Dr. Marc Lucht is the lead teacher of and oversees the collaboration between North Cross School and Xinhe Middle School. Most recently, he served as Director of the Undergraduate Research Institute (URI) at Virginia Tech, where he led the URI’s efforts to support student research, supervised the student editors of the undergraduate research journal Philologia, supervised the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences' First Year Experience, and coordinated the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ student exchange program with a school in Rabat, Morocco. Holding a PhD in Philosophy from Emory University, he has been a professor and active scholar, focusing on the philosophy of art and beauty, on moral philosophy, phenomenology, animal ethics, environmental ethics, and on intercultural dialogue and peace studies. He has published widely, has delivered numerous conference papers in a range of countries, and recently has co-edited two books, one dealing with non-human animals and other creatures in the writings of Franz Kafka, and one dealing with group violence. In addition to working as Director of Virginia Tech's URI, Lucht served as Education Coordinator at Virginia Tech's Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, has served on the Philosophy faculties at Kenyon College, the University of Maine, Rocky Mountain College, and Alvernia University, and for seven years served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Universal Dialogue.
Dr. Michael Boehm teaches mathematics and chemistry at Xinhe Middle School. In his previous position he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate School (OIST) in Japan. In that role, he investigated the mixing of multiple phases in microfluidic architectures using experimental methods (e.g., cleanroom fabrication, confocal imaging) and numerical techniques (e.g., finite element method and finite volume method). Prior to working in Japan, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia. In that role, he brought together the unit operations approach of a chemical engineer with the solid and fluid mechanics techniques of a rheologist in order to better understand the dynamics of eating. Dr. Boehm received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, USA, in chemical engineering. He has been an active participant in outreach and volunteer activities in both the USA and Australia, and he has had teaching roles in several undergraduate courses since obtaining his Ph.D. Dr. Boehm is also an active member of the Society of Rheology (SOR), which is a professional organization based in the USA.
Mr. Mark Ryu is a mathematics and physics teacher at Xinhe Middle School. He recently graduated with a Master’s degree in secondary science education from Vanderbilt University and has previously worked with American and Korean students, teaching Biology, Chemistry and English as a foreign language. Similarly, he majored in the Integrated Science Program and Biology in Northwestern University and has a broad background in the sciences and math. Mr. Ryu also participated in research, assisting in a project studying the circadian rhythm gene Ck1e and collaborating in educational gaming research, which focused on teaching Newton’s laws using computer games. In his private life, he enjoys martial arts such as Taekwondo and Kendo, goes skiing and snowboarding and engages in a variety of crafts such as origami, pottery, beading and plastic models.
As an educator, Mr. Ryu believes in the empirical and practical nature of science and math. He is determined to create a class in which all students can succeed and appreciate the value of those disciplines. He welcomes the opportunity to work with Chinese students at Xinhe Middle School.