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Department of Physics, Engineering & Geosciences, Rockville Campus



Prof. Uche AbanuloUche Abanulo
Email: uchechukwu.abanulo@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-4120    ---     Office Room: SC 436J
Office Hours for Spring 2014: MW 1:30-3pm
Home Page: http://myspace.montgomerycollege.edu/uchechukwu.abanulo/

Dr. Abanulo received her B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Temple University Philadelphia. Before joining the department, she taught electrical engineering courses and an introduction to engineering course at Temple University and the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She was also involved in a STEM outreach program for K-12 Engineering. She teaches Introduction to Engineering Design (ES 100), Scientific and Engineering Computation (ES 240), Digital Logic Design (EE 244) and Physics III for Engineers (PH-263).

Dr. Abanulo's research interests include speech (signal) processing and analysis for speaker recognition and speech enhancement, as well as STEM Education for Pre-College Students. She is currently a co-principal investigator for a speech recognition grant from the United States Air Force Research Labs. She is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a reviewer for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Prof. Arya AkmalArya Akmal
Email: Arya.Akmal@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-7607   ---     Office Room: SC 444
Office Hours for Spring 2014: MTW 11am-12pm
Home Page: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~aakmal

Dr. Arya Akmal obtained a B.S. and an M.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after beginning his career as an engineering student at the Rockville campus. He holds a Ph.D. in computational nuclear physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Akmal has co-authored research articles in a wide range of fields, including atmospheric radiative transfer and remote sensing, physical oceanography, spectroscopy of diffuse media, and thermodynamics of biological macromolecules. He contributed to the development of the Akmal-Pandharipande-Ravenhall (APR) equation of state for dense matter, a commonly used, realistic description of matter under extreme conditions such as that found in the interior of neutron stars.

His research interests involve phase transitions and critical phenomena in “soft” condensed matter. He has most recently studied folding mechanisms of biological macromolecules, and is interested in self-assembling mesoscale structures in aqueous solutions. He has taught at Montgomery College since the spring of 2007.

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Prof. Nawal BenmounaNawal Benmouna
Email: Nawal.Benmouna@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5240    ---     Office Room: SC 436G
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : M 1-3pm; F 2-3pm
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Dr. Benmouna holds a B.S. and M.S. in physics from American University and a PhD in high-energy nuclear physics from the Stanford Linear Accelerator in joint collaboration with American University. Dr. Benmouna joined MC in Fall 2006 at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, and has been at the Rockville department since Fall 2009. Prior to joining MC, Dr. Benmouna was a postdoctoral research scientist at the George Washington University working in medium-energy nuclear physics.

Dr. Benmouna’s research interests are nuclear physics at all energy ranges, and physics education research.Dr. Benmouna is a co-PI on a NSF-CCLI grant with George Washington University titled “Bridging the expert-novice problem-solving gap using the ACCESS protocol.” She is a regular presenter at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), and a member of the Two-Year Colleges AAPT Committee. Since fall 2012, Dr. Benmouna has been serving as Faculty Associate with the Center of Teaching and Learning at Montgomery College.

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Dr. Catalina CetinaCatalina Cetina
Email: Catalina.Cetina@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5236    ---     Office Room: SC 436P
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : MW 12-1pm
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Dr. Cetina received her Ph.D. degree in experimental nuclear physics from George Washington University based on work performed at the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) in Newport News, VA. She studied fission of heavy nuclei induced by photons in the few-GeV energy range. Her thesis experiment was the first experiment to run in Hall B at CEBAF.

Dr. Cetina won the National Research Council award for postdoctoral research at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) and worked in applied physics research at the NRL multi-purpose facility based on a 3-MV ion accelerator. She concentrated on Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and specialized in high-precision isotope analysis, but also did accelerator-based ion-beam implantations, and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS).

Dr. Cetina started teaching physics to engineering students in her home country – Romania. She later returned to teaching at NVCC, Annandale campus. Dr. Cetina was also co-advisor for students performing undergraduate research as part of their activity within the local chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

We extend a warm welcome to Dr. Cetina as she joins our department beginning Fall 2013.

