Name: Girmay Kifle Berhie
Email: girmay.berhie@ttu.edu
Hometown: Mekelle, Ethiopia
Background discipline(s): Architect and Urban Planner, obtained degree(s) BSc Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) and MSc Degree in GIS for Urban Application from ITC (Netherlands)
Semester of entering: Fall 2012
Current status: PhD student
Focus area in LPMD: Not yet decided
Dissertation topic: Not yet decided
Committee chair: Not yet decided
Committee co-chair and other committee members: Not yet decided
I have been working for Mekelle city, Ethiopia in different capacities and responsibilities ranging from city architect to Land Information system project coordinator for more than 8 years. From 2003 to 2006 I worked for Mekelle University as Architecture department head and was also teaching Design and History of Architecture courses. Moreover, I have been practicing in architectural and urban planning projects in my own firm for the last 9 years. I am currently RA working with Professor David Driskill at Urban Tech, Down Town.

Name: Eric Busby
Email: eric.busby@ttu.edu
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Background discipline(s): B.Arch, M.B.A, M.S.
Semester of entering: Fall 2011
Current status: PhD Candidate
Focus area in LPMD: Public Policy Administration (Community Planning & Design)
Dissertation topic: Not yet decided
Committee chair: Dr. Paul Goebel (Finance)
Committee members: Dr. Perry Carter (Geography), Dr. Robert Forbis (Public Administration)
A native of Dallas, I have worked professionally in both design and construction focusing on a diverse group of projects that include multi-family housing, restaurants, and municipal buildings. I have taught at Tarrant County College (TCC) and I am currently on faculty at Northwood University. My current study interest include urban revitalization, community development, and housing policy.

Name: Joseph Imamura
Email: joseph.imamura@ttu.edu
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Background discipline(s): B.S. EnvD., M.Arch., MLA, M.S., M.Eng. (18/36 credits)
Semester of entering: Fall 2008
Current status: PhD candidate
Focus area in LPMD: Public Policy Administration
Dissertation topic: A│E│C Management: The Culture of Practice for the U.S. General Services Administration
Committee chair: Dr. Hendrika Buelinckx (Architecture)
Committee co-chair and other committee members: Mr. James White, AIA (Co-chair; Architecture), Dr. Mukaddes Darwish (Construction Engineering), Dr. Jim Brink (History)
I’m currently an urban planner in the Office of the Chief Architect for the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, DC. I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas Tech, while teaching part-time in interior design, landscape architecture, and civil engineering. I’m a certified planner (AICP), Project Management Professional (PMP), LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Construction-Manager-In-Training (CMIT), and am working toward my license as a registered architect. Future research interests include emergency response and reconstruction (humanitarian design/ disaster relief).

Name: Yang Luo (Cathy)
Email: yang.luo@ttu.edu
Hometown: Luoyang, China
Background discipline(s): B.Arch, M.A. Sociology
Semester of entering: Fall 2009
Current status: PhD candidate
Focus area in LPMD: Community Planning and Design (Urban land-use planning and management)
Dissertation topic: Towards a more socially sustainable and spatially just urban environment through an Eco-Industrial Park design in a decaying industrial district: The case of Luoyang, China
Committee chair: Dr. Yung-mei Tsai (Sociology)
Committee co-chairs: Dr. Brett Houk (Archeology and anthropology), Dr. Dennis Patterson (Political Science)
After I received my Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, I worked in a state-owned architectural firm in Beijing for a short period of time as an architect. At Tech, I have been working as a Graduate Part-time Instrouctor and Research Assistant in the College of Architecture. My current study interest is in the social aspect of urban land-use development.

Name: Thu Nguyen
Email: thu.nguyen@ttu.edu
Hometown: Quang Ngai, Vietnam
Background discipline(s): M.A in Sustainable International Development
Semester of entering: Fall 2011
Current status: PhD student
Focus area in LPMD: Environmental/Natural Resource Management and Planning (climate change impacts)
Dissertation topic: Not yet decided
Committee chair: Not yet decided
Committee co-chair and other committee members: Not yet decided
Beside my graduate program at Brandeis, MA, I have about 8 year experience working in the field of community development as a district development officer, a project coordinator, and a development consultant for international NGOs in Vietnam. At TTU, I am now working as a research assistant for Dr. Daan Liang in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Name: Lionel Plummer
Email: lionel.plummer@ttu.edu
Hometown: Pennsylvania
Background discipline(s): B.F.A, M.L.A
Semester of entering: Spring 2012
Current status: PhD student
Focus area in LPMD: Environmental/natural Resource Management and Planning (Constructed wetlands)
Dissertation topic: Wetland mitigation
Committee chair: Dr. Robert Cox (Natual Resource Management)
Committee members: Dr. Hyojung Cho (Heritage Management), Dr. Kevin Mulligan (Geography)
Urbanovsky Fellowship awardee 2012-2014. I am originally from Pennsylvania but came to Texas to get a masters degree in landscape architecture. After I received my degree from UT Arlington, I worked professionally for Mesa Design Group based out of Dallas.

Name: Patrick Tinsley
Email: patrick.tinsley@ttu.edu
Hometown: Canyon, Texas
Background discipline(s): B.S. Mass Communications: Broadcast with a specialization in Film, West Texas State University. B.S. Biology with informal minors in Anthropology, Geology, Ecology, and Journalism, West Texas A & M University. M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Peirce Studies (Pragmaticistic Philosophy) concentration, Graduate certificate in Architecture Historic Preservation, Texas Tech University.
Semester of entering: Spring 2009
Current status: PhD student
Focus area in LPMD: Historic Preservation, Specialization in Historic Preservation Theory, Preservation and Conservation of Historic Landscapes and Structures
Dissertation topic: Pragmaticistic Preservation: Semeiotic for the Synthesis of Sustainable Historic Preservation Theory
Committee chair: Dr. Kenneth Laine Ketner (College of Arts and Sciences and TTUHSC)
Committee co-chair and other committee members: Dr. Ernest K. Fish Natural Resource Management, Dr. Ken Rainwater, Natural Resource Management
I am the youngest of five sons of a lifelong Texas peace officer and a lifelong U.S. Government Services Administration employee. I am a proud Texas Peace Officer currently in reserve status as an Investigator with the Randall County Criminal District Attorney's office. I am currently writing my dissertation on the above mentioned topic and hope to gain employment with a governmental agency at the state level focusing in conservation enforcement. I am dedicated to the idea of application of pragmaticistic philosophy to the practice of preservation and conservation.

Name: Pat Westbrook
Email: cpat.westbrook@ttu.edu
Hometown: Texas
Background discipline(s): Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Texas Tech University, Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico
Semester of entering: Spring 2013
Current status: PhD student
Focus area in LPMD: Cultural Landscapes of the Llano Estacado, Public Interest Design, Critical Regionalism in Design, and Water Sustainability in the Southwest
Dissertation topic: Not yet decided
Committee chair: Not yet decided
Committee co-chair and other committee members: Not yet decided
Mrs. Westbrook is an assistant professor in the Landscapte Architecture department at Texas Tech University. She is also a licensed landscape architect in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, with more than 34 years of experience in the public and private practice of landscape architecture. Westbrook has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level since 2005, at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico College as an adjunct instructor prior to her assignment at Texas Tech.