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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Mr. Auston Van Slyke is the Program Director for Wind Energy Technology. He was a Staff Sergeant in the Marines where he specialized in communication and weapon systems upgrades to AV-8B Harrier jets. After being recruited by Vestas as a resource technician, Van Slyke traveled around the U.S. and Canada working on the world's largest wind turbines.
A trailblazer in the industry, Van Slyke performed repairs that had never before been attempted. After gaining enough technical experience, he helped start up a wind turbine maintenance company. As a hiring manager, he had a hard time finding candidates with the right mix of technical skills. Van Slyke then entered the field of education to help fill this need in the wind industry.
Van Slyke helped Redstone College develop their wind energy curriculum. After leaving Redstone College, he came to Ecotech Institute where he has taught wind turbine fundamentals, wind turbine systems, troubleshooting, fluid power, wind safety and industrial and residential wiring. Van Slyke has helped improve these courses by creating new labs and custom textbooks.
He says, "I am very passionate about being part of an industry that is not only good for my local economy but also the world."