US Faculty
University of California, Davis
James E. (Jim) Hill
Associate Dean
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
University of California, Davis

Jim Hill holds B.S. degrees in Crop Science and Biochemistry at California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) in plant physiology and joined the University of California Cooperative Extension as a Specialist in weed science and later, agronomy. For most of his career he has worked with the California rice industry, as well as internationally, on increasing rice productivity through improved cultural and pest management practices. As a partner in the AIP project, Dr. Hill assists Indian partners in sensitizing policy planners on revamped and newly developed agricultural curriculum and hosts faculty and administrators at UC Davis during their research visits to the US.
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Dr. Jim Hill
Associate Dean
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis
1103 Environmental Horticulture
Davis, CA 95616
E-mail: jehill@ucdavis.edu
Tel: (530) 754-9600
Fax: (530) 754-7160


 

Thomas Rost
Professor of Plant Biology
University of California, Davis

Tom Rost is a professor of plant biology at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and is currently the Executive Associate Dean there in the Division of Biological Sciences. He received his B.S. in biology from St. John’s University, his M.A. in biology from Mankato State University, and his Ph.D. in botany from Iowa State University. He has taught developmental plant anatomy for almost 30 years. His primary research interests include the structure and development of roots in vascular plants and structural aspects of Pierce’s disease in grape vines.As partner in the AIP project, Professor Rost supports Indian faculty in the development of experiential learning programs and courses, including hosting and training faculty in curriculum design and development at UC Davis.
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Dr. Thomas L. Rost
Professor Emeritus
Department of Plant Biology, University of California, Davis
Life Science, Room 2140
Davis, CA 95616
E-mail: tlrost@ucdavis.edu
Office Phone: (530) 752-0628
Mobile: (530) 848-5640


 

Travis Lybbert
Assistant Professor
Agricultural & Resource Economics
University of California, Davis

Travis Lybbert is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and conducts research in four interrelated areas of applied economics: risk, poverty dynamics, technology, and environment. Professor Lybbert holds an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Economics from Cornell University, where he also taught engineering economics in the Operations Research Department. As partner in the AIP project, Professor Lybbert supports Indian faculty in the development of experiential learning programs and courses, including hosting and training faculty in curriculum design and development at UC Davis.
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Dr. Travis Lybbert
Assistant Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics
University of California, Davis
2155 Social Sciences & Humanities
Davis, CA 95616
E-mail: tlybbert@ucdavis.edu
Phone: (530) 554-1393


 

Cornell University
Mary Ochs
Director, Mann Library
Cornell University

Mary Ochs is Director of the Albert R. Mann Library. She has worked in the Cornell University Library system in various roles for over 25 years, including collection development, instruction, reference, interlibrary loan and international initiatives. She holds a M.L.S. from Syracuse University School of Information Studies and a B.S. from Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As a partner in the AIP project, Ms. Ochs provides support in improving library systems at Indian institutions, including digitizing and archiving library materials, as well as trains representatives from Indian partner universities in the design and development of library management systems at Albert R. Mann Library.
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Dr. Mary OchsDirector, Albert R. Mann Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4301 USA
E-mail: mary.ochs@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255-2285


 

Max Pfeffer
Professor
Development of Sociology and Senior Associate Dean
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Max John Pfeffer is a professor of development sociology and senior associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Professor Pfeffer concentrates on environmental sociology and sociological theory, focusing on a variety of rural and urban communities, including rural/urban fringe areas. As a partner in the AIP project, he will assist Indian partners in sensitizing policy planners on revamped and newly developed agricultural curriculum and host administrators from Indian partner universities at Cornell.
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Dr. Max J. PfefferSenior Associate Dean
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
266 Roberts Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
E-mail: mjp5@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 254-6765
Fax: (607) 255-3679


 

David Way
Associate Director
Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell University

David Way is Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Cornell University where he has helped initiate college-wide graduate teaching development programs in four colleges, developed training and educational materials used throughout the university, and assisted several colleges to redesign their student evaluation of teaching systems. His current projects include service on the University Self-Study Working Group on Assessment of Student Learning and on the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education’s Core Assessment Committee. As a partner in the AIP Project, he will assist Indian partners in the creation of Centers of Teaching Excellence and train visiting faculty in implementing new curriculum at the student level.
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Dr. David Way
Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
420 D CCC
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
E-mail: dgw2@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255 2663
Fax: (607) 255 1562


 

Syed Rizvi
International Professor of Food Science
Cornell University

Syed Rizvi is a professor of food process engineering in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, where he also holds the title of International Professor. He is interested in engineering and processing aspects of food science and value addition for global markets. As a partner in the AIP project, Professor Rizvi provides support in developing the food science curriculum for undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses and leading extension workshops throughout India.
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Dr. Syed Rizvi
Professor, Food Science Engineering
International Professor, Food Science
Cornell University
114B Stocking Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
United States
E-mail: srizvi@cornell.edu
Office Phone: (607) 255-7913
Mobile: (607) 327-1082


 

