Alumni Connection

As an alumnus of the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, you serve as an ambassador by helping to promote the department's programs and by helping to build important relationships with our broader professional communities. We encourage and welcome your continuing involvement in the department. Please let us know how you're doing!

Stay in touch

Contact Wendy Ray at with news of your accomplishments or to sign up for the department's electronic newsletter. Update your information on Appalachian's Gold Book.

Get involved

Share your knowledge by being a guest speaker in classes or to a Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment student organization. Consider hiring one of our student interns, or taking part in a Jobs Fair to interview prospective employees. If interested in pursuing these options, contact the department chairperson, Chad Everhart, at, or contact the program coordinators listed for the program of interest.

Featured Graduates

Ross Dillon and wife LorettaRoss Dillon

Ross Dillon (MS in Technology, 2009) is currently working with the Energy Efficiency Standards Group within Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The program's primary focus is on the development and adoption of test procedures and energy conservation standards for selected consumer appliances as well as for commercial and industrial equipment. Ross’s primary tasks within the group are focused on analysis of commercial/industrial fans to help determine whether new energy conservation standards or energy use standards are technologically feasible, economically justified, and have the potential to result in significant energy savings. 

 Ross has developed his technical and analytical skills working on a multitude of projects including utility energy conservation program development, commercial energy performance verification, federal building modernization, and academic research projects. He strongly believes that the knowledge, relationships, and technical competencies he developed during his time in the Master's program have been instrumental in his growth and have led directly to contributions within the energy efficiency industry. Additionally, the combination of both academic and industry perspectives that he gained during his time at Appalachian State fueled his desire to continue learning about and pushing forward an area of study that has the potential to change the world for the better.

Edwin Woods and famliyEdwin K. Woods

Edwin K. Woods, a 1998 Bachelor of Science graduate of Appalachian State is the President of the North Carolina Division of Dan Ryan Builders. After graduating from ASU in 1998, Edwin joined Centex Homes' Charlotte operation in 1998 as a Field Manager and was named Project Manager in 2000. He became an Area Construction Manager in 2002 for a short period before becoming the Division Service Manager. In 2004 he worked again as the Division's Area Construction Manager until in 2006 when he became the Construction Services Manager. In December 2007, Edwin was named Director of Construction Operations for the Charlotte Division.

When Centex was purchased by Pulte Homes, Edwin went to work for D.R. Horton homes as President of their new Fayetteville area operations. In 2011, he was hired at Dan Ryan Builders as President of the North Carolina Division.

Edwin has a B.S. in Construction Management from ASU and received his MBA from Queens University in Charlotte in 2009. He remains involved with Appalachian State and is Chair of the Department of Technology and Environmental Design Advisory Board. Edwin and his wife Shannon are pictured above with their 3 girls Ella, Chloe and Alexa.

"My education at ASU prepared me for professional success. The influence of my professors and classmates has given me the winning spirit that has driven me to succeed both personally and professionally."


Chad Everhart
Department Chair 

Katherine Harper Hall
Main Office Room 20
397 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: 828-262-3110
Fax: 828-265-8696

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