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Prof. Alan CutlerAlan Cutler
Email: Alan.Cutler@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5231   ---     Office Room: SC 436N
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : MW 2:30-3:30pm, T 3:30-4:30pm
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Dr. Alan Cutler holds a B.A. in geology from Carleton College, an M.S. in geology from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in geosciences from the University of Arizona. Over his career, he has worked as a scientific researcher, exhibit developer, and science writer at the Smithsonian Institution and he taught at the University of Rochester, University of Chicago, National Louis University, and Northern Virginia Community College. Before joining the Department of Physics, Engineering, and Geosciences this fall as an associate professor, Dr. Cutler was a science writer and publications officer at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Dr. Cutler’s book, Seashell on the Mountaintop: A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius Who Discovered a New History of the Earth, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers 2003 summer selection and won the National Association of Geoscience Teachers James H. Shea Award in 2008. His writings have appeared in Science magazine, the Washington Post, Geotimes, and numerous other publications.

Dr. Cutler’s primary research interests are in paleobiology, paleoecology, the history of geology, and the geology of Montgomery County. He also continues an active interest in science writing.

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Prof. Donald DayDon Day
Email: Donald.Day@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5235    ---     Office Room: SC 445
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : Advising Schedule
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Dr. Day holds a B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.S. from University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. from American University. He has been with the department since 1967. Dr. Day has taught all levels of Physics, Physical Science, and Engineering courses over the years. He is currently responsible for much of the engineering advising for our 1200 engineering students. He is the co-creator of the new Engineering Advising website.

Dr. Day created PH110 (Sound & Light in the Arts), ES240 (Engineering Computation), PH161 (Engineering Physics I, Mechanics), PH262 (Engineering Physics II, Electricity and Magnetism), PH263 (Engineering Physics III, Optics and Modern Physics), EE204 (Circuit Theory) and was a co-creator of the college's original course in computer graphics, CG120.

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Prof. Carrie Fitzgerald

Carrie Fitzgerald
Email: Carrie.Fitzgerald@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone:  240-567-5415     Office Room: SC 443
Office Hours for Spring 2014: WTh 3:30-5pm
Home Page: http://mcobservatory.wordpress.com/bio/

Dr. Fitzgerald received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Stetson University. She joined the department during the fall, 2009 semester, after working as a senior scientist at National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory. Prior to that, she was awarded a National Research Council Associateship with the Space Sciences Division at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).

Currently she is teaching Astronomy (AS101) and is actively engaged in getting the new observatory facility on the roof of the Science Center ready to use for astronomy education, student research, and community outreach. Dr. Fitzgerald organizes the twice monthly observatory public nights and special astronomy events. Additionally, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Astronomy Club (The 2012 “Club of the Year” at Montgomery College).
Dr. Fitzgerald is also part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's volunteer docent program.

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Prof. Craig Garrison-MogrenCraig T. Garrison-Mogren
Email: Craig.Mogren@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5237    ---     Office Room: SC 436E
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : W 2-3pm, F 10-11am
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Professor Garrison-Mogren holds a B.S. from Clarkson University and a M.S. from Syracuse University. He joined the department in Spring 2006 semester. Prior to joining us Professor Garrison-Mogren was Professor and department chair at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus where he taught chemistry, engineering, and physics courses.

He was an international service engineer for Westinghouse Power Service Company. His research work at Syracuse was in studying the kinetic properties of molecules in free molecular flow inside capillaries. He designed, organized, and built the graduate and undergraduate mechanical engineering laboratories at Johns Hopkins University. At the Maryland Science Center, he worked with the educational programs and advised on various technical questions in developing the programs.

He has since been a consultant engineer on the mechanical analysis of scaling down of chemical reactions in microplates, lifespan of flexing fiberglass plates, and mechanical properties of elastic membranes. He is currently working on design of residential energy systems (solar photo-voltaic systems, ground loop HVAC, energy efficient residential construction). Professor Mogren is also the faculty advisor for the Montgomery College chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA).

