Andrew Schmidt – Student Worker
Andrew Schmidt is a native of Orrville, Ohio. He is currently a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University and a student worker at the NAFTC, where he works in the automotive shop. When he is not in class or working at the NAFTC, Andrew is involved in the Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility. Challenge X is a national competition developed by the General Motors Corporation (GM), the U.S. Department of Energy, and other government and industry leaders to convert a gas-powered SUV into a diesel-hybrid. Following graduation, Andrew would like to pursue his interests in the future of biodiesel and other renewable fuels.
Matthew De Liso – Student Worker
Matthew De Liso is currently a junior majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University. While he was originally from Bellmawr, New Jersey, he has moved to Morgantown, West Virginia to attend West Virginia University. His involvement in various alternative fuel projects led him to the NAFTC, where he gets hands-on training and education in the automotive shop, as a student worker, working with NAFTC Instructor Rich Cregar. Following graduation, Matthew would like to pursue a career in the automotive field specializing in alternative fuel vehicles.
Marc Debiase – Graduate Assistant
Marc Debiase joined the NAFTC in late August as a Graduate Assistant working with the curriculum development team. He is a native of Morgantown, WV and is currently working on the coursework for a Doctoral Degree in Technology Education from the WVU College of Human Resources and Education. Marc is already a WVU alumnus. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Sociology & Anthropology, and then went on to receive a Master of Arts degree from WVU in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a course concentration in Russian Studies. His future career plans focus on distance education, continuing research, and publishing.