Team:US AFRL CarrollHS/Mentors



Dr. Martha Alvey Carter

  • Education: Lots of Math
  • Organization: Carroll High School
  • Favorite leisure activity: Hiking with my family
  • Favorite Aircraft: SR-71 The Blackbird
  • Favorite Quote: "Mathematics is the language with which God wrote the universe." - Galileo

Dr. Caroline Metosh-Dickey

  • Education: Ph.D. Biochemistry, Louisiana State University, M.S. Environmental Toxicology, LSU, B.S. Biology University of South Carolina
  • Organization: Carroll High School
  • Favorite Spare Time Activity: Writing
  • Favorite Aircraft: C-17
  • Favorite Quote: “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research.” - Albert Einstein

Dr. Christina E. O'Malley

  • Education: PhD, Ohio State University (Geology, 2009); MS, Ohio State Univesity (Geology, 2006); MS, University of Dayton (Education and Health Sciences, 2014); MST, Wright State University (Earth Science, 2004); BS, Wright State University (Biology, 2002); BS, Wright State University (Chemistry, 2002)
  • Organization: Carroll High School
  • Favorite Spare Time Activity: Hiking
  • Favorite Aircraft: SR-71 Blackbird
  • Favorite Quote: "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Lab Mentors

Dr. Joseph K. Tang

  • Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Organization: AFRL/RXAS
  • Favorite spare time activity: spend time with family and friends
  • Favorite aircraft: F-5, F-104 (fighter jets my father used to fly many years ago...:)
  • Favorite quote: "Be the labor great or small - Do it right or not at all."

Dr. Vanessa Varaljay

  • Education: Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Georgia; B.S., Biology, Cleveland State University
  • Organization: UES/AFRL
  • Favorite Spare Time Activity: Running
  • Favorite Aircraft: A-10 Thunderbolt
  • Favorite Quote: “One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.” - Albert Einstein

Dr. Chia Hung

  • Education: Not enough (ok, if it needs to be real- Ph.D. in Immunology)
  • Organization: AFRL
  • Favorite Spare Time Activity: Flying remote controlled airplanes and multicopters with our sons.
  • Favorite Aircraft: F-14 Tomcat (specifically, VF-103 Jolly Rogers squadron. :) )
  • Favorite Quote: "It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English- up to fifty words used in correct context- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese."- Carl Sagan

Dr. Mike Goodson

  • Education: BSc in Marine Biology (University of Wales, Swansea, UK), MSc in Oceanography (University of Southampton, UK), PhD in Cnidarian Symbioses (University of York, UK)
  • Organization: Airman Systems Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, AFRL
  • Favorite spare time activity: (What is this 'spare time' you speak of?!) Running
  • Favorite aircraft: Supermarine Spitfire
  • Favorite quote: I have two:
    "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill
    "Dream big and don't quit" - Mo Rocca

Dr. Rachel Krabacher

  • Education: Bachelor's and Master's in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, Master's thesis research in the Biomaterials lab in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, RXAS.
  • Organization: RHXBC
  • Favorite Spare Time Activity: When not at work or coaching the Carroll High School volleyball team, I spend a lot of time playing sand and indoor volleyball tournaments.
  • Favorite Aircraft: B-25
  • Favorite Quote: "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”

Anna Bennett

  • Education: B.S. in Biology from the University of Dayton, attending graduate school in the Fall at the University of Minnesota (hoping to obtain a PhD in Microbiology…)
  • Favorite Spare Time Activity: playing with my dogs
  • Favorite Aircraft: 1905 Wright Flyer III
  • Favorite Quote: "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." From Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Dr. Svetlana Harbaugh

  • Organization: AFRL and UES