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Vernier Software & Technology

Stellar Service
Makes a Measurable Difference

Stellar Service Makes a Measurable Difference

Stellar Service

Makes a Measurable Difference

Stellar Service Makes a Measurable Difference

Engaging students in the collection and analysis of scientific data takes innovative technology. It also takes stellar service from the partner you choose. At Vernier, our priority is to provide science educators with unparalleled customer service, technical support, and resources so you are always supported when integrating our technology.

Why? Because when you succeed, your students succeed—and that makes all the difference.

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Educators worldwide use our technology, services, and resources to engage students in science investigations. Read how your colleagues make a measurable difference with Vernier and share your story.

"Utilizing Vernier sensors has transformed the quality of lab experiences at my school, immersing students in cognitively demanding tasks that are highly rewarding. The sensors allow students to explore biological concepts with cutting-edge digital technologies while facilitating greater confidence and competency among students by helping them develop stronger quantitative and mathematical skills."

— Molly Sultany, Northwest Academy, Portland, OR

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Elaine Nam

Elaine Nam, Ph.D.

Director of Chemistry

If you ask Elaine what her favorite element is, she’ll tell you “I have a soft spot for iron, but I would have to say that hydrogen is my favorite because it is fundamental to chemistry.” With a passion for chemistry, Elaine taught as a lab instructor for general chemistry at the University of Washington. In her role as Director of Chemistry, she brings an understanding of how technology helps students learn, and a thoughtful ingenuity to technology research and development.

Elaine earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Pomona College, her M.S. in Chemistry from San Francisco State, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington, where her research focused on synthesis of cysteinate-ligated non-heme iron enzyme analogues reproducing key spectroscopic features.

During the winter months, Elaine can be found snowboarding and snowshoeing, where she zips down her favorite Northwest slopes.

Elaine Nam

Fran Poodry

Director of Physics

Fran Poodry taught high school physics at schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for over twenty years. When asked why she chose to teach physics, Fran will tell you, “I chose teaching because I was asked how I was going to make the world a better place, and teaching seemed like something I could do with a fairly immediate impact. I chose physics because I love physics and because physics gets the best toys: bowling balls, dry ice, fish tanks full of water, strings of holiday lights, strong magnets, really long slinkys, and many more surprisingly fun items.”

Fran taught various levels, from conceptual physics to AP Physics C. She has additional experience teaching university physics labs. Fran has a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College and a Master of Science in Education from Temple University.

In recent years, Fran has volunteered annually at the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia, teaching a three-day Arduino programming workshop to recent high school graduates. When not relaxing with a book or a soldering project, Fran enjoys the sport of curling. Follow Fran on Twitter: @fpoodry.

Elaine Nam

John Melville, Ph.D.

Director of Biology

John has over a decade of experience teaching at the university level. When teaching neuroscience, John took an integrated approach: “You have to understand key concepts in physics to understand how ion channels work. Many of my students took physics as seniors. I worked with the physics instructor so that when they just finished a certain subject (electricity), I began teaching the section in Neuro that was directly related to what they had learned. This way they learned that the physical and life sciences are linked.”

John received his B.A. in Biology and his B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Oregon State University, where his areas of research included animal behavior, extracellular recording techniques, neuronal tract tracing, immunohistochemistry, and confocal laser scanning microscopy.

Enjoying the network of rivers and wide variety of coastal areas that Oregon has to offer, John loves to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and surf. John is also a zealous Portland Timbers soccer fan.

Elaine Nam

Sam Swartley

Director of Engineering Education

Sam first became interested in engineering when he was in high school. He liked combining math and science in physics, and he wanted to explore the addition of design, building and testing. As a father to two young women, Sam teaches them an important lesson in engineering: “It’s good to fail. It’s the first step in learning and in making your design the best it can be.”

After receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University, Sam worked in industry for seven years using NI LabVIEW software. He assisted in the creation of two engineering lab books, Hands-On Introduction to NI LabVIEW with Vernier and Engineering Projects with NI LabVIEW and Vernier.

