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Prior to joining JMU seven years ago, CJ Hartman worked for the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California-Davis. She also consulted with Argonne National Laboratory and continues to collaborate with researchers there. Her work has evolved from vehicle-level emissions, energy, and performance analysis to full-fuel-cycle, systems analysis that focuses on the interconnections of real-world operations, vehicle design, fuels, policies, and, most recently, consumers.  She has twice received the Society of Automotive Engineers Excellence in Oral Presentation Award, and she received the Society of Automotive Engineers Bendix Automotive Electronics Paper of the Year as a co-author.  At JMU, she has been recognized as the College of Integrated Science and Technology Outstanding Junior Professor and Faculty Friend of the Year.  CJ holds a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University in Environmental Engineering, an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California-Davis, and a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California-Davis. 

Christie-Joy Brodrick Hartman, Ph.D.
Executive Director


Melissa Altman
Grant Writer

Melissa Altman has worked for many different non-profit organizations in grants and outreach, including the Toledo Museum of Art, COSI (a hands-on science museum), David's House (an HIV service organization), and the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University (BGSU).  She holds a Master of Arts in American Culture Studies from BGSU, where she is a Ph.D. candidate as well. Her research interests include the co-construction of race, gender, and sexual orientation in online social networks, masculine anxiety in popular culture, and privilege and difference in mediated communication.


The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability offers opportunities for student employees and interns throughout the year. If you are interested in exploring these opportunities, please send your resume and your contact information to