Stefan Einarson
Director, Information Technology
Cornell University

Stefan Einarson is the Director of Transnational Learning and the head of IT for International Programs within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. He has extensive experience in IT issues and the developing world with a particular focus on Africa and India. He has a B.S. from Union College in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As a partner in the AIP project, Mr. Einarson provides support to Indian partners in developing e-learning centers in order to integrate Information and Communication Technology-enabled learning into the agricultural curriculum, including training Indian faculty in the design and developmental of e-learning centers at Cornell.
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Stefan Einarson
Director, Transnational Learning
Head of IT, International Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Bradfield Hall, Room G-15
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
E-mail: se57@cornell.edu
Phone: (607) 255-6115


 

University of Georgia
Rakesh Singh
Professor and Department Head
Department of Food Science & Technology
University of Georgia

Rakesh K. Singh has been Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia, Athens, since July 2001, and has been engaged in prominent research and teaching programs including aseptic processing, food quality and food-safety engineering. As a partner in the AIP project, Professor Singh provides support to Indian faculty in the development of food science curriculum for undergraduate, diploma and certificate courses, including training faculty at the University of Georgia.
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Dr. Rakesh Singh
Professor and Department Head, Department of Food Science & Technology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2610
E-mail: rsingh@uga.edu
Office Phone:(706) 542-1084
Lab Phone: (706) 542-0691


 

University of Illinois
Prasanta K. Kalita
Professor
Soil & Water Resources Engineering
University of Illinois

Prasanta K. Kalita is the Professor and Leader, Soil & Water Resources Engineering, Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has more than 25 years of research and teaching experience both nationally and internationally in the area of soil and water quality, non-point pollution control and water resources management. As a partner in the AIP project, Professor Kalita develops seed programs, extension programs and models for scaling up natural resource management, weather and water use efficiency practices, and workshops on the benefits in establishing Centers for Teaching Excellence.
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Dr. Prasanta K. Kalita
Professor, Soil & Water Resources Engineering
Leader, Soil and Water Resources Engineering Section
University Distinguished Teacher Scholar
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building
332L AESB, MC-644
1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-0945
Fax: (217) 244-0323
E-mail: pkalita@illinois.edu


 

Ohio State University
Cathy Rakowski
Associate Professor
School of Environment and Natural Resources
and Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ohio State University

Cathy Rakowski is an associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at the Ohio State University and in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, where she focuses on processes of development and social change including planning, social engineering, program implementation and evaluation, social impact assessment, community development under conditions of economic and political restructuring, gender and class issues, globalization, and grassroots and transnational organizing. As a partner in the AIP project, Dr. Rakowski assists in developing and integrating gender-based courses in agricultural curriculum, including conducting need assessments to understand the conditions of women in agriculture and hosting/training Indian faculty in the development, design, and implementation of gender-related courses.
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Dr. Cathy Rakowski
Associate Professor
414C Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd
Columbus, OH 43210
E-mail: rakowski.1@osu.edu
Phone: (614) 292 6447


 

David Hansen
Professor Emeritus
Ohio State University

David Hansen is a Senior Fellow with the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Washington, D.C. His major responsibilities include the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative which promotes partnerships among U.S. and African Higher Education Institutions. As a partner in the AIP project, Mr. Hansen works to develop extension programs and experiential learning programs throughout India.
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Dr. David Hansen
Professor Emeritus
Ohio State University
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, Ohio  43210
E-mail: hansen.4@osu.edu
Phone: (614) 292-7252


 

Rattan Lal
Director
School of Environment and Natural Resources
Ohio State University 

Rattan Lal is a professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is the Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at Ohio State’s Agricultural Research and Development Center and conducts research in carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems, soil dynamics and processes, and natural resources management with emphasis on food security and environmental quality in the United States, Africa, Latin America, and India. As a partner in the AIP project, Professor Lal provides support in developing models for scaling up natural resource management, weather and water use efficiency practices.
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Dr. Rattan Lal
Distinguished University Professor
422B Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210
E-mail: lal.1@osu.edu
Phone: (614) 292-9069


 

Tuskegee University
Nar Kaji Gurung
Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director
Caprine Research and Education Unit
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Tuskegee University

Nar Kaji Gurung is a Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director at the Caprine Research and Education Unit, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences at Tuskegee University, Alabama. He has acted in the capacity of Principal Investigator in the development of silvopasture systems for enhancing economic and environmental competitiveness of limited-resource farmers and small-scale landowners and actively involved in the development of several animal science research. As an partner in the AIP project. Professor Gurung supports the development of industry-based research projects which involve Indian and US student collaboration and assists in curriculum development in the area of animal science, including training Indian faculty Indian in detailed course ware preparation at Tuskegee University.
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Dr. Nar K. Gurung
CEP/GWCAES
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone: 334-727-8457
E-mail: ngurung@mytu.tuskegee.edu


 

C. S. Prakash
Professor, Plant Molecular Genetics and
Director, Center for Plant Biotechnology Research
Tuskegee University

C. S. Prakash, professor in plant molecular genetics and Director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University, oversees research on food crops of importance to developing countries and the training of scientists and students in plant biotechnology. As a partner in the AIP project, Professor Prakash provides support in developing detailed courseware in agricultural biotechnology and plant breeding and training Indian faculty in curriculum development at Tuskegee University.
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Dr. C. S. Prakash
Professor, Biotechnology
Tuskegee University
College of Agriculture
Milbank Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088, USA
E-mail: prakash@mytu.tuskegee.edu
Phone: (334) 444-7884

 

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