Erica Harvey has been a chemistry professor at Fairmont State University since 1994 and currently leads the Creative Sustainability Council on campus as part of the Abelina Suarez Professorship. She has always been fascinated by the interactions of light and matter, and works on solar fuels with undergraduates and K-12 teachers and students through the WV Brigade of the Solar Army. The Solar Army is looking for materials that can speed up the splitting of water with sunlight to form hydrogen and oxygen gas.
Harvey is deeply interested in supporting student success in college science courses, specifically the heavily math-based courses. She’s a Principal Investigator for First2 Network, an NSF INCLUDES Alliance, and also serves as the co-chair of the Capacity Building Working Group for First2.