Who Is SunCatcher?
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, NC, SunCatcher Passive Solar Greenhouses is dedicated to helping you take advantage of the cutting edge design and development of greenhouse technology. SunCatchers are designed to make your growing simpler, more eco-friendly and more effective by solving conventional greenhouse problems associated with heating, cooling, carbon dioxide, light and humidity levels with passive solutions and very little or NO fossil energy input. With recent advances in materials and automation, SunCatcher is working diligently to keep our products state of the art.
Dr. Terry Carroll, physicist, founder, principal designer and CEO, has been involved with solar energy research and design for nearly four decades and holds advanced degrees in physics and science education. In the late 1970s, Dr. Carroll lived in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest; a hotbed for solar design and construction activity. During that time he learned directly from those who were at the forefront of solar design, becoming certified as an Arizona Energy Auditor in the process. Returning to his home state of North Carolina in the early ’80s, Carroll taught passive solar design courses at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem and later worked as a residential energy consultant, doing both active and passive solar design and installation for Solar Works, Inc., in Mt. Airy. From 1983 to 2009, Carroll taught physics, sustainable development, environmental studies and passive solar greenhouse courses at Appalachian State University in Boone. Dr. Carroll retired from ASU’s Biology Department in 2009 to devote himself full time to the development of SunCatcher.
Josh Carroll, Director of Strategy
, has six years of experience envisioning, building, and managing products and has been involved in various roles with SunCatcher for the last ten years. He is currently a “remote” member of the SunCatcher team working on bringing the SunCatcher strategy to market from his home in Washington, DC. He also uses his software background to help with high-end SunCatcher automation and managing the website. In his free time, he enjoys electronic music, large-scale art projects, and thinking about how best to increase the global supply of renewable energy.
Andrew Harrell, Sustainable Architectural Design Apprentice,
is applying passive solar design principles to draft existing and new construction SunCatcher plans. Harrell plays a vital role, serving as a CAD specialist to document and implement the designs. Harrell is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering and Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University where he also serves as a Research Assistant in the Soil Science department. Harrell plans to seek a Master of Landscape Architecture upon graduating and strives to bridge the gap between engineering and design in the built environment. On campus he is an advocate for environmental and sustainability-related programs such as EcoVillage, a living-and-learning community at NC State and a pilot study for compost tea as a fertilizer alternative. Sustainability as it pertains to urban resilience, food systems and bioremediation is Harrell’s primary focus in his coursework.
Austin Bowman, Architectural and Graphic Design Specialist
, is applying his knowledge of CAD and Adobe Creative Suite to migrate SunCatcher designs to Rhinoceros and Adobe. He plays a vital role as a CAD specialist working closely with Andrew throughout the design process. Bowman is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a focus on Integrated Design for Sustainability as well as Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University. He is the principal investigator for research on urban design’s influence on landscape performance and plans to pursue a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design. Bowman is currently a Sustainability Intern with the City of Raleigh and is working with the campus Sustainability Office to create a Student Sustainability Resource Coalition. Sustainability in the urban built environment, urban agriculture, and design performance is Bowman’s primary academic and professional focus.
, Grow Space Design and Passive Solar Greenhouse Operation Specialist
, is a valuable member of the SunCatcher team specializing in optimizing the growing conditions in passive solar greenhouses. She has growing experience in both conventional and passive solar greenhouses. She can help you design a grow space to best fit your needs. For beginning growers, she helps with plant propagation, pest and disease identification and management solutions. She provides guidance in SunCatcher climate control as SunCatchers differ from traditional greenhouses in their climate management. Danielle is a graduate of Appalachian State University, where she first became interested in Environmental Studies, a path that lead her to agricultural practices and greenhouses. She has been an apprentice of Dr. Carroll’s in the development and progression of SunCatchers for ten years. As a grower herself she has learned many of the do’s and do not’s that only experience can teach you.
Shelton Wilder, Aesthetics Consultant and Grower
, has 30+ years of experience inspiring and motivating high school students in his art classes to reach their creative potential. His creative contributions to education, sustainability and preservation efforts have positively impacted many in his community. He is an avid organic gardener and has tested and provided functional and aesthetic input on the development of the SunCatcher Jr model as well as other aspects of marketing and product development. Shelton is a welcomed addition to the SunCatcher team with his artistic perspective, creative ideas and thoughtful instigation.
Erin Zimmerman, Writing and Research Specialist
, has been working for SunCatcher since 2009. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Iowa State University in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program and has been writing and designing SunCatcher documents amidst teaching, studying, and writing a dissertation on visual communication pedagogy in the fields of biology and composition. She has been a long-distance sounding board for the SunCatcher CEO, reminding him that not everyone “speaks physics,” and continues to help convert his and the team’s ideas into readable texts.
Dr. Christoffel den Biggelaar, an Associate Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University,
has collaborated on the passive solar greenhouse research since 2005, rebuilding and modifying a small (20×30 ft) donated hoophouse with passive solar features (thermal mass, insulation on the North roof) at the SD Farm in Valle Crucis, and collecting performance data over six seasons. On the new SD Farm in Fleetwood, this research continues on a much larger hoophouse (35×48 ft) using the same features. He joined the university in 2000; between 2000 and 2009, he also managed SD’s Teaching & Research Farm. He received a BSc in Agronomy in the Netherlands, and a MS (Agricultural and Extension Education) and PhD (Forestry) at Michigan State University. Dr. den Biggelaar has 30 years of experience in teaching, research and extension in the Netherlands, United States, Burkina Faso, Congo-Brazzaville, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Rwanda, and Kenya. Since 2005, he has worked during the summer and two semester-long sabbaticals in Madagascar as a technical advisor and adjunct faculty for agroforestry and sustainable agriculture for the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group and the Institut Supérieur des Sciences Environnementales et du Développement Durable (Université de Toamasina, Madagascar).
Shannon Carroll, Gardener and Administrative Assistant
, has 30+ years of experience providing leadership and support for instructional technology in the K-12 arena as well as providing technical assistance, recording keeping, and gardening support for SunCatcher. She retired from Watauga County Schools in 2013 and is currently dividing her time between a part-time educational technology consultant position, working part-time as the Lettuce Learn
garden coordinator for Parkway School and helping with SunCatcher website updates, office management, communications and testing of the SunCatcher Jr. prototype as well as providing healthy meals for the SunCatcher CEO.