David Needham is President of Ecotech Institute. Prior to joining Ecotech Institute David worked at Somersetstreet, LLC, a company he founded in 2008. Somersetstreet provided investment, consultation and leadership to start-up companies, including company formation, CEO guidance, fundraising and business development planning. Previous to founding Somersetstreet, he worked at NextWave Wireless as the company's chief divisional officer for the Network Solutions Group. In that role he built a $10 million Innovation Center to test and demonstrate NextWave global solutions.
David holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University with an emphasis in economics.
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.
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 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.
Susan Pawlak is the new Director of Career Services at Ecotech Institute. Sue came to Ecotech in 2011 as an instructor, teaching OSHA Safety and Health and developing parts of the energy efficiency program. Prior to Ecotech Sue taught in the Clean Energy Technology Program and Corporate Solutions department at Front Range Community College.
Sue retired from Anheuser-Busch in 2008 after 26 years where she concurrently managed manufacturing operations and training/development. She was a manufacturing operations manager for production, shipping, maintenance, and quality assurance. She was a hiring manager for manufacturing and management, a designated a master trainer, and a mentor and coach for managers, supervisors, and operator/technicians. She developed and implemented several programs that were deemed to be "Best Practice" and seeded through the corporation.
Sue ran for Fort Collins City Council in 2011 and plans to run for public office again in the future. She is a life-long volunteer. She Co-Chairs the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado, a project that pays tribute to all military men and women associated with Northern Colorado. She has volunteered for boards, business associations, and is currently a volunteer phlebotomist for the 9 Health Fair. She was a volunteer paramedic for over 20 years, a volunteer firefighter, and Director of Operations for a volunteer ambulance service. Her background and experience with manufacturing technology interpersonal, soft skills will be very valuable for her role in career services.
Tiffany Burton is a Program Director 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. In 2011, she came to Ecotech as an instructor, teaching PLC and electricity classes. After a year of working in the role of an instructor, she now serves in the capacity of Program Director of Renewable Energy.
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 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.
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?