The INFEWS-ER community is young but growing. As  Faculty Fellows develop courses, and Graduate Scholars navigate them, we will be featuring them on this website.

In the meantime, the best way to get involved with our community is to contact someone on our Management Team or Steering Committee. Here’s a bit more about us…

Management Team

NameInstitutionINFEWS-ER Role
Luis F. RodriguezUniversity of IllinoisPrinciple Investigator, Overall Project Manager
Richard KoelschUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnCo-PI, INFEWS-ER Symposia Director & Program Evaluation
Deanne MeyerUniversity of California DavisCo-PI, FEW Faculty Fellowship Program Director & Program Evaluation
Anna-Maria MarshallUniversity of IllinoisCo-PI, FEW Graduate Scholars Program Director
Jacek KozielIowa State UniversityCo-PI, FEW-ture Faculty Team Program Director
Anand PadmanabhanUniversity of IllinoisProject Manager
Dan CottonUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnCo-Director of Online Instruction
Daniel StewardUniversity of IllinoisCo-Director of Online Instruction

Luis F. Rodriguez
Principle Investigator, Overall Project Manager
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Richard Koelsch
Co-PI, INFEWS-ER Symposia Director & Program Evaluation
Rick Koelsch is “Mr. Manure” for Nebraska. He has a joint appointment with the Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering and Animal Sciences Departments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His extension and teaching responsibilities for agricultural environmental related topics. He has provided national leadership of a Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center, a national collaboration of land grant university and USDA NRCS professionals sharing science based information on animal industry environmental issues. Within Nebraska, Rick has responsibility for programs targeting animal manure management and sustainability in agricultural systems. He recently has become engaged in supply chain driven sustainability initiatives including Field to Market and US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef. Rick completed in 2016 his role as Associate Dean for Extension programs at the University of Nebraska. He was primarily responsible for extension programs in agriculture, natural resources, and community development. For additional information, go to

Deanne Meyer
Co-PI, FEW Faculty Fellowship Program Director & Program Evaluation
Deanne Meyer serves as UC Cooperative Extension Specialist and Research Scientist for the University of California, Davis in the Department of Animal Science and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her research focuses on analyses of production, collection, storage, transportation, and utilization of manure management waste stream(s) on dairies. Nutrient flows into, through and from dairy operations including: feed inventory management, salt accumulation, silage pile/face management, content of manure solids and liquids, milk parlor water use, efficiency of mechanical and gravity flow separator devices, analyses of other manure treatment technologies, nutrient distribution during land applications, and ammonia volatilization. She provides leadership and technical input to numerous committees including the Technical Advisory Committees for the California Department of Food and Agriculture for anaerobic digesters and alternative manure management practices. She also serves on sub-committees for the California Air Resources Board reporting to the dairy and livestock greenhouse gas reduction workgroup. She is Module Coordinator for the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program’s Environmental Stewardship module and is responsible for statewide curriculum development and workshop delivery. For further information, please refer to

Anna-Maria Marshall
Co-PI, FEW Graduate Scholars Program Director
Anna-Maria Marshall is an associate professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on how law and policy shape decision-making in everyday life and how organizational governance implements legal mandates. Her current research examines the way that social networks circulate information about policy and policy-making in agricultural communities. She obtained her Ph.D. In Political Science from Northwestern University. For further information, please refer to

Jacek Koziel
Co-PI, FEW-ture Faculty Team Program Director
Jacek Koziel is Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. Passionate about solving Livestock Odor problem and improving Air Quality through multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations in environmental engineering and science, analytical chemistry, biorenewables, biotechnology, forensics, and food science. The leader of the Air Quality Chemical Analysis and Mitigation Laboratory and Olfactometry Laboratory. Affiliate faculty member with the ISU Environmental Science Program, Interdepartmental Toxicology Program, Center for Crop Utilization Research, Bioeconomy Institute, and the Center for Building Energy Research. Helps teams of undergraduate students in solving industry-outsourced projects. Mentoring graduate students in communicating science. Actively engaged with the global academic community via peer-reviewing for 40+ journals. For further information, please refer to

Anand Padmanabhan
Project Manager
Anand Padmanabhan is a senior research scientist at the CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). He holds a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Iowa and has research interest in areas of advanced cyberInfrastructure, distributed and high performance computing, multi-agent systems, and CyberGIS. At the CyberGIS Center, he manages research, infrastructure and operations and in this role he develops, implements, tests and manages geospatial solutions and services on advanced national cyberinfrastructures such as on the NSF XSEDE and Open Science Grid. He has also served as an investigator and senior personnel on large projects funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Environmental Protection Agency. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and over ten years of research and development experience in developing solutions on distributed and advanced cyberinfrastructure, such as clouds and computational Grids and is an author of a number of software tools and system components (for e.g., Generic Information Provider (GIP) in Open Science Grid, CDC Malaria Map Application, GISolve middleware). He also teaches senior- and graduate-level courses on applying high-performance, distributed and data-intensive computing techniques to geospatial problem solving for the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science. For more information, please refer to

Dan Cotton
Co-Director of Online Instruction
Dan Cotton is the Director of Integrated Technologies for Nebraska Extension and Coordinator of Extended Education for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Before moving into these roles, Dan served as the founding Executive Director of eXtension, a national Internet-based educational network of the Cooperative Extension System. Prior to his role with eXtension, positions included Director of Communications and Information Technology for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Computer Coordinator for the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service; and Manager of Personal Computer Operations for the University of Missouri Extension. For more than 30 years Dan has worked as a leader in advancing the use of information technology and online learning in the development and delivery of Cooperative Extension education and information. For further information, please refer to

Dan Steward
Co-Director of Online Instruction
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Steering Committee

David BullockUniversity of Illinois
John ClassenNorth Carolina State University
Robert DeOtteWest Texas A&M University
Edward KickNorth Carolina State University
Jactone OgejoVirginia Tech
Lance SchidemanUniversity of Illinois
Shaowen WangUniversity of Illinois