Suffolk County Community College Change Agent Team

Scott Gianelli, Physical Sciences
Scott Mandia, Physical Sciences

Team Activities

Team Members

Scott Gianelli

Scott G. spent 16 years working at NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. He has developed an energy and the environment class and a graduate-level global climate course as well as multiple experiments for introductory physics labs. He has a Ph.D. in applied physics.


Scott G. teaches College Physics I, Physics I, II, and IV, and has taught Physics for Health Careers and Automotive Physics.

Scott Mandia

Scott M. is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and a 2014 AGU Ambassador Award winner. He co-founded and chairs the Board of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, a 501c3 organization. In 1995 he received the SUNY Chancellors Award for Outstanding Teaching.


Scott M. teaches Introduction to Weather and Global Climate Change.


Suffolk County Community College (also known as SUNY Suffolk) is the largest community college in the State of New York, serving about 26,000 students from 3 campuses on Long Island. Eighteen percent of its students are Hispanic or Latino.


The Physical Sciences Department includes courses in Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Earth System Science, Environmental Policy/Studies, Geology, and Physics. There are 16 full time faculty and dozens of adjunct faculty at the Ammerman Campus. The Physics program has a few majors but mostly serves students in the health and engineering programs. The Earth & Space Sciences program mostly serves liberal arts majors who are required to take a lab science. The enrollment in this program has been steadily increasing even though college enrollment has been decreasing. There are also increasing numbers of majors in geology, meteorology, and astronomy. They attribute this increase in majors to increased course offerings, club activities, a GEOPATHs grant, Sean Tvelia's work with SAGE 2YC, and community outreach.

There are separate Physical Sciences Departments on each of the three campuses. Both Scotts are based at the Ammerman Campus.

Institutional demographic data is from IPEDS the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, U.S. Department of Education, typically for the 2015-16 year as available.