Aaron M. Socha, Ph.D.

Director: Center for Sustainable Energy
Associate Professor: Department of Chemistry
Bronx Community College
Snow House, Room 202


Aaron has taught chemistry at BCC since 2011, and started as Director of CSE in 2013. His early career focused on drug discovery where he performed structure elucidation and synthesis of several classes of naturally occurring antibiotics. The compounds were isolated from marine microbes, synthetically optimized and subsequently evaluated against clinical pathogens.  As an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Brown University, Aaron researched microbial lignin catabolism and lipid biosynthesis where he developed a fascination with biodiesel fuel and green chemistry.   He now works on biofuel processes involving ionic liquids and catalysts derived from biomass waste streams. At CSE he administers the solar/photovoltaic training program under two NYSERDA awards, and leads BCC's $9M CUNY 2020 award to develop a sustainable fuel and product development lab. Aaron received his BS from Fordham University and his PhD from University of Rhode Island under David Rowley and currently teaches Organic Chemistry and Sustainability, Energy and the Green Economy. He enjoys competitive squash and recreational surfing.

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Celia F. Bracy

Office Manager: Center for Sustainable Energy
Bronx Community College
Snow House, Room 104


Celia F. Bracy is the Center for Sustainable Energy Office Manager. Celia has over 20 years of experience as a Special Event/Meeting Planner, Office Manager, and Executive Assistant in both the private and public sector. Celia joined CUNY six years ago and the CSE team in June of 2014. Celia is very creative and enjoys organizing outside events, making greeting cards and cycling.

Dorian Whyte

College Assistant: Center for Sustainable Energy
Bronx Community College
Snow House, Room 104A


Dorian received his BSc in Mathematics from Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York. He currently manages the NY-Sun PVTN Solar Workshops.