Sam spends his time skiing on the mountain, hiking the numerous wooded trails, or exploring the Oregon coast. Enjoying the ease of bicycle-friendly streets, Sam is a committed bicycle commuter. He is also an enthusiastic soccer fan, and he supports the Portland Timbers.

Elaine Nam Image

Elaine Nam, Ph.D.

Director of Chemistry

Fran Poodry Image

Fran Poodry

Director of Physics

If you ask Elaine what her favorite element is, she’ll tell you “I have a soft spot for iron, but I would have to say that hydrogen is my favorite because it is fundamental to chemistry.” With a passion for chemistry, Elaine taught as a lab instructor for general chemistry at the University of Washington. In her role as Director of Chemistry, she brings an understanding of how technology helps students learn, and a thoughtful ingenuity to technology research and development.

Elaine earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Pomona College, her M.S. in Chemistry from San Francisco State, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington, where her research focused on synthesis of cysteinate-ligated non-heme iron enzyme analogues reproducing key spectroscopic features.

During the winter months, Elaine can be found snowboarding and snowshoeing, where she zips down her favorite Northwest slopes.

Fran Poodry taught high school physics at schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for over twenty years. When asked why she chose to teach physics, Fran will tell you, “I chose teaching because I was asked how I was going to make the world a better place, and teaching seemed like something I could do with a fairly immediate impact. I chose physics because I love physics and because physics gets the best toys: bowling balls, dry ice, fish tanks full of water, strings of holiday lights, strong magnets, really long slinkys, and many more surprisingly fun items.”

Fran taught various levels, from conceptual physics to AP Physics C. She has additional experience teaching university physics labs. Fran has a B.A. in Physics from Swarthmore College and a Master of Science in Education from Temple University.

In recent years, Fran has volunteered annually at the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia, teaching a three-day Arduino programming workshop to recent high school graduates. When not relaxing with a book or a soldering project, Fran enjoys the sport of curling. Follow Fran on Twitter: @fpoodry.

John Melville Image

John Melville, Ph.D.

Director of Biology

Sam Swartley Image

Sam Swartley

Director of Engineering Education

John has over a decade of experience teaching at the university level. When teaching neuroscience, John took an integrated approach: “You have to understand key concepts in physics to understand how ion channels work. Many of my students took physics as seniors. I worked with the physics instructor so that when they just finished a certain subject (electricity), I began teaching the section in Neuro that was directly related to what they had learned. This way they learned that the physical and life sciences are linked.”

John received his B.A. in Biology and his B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Oregon State University, where his areas of research included animal behavior, extracellular recording techniques, neuronal tract tracing, immunohistochemistry, and confocal laser scanning microscopy.

Enjoying the network of rivers and wide variety of coastal areas that Oregon has to offer, John loves to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and surf. John is also a zealous Portland Timbers soccer fan.

Sam first became interested in engineering when he was in high school. He liked combining math and science in physics, and he wanted to explore the addition of design, building and testing. As a father to two young women, Sam teaches them an important lesson in engineering: “It’s good to fail. It’s the first step in learning and in making your design the best it can be.”

After receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University, Sam worked in industry for seven years using NI LabVIEW software. He assisted in the creation of two engineering lab books, Hands-On Introduction to NI LabVIEW with Vernier and Engineering Projects with NI LabVIEW and Vernier.

Sam spends his time skiing on the mountain, hiking the numerous wooded trails, or exploring the Oregon coast. Enjoying the ease of bicycle-friendly streets, Sam is a committed bicycle commuter. He is also an enthusiastic soccer fan, and he supports the Portland Timbers.

Awards

Stevie Award

Recognized as the Customer Service Department of the Year

Best Green Business Award

Awarded for our commitment to the environment

Corporate Philanthropy Award

Honored for charitable giving and community support

Recognized for outstanding contributions to science education

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