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Instructor Profiles

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Gary LimGary Lim

Gary Lim is Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the State University of New York (SUNY), College of Environmental Science and Forestry, in Syracuse, New York. Formerly he was the inaugural director of the entrepreneurship program at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management. Gary is the founder and president of Aurarius LLC, a company he started in Silicon Valley and relocated to Upstate New York. His career prior to Aurarius has spanned many years of creating revenue growth in Silicon Valley companies. A former senior executive and product-line director at Hewlett-Packard, ROLM, Xerox, and Novell, Gary has also held positions at several start-up and early-stage companies. He earned a B.S.E. in electrical engineering and computer science cum laude from Princeton University, and a Masters degree in organizational management from University of Phoenix.

Michael KelleherMichael Kelleher

Mike recently joined the College of Environmental Science and Forestry as the Director of Renewable Energy Systems.In that position he is focused on expanding the use of sustainable technologies and energy efficiency to reduce the College’s carbon footprint. Prior to joining ESF Mike served as an executive with National Grid and Niagara Mohawk. He has extensive hands-on senior management experience in market assessment, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and transaction structuring. Mike and his team built and maintained strong relationships with commercial, industrial, and municipal customers for National Grid. In addition, he developed effective economic development and pricing programs to attract and retain customers. He has also held a variety of financial and resource planning positions with Niagara Mohawk. Mike earned an MS in Agricultural Economics, and a BS in Agricultural Engineering Technology from Cornell University.

Karl KleinKarl Klein

Professor Karl Klein teaches in the Computer Studies Department at Onondaga Community College. He has been there since 2002. Alongwith his teaching responsibilities at OCC, he has worked in the Teaching Center helping his colleagues integrate educational technology into classes, both Face2Face and Online. He serves on the OCC Sustainability Task Force and also works on the Sustainability Curriculum Subcommittee. He lives in Solon NY with his wife Beth and beagle-mix hound dog Mayday. In his spare time he monitors his 4 Kw PV solar array and goes around turning off unnecessary lights. He is also honing his gardening and food preservation skills.

Tim VolkTim Volk

Dr. Timothy Volk has over 20 years of experience working in the fields of forestry, agroforestry and short-rotation woody crops in the Northeastern United States and West Africa. He holds degrees from the University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario) in Natural Resources Management, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in Forest Science and a Ph.D. from SUNY-ESF (Syracuse, NY) in Forest and Natural Resources Management. He is currently a research associate at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). In that capacity he is responsible for a series of research projects focused on the development of willow biomass cropping systems as a feedstock for bioproducts and bioenergy. He also conducts research on living snowfences and streambank stabilization, phytoremediation of brownfields and contaminated sites, regional biomass resource supplies, tools to assess the sustainability of bioenergy systems, and harvesting systems for short rotation woody crops.