Core Team

Lead Contributors

Laura Hosman

Co-Founder and Director

Dr. Laura Hosman is Associate Professor at Arizona State University, holding a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and in The Polytechnic School. Her action-oriented work focuses on the role for new technologies in developing countries, particularly in education. Presently, she brings her passion for experiential learning to the classroom and beyond, through real-world-focused, project-based courses that bring students and student-built technology to the field for implementation.

Bruce Baikie

Co-Founder and Tech Advisor

Bruce Baikie is Senior Sustainability Fellow and Adjunct Faculty at Arizona State University. He has worked for many years as an ICT consultant working in developing regions on sustainable computing, wireless broadband networks, and capacity building through partnerships and local ICT entrepreneurs. He is leveraging his extensive experience in the energy and telecom industries, 3 years as Executive Director of Inveneo, and 17 years at Sun Microsystems as telecom industry expert, and background in engineering and implementing solar powered ICT4D projects. His areas of expertise include: wireless networking, eco-data centers, DC power, and solar power. Bruce has mentored the SolarSPELL student teams since 2015 and has traveled on all of the training and implementation trips.

Chloe Scott

Sustainable Implementation Lead

Chloe Scott graduated from Arizona State University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and Management with a minor in Sustainability and a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential. Chloe first joined the SolarSPELL project as an undergraduate student in fall 2017 through a project-based course Dr. Hosman taught and then became a full-time intern during her final semester. Throughout this time, she supported impact evaluation in Vanuatu, as well as the pilot phase in Rwanda. Previously, Chloe has worked with various nonprofits around the world addressing a variety of global issues in areas such as program development, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, and volunteer travel health and safety training. Through her previous experiences and working with SolarSPELL she has developed great enthusiasm to sustainably impact communities through empowering technologies and increasing access to quality education.

Kristen Linzy

Program Coordinator

Kristen Linzy is a two-time Arizona State University graduate, holding concurrent Bachelor of Science degrees in Justice Studies and Family & Human Development. In May of 2018, she earned an M.S. in Global Technology and Development, leveraging her passion for human rights and equitable access to education, with an understanding of the role technology can serve in bridging educational divides. Kristen oversees SolarSPELL’s impact evaluation and has conducted in-field research across implementation sites in the Pacific Islands.

All Contributors

Past & Present

Mark Henderson

Advisory Board Member

Associate Dean of the Barrett Honors College and President’s Professor of Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU’s Polytechnic campus.

Alex Parker

Content Advisor

Health Sciences Librarian at Arizona State University where he serves as a liaison to the faculty, students, and staff at ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and College of Health Solutions.

Dr. Ruth Toumu’a

Content Advisor

Fellow at the Institute of Education at the University of the South Pacific. She provides educational research, education policy and consultancy, professional development and learning, and publications to support literacy development within USP’s 12 Pacific member nations.

Ian Thomson

Content Advisor

Senior e-Learning Fellow at the University of the South Pacific and manages the Teachers Education Resources and e-Learning Centre (TEREC). He provides strategic, policy and practical advice to Pacific Island Ministries of Education on improving education with ICTs.

Brittany Blevins

Student Manager

Mechanical Engineering student at Arizona State University, with a focus on sustainability and humanitarian engineering. She has worked on and lead projects in several underdeveloped communities emphasizing alternative energy and sustainable development.

Amalia Baikie

Student Intern

Summer intern on the SolarSPELL team and a meta-data expert. Her work has focused on tagging (labeling, describing, and assigning terms to) the library’s content, so that, in the future, it can be searched. She traveled with the SolarSPELL team to the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau in 2017.