculture. She has been interviewed and quoted in national publications,
including: The New York Times; The Washington Post; The Chicago Tribune; and
U.S. News & World Report.