Renewable Energy Camp - Instructors
Dino K. Ress
Ph.D, Asst. Professor
Sustainable and Renewable Energy Program
Dr. Ress received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 2005 in Organic Chemistry. He went on to complete a postdoctoral scholarship position at he University of Wisconsin-Madison in the laboratory of Professor John Ralph, a globally renowned scholar in the field of plant chemistry and bioenergy research. Dr. Ress joined the SRES program in 2012 and has been instructing courses in Fundamentals of Energy Sources, Bio-renewable Resources, and Renewable Energy Project Design and Management. His research interests include discovering new uses for the abundant plant biopolymer lignin and using tools of spectroscopy and chemical biology to expand the knowledge base in renewable energy. He is passionate about community issues, teamwork, mentoring to program students, and helping people develop and realize their own potential for personal and professional growth opportunities. This will be his first year serving as the Renewable Energy Camp director.
Outside of class, Dr. Ress enjoys spending time with his family, swimming and fishing with his daughter, and watching Hawkeye and Bears football in the fall.
Department of Electrical Engineering
John Goomey earned his BS degrees in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his MS in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His graduate work focused on the electrical and optical properties of semiconductor materials, along with work on electronic structures and semiconductor device fabrication. Following graduation he worked for two years at Pro-Active Engineering Inc. doing embedded printed circuit board design and testing. He has been an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2000. At UW-Platteville he teaches a variety of introductory courses along with upper-level classes in electronics and solid state devices.
Away from school John enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie and his nine children Andrew, Talitha, John, Abigail, Ketura, Miriam, Yaqyr, Chara, and Isaac. Together they like to visit state parks and historical sites, play a variety of sports, camp, and garden together. His hobbies include bicycling, running, and playing guitar.
Chemistry and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Program
Dr. Zauche obtained his PhD studying inorganic reaction mechanisms specifically dealing with oxidation reactions. Zauche has been working with anaerobic digestion since 2002 when he toured his first digester operation. This research has resulted in a patent on a potting mix developed from digested solids as a complete replacement for peat moss. He has also researched using these digested solids as a replacement for saw dust in particle/fiber boards with the Forest Products Lab, USDA. Most recently, he has studied the digestion or lack thereof of certain bio-based plastics. Overlapping with these studies, Zauche has had been part of a number of feasibility studies on community based digesters combining waste streams from farms as well as food processing and food waste diversion industries.
UW-Platteville Sustainability Coordinator
As the Sustainability Coordinator for UW-Platteville, Amy gets to engage in the many aspects of systems planning on campus, from energy consumption to product sourcing to responsible waste disposal. Prior to joining UW-Platteville in 2012, she spent four years as planning manager of Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SWWRPC) where she led a nationally-recognized sustainability initiative, developed bicycle and pedestrian plans, and researched market opportunities for local food production. Amy has a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UW-Madison and a Bachelor of Art degree in Anthropology from Lawrence University. Amy is an avid gardener and a bike commuter from her home in Platteville.