Trades and Technology Faculty - School of Trades, Technology Sustainability and Professional Studies

Adam Cohen 
Lead Faculty, Greenhouse Technologies and Operation

Adam Cohen holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Marine Biology and Marine Fisheries from Texas A&M University, pursued graduate work at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and has taught mathematics, life and physical sciences, agriculture and entrepreneurship in both private and public high schools for more than 12 years. In 2007, Cohen founded Green Phoenix Farms, a company that is focused on providing individuals with the training, materials and designs necessary to produce high quality foods with minimal effort and resource utilization. 

His commitment to sustainability, natural food and healthy eating, and a concern for the future well-being of communities and the earth as a whole have guided his current efforts to research, develop and educate about Aquaponics. Cohen is committed to developing a method to grow food and aquatic animals in a simple, symbiotic system that can be scaled for “back-yard” hobby farming or up to large-scale profitable commercial production. As a long-term goal, he envisions an urban agricultural model, which will supply natural fruits, vegetables, herbs and a variety of edible fish and other seafood through a totally self-contained and sustainable growing system.

Cohen has been a featured presenter on Aquaponics, Urban Food Production and Food Sustainability at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Aquaponics Association, Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas, Missouri Organic Association, and a number of smaller groups interested in gardening and sustainability. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife and children. 

Shawn Miller

Chair, Trades Department
Assistant Professor, Plumbing, OSHA 30 & HVAC
MBA Certificate, Tulane University

Shawn Miller has worked for 26 years in the plumbing and heating industry in both the residential and commercial areas and operated his own plumbing business in Minnesota. Before coming to SFCC in 2011, Shawn worked as a plumber and an instructor at Anoka Technical College in Minnesota. He was also a master plumber and trainer for Roto-Rooter Chem-Med Corp. He carries numerous specialty and vendor certifications.

Luke Spangenburg
Assistant Director, Center of Excellence, Biofuels

Luke Spangenburg, a Phi Theta Kappa graduate of Santa Fe Community College's Environmental Technologies program who now teaches at the college, has directed the Biofuels Center of Excellence since 2012. Its mission is to develop and deliver workforce training in New Mexico. Luke has also been involved with the Alternative Fuels program since its beginning and continues to collaborate in the development of programming.

SFCC Biofuels Centers of Excellence Director and Lead Faculty Luke Spangenburg was a session chair at the 4th International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts, which will be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center in 2014.

He is also the president of New Solutions Energy; a company dedicated to the creation of innovative algae production systems. Luke's knowledge of sustainable technologies, combined with his passion for the natural world, motivate all of his work. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife and two children.

For more information, please contact the School of Trades, Technology, Sustainability and Professional Studies, 505-428-1388,

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