GMU STEM Faculty Profile

Experiential Learning  


Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer

Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, UMBC

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Seshaiyer’s research interests are in the broad areas of Computational Mathematics, Scientific Computing, Computational Bio-mechanics and STEM Education. He has won several prestigious awards, including the President's Excellence Award in Teaching which is the highest award for teaching offered at two different institutions. He is also one of the NiftyFifty speakers for the USA Science and Engineering Festival and also has given a TEDx talk.

Biostatics and Genetics  


Dr. Claudette Davis

Ph.D., Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Davis teaches undergraduate cell biology and genetics, and serves as the Math and Science Accelerator for Department of Biology.



Dr. Reid Schwebach

Ed.M., Secondary Science Education
Columbia University

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Schwebach is a faculty member of the Biology Undergraduate Program. Before coming to Mason, he was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sponsored "Science and Technology Policy Fellow" at the National Science Foundation, in The Division of Research and Learning.

Physical Science  

Dr. Mary Ewell

Ph.D., Physical Sciences
George Mason University

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Ewell’s research interest is in Astrobiology, specifically theorized Ancient Marian atmospheres and the possibility of life, extant of extinct, on Mars.


Dr. Kelly Knight

M.S., Forensic Science
Virginia Commonwealth University

Areas of Expertise

Prof. Knight has an educational background in Chemistry, Biology, and Forensic Science. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is the STEM Accelerator who provides guidance, mentoring, and recruitment for undergraduate students in the Forensic Science Program.