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Meet UW's New Faculty

The Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning is launching its New Faculty Profile Series to introduce and welcome the 2017-18 cohort of new faculty to our campus community. Each month we will feature several new faculty. Here are November's profiles. 

Please join us in welcoming them to UW!


Mike Borowczak

Title: Director Cybersecurity Education and Research Center
Department: Computer Science
Education: Ph.D., Computer Science & Engineering, University of Cincinnati
Teaches: Data Structures, Data Science, Software Security

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Mike, who has lived in Laramie for the past five years, looks forward to being able to bring a sustainable Cybersecurity program to the University of Wyoming students. Before joining the University of Wyoming, Mike worked for Intel, Texas Instruments, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and SolidFire-NetApp. He has been fortunate with his career path and is excited for the opportunities and collaboration at UW.

When asked, what is the best advice you give to your students about what it will take to be successful in your classes?” Mike replied, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In class, after class, via email, to me, to TAs, to friends, to their cat/dog. Ask. Questions. It forces you to reflect and synthesize – ‘what do I know?’ ‘what don’t I know?’ ‘what am I missing’ ‘does y relate to z? The only dumb/silly/pointless questions are the one you don’t ask.”

Other interesting things to know about Mike:

  • His future Ted Talk: Getting 3rd graders to code.
  • Favorite Vacation: Small villages in France.
  • If He Had a Million-dollar Grant: Create a 3-year Graduate to K12 outreach pipeline for Applied STEM with industry partners to have some hope of sustainability.
  • If he’s not at work: Road biking.

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Esther Hartsky

Title: Assistant Lecturer
Department: Communication Disorders
Education: A.A.S., Pikes Peak Community College; B.A., Adams State University
Teaches: American Sign Language I & II

Esther comes to the university from the Albany County School District. She tells her students that to be successful in her classes "they need to come to class, participate, practice what they learn every day, and do their homework"

Taking American Sign Language classes in college led Esther to her profession as an interpreter (which she continues to do) and to a field that gives her an opportunity to share and foster this beautiful language and culture. Someday she hopes to add a Master’s Degree in ASL Education to her CV.

When asked, “If you gave a TED Talk, what would it be about?” Esther replied, “Forgiveness.” Coincidentally (or not), this was also her answer to “What is your superpower?”

Other interesting things to know about Esther:

  • If she had 15 minutes to interview someone in her field: Helen Keller.
  • Favorite vacation: Africa.
  • Prefers: Dining out over eating in.

Esther says she really enjoys being a part of the amazing UW community and loves Laramie’s proximity to the mountain trails to go for a nice long run.


Sierra Jepsen

Title: Assistant Lecturer in Meat Judging, Meat Judging Coach, and Cowboy Branded Meats Coordinator
Department: Animal Science
Education: B.S., Ohio State University
Teaches: Introduction to Meat Judging and Advanced Meat Judging

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Sierra comes to us from central Ohio, where she grew up on a grain and cattle farm. She was first introduced to her field during her first meat science class during college. She realized she could combine her passion of livestock production with consumerism. Today, Sierra strives to create a transparent pathway from pasture to plate, helping students understand the interconnected relationships between livestock producers, packers and butchers, all the way to the consumer.

At the end of spring semester, she hopes to celebrate a top five finish in all four intercollegiate contests that the 2018 Meat Judging Team will compete in during the spring semester.

When asked, “What are you looking forward to about being at UW and in Laramie?” Sierra replied, “I knew it wouldn’t be easy to move 1,353 miles across the country, away from family and friends. However, the UW and Laramie communities have immersed me in such a welcoming spirit with numerous opportunities to get out and explore the country side. I can say without hesitation that Laramie is quickly becoming home.”

Other interesting things to know about Sierra:

  • First job: Farmhand. “I wouldn’t trade a single day I spent stacking hay, working cattle or cleaning barns!”
  • Motivation to get out of bed in the morning: Fear of being late.
  • Favorite Vacation: Traveling to New Zealand, Brazil, and Australia with college friends.
  • Prefers: Mountains over the beach.

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Maysam Mousaviraad

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa
Research Interests: High-Fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling and Simulation; Multi-Disciplinary Physics-Based Computational Methods; Deterministic and Stochastic Simulation-Based Design and Optimization
Teaches: Computational Fluid Dynamics I and II (graduate level)

Maysam joins the faculty at UW from the University of Iowa where he was an Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist from 2010-2017. Maysam says he was drawn to the University of Wyoming because of the quality of research conducted by the faculty and the graduate students, as well as the opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaborations, and the healthy emphasis on teaching. His students and his excitement about his research program is what gets him out of bed in the morning.

Maysam’s fascination with fluid motions such as ocean waves and the vortex dynamics, and the complexity of the physical models and the governing equations led him to his field. The combination of the artsy visualizations and the formidable modeling equations created a mysterious captivation that he found irresistible!

Other interesting things to know about Maysam:

  • If he could have coffee/tea with someone: Barack Obama.
  • Favorite vacation: Camping in Yellowstone.
  • Dream vacation: Visiting the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Prefers: Spring over fall (we’ll see if he changes his mind after his first Laramie spring!).


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