Robin Bowen is the Assistant Director for the Forensic and Investigative Science Outreach, a program that develops research, scientific resources, and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Her primary responsibilities include coordination of continuing education programs, management of research projects, and correspondence of progress to the National Institute of Justice. Bowen is the author of Ethics and the Practice of Forensic Science. She is an advisory member of the Outreach and Communication Interagency Working Group (IWG) under the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee (NSTC) on Forensic Science. She is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for the revised edition of Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Bowen is the primary developer of the Forensic Educational Alliance, an initiative to offer a variety of forensic science continuing education courses online. She has an undergraduate degree in Forensic and Investigative Sciences and a graduate degree in Secondary Science Education. Robin is the online course instructor for Ethics in Forensic Science and Hair Evaluation for DNA Analysis.
Samantha Neal is an Instructional Coordinator for the Forensic and Investigative Science Outreach, a program that provides scientific resources and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Her primary responsibilities are the development and coordination of online and on-site continuing education courses and programs in forensic science. She has undergraduate degrees in both Forensic and Investigative Sciences and Chemistry. Samantha is the online course instructor for Roles in Forensic Science, Science of Fingerprints, Forensic Mass Spectrometry, Forensic Drug Chemistry, Perspectives in Expert Testimony, Forensic Entomology for the CSI, IBIS, Chemical Spot Tests for Illicit Drugs, Fundamentals of Forensic Toxicology, AFIS, and Forensic Science 101.
Kelly Ayers is an instructional coordinator with Forensic & Investigative Science Outreach. Prior to coming to WVU, Kelly was employed as a forensic services technician with the Asheville, NC Police Department. While there, she was qualified as an expert in forensic identification in North Carolina Superior Court and was published in the Journal of Forensic Identification. She has an undergraduate degree with a double major in Philosophy and Biology from Frostburg (Maryland) State University and was the first graduate of the West Virginia University Forensic Identification Program. Since joining FSI, Kelly has become an IAI Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and received her Master of Science in Forensic Science Administration from Oklahoma State University. She is responsible for instructing several continuing education courses, courses in the Forensic & Investigative Science Minor, and crime scene related on site courses.
Brianne Miller is an Instructional Coordinator for the Forensic and Investigative Science Outreach Department. Brianne earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Forensic Science from Waynesburg University in 2011. In 2013, she also earned her Masters of Science degree from the Forensic and Investigate Science Program here at West Virginia University. Prior to joining the Outreach program, Brianne worked as an adjunct Chemistry Professor at Waynesburg University where she taught Organic Chemistry lab and lecture. Brianne is currently an online instructor for DNA Analysis of Forensic Based Evidence, Hair Evaluation, Evidence Analysis, and Biological Evidence.
Graphic Designer/Instructional Media Technologist
Brandon Smithson is the Graphic Designer/Instructional Media Technologist for the Forensic Science Initiative. He is a graduate of Fairmont State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Technology. His primary responsibilities are providing graphics, animations, and print design for the online continuing education programs.
Accounting Assistant I
Bill Cunningham is an Accounting Assistant I for the Forensic Science Initiative. His primary responsibilities include review of travel reimbursement requests and research purchase card invoices applying to federal grant funds.