Team

Eugene Cordero - Founder and Climate Scientist

Eugene Cordero - Founder and Climate Scientist

Climate scientist and Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science at San José State University. His research interests are focused on understanding the processes responsible for long-term changes in climate through the use of observations and atmospheric models. Eugene coauthored Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming , where together with Bay Area Chef, Laura Stec, they explore the connections between food and global climate change. Eugene teaches various courses in climate change and is involved in projects working to improve methods of education that engage and ultimately stimulate social change. 

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David Chai - Animation and Film Director

David Chai - Animation and Film Director

Independent animation director and an Instructor of Animation at San José State University. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from educational software, animation for television and video, commercial advertising, to independent films. Commercials directed for Thunderbean Animation received the Gold Award for best animated television commercials at the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International 2005. To date, his independent films have screened in over two hundred film festivals internationally, including Sundance, Cinequest, Ottawa Animation Festival, and Annecy; have been broadcast on Atom Films, MTV-2, G4TV, PBS, and ZeD in Canada; and have been nominated twice for best short subject at the Annie Awards. His filmography includes 25 Ways to Die (2003), Flames of Passion (2004), Neighborhood Roots (2005), Stoopid Movie (2005), Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot (2005), Cole Needs Women (2006), Aletta Out of Water (2007), Life on a Limb (2008), Ninjas vs. Guilt (2009), Enrique Wrecks the World (2010), Why Do We Put Up With Them? (2011), and A Knock on My Door (2012).

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Diana Centeno - Curriculum Developer

Diana Centeno - Curriculum Developer
Diana obtained her M.S. in Meteorology at the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science from San Jose State University. Her main interests involve climate, tropical meteorology, and risk and emergency management. She is a firm believer that early education can change the world. Diana currently is the Curriculum Developer of the Green Ninja Project. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and watching foreign movies.

Huong Cheng - Operations Manager

Huong Cheng - Operations Manager
Huong is a graduate at San Jose State University with a BFA in Animation/Illustration. She has focused her studies on story boarding and production for feature films. Huong is the Creative Director, from managing operations to directing the visual brand of Green Ninja, and focusing her task on other projects. In her free time, she likes to try out new restaurants, and end the day with ice cream.

Leah Tremblay - Director of Business Development

Leah Tremblay - Director of Business Development
Leah Tremblay is an Accounting Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and is a former student at San José State University. Her focus is on quantifying the impact of the Green Ninja Project, and evaluating the long term sustainability/business viability of the Project's strategy. Leah’s background in residential solar sales and current role at PwC offer an educated perspective when collaborating on the direction of each Project activity. Leah’s interests include commercial composting programs, manufacturing, and (changing) organizational behaviour. Leah moved to the Bay area in November 2007 from Vancouver Canada to be involved with innovative companies.

Kyle McDonald - Production Manager

Kyle McDonald - Production Manager
Kyle is an undergraduate student at San Jose State University. He is studying Radio, Television and Film, focusing on Production for TV and Film. As the production manager, he writes some of the GreenNinja.org content and manages the production and release of the Green Ninja Show. He also manages the Green Ninja YouTube channel, uploading the videos and coming up with new ways to attract viewers based on the viewer analytics data. Outside of work, Kyle likes to spend his time working as a theater technician, creating short films, watching YouTube videos, and playing video games.

Olivia Asis - Creative Artist

Olivia Asis - Creative Artist
Olivia is a student at San Jose State University. She is majoring in Animation/Illustration with an emphasis in Story and a minor in Radio-Television-Film. She loves to draw and storyboard and hopes to pursue it after graduating. Olivia is a creative artist for the Green Ninja's projects and also assists on the show. She enjoys drinking ample amounts of coffee and tea and is an amateur film enthusiast.

Satyajeet Poradia - Software Developer

Satyajeet Poradia - Software Developer
Satyajeet is a PHP Devloper with interests including playing guitar and watching cricket. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering major networking. "Always Deliver more that Expected!" is the common belief.

Mitul Patel - Software Developer

Mitul Patel - Software Developer
Mitul is currently pursuing his masters in Software Engineering at SJSU and by profession, he is a Software Engineer. His hobbies are coding, game development, to know the new culture and people and music. He has worked as a professional musician in the past and he plays Piano, Keyboard, and Guitar. He believes in "Just Work It Out".

Pauline Ruan - Assistant Project Manager

Pauline Ruan - Assistant Project Manager
Pauline is an undergraduate student at San Jose State University. She is an advertising major with a philosophy minor. As the assistant project manager, she exercise her creative and management skills. On her free time she likes watch movies and short films. She also loves learning about different cultures and discovering new places. Pauline enjoys to do what she can to give back to the community because she believes that “ No one has ever become poor by giving."

Elizabeth Walsh - Assistant Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science and Science Education

Elizabeth Walsh - Assistant Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science and Science Education
Assistant professor in meteorology and climate science and science education departments at San José State University. Dr. Walsh’s research focuses on understanding and supporting student engagement with and participation in socially controversial scientific issues, particularly climate change causes and impacts. She is interested in how learners’ participation in contexts in and out of the science classroom influences attitudes toward, understandings of and participation in STEM generally, and climate science in particular. Her current work includes examining youth’s evidence-based argumentation around climate change, addressing issues of social justice and equity in science education, creating and facilitating climate change professional development for teachers, exploring the role of politics and social values in climate science learning. As an ocean scientist turned learning scientist, Dr. Walsh also work extensively with natural scientists to support their participation in educational activities through partnerships with educational communities and professional development. She has also published numerous research papers including her recent (in prep), Thank You for Being Republican: Case Studies of High School Students Negotiating Political Ideologies and the Scientific Evidence for Climate Change .

Ellen Metzger - Science Educator

Ellen Metzger - Science Educator

Professor in the Geology Department and Science Education Program at San José State University, Dr. Metzger has served as Co-Director of the Bay Area Earth Science Institute (BAESI), a professional development program for teachers of grades 4-12 funded by the National Science Foundation, San José State University, Chevron Corporation, and other community partners. Dr. Metzger teaches Earth Materials, Tectonics, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, and Earth Systems and the Environment, an introductory earth science course for teachers and teachers-to-be. She is past Chair of the Geoscience Education Division of the Geological Society of America, and was the 1994 recipient of the California Science Teacher Association's Distinguished Science Teacher award - College Level. From 1992-1997, her "STRATegy Column for Precollege Science Teachers" appeared in the Journal of Geoscience . Her interests also include developing strategies to attract more under-represented students to earth science and activities for teaching earth system science.

Babak Sarrafan (collaborator) - Film Director

Babak Sarrafan (collaborator) - Film Director

Director of Television and Film Production at San José State University; Radio, Television, and Film Course coordinator; and Professor in the Department of Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre. Babak has over twenty years of professional experience in the film and television business and has earned numerous award winning shorts, documentaries, and commercials. He has also directed and edited multi-award winning music videos for The Donnas, Mix Master Mike, Townsend, High on Fire, Natalise, Nuthouze and Mark-D with airplay on MTV, MTV Chi, VH1, CMC, and music related websites. 

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Barnaby Dallas (collaborator) - Film Producer

Barnaby Dallas (collaborator) - Film Producer

Co-director of Spartan Film Studios and a Screenwriting Instructor in San José State University's Department of Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre. His film credits include: Co-producer/script consultant for the feature film Seizing Me , screenwriter for the feature film Here Lies Lonely (starring Verne Troyer), associate producer/script consultant for the feature film Intentions (featured in more than ten film festivals), and he has produced several other films that appeared in domestic and international film festivals. He also works professionally as a dramaturge and has co-authored two children's books.

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