Rob Fleming

Sustainable 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.

Associate Professor 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 "Leadership Award."

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.

Chris Pastore
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 Council (2004).

Robert Fryer
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.



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