Meet the New NDSU Faculty Members

Get to know some facts about the newest NDSU faculty members.

Previous years' new faculty profiles


Laura Parson, Ph.D. / Educational and Organizational Leadership

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
I seek to identify where and how institutional disjunctures occur in higher education for women and members of minoritized groups. Building on that research, I use curriculum and course development to recreate the teaching and learning environment in higher education to promote equitable and effective learning spaces. My research questions ask how decolonizing pedagogical and curriculum approaches can create a more inclusive and equitable higher education space. I am a qualitative methodologist, with a focus on ethnographic and discourse methods of inquiry.

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
My PhD is in Teaching & Learning, Higher Education from the University of North Dakota. Most recently, I was an assistant professor at Auburn University in Alabama. I am originally from Utah.

What excites you about NDSU?
I’m excited to be back in North Dakota. It has always felt like home. NDSU is the place where I feel like I can do my best work - it is a focused, collaborative, and supportive environment.

What motivates you?
I’m motivated by the opportunity to effect real social change and to do work that informs and contributes to emancipation, empowerment, and equity.

What does your very best day include?
Yoga and/or a run


Syeed Md Iskander, Ph.D. / Civil and Environmental Engineering

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
Municipal solid waste management, food waste management, plastics pollution, landfilling, and landfill leachate management.

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
I am from Bangladesh! I earned the following degrees:

  • Ph.D. (2019), Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA;
  • M.S. (2014), Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, USA;
  • B.S. (2012), Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

What excites you about NDSU?
The welcoming environment!

What motivates you?
The ever-growing environmental challenges!

If you could time travel, where would you go?
My younger self who was contained and happy.

If you could have coffee / tea with anyone, who would it be?
My mother!

What was your first job?
Lecturer of civil and environmental engineering at University of Information Technology and Sciences in Bangladesh.

What does your very best day include?
Waking up at 5 am, write for 2 hours, take breakfast, go to office, read for 2 hours, work in the lab for 3 hours, complete other responsibilities, workout for 1.5 hours, watch an NBA/NFL match, talking with my mother, consume no unhealthy food, go to bed by 10:30 pm.

What’s your favorite quote?
Any quote with positivity!


Darrell Ross, Ph.D. / Entomology

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
Ecology and management of forest insects, Biological control, Pheromone-based management of forest insects, Ecological restoration

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
Born, Chester, PA BS, Penn State University MS, Oregon State University PhD, University of Georgia Professor, Oregon State University

What excites you about NDSU?
The opportunity to learn about ecosystems and culture of the northern Great Plains and Lake States, and to share my past experiences with students at NDSU.

What motivates you?
To learn about natural systems and share that knowledge with students, managers, and others to use our natural resources wisely and sustainably.

If you could time travel, where would you go?
I'm okay with the here and now. I'd just stay where I am.

If you could have coffee / tea with anyone, who would it be?
My spouse, Dr. Kimberly Wallin.

What was your first job?
I think it was washing dishes in a restaurant during high school. My first career related job was as a forest technician with the USDA Forest Service on the Bighorn National Forest.

What does your very best day include?
My spouse, our cat, BanX, sunshine, time outside, and a chance to talk to our two sons that live in other parts of the country.

What’s your favorite quote?
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist


Roberto Gomes, Ph.D. / Pharmaceutical Sciences

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
My work focuses on the development of novel small molecules, nucleotides, and/or antibodies tumor-targeting strategy using enediones engineered with cytotoxic moiety/NIR probes to be used in cancer therapy. Currently, my work focuses on three separate main projects: 1) The development of new synthetic methodologies; 2) The establishment of a new NIR fluorescent probe-therapeutic agent conjugate triggered by the acidic pH of the TME for the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer 3) Molecular drug discovery of Proteolysis Targeting Chimeric (PROTAC) based prototypes.

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
2017-2020 - Post-Doc, Harvard University 2012-2014 - Post-Doc, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul 2006-2011 - PhD in Science/Organic Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo, Brazil. 2002-2004 - B. S. in Chemistry, Ibirapuera University, Brazil.

What excites you about NDSU?
NDSU has an environment extremely diverse, warm, and friendly. The staff is kind, and the students are excellent. NDSU respect and treat all its community as a family.

What motivates you?
The passion to create and transform things to make people's lives better.

If you could have coffee / tea with anyone, who would it be?
Nelson Mandela

What was your first job?
High School teacher

What does your very best day include?
My family

What’s your favorite quote?
"For God, nothing is impossible."

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