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.
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).
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 - 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.
Julie Noblitt - Strategic Advisor
Julie Noblitt is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Green Ninja Project and an MBA student at the Presidio Graduate School of Sustainable Management. Julie also serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Association Documentary Film Festival (UNAFF) in Palo Alto, California.
Barnaby Dallas - 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.
Nick Martinez - Film Producer
Nick Martinez produces film and music videos for San José State University's Department of Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre, where he also serves as General Manager for KSJS, 90.5. He was the producer for the feature film Pizza Wars (distributed by Brentwood Home Video and Indievisions Films) and the executive producer for the feature film Fox in the Snow (currently in post production). Nick also produced Mess In the Scene (featured at the 2001 Cinequest Film Festival) and three award winning music videos that have been featured on CMC and other music channels.
Lina Prada-Báez - Research Associate
Lina graduated from San José State University with a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Climate Change Strategies, and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Presidio Graduate School of Sustainable Management. She is interested in the connections between food systems and their impact on the environment, including global climate change. She has been influenced and inspired by the message of the book Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming, written by Chef Laura Stec and Dr. Eugene Cordero.
Sanya Valsan - Software Developer
Sanya Valsan is a graduate student at San José State University pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science. She is very enthusiastic about her work for the Green Ninja Project. She is contributing towards creating and developing an interactive Green Ninja Smart Energy Contest web application under the guidance of Dr. Eugene Cordero, which will help teachers and students gain more insight into their energy usage.