Meet the Faculty
Bruce Greenstein (Instructor)Science/Math/Technology - Environmental Science
Bruce Greenstein is an Assistant Professor, Building Performance Contractor, Graphic Designer and Musician. He joined the Skyline College faculty in 2010 to help create an energy-efficiency program, develop curriculum, and teach courses. In the years since, he has constructed a Residential House Model, an Insulation Blow Room, a BPI Test Center, created new courses, and recently assisted in the development of Certificate and Associate Degree programs for the new Energy Systems Technology Management department (check out the logo for the ESTM Dept. to see Bruce’s graphic design work). His efforts have not gone un-noticed; Bruce is the recipient of the 2013 Sustainability in Education Award presented by Sustainable San Mateo. He is the Founder and President of Impact Energy, Inc., a general contracting firm specializing in energy & water efficiency for the built environment. Playing music is Bruce's most cherished passion. Bruce is the percussionist for Something Big, a five-piece ensemble with an eclectic song repertoire. Visit www.chamberpoprecords.com to see and hear Something Big.
Douglas Faust (Instructor)Science/Math/Technology - Environmental Science
Doug is a sales management professional with extensive experience in magazine publishing and renewable energy. Doug has held the role of Vice President of Sales, Publisher and Group Publisher of numerous publications in the interactive entertainment business. In 2008 he joined a start-up solar energy developer, Solar Monkey, as a Director and early stage investor. Solar Monkey was acquired by Hanwha Holdings USA in 2011. Since then he has been providing sales, marketing and recruiting consulting for the renewable energy field as well as teaching solar energy courses at Skyline College.
Laura Seidman (Instructor)Science/Math/Technology - Environmental Science
Laura is a BPI certified Building Analyst, Envelope, Heating and Multifamily Professional. Using her Masters Degrees in Urban Design and Education as well as training in Baubiologie, building science and eco-consulting, Laura founded her own Design and Energy consulting company to complement her 25 year teaching career. She is currently an active designer, building science auditor, teacher, proctor and Quality Assurance verifier working throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. In addition to teaching at Skyline College, Laura also teaches building science classes in University of San Francisco’s Masters in Environmental Management program.
John Putt (Assistant Professor)Science/Math/Technology - Energy Systems Technology Management (ESTM)
John is a general and landscape contractor specializing in green construction and low-water consumption xeriscape landscapes. He has held multiple teaching positions in the fields of construction, agriculture, and landscape construction. He has taught vocational agriculture and natural resource management at a juvenile probation school; he was construction training supervisor at a Job Corps; he served as an instructor and department head in a county horticulture/landscape design and construction training program; and he taught construction trade skills to at-risk youth. He is a certified heavy construction equipment trainer and holds a B.S. in Agriculture and a teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. John enjoys fitness, horse rescue and training, and sailing. He plays piano, badly.
Omer Thompson (Adjunct Faculty)Science/Math/Technology - TCOM
Known throughout the department as "Mr. T", Omer Thompson has been a full-time professor for twenty-four years. Besides teaching, as the Program Coordinator he is the glue that holds the TCOM department together. He is also the man to see if you want to speak to someone live and in person about the great opportunities offered by this department. He holds degrees in Electronics Technology and Vocational Education, as well as various industry certifications and a Masters Equivalency in Engineering.
Peter Waring (Instructor)Science/Math/Technology - Environmental Science
Peter Waring has been finding environmentally friendly ways to integrate math, science, and social psychology with the design, construction, and remodeling of buildings since the 1970’s. As a plumbing contractor in the Bay area, his company designed and installed solar water heating and gray water irrigation systems as well as promoting water saving fixtures. In Connecticut, he orchestrated the creation of an environmentally friendly residential subdivision. His path as an educator has led him to organize on-the-job training programs, develop math/science curriculum based on the East Bay watershed, present green energy retrofits to remodeling contractors, and offer classes to homeowners to create healthier homes and lower utility bills.
Ed Thomas (Instructor)Business, Education and Professional Programs - MGMT
Ed Thomas is Executive Director of UtilityExchange.org. The organization provides association management, strategic consultation, and tactical event production to help enhance learning and networking among energy and water utilities, government entities, and other like-minded companies and organizations. Ed serves on the Boards of the Home Performance Resource Center and Electric and Gas Industries Association, and is an adjunct professor at Skyline College in the Business Department.
Celia Canfield (Adjunct Faculty)Business, Education and Professional Programs - Business
With 30 years of print and Web publishing experience with some of the leading publishing companies, Celia Canfield is also an entrepreneur. She co-founded a successful custom content creation agency, Tendo Communications and in 2007, created a sustainability consultancy firm, EcoVertex, Celia advises and is on the board of several start-up companies and organizations that are focused on creating a clean energy economy, including City CarShare and Small Business Majority. A regular speaker on the subjects of sustainability, marketing, and clean tech entrepreneurship, Celia has been a featured speaker at many conferences and is an adjunct professor at Skyline Community College on entrepreneurship and new economy marketing in the Business Department.
Aaron Wilcher (Faculty Coordinator, Career Technical Education)Science/Math/Technology - Environmental Science
Project Coordinator Workforce Development and Energy Systems Technology Management (ESTM), Skyline College. Aaron is a lead faculty coordinator for program management, curriculum development, special projects, and external industry, education, and government relations. Aaron holds a master‘s degree in City Planning, Community and Economic Development from UC Berkeley, and a master‘s in American studies from Saint Louis University. He has taught in the California community college system and has provided technical assistance and project management in workforce development for community colleges and to the Workforce Investment Boards.
Rita Gulli (Program Director)Science/Math/Technology - Division Office
Rita’s employment with the San Mateo County Community College District spans 25 years. Her work experience includes 15 years in fundraising program development at KCSM-TV/FM and 10 years in workforce development and grant management. She is currently the Project Director for the Energy Systems Technology Management department and coordinated solar and energy efficiency training cohorts for the Bay Area Clean Energy Careers grant and Home Energy Retrofit Occupations grant. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Small Business Management at San Francisco State University. She enjoys cooking, museum art and cultural exhibits, interior design, and organic gardening.
Peter Lum is a senior Learning and Development Professional who has designed, delivered and managed technical training programs in renewable energy, high tech, and health care. He has worked with Hewlett Packard as a worldwide training and program manager, where he developed and implemented global training strategies and curriculum and at Fat Spaniel Technologies, a Renewable Energy Monitoring technology company, as the Training Manager. Currently, in addition to being at Skyline College, he also works with Enphase Energy, a solar micro-inverter manufacturer, developing and implementing training programs in EMEA, Australia and North America. His training programs have been attended by over 5000 renewable energy professionals globally. Skyline Courses Taught: ENVS 411 Solar Design, Estimation, and Sales (6 units)