Meet the Team
A major strength of the team is the diverse background of students and staff involved with this project.
The group represents several nationalities and different academic disciplines.
Each team member brought a unique perspective and skill set that essentially shaped the project.
Director of Sustainability
As Davidson’s first director of sustainability I organize and lead sustainability efforts at the college. I also started my own non-profit, WildSides, which produces human-wildlife conflict documentary and educational media. My project on the Plight of the North Atlantic Right Whale has played in multiple film festivals in 2013 and was awarded Best Conservation Message at the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. I worked for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Inspector General in Research Triangle Park evaluating air quality programs, including air toxics monitoring and new source review in coal-fired power plants. I was a vice president and senior analyst at Bank of America working on green building, sustainable purchasing, green cleaning, renewable energym and more. I then designed, implemented, and managed a national sustainable manufacturing initiative for a D.C. nonprofit, the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing. The U.S. Department of Commerce appointed me to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Advisory Expert Group on Sustainable Manufacturing and Eco-Innovation. I earned a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication where I worked on the 2011 Powering A Nation team to make the award-winning interactive documentary Coal: A Love Story. I hold the following degrees: B.A. 1999, Psychology, Davidson College. M.E.M. 2003, Resource Economics and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science, Duke University. M.B.A. 2007, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Enterprise, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Class of 2015
“I graduated from Davidson in May, 2015 with a B.S. in Biology. My junior summer I was a Sustainability Intern with OSISoft and during my time abroad I studied sustainable development in third world countries while catching and tagging sharks. While at Davidson, I played Division 1 Field Hockey and worked in the Herpetology Lab conducting personal research, chasing turtles, speaking at public education events, and taking care of the lab’s mini-zoo of reptiles and amphibians. This opportunity allowed me to continue pursuing my passion of promoting sustainability within our community while furthering my technical and entrepreneurial skills. I plan to remain engaged in sustainability efforts that advance technology to support the triple bottom line.”
Class of 2016
Major: Environmental Studies
“I am a senior Environmental Studies Major. I play offensive line for the Davidson football team and I am involved in several organizations on campus including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Athlete Sustainability Council, Davidson College Sportsman Society, and I am the Sustainability Chair for Phi Delta Theta fraternity. I wanted to apply to work of the sustainable food app because I was interested in gaining an understanding of the challenges of producing, obtaining, and consuming sustainable or local foods. I also wanted to help develop a way to streamline information on sustainable foods from farm to table through a digital environment. This app gave me a chance to really understand the challenges of sustainable farming as I represented the farmers’ point of view and spent most of my time at the Davidson College Farm.”
Class of 2015
Major: Biology Minor: Computer Science
Born in St. Paul Minnesota, and after a flurry of movement between Minnesota, Texas, and Singapore, settled in Houston, Texas. After yet another move to Davidson, North Caroline, Spencer earned a bachelors degree in Biology. Driven by a love for code and a passion for (eating) food, Spencer joined Davidson’s
Sustainability department as the Technical Producer of the Sustainability Mobile App Development Team. After a summer of sustainability adventure and fun, Spencer relocated yet again to Hamilton, Montana where he currently employs his Biology degree and love for code at the Laboratory of Virology at the NIH.
Class of 2016
“I am a senior physics major, and I applied for this position to get a taste of software development. I wanted to experience the team environment working on a product that could improve the lives of people around me. As the president of Bee Club I am also deeply concerned about the environment, and the sustainability issues around food and farming.”
Class of 2018
Expected Major: Mathematics and Environmental Studies
“I am very interested in coding and sustainability, so this opportunity to be on the Mobile App Development team for the Sustainability Office was a perfect fit for me. My freshmen year I was First Year Sustainability Representative. Other organizations I’m involved with include Eco-House resident, Campus Catholic Ministry, Student Leader Sports Marketing Office Intern, and I work as a computer science tutor.”
Class of 2016
Tyler Hickey is a senior from Geneva, Illinois. At Davidson, he is majoring in mathematics, while also demonstrating a continued interest in sustainability as President of the Student Athlete Sustainability Council, a 2014 Sustainability Scholar, and an intern for Ingersoll Rand’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. Tyler was also a member of Davidson’s D-1AA football team for three years, and now assists the team by providing them with weekly data analytics. His other hobbies include playing volleyball with friends, eating chipotle, and working out.
Class of 2017
From: San Francisco, CA
“I am a rising junior from the San Francisco area. I am studying Mathematics and Physics, with an intent to pursue engineering or research. I am heavily involved with the College Libertarians and with the Chess Club. I like to run, swim, and ride my bicycle and longboard. I also tutor students in math and help coordinate activities for the Mathematics department. I worked on this team for the experience of building an iPhone app and for the opportunity to network with people from a variety of professional fields.”
Director of Product and Curriculum, Tech Talent South
Zack Kirchin is the Director of Product and Curriculum for Tech Talent South, a coding bootcamp dedicated to generating more technical talent in the Southern United States. Through TTS Zack gets to play developer, instructor, and mentor all while meeting the best people in the tech/startup community in the Charlotte, NC area.
Anthropology & Environmental Studies
“I am a sociocultural anthropologist and have examined contemporary issues in Chinese society ranging from religion and politics, food, popular culture and globalization, sports and society issues, and the cultural impact of science and technology.”
Randall is a former cook for New York City Chef Michael White, the most decorated Italian chef in the country. In 2009, Randall helped Chef White open Marea, an Italian seafood restaurant in midtown Manhattan that promptly won the James Beard Award for the Best New Restaurant in America and has since racked up numerous accolades including three stars from the New York Times and two Michelin stars. A Davidson grad, Randall is the founder of Giusto, the app that answers the question of who eats what.
Mathematics & Computer Science
“My research is interdisciplinary and, at Davidson, I look forward to focusing on computer science as part of the liberal arts curriculum. I teach a wide variety of computer science courses, and fondly anticipate the expansion of course offerings. My research interests include computer graphics, virtual reality, human-computer interaction, 3D user interfaces, system design and evaluation, and human perception.”
Political Science and Environmental Studies
Graham Bullock is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at Davidson College, where he teaches courses in American Politics, Environmental Social Sciences, Environmental Politics, Citizens, Consumers, and the Environment, the Politics of Information, and Methods and Statistics in Political Science. His research centers on business, government, and civil society responses to environmental challenges. He is particularly focused on the emergence of “information-based” environmental governance strategies, which include product eco-labels and corporate sustainability ratings. He directs the Sustainability Information Lab at Davidson, which is dedicated to improving our understanding of the role of information in promoting environmental, social, and economic sustainability across a wide range of industries and sectors.
Mathematics & Computer Science
“I teach across the computer science curriculum at Davidson, and look forward to supporting and expanding our course offerings in this area. My research interests span multiple areas of Artificial Intelligence, including automated planning, combinatorial search, and machine learning. I supervise student research projects and theses on related topics.”