Nebraska EPSCoR's office is located in the Food Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus:
1901 N. 21st St., Suite 418
Lincoln, NE 68588-6209
Telephone: 402-472-8946 (fax -8948)
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. An joined Nebraska EPSCoR after an internship with University of Nebraska Central Administration. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, he earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in professional accountancy and studying to acquire CPA certification. He also has a certificate as a Microsoft Office Specialist.
Dr. Sangster earned her Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher with Nebraska Engineering and the US Department of Agriculture in Riverside, California. Earlier in her career, she was a zookeeper at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo; more recently, she managed citizen science initiatives in water quality for Nebraska. She volunteers in Nebraska’s Engineers Without Borders chapter.
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.