Br. Jesus Alonso, C.S.C., Ph.D.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
While at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, I was awarded a Presidential Award in my last year as an undergraduate. I have a doctorate in microbiology, and I have worked with Ebola and Marburg viruses as a researcher at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, TX, under the direction of Jean L. Patterson. In 2013, I published two peer-reviewed articles on my virus research.
When working with students, my main goal is to challenge them to become problem solvers. Facts in all fields of study are in continuous evolution, and students therefore must understand that texts provide the basis for future discovery. As an educator, I require my students to think about contemporary challenges in science which in turn would help them understand how they too can become contributors to scientific thought and understanding.
Lynne Csiszar-Cary, Ph.D.
Chair, Division of Natural Sciences
Associate Professor of Biology
Prior to arriving at Holy Cross College, I worked as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry for Miles Laboratories/Bayer, a director of product development for American Biogenetic Sciences, and an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and administrator for 13 years at Bethel College. At Bethel I taught upper level science courses, developed an undergraduate research program in breast cancer and a graduate program in biotechnology. I am committed to life-long learning. I hold a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, an M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Notre Dame and two degrees from Purdue University: a B.S. in Biology and B.A in Psychology. My Ph.D. research characterizing IFP2, an invertebrate transposable element was published in the journal Virology. Currently, I’m completing a M.S. in Project Management at the University of Wisconsin.
As Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, I believe supporting students with mentoring and career advising is critical for maximizing success in medical school, post-graduate programs, and science careers. Through this support, faculty and staff add value to each student’s Holy Cross experience. My philosophy of teaching is transforming undergraduate students’ lives through a synergy of classroom, research laboratory and real-life internship experiences. My greatest joy as a faculty member is knowing my students personally outside of the classroom and helping them discover their personal career calling. I am also interested in developing community partnerships improving STEM programs, supporting Catholic undergraduate education, and advocating for social justice.
Br. Lawrence Unfried, C.S.C., M.S.
Adjunct Professor of Biology
Martin Sulkanen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
My Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University led me to a post-doctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a career in astrophysics with companies and organizations such as NASA Marshall Flight Center, Michigan Research and Development Center, and Leidos, Inc. Because of my lifelong fascination with the profound consequences of the basic principles of physics on our universe, I have studied binary star systems, galactic radio jets, and worked on NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory Project Science Team.
As a professor of physics and mathematics, I encourage my students to develop an intuitive understanding for physics to guide the understanding of further mathematical analysis: “don’t get lost in the equations!” My students have gone on to a variety of careers in places such as at Yale University, the International Space Station and the the US Patent & Trademark Office.
Yuhui Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
The study of chemistry is necessary for students who want to pursue a career in natural science, medical science, and engineering. It also helps liberal art students to improve their reasoning skills, understand scientific methodology, and gain deeper insight between human-nature relationships. I challenge all my students, regardless of background, to engage in logic, diligence, and self-discipline.
I have earned Ph.D.s in both chemistry and electrical engineering. I use this combination of disciplines to research nanoelectronics and single molecular devices with colleagues at the University of Notre Dame. I have also been a principal investigator of grants with the National Science Foundation, and undergraduate research supervisor. I am currently pursuing a variety of research opportunities for Holy Cross students.
Robert Minvielle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
The landscape of education is changing, especially in the ever-evolving field of computer science. Students require an education that fosters flexibility, growth and adaptation. I believe pursuing a degree in computer science is an excellent way to hone the skills to become an active and productive member of an increasingly technological society. Tempered by the Catholic mission, I hope to inspire students to use their skills in dialogue with the tenets of service.
I have earned degrees in both physics and computer science, and I earned my Ph.D. in computer engineering. My education has led me to a variety of experiences, including authoring open source software, designing and building power amplifiers for musical instruments, and organizing the implementation of entire computing infrastructures. Having a diverse education equates to a willingness to step outside of the box and be curious, and students’ curiosity should be nurtured to better prepare them for challenges they will encounter in the working world.
Elvira Baumgartner, M.S.
Mary Merrill, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics