Meet the Faculty, Advisors, and Mentors

HonorsX Faculty, 2022-2023

Ruma ChopraRuma Chopra (History)
Interim Director, Special Academic Programs for Provost
Phone: 408-924-5515
Office: DMH 217



Marcelle DouganMarcelle Dougan (Public Health)
Assistant Professor of Public Health
Department of Public Health and Recreation
College of Health and Human Sciences
Phone: 408-924-3457
Office: SPX 209

Dustin MulvaneyDustin Mulvaney (Environmental Studies)
Department of Environmental Studies
Phone: 408-924-5439
Office: WSQ 115A


Sarika Pruthi.Sarika Pruthi (Business)
Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship
School of Global Innovation & Leadership
Lucas College & Graduate School of Business
Phone: 408-924-6540
Office: BT (Business Tower) 462


David Wagner.David Wagner (Engineering)
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
Phone: 408-924-3189
Office: ENGR 385J

HonorsX Faculty, 2023-2024

Ellen MiddaughEllen Middaugh (CHAD)
Associate Professor, Child and Adolescent Development
Phone: 408-924-6594
Office: SH 319

Keenan NorrisKeenan Norris (English)
Associate Professor
Department of English & Comparative Literature
Phone: 408-924-4601
Office: FO 128


Kerry RohrmeierKerry Rohrmeier (Geography)
Assistant Professor and Undergrad Programs Coordinator
Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Phone: 408-924-5497
Office: WSQ 113A

HonorsX Advisors

Walter AdamsWalter Adams (Microbiology)
Assistant Professor, Microbial Pathogenesis 
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Science
Phone: 408-924-4812
Office: DH 237


John Delacruz

John Delacruz (Advertising)
Associate Professor of Advertising Creative
Adobe Education Leader
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Humanities and the Arts
Phone: 408-924-3261
                               Office: DBH 210


Nidhi MahendraNidhi Mahendra (Communicative Disorders)
Professor, Speech-Language Pathology 
Chair, Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences
Connie L. Lurie College of Education
Phone: 408-924-8161
                               Office: SH 114

Jennifer RycengaJennifer Rycenga (Religion and Music)
Professor, Comparative Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Arts
Phone: 408-924-1367
Office: CH 437

HonorsX Mentors

Michael AlstonMichael Alston, Genentech
gRED Clinical Program Director

Over a decade of experience in the Pharma/BioTech Industry possessing extensive ICH/GCP knowledge in global markets.  Received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Clinical Research Administration. He began his career as an Administrative Assistant on a Clinical Team at Roche in Nutley, NJ and became interested in Clinical Trials and Research, He has independently managed all components of clinical trials, leading multidisciplinary, cross-functional Study Management Teams to ensure program deliverables were met.He is a strategic leader accountable for the evaluation of strategic options, development and delivery of programs who defines and implements company vision and strategy for study management.He is recognized by peers and leadership as an expert thought partner in drug development with thorough understanding of all aspects of clinical drug development.


Debbie AndresDebbie Andres, SJSU
Sustainability Program Lead

Debbie Andres is the Sustainability Program Lead for San Jose State University, serving in the position since 2013. She graduated from SJSU with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Environmental, Health and Safety Engineering.  She previously worked for construction, technology and manufacturing companies in the Bay Area while discovering her passion for sustainability. Throughout her career, she has worked on energy and water savings programs, waste diversion projects, social media marketing, and LEED certification of new and existing buildings. She sits on the SJSU Sustainability Board as chair.


Bill DeVincenziBill DeVincenzi, SJSU
Faculty in Residence for Sustainability

Born and raised in San Francisco with a 28 year career in accounting and finance related fields, at the VP Finance/CFO level for the last 10 years. 25 year career in teaching at San Jose State University, and was named outstanding lecturer at the University in 2009. Vice President/Treasurer for Elders Climate Action leadership team, and Elders Action Network Board of Directors. In June 2020, Bill founded the Sustainable Villages Club in my community, the Villages Golf and Country Club. He started a new position at San Jose State University as a faculty member in Residence for Sustainability. 


Deb Kramer

Deb Kramer, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful
Executive Director

Deb is the Executive Director of Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and has been involved with Coyote Creek since 2014. As a community organizer, she has drawn thousands of people to the Coyote Creek cleanup events, worked closely with many community organizations and agencies, such as Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley, City of San Jose, and Save Our Trails. Professionally, she has been a project manager in environmentally-related fields, from water, energy, and waste to now watersheds. Deb is a former board member of Save the Bay, and an alumnus of Cal Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Science. Her favorite pastimes are hiking, backpacking and gardening.


SJSU LogoFaith Legendre, Open Sustainability Collaborative

Accomplished advisor and strategist with 15+ years of experience with 200+ organizations worldwide via innovative and pioneering business approaches. Initiated successful Circular Economy prototypes within Consumer-Packaged Goods, Fashion,and other industries. Authored Circular Economy publication on technical commons. Enjoys building key partnerships through unlikely connections. Mentors’ students in Biomimicry, Sustainability, and Circularity academic programs. Inclusion and Diversity Champion and Ambassador. Design Thinking Facilitator Certified. Experienced and award winning in Innovation, Training, Quality and Performance.


James VealeJames Veale, GreenToken by SAP
Co-Founder & Head of GTM

James joined SAP in 2017 as VP  for SAPs APJ Agri Industry; Based out of Singapore, he was responsible for driving demand generation through thought leadership, sponsoring strategic customer programs, enabling SAPs partners and evangelizing the adoption of Agri digital transformation across the entire APJ region. James brings 25+ years of international commodity trading and commodity supply chain experience, a deep understanding of customers' raw materials needs and an impressive global network both externally and internally across SAP's organization. James has traveled extensively and consulted for over 200 commodity trading companies across the world and brings that first hand customer experience to this role. His industry knowledge includes Oil and Gas, Carbon Trading, Energy, Metals, and Agriculture. James has a passion for sustainable innovation and is championing digital transformation practices to drive raw material traceability and transparency to prove interesting facts linked to commodities. 


Pauline VoglPauline Vogl, Cisco
Environmental Sustainability Manager

Pauline Vogl is a dynamic connector, recognized by executives as a go-to leader who solves unique challenges across the business. She has extensive experience in sustainability - materiality assessments, stakeholder engagement, strategy development, goal setting, KPI design, data collection/calculation, external reporting, and assurance. She advises executives from real estate, workplace operations, datacenter operations, supply chain, finance, engineering, and talent that ESG is a valuable tool to drive performance and manage enterprise risk.