- MS, Physics, Nizhny Novgorod University at Russia
- PhD, Astrophysics, Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
Prior to joining the faculty in Sierra Nevada College in fall 2010, for 33 years Altunin worked in the leading space research institutions in Russia and USA, including 3 years in the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA). Altunin’s primary occupation was astronomy, particularly space astronomy. During his professional years he worked as a researcher and later progressed to management at the Russian Physical Institute as a Project manager for a several space astronomy projects. Altunin is an author and coauthor of more than 50 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and several chapters in space related textbooks. In addition to teaching at SNC, Altunin taught a course on Space Science Management at the International Space University (Strasburg, France) in the mid 1990’s. He finds teaching to be quite enjoyable and a logical path after retirement from an “active” space science career.
- BS, Education University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, School Counseling, University of Phoenix, Gifted and Talented Endorsement
Upon retiring from her elementary and gifted and talented teaching positions with Washoe County School District, Laureen joined SNC as a supervisor of student teachers. She has been a Board member of the WCSD Gifted and Talented Advisory Council since its inception, and a member of the National and California Gifted and Talented Associations.
Dr. Nazir Ansari is a retired professor of business management from the University of Nevada, Reno where he taught graduate and undergraduate classes in Strategic Management and International Business. During his professional career he has been a consultant and board member at several public companies. He has also been an advisor to federal and state governments on policy matters dealing with economic and health issues. He has a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Mary who is a published author of several books on Nevada history live in Incline Village where they enjoy an active outdoor life in the company of great friends.
- BS in Spanish, and Psychology – English, Weber State University
- MBA, University of Phoenix
- Ed.D. (Doctorate of Education) in Instructional Technology, University of Wyoming
Dr. Mark Atkinson is an innovative educator and business professional. His 20+ years of professional experience has ranged across continuing education, small business development, graduate studies, online education, and a variety of other academic and administrative programs. He has been a dean, assistant professor of educational technology, program administrator, and small business owner at six universities, public and private, and his own business.
Mark’s particular expertise is in online education infrastructure and pedagogy, from institutional strategies, policies, and personnel to technology infrastructure. He has built undergraduate and graduate online courses and programs, instructional design teams, faculty training programs, state authorization and regulatory compliance, enrollment management teams, and online student support services.
A native of Logan Utah, Mark is married to the love of his life, Ellen. They have 5 children and a very ambitious puppy. Mark’s personal interests include family, Disneyland, drumming (classic rock and jazz), skiing, scuba diving, classic ghost stories (boo!), cooking, and fitness.