December 1, 2017
Costello Staniec’s teaching and research are focused on applied environmental microbiology and engineering education. She holds a bachelor’s in applied biology from Georgia Tech, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering science from Caltech.
Costello Staniec joined the college’s faculty in 1999 and was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2001 for her work with methane oxidizing bacteria in the Adirondacks. She is a key contributor to a current $4 million, NSF-funded project at SU to augment the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing STEM programs and careers.
Costello Staniec previously served as the college’s first associate dean for student affairs and was responsible for the implementation of a new college-wide advising program. Following that, she served as the University’s associate provost for academic programs where she created a new student-athlete academic support unit and the Office of Assessment and Accreditation. She also initiated a campus-wide annual assessment program; instituted Orange Success (the campus-wide advising program) and a degree audit system; and oversaw revisions to the University’s academic integrity policy.
Professor Ossama “Sam” Salem, who was previously serving as department chair, was named chair of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University this fall.