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Faculty & Staff

Academic Dean


Chris Gorrie

Chris Gorrie is Program Director for the Electrical Engineering Technology Program at Ecotech Institute. Chris studied Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis in semiconductor technology, at the University of Southern Maine and did his graduate work at the University of Florida where he was awarded a full Alumni Fellowship.

Chris' interest in renewable energy led to work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, where he developed new materials for use in transparent electronics and photovoltaics. His passion for teaching brought him to Ecotech Institute where Chris has taught courses in Sustainability, Circuits, Power Generation and Photovoltaics. Chris is proud and honored to help build our country's renewable energy future and to help students change their lives in the process.

Director of Enrollment


Zhanna Stavina

Zhanna Stavina has invested her career in helping guide students toward their full potential. She has served as Enrollment Counselor, Enrollment Manager and Director of Enrollment for University of Phoenix, as well as serving on that institution's Business faculty. Other career assignments include Admissions Representative with ITT Technical Institute.

Zhanna earned an MBA from University of Phoenix and a bachelor's degree from University of Colorado after studying in Spain and Australia. In addition to English, Zhanna speaks Russian and Spanish.



Miranda Byers

Miranda Byers is the Registrar at Ecotech Institute. Prior to entering the private education sector, Miranda worked in the retail and business industry as a manager and trainer. She began her career in higher education as a Financial Aid Advisor and VA Certifying Official in 2006 at Heritage College. While in that position, she worked closely with students to ensure all aspects of financial aid were covered and all documents were in compliance with federal regulations. In 2008 she became the Registrar for Heritage College where she supervised the office and managed all students' academic records.

Ecotech Institute's policy of putting students first drew Miranda to the school because of her desire to provide students with the best college experience.

Program Directors


Tiffany Burton

Tiffany Burton is the Program Director for the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Facility Management programs at Ecotech Institute. She came to Colorado from Lafayette, Louisiana to pursue an engineering degree at the Colorado School of Mines. After graduating, she worked in manufacturing at Ice-O-Matic as a Manufacturing Engineer. She joined the faculty at Ecotech Institute in 2011.


Shawn Lamb

Shawn Lamb is currently a Program Director at Ecotech Institute for the Wind Energy Technology and Energy Efficiency programs. He came to Ecotech from the Nordex, a German Wind Turbine OEM, where he was a Training Manager for Production and Field Services. He developed all curriculum for the US division of Nordex including courses in Turbine Commissioning, High Tower Rescue, Operations and Maintenance, Advanced Pitch and Converter Theory. Prior to Nordex, Shawn was the Lead Wind Instructor at General Electric’s Energy Learning Center in Niskayuna, NY.

Shawn has worked in the Wind industry for over 4 years and brings a variety of knowledge to the Wind Program at Ecotech. In 2002 he started working a 2-year college as a Developmental Math Instructor, but later returned to complete a Masters in Engineering Physics.

Shawn has worked as a tutor, graduate teaching assistant, and industrial trainer since 1995. He has also worked in the Fiber Optics and Software Industries. "My passion has always been helping students learn technology and science in order to help them further their own career goals".


Patrick E. Longstreth, M.A.Ed.

Patrick E. Longstreth received a bachelor's degree at Indiana University and an MA in Education Curriculum and Instruction at University of Phoenix. In addition Mr. Longstreth received an Associate's Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology at ITT Technical Institute, Louisville, KY. He  is an accomplished software developer with over 20 years programming experience.

Since 1988, Mr. Longstreth has served in a variety of educational roles at Ecotech Institute, ITT Technical Institute and Everest College including instructor, program director, program chair, associate dean and dean of academic affairs. He also worked as a Semiconductor Technician for Intel Corporation and a deputy sheriff for the Boulder County and El Paso County Sheriff's Departments. In the latter role he received numerous awards for developing various software applications to assist in jail operations.

Mr. Longstreth lives in Firestone, Colorado with his wife and six children. He enjoys playing his guitar and camping.


Philip Myers

Phil Myers is a Program Director at Ecotech Institute. He came to Ecotech from the Colorado community college system where he developed, ran and taught high tech manufacturing and renewable energy technology programs. Phil has worked in education since 1975 and in business and industry since 1981 as an engineer, manager, and trainer. In addition to numerous technical courses, he has taught math, physics, astronomy, environmental science, life science, research, applied statistics, statistical process control, design of experiments, and the theory and practice of problem solving.

Before entering the business community, Phil was an associate professor of physics at the United States Air Force Academy.

Read Phil's article: What Components Are In A Solar Energy System?


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