College of Health and Human Sciences

Endowed Chairs

mike_pagliassotti[1]Lillian Fountain Smith University Chair – Michael Pagliassotti

Mike Pagliassotti has been a prominent researcher in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition since 2003 and later became department head. His research focuses on how impairments in liver function contribute and can result in type 2 diabetes and obesity. His findings on how specific nutrients influence liver function and how obesity-related liver diseases develop and progress have important implications surrounding human diet and disease prevention.

In particular, his work focuses on understanding the role of nutrients in liver disease progression in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, identifying the role of nutrients in obesity-related hepatic endoplasmic reticulum stress, and identifying links between endoplasmic reticulum stress and impairments in mitochondrial function.


jeff_wilkes_web[1]Heavy Construction Management University Professorship – Jeff Wilkes

Jeff Wilkes began working in the construction industry in college as an intern for an engineering firm. He first worked in the office drafting with AutoCAD and then worked as a field inspector on some of the projects he helped design. He preferred the hands-on construction side of the industry and thus pursued a career along that path, rather than in design.

Since graduating from Texas A&M with a civil engineering degree in 2000, he has worked for several top ENR-ranked construction companies focusing on heavy civil work, including Granite Construction, Lone Star Infrastructure, Archer Western Contractors, and SJ Louis Construction of Texas. His work includes the East-West Freeway in Lubbock, Texas; a 40+ mile toll road between Austin and San Antonio; reconstruction of the departures and arrivals bridge structure at San Antonio International Airport; 46 bridges and 300,000 square feet of MSE retaining walls; and cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the levee reconstruction projects after Katrina in 2005.

Wilkes worked as a graduate teaching assistant while working on his master’s degree in construction management at Colorado State University. He thoroughly enjoyed his time as a GTA and in January 2014, after working in industry a few more years, he returned to CSU to teach full time, allowing him to combine his years of industry experience with his desire to work with students. He also maintains a small construction consulting firm, Virtual Construction Management Solutions, which specializes in CPM scheduling, project controls, generating survey layout coordinates, and simple 3D modeling for estimating and coordination.

doreen_beard_main[1]Director of Operations and Engagement for the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising – Doreen Beard

Doreen Beard received her B.A. in history from Colorado State University and her M.B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University. Beard has broad curatorial, heritage research, and community engagement experience in the management of historic sites and material culture collections in both government and university settings.

As director of operations and engagement for the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, Beard’s responsibilities include development of external fundraising and partnerships, cultivation of effective relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, fiscal oversight, and direction of brand identity and promotion of the Avenir Museum’s mission and programs on behalf of the Department of Design and Merchandising.

megan_osborne_main[1]Curator of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising – Katie Knowles

Katie Knowles joined the Avenir Museum and the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University as Avenir Curator and Assistant Professor in 2017. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in history from Rice University, and a B.A. in history from the University of Montana. In addition to her scholarly training, Knowles has worked in museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; and the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her research combines object-based study with fashion studies, art history methods, and archival sources. By combining different source bases and scholarly traditions, Knowles challenges the established narrative of our knowledge of the cultural history of clothing, fashion, and textiles by introducing and exploring understudied or ignored voices and experiences.