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Prof. Wendy HeWendy He
Email: Wendy.He@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5229    ---     Office Room: SC 436H
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : TTh 1-2:30pm
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Dr. He received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a B.S. degree in applied mechanics from the National University of Defense Technology, China. She joined the department in the Fall 2005 semester. Dr. He worked in the aerospace industry for five years where her duties included mechanical design, thermal stress, and heat transfer analysis of rocket engines. Prior to joining Montgomery College, Dr. He was an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Lake Superior State University, where she taught the complete range of general engineering courses and supervised senior research projects involving the development of an underwater robotic arm and associated control systems.

Dr. He’s research work includes the design of mechanical testing and numerical modeling on biomaterials and biomechanical design for the chromatography column, which had been collaborated with Holland Laboratories (of American Red Cross) in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. He is a member of the Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the International Society on Oxygen Transport to Tissue.

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Prof. Alex HouChienann (Alex) Hou
Email: ChienannAlex.Hou@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-7608    ---     Office Room: SC 436D
Office Hours for Spring 2014: MW 1-2pm, T 10-11am
Home Page: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/facultywebsite.php?userID=chou

Dr. Hou holds a B.S. from National TsingHwa University in Taiwan and a M.S. and Ph.D. form Ohio State University. Dr. Hou joined the department in Fall 2002. Dr. Hou taught Mechanical Engineering for more than ten years at Howard University. He also has five years experience working in the aerospace industry and for the federal government as a computer systems engineer. He holds a Professional Engineer (PE) license in DC and has co-authored more than 20 research articles and served chairs of many professional conferences.

He is the Engineering Program Coordinator that coordinates all engineering events and activities. His primary teaching responsibilities cover almost all Engineering Science (ES) courses. He served as the Robotic Club advisor since 2003 and led students to the national competitions. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Hou is the Principal Investigator (PI) of NSF S-STEM grant that provides more than half million MC and transfer scholarships.

Dr. Hou's research interests are in CAD/CAM, robotics, numerical mechanics and engineering education.

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Prof. Charles KungCharles Kung
Email: Charles.Kung@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-7799    ---     Office Room: SC 442, Rockville Campus, HT 227, Germantown Campus
Office Hours for Fall 2013 : M 4:45-6:15pm, W 4:45-5:45pm at HT 227, Germantown campus; Th 2:15-2:45pm at SC 442, Rockville campus
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Dr. Kung received his M.S. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University. He joined MC in 1987. He has taught courses in multiple departments including courses in Computer-Aided Design, Automation and Control, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Math, Physics, and Engineering. Dr. Kung has enjoyed teaching courses at all levels ranging from the developmental courses at MC to a graduate course at Howard University. His industrial experience includes nuclear power plant simulator design at Singer, space structural designat NSI/Goddard, army water transport design at Vitro, power plant renewal at Bechtel, and software development at AutoDesk. He is proud of all his industry experiences - those of a CAD operator, a designer, an engineer, a contractor, and an entrepreneur.

Dr. Kung likes to design and operate radio controlled flying machines. Recently, he converted his 1977 Sig Kadet to electric.

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Prof. Eugene LiEugene Li
Email: Eugene.Li@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5232    ---     Office Room: SC 436L
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : M 2-3pm, T 8:30-9:30am; F 8-9am
Home Page: http://http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~eli

Dr. Li holds a B.S. from Delaware State University, a M.S. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, M.S. from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He joined the department in Fall 2004. Prior to that Dr. Li has taught physics and developmental chemistry at Fayetteville Tech., was Visiting Lecturer of Physics at North Carolina State University for several semesters, and also was Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Elon University.

Dr. Li has worked as a research assistant for Cotton Incorporated on a project which involved data analysis and modeling of the engineered fiber properties of cotton formation into yarn. Dr. Li has research interests in mathematical physics and physics education.

