About Us: Oklahoma EPSCoR External Advisory Committee

Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Award No. OIA-1946093

Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR External Advisory Committee

The Oklahoma State EPSCoR Advisory Committee has appointed an External Advisory Committee (EAC) in support of the Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma project (NSF award #OIA-1946093). The nine-member EAC is made up of discipline-specific experts who are also leaders in business, industry, and academia. The committee’s role is to provide recommendations to project leadership in order to increase the effectiveness and integration of all program elements during the five-year NSF award (July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2025). To that end, the EAC will develop an annual program assessment to evaluate the project's progress toward established milestones. 

External Advisory Committee members are:

Carrie Billy, J.D.
Former President & CEO
American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)

Thomas Birkland, Ph.D.
Assoc. Dean for Research & Engagement, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Professor, School of Public & International Affairs
North Carolina State University

Heather Johnston, M.Ed.
State Director of Science & Engineering Education
Oklahoma State Department of Education


 Jonna Kirschner
President, CNI Manufacturing LLC
Senior Vice President, Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. 

Nancy Paiva, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor of Chemistry
Dept. of Chemistry, Computer & Physical Science Chemistry
Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma Endowed Professor in Biomedical Sciences
Southeastern Oklahoma State University 


Alonzo Peterson, Ph.D.
School of Arts & Sciences
Langston University 


Charles Rice, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Soil Microbiology
Dept. of Agronomy
Kansas State University 

Sri Sritharan, Ph.D.
Interim Assoc. Dean of Engineering
Wilkinson Chair of Interdisciplinary Engineering
Iowa State University


For more information about OK NSF EPSCoR programming, contact Kaley Barnicoat, outreach coordinator, at kbarnicoat@okepscor.org.