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Background & Contact

My Story


I am a scientist, engineer and food enthusiast.  I am passionate about transforming our food system in a way that is more responsible to our earth, our health and our communities.  I truly believe that this transformation must begin by reclaiming the joy of cooking so that we can incorporate ingredients that are more responsibly sourced and are healthier.  By understanding some basic thermodynamic principles, we can make more intelligent cooking tool purchases and use better cooking techniques so that we enjoy our cooking experience.

I have a bachelors degree in physics and a masters degree in mechanical engineering.   I worked in the energy sector as a registered thermodynamic design and test engineer for 17 years. For the past 15 years I have been teaching and performing research on energy efficient food in the physics and astronomy department at Appalachian State University.

I invite you to learn with me and welcome others to your table to discuss a transformation of our food system over delicious, energy-efficiently cooked meals.

I would love to visit your conference, club, university, food or science event to talk about these critical topics.  Please reach out via my contact information!

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If you need more information, have questions, or would like to book Carla as a speaker for your event, please contact me at or call (828) 773-1888.


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