Dr. Li is currently co-Principal Investigator on the Noyce grant "Teaching Pathways Opening Doors to STEM" (TPOD-STEM) , a collaborative grant between STEM and Education faculty to educate, recruit, and encourage K-12 STEM educators. He has been conjunctly involved with developing interdisciplinary course sequences using the "Learning Community" model, and has initiated and co-developed two such course sequences between mathematics and calculus-based physics. In addition, Dr. Li most recently presented a research paper in mathematical physics, on "Applying the Role of Differential Identities as an Efficient Tool for Understanding Symmetries and Conservation Laws in Dynamical Systems", for the American Mathematical Society at their annual national JMM conference. He continues to mentor students in undergraduate research projects and with the support of a FIPSE grant, one of his research students presented a poster in applied math and physics at the national 2013 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM). As of Fall 2013, Dr. Li is the new Learning Community Coordinator for the Rockville Campus.

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Prof. Hollis WilliamsHollis Williams
Email: Hollis.Williams@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-4129     ---     Office Room: SC 436K
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : MW 10-11am, F 11am-12pm
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Dr. Williams holds a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. and a Ph.D. both in Physics from The American University. He has taught from high school level to Professor at the college level including: T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale, The American University, and Trinity University. The emphasis of his M.A. research dissertation is in Acoustical Physics and, as such, his interest in music has always been part of his education and life.

Dr. Williams is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and continues his interest in music by participating in various activities. His current teaching responsibilities will be in physics.

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Prof. Lan XiangLan Xiang
Email: Lan.Xiang@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-1740     ---     Office Room: SC 436F
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : MW 12pm-12:45pm, TTh 9:15-10am
Home Page:  http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~lxiang/

Dr. Xiang hold a B.S. Jiaotong University (China) and a M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in Electrical Engineering. She joined the department in Fall 2003. Dr. Xiang has taught all of the electrical engineering courses including: Digital Logic Design, Basic Circuit Analysis, and Programming Concepts for Engineering.

Dr. Xiang's research interests are in communication systems, statistical and digital signal processing, blind source separation and interference cancellation.

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Yomi Adamo     ---     Email: oluwayomi.adamo@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: SC 428 before class, MW 5:30-6:30pm

David Bern     ---     Email: david.bern@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: Not teaching this semester, to return in a future semester.

Katherine Collins     ---     Email: katherine.collins@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: SC 404 before class, TTh 6-6:30pm

Joseph Connor   ---     Email: joe.connor@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 446
Office Hours for Spring 2014: TTh 6-6:30pm

William Davis   ---     Email: william.davis@montgomerycollege.edu

Mohibullah Durrani   ---     Email: mohibullah.durrani@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: SC 125 after class, W 9-9:30pm

Amy Fredericks   ---     Email: amy.fredericks@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014 : SC 406 after class, W 9-10pm

Adam Fugal   ---     Email: adam.fugal@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 446
Office Hours for Spring 2014: Not teaching this semester, to return in a future semester.

Sasan Haghani   ---     Email: sasan.haghani@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: Not teaching this semester, to return in a future semester.

William Krayer   ---     Email: william.krayer@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 436M
Office Hours for Spring 2014: MW 1-2pm

David Kuijt   ---     Email: david.kuijt@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 442
Office Hours for Spring 2014: TTh 10:30-11:30am

Behzad Maghami   ---     Email: behzad.maghami@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 441
Office Hours for Spring 2014: MW 10:30am-11:30am

Basil Manns   ---     Email: basil.manns@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-7607
SC 441
Office Hours for Spring 2014: MW 10-11am , TTh 2-3pm

Lora McMurtrie   ---     Email: lora.mcmurtrie@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: SC 409 after class, T 11:15am-12:15pm

Patrick O’Connor    ---     Email: patrick.o'connor@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: SC 415 before class, TTh 6-6:30pm

Jennifer Powell    ---     Email: jennifer.powell@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: SC 409 before class MW 6-6:30pm

