Dr. Laurie Garton
Laurie joined TEES in 1999 as a proposal writer and is currently a Sr. Research Development Officer. She oversees the research development group and assists with all levels of proposal development, from large multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary proposals to single-investigator young investigator-type proposals. She is the TEES coordinator of the Junior Faculty Proposal Writing Academy partnership between TEES and the Division of Research, where she makes contact with junior faculty by leading several NSF CAREER related workshops each year.
Laurie has B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering (environmental) from Texas A&M University. Her dissertation topic was Characterization of Particles and Particle-Particle Interactions under Known Chemical and Hydrodynamic Conditions. She has co-authored 9 peer-reviewed publications (1990-2002), other short communications, and technical peer-reviewed and invited presentations related to this topic, including fractal flocculation kinetics modeling and aquatic sediments. She started her academic career at Youngstown State University in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department as a tenure-track faculty member. While there, she was selected to participate in several engineering teaching workshops and was chosen as the Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor of the Year for 1997-98. Her research was in water quality related topics including the Mahoning River Basin, with a funded project and a research professorship to pursue these activities.
When starting at TEES in research development, Laurie worked on technical research project grants related to interdisciplinary environmental themes. She also participated on proposal development teams for TEES working on multi-institutional Center level efforts such as proposals to the NSF CREST program, including leading team efforts on the funded CREST Research on Environmental Sustainable Semi-Arid Coastal Areas (RESSACA) renewal at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
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