Kyla Turpin Ross, Ph.D.
Kyla Ross is the Assistant Vice Provost for Advocacy and Conflict Resolution and oversees the interpretation and enforcement of Georgia Tech policies and rules, as well as the grievances, complaints, and inquiries by administrators, faculty, staff, and students. She monitors trends in conflicts across the Institute and provides training opportunities that promote positive lab, work, and class environments. Ross was among the first class of doctoral students in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. Upon completing her Ph.D., she served as a postdoctoral fellow in the NIH-funded Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Program. She then joined the faculty at Georgia State University (GSU) in 2008 as the director of the anatomy and physiology program in the Department of Biology. She returned to Georgia Tech in 2016 as the Director of Graduate Training in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she developed and implemented ethics, teaching, and professional development training programs for faculty and graduate students. Ross is active in physiology education research and has been instrumental in transforming undergraduate physiology courses at GSU and Georgia Tech. She is in leadership in the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), a professional society dedicated to advancing anatomy and physiology education, and she mentors community college faculty on the NSF-funded Community College Anatomy & Physiology Education Research (CAPER) project. Ross is a trained facilitator for Entering Mentoring, an evidence-based, interactive mentor training curricula for faculty and students, and she has co-hosted faculty workshops on mentorship and lab culture. Along with her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, Ross also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Leigh Bottomley, Ph.D.
Dr. Bottomley holds a bachelor's and doctoral degree in chemistry from Florida State University. She began her academic career at Agnes Scott College and joined Georgia Tech's School of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1990 to teach undergraduate classes. In 2001, Bottomley moved to the College of Sciences to assist with academic advising and recruiting. She then served as assistant to the Undergraduate Vice Provost's Office where she coordinated campuswide academic advisement, started an Institute academic advising network, and implemented undergraduate research opportunities across Tech. She also assisted the vice provost with academic support issues. Most recently, Bottomley served as the lab coordinator for Tech's Freshman Chemistry Program, implementing the lab experience for many undergraduates and training graduate students in teaching methodologies. She retired from Tech in 2014 and accepted the role of faculty and graduate student ombuds in 2015.
William (Russ) Callen, Ph.D.
Dr. Callen earned an A.B. in physics from Princeton University and master’s and doctoral degrees in applied physics from Stanford University. He joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 1970 in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests focused on lasers and electro-optical systems. Callen taught a wide variety of courses, including graduate courses in electro-optics and quantum electronics. He was a principal investigator in funded projects involving integration of humanities and engineering economy into the engineering curriculum. At Tech, Callen has always been involved directly with students and with faculty governance. He received the Institute Service Award and the Institute Outstanding Teacher Award. During the last several years of full time teaching, he taught the senior ECE course involving professional practice, ethics, and engineering design. A member of the International Ombudsman Association, Callen officially retired in 2005 and accepted the position of faculty and graduate student ombuds in 2007.