Maria Sanchez    ---     Email: maria.sanchez@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 446
Office Hours for Spring 2014: MW 9:30-9:55am

Anthony Santorelli    ---     Email: anthony.santorelli@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 436M
Office Hours for Spring 2014
: F 10-11am

Richard Szwerc   ---     Email: richard.szwerc@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 442
Office Hours for Spring 2014: TTh 5-6pm, F 1-2pm

Benjamin Tsai   ---     Email: benjamin.tsai@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 446
Office Hours for Spring 2014: W 5:30-6:30pm

Kam Yee   ---     Email: kam.yee@montgomerycollege.edu
Home Page: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/~kyee
SC 446
Office Hours for Spring 2014: T 5:05pm-6:05pm

Guangming Zhang   ---     Email: guangming.zhang@montgomerycollege.edu
Office Hours for Spring 2014: SC 428 before class, TTh 5:30-6pm, Sat 8-9am

Helio Zwi   ---     Email: helio.zwi@montgomerycollege.edu
Office: SC 446
Office Hours for Spring 2014: MW 10-11:50am

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Ms. Bonita BennettBonita Bennett
Email: Bonita.Bennett@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5230     ---     Office Room: SC 436B

Ms. Bennett is the new Departmental Administrative Assistant and Office Manager. She is responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of the department. Prior to joining Montgomery College, Ms. Bennett held administrative support positions at Johns Hopkins University on the Montgomery County Campus. She has a BS in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, University College.

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Mr. Tom WarningTom Warning
Email: Thomas.Warning@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5239     ---     Office Room: SC 420  

Mr. Warning is the Instructional Lab Supervisor for Physics and Engineering. His responsibilities include lab set-up and take down, inventory control, equiment maintenance and replacement, and general instructor support as it pertains to lab courses. Mr. Warning has a BA in Speech Communications and Theatre from The College of the Ozarks in Missouri and a BS in Geology plus a Masters in Education from the University of Iowa. He has taught High School Biology, Environmental Science, and Health as well as Middle School Earth Science, Life Science and Social Studies. Mr. Warning has also worked in the construction trades and was a licensed journyman plumber for 10 years.

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Ms. Kimberly KellyKimberly Kelly
Email: Kimberly.Kelly@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-5227     ---     Office Room: SC 401

Ms. Kelly is the Instructional Laboratory Coordinator for Geosciences. She is responsible for the setup and maintenance of all equipment and materials for geology, meteorology, and astronomy classes. She also typically supervises a staff of two or three student assistants who help with the weekly lab setups and care of equipment. Kim has a B.S. in Secondary Earth Science Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Mr. Paul BayhurstPaul Bayhurst
Email: Paul.Bayhurst@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-4179     ---     Office Room: SC 425

Paul M. Bayhurst is the Shop Supervisor/Instructional Assistant in the Physics, engineering, and Geosciences department. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Before working for Montgomery College Paul has worked as a cabinet-maker, having studied his trade in cities such as: Cleveland, Charlotte, San Diego, Las Vegas, Hawaii’ and Washington DC. Not only has he mastered the tools of the trade, but he also taught classes in the fine art of cabinet-making and furniture- making. Mr. Bayhurst's experience ranges from the complexities of taking a job from the earliest stages of planning and engineering to getting the required tools and materials for which to build the project. He is a winner of the Washington Building Congress award for a job he did for Choice Hotels International. When he’s not building something Paul can be found riding his Indian motorcycle or on a rugby pitch.

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Ms. Liz Broussard

Liz Broussard    ---     Email: Elizabeth.Broussard@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: 240-567-7212      ---     Office Room: SC 445   

Ms. Broussard provides lab support for all evening and weekend courses in the department.

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The permanent staff keeps the department running from day to day with the assistance of a group of student aides. There will typically be from 6-8 such employment opportunities available in any given semester. Each of the staff members screens, hires, and supervises the aides in their own particular area. However, they are all generally aware if any openings exist anywhere in the department.

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