Dr. Matt Andrews began leading Nebraska EPSCoR as director in 2019; he is also a professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources. Prior to his arrival in Lincoln, he was Executive Associate Dean with the College of Science at Oregon State University, where he was also a professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. From 2000 to 2016, he was McKnight Presidential Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where he was the Founding Director of Graduate Studies of the Integrated Biosciences (IBS) Graduate Program, and Founding Director of the UMD Bio-Translational Research Center (BRC). Andrews had served as associate professor (advancing from assistant professor) at the Department of Genetics with North Carolina State University from 1987 to 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Wayne State University School of Medicine, after gaining his M.S. in Biology at Central Michigan University and his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Gartner joined Nebraska EPSCoR in 2010 following a nearly 10 year career in the Budget and Fiscal Division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. His resume also includes extensive budgetary and accounting experience working in the banking, financial services and insurance fields. Mr. Gartner received his Associates of Business Administration degree in 1980 while employed in the banking industry. The opportunity to contribute to enhancing the strength of Nebraska's research and innovation growth through the efforts of Nebraska EPSCoR is an exciting challenge for Mr. Gartner.
Ms. Busboom earned her master's degree in Youth Development from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln -- where she also obtained her bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science & Dietetics, with a minor in Agriculture Leadership Education & Communication. She previously worked as EFNEP Extension Assistant with Nebraska Extension. For Nebraska EPSCoR, she leads outreach efforts including Young Nebraska Scientists: bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities to students and classrooms throughout the state.
Ms. Simnitt began her career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) as Secretary to the Director of the School of Biological Sciences. She then took advantage of an opportunity to work for a private tuition payment company in Lincoln. In 2001, Nebraska EPSCoR needed additional staff to support the increased funding and programs that had been added over the past few years. Ms. Simnitt joined Nebraska EPSCoR to support this success and return to the research/academic setting. Ms. Simnitt received her Associates of Applied Science degree in Administrative Secretarial from Southeast Community College-Lincoln.
Ms. Allen earned her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University, with dual majors in Magazine Journalism and Policy Studies. She also completed a certificate program in Nonprofit Management while working at the University of Washington. Her experience includes communications work with a K-12 school, a trade association, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering. She enjoys sharing stories of how Nebraska EPSCoR research collaborations serve the world (starting with the state of Nebraska), and helping advance STEM resources.