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Washington State University
CAS Connect October 2016

Welcome new CAS faculty!

Meet four of the newest members of CAS faculty, whose disciplinary expertise—from the intersection of math and engineering to personality science—enriches and expands the arts and sciences at WSU. Five additional new faculty were introduced last month.

Mukul Kumar

Mukul Kumar

Research Professor,
Institute for Shock Physics

Research and teaching interests: Phase transitions and deformation in materials; crystallography and diffraction; and electron optical methods for materials characterization
Previous post: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Education and training: PhD, University of Cincinnati

Suzanna Penningroth

Suzanna Penningroth

Clinical Associate Professor,
Department of Psychology

Research and teaching interests: Prospective memory (PM); cognitive and motivational variables that affect PM and differences in PM across age groups; improving memory performance; and teaching graduate and undergraduate classes on cognition and memory, critical thinking, statistics, and research methods

Previous post: University of Wyoming

Education and training: PhD, MA, cognitive psychology and academic/teaching psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago; BS, psychology, University of Washington

Honors and achievements: 2011 Honor Society “Top Prof Award,” University of Wyoming; coauthored “Task importance effects on prospective memory strategy use” in Applied Cognitive Psychology, and “Prospective memory tasks related to goals and concerns are rated as more important by both young and older adults” in European Journal of Ageing

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, comedy clubs, and all activities with my family and our German short-haired pointer.

Lynn Schreyer

Lynn Schreyer Associate Professor,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Research and teaching interests: The intersection of math and engineering—using fundamental principles to develop mathematical models for a variety of applications; modeling porous materials, such as soils, building materials, cartilage, lung cilia, and drug delivery polymers; and motivating students with real-world applications

Previous post: University of Colorado, Denver

Education and training: PhD, applied mathematics, MS, mathematics, Purdue University; MS, mechanical engineering, Northwestern University; BS, mechanical engineering, University of New Mexico

Honors and achievements: 2014 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, University of Colorado, Denver; $152,000 grant with U.S. Navy for modeling cylindrical bearings in submarines; more than 30 publications and Google Scholar h-index of 20; served as associate editor or on editorial boards of three international journals

Outside of work, I enjoy working out, zumba, traveling, keeping up with my college-aged children.

Walter Scott

Walter ScottProfessor,
Department of Psychology;
Psychology Clinic

Research and teaching interests: Applying personality science—the study of individual differences—to understanding clinical problems such as depression and to assisting clinicians in conceptualizing clinical presentations; and exploring how people’s mental representations of the future and their abilities contribute to depression

Previous post: University of Wyoming

Education and training: PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; BS, San Diego State University

Honors and achievements: Top Professor Award, 2003, University of Wyoming; authored “Social cognitive personality assessment: A case conceptualization procedure and illustration” in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and “Children’s Depression Inventory: A Unidimensional Factor Structure for American Indian and Alaskan Native Youth” in Psychological Assessment.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing guitar, seeing comedy with my wife, reading about American history, and playing some occasional basketball.