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2019 Polytechnic Summit

Keynote Panel: Global Partners European Alliance (GPEA)

The Global Partners European Alliance (GPEA), also known as the USEU Alliances is made up of six charter member institutions. The members of the alliance came together to focus on the comprehensive relationships and strategic collaborative opportunities in the greater European region through successful development and delivery of university-level degree programs, applied research, professional development programs, and community outreach activities.

Each of these charter members bring unique strengths to the overall membership in creating an alliance addressing increased effectiveness, professionalism, and performance of their respective institutions while promoting broad and positive economic impact for the greater European region.

The Global Partners European Alliance seeks to be an inclusive and impartial convener of academic, industry, and government alliance member stakeholders to formulate educational opportunities and applied research and potential solutions on a national and regional scale in the STEM and other disciplines. The GPEA will necessarily have an impact in relevant cross-cutting areas such as sustainability, transportation, environment, security, resilience, and human capital development.

The cross-institutional panelists will discuss and address varying aspect of the alliance and future of polytechnic education.

Barbara Howell, Coventry University, Coventry, UK
Bernd Steffensen, Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany
Mark Deegan, Technology University-Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Uwe W. Schulz, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne, Switzerland
Robert F. Cox, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, Indiana, USA
Charles Bomar, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin, USA

2019 Polytechnic Summit Keynote Presenters

 2019 Polytechnic Summit Keynote Presenters

Bob MeyerPS19-Robert Meyer

Meyer became the seventh chancellor at UW-Stout on Aug. 16, 2014. Chancellor Meyer holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota. He earned an M.S. in management technology and a B.S. in industrial education, both at UW-Stout.

Craig YolitzPS19-Craig Yolitz

Craig Yolitz leads a multidisciplinary team of experts that creates and delivers FindLaw's industry-leading online marketing solutions. He is also responsible for developing and implementing an ongoing customer experience strategy that supports customer and revenue retention initiatives.

He holds an MBA in management from the University of St. Thomas and a B.S. in industrial technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Denise M. AndersonPS19-Denise Anderson-DPS

Denise Anderson has been on the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management faculty since 2003. From 2009 until 2015, she also served as the department’s graduate coordinator. Anderson’s major research interests involve youth development, youth sport, leisure education and student development, and girls’ and women’s access to recreation opportunities. Prior to coming to Clemson, she served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s in physical education from Eastern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in leisure behavior from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Steve HellenPS19-Steve Hellen

Steve Hellen has 20 years of IT experience.  He joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in 2012 and leads the agency’s ICT4D and GIS practice. In 2016 he led an update of CRS’ ICT4D strategy to focus on data analytics, scale and enabling programs & partners. Prior to joining CRS, Steve served as an IT Director at Johns Hopkins University. He taught computer science courses at Loyola University and an undergraduate GIS course at Johns Hopkins.  He began his career at Accenture. Steve holds a Master’s in environmental science and policy, a Bachelor’s in engineering science and a graduate certificate in GIS. 


Preconference Facilitators

Sandra Bailey, MAPS19-Sandra Bailey

Professor, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon Sandra Bailey is professor of business management and the former director of academic excellence at Oregon Tech. During her seven-year tenure as director she guided the institution from an accountability focus to an improvement orientation; coordinating assessment with curricular design and faculty professional development. At Oregon Tech she also led a task force in a comprehensive general education review using assessment results and the Degree Qualifications Profile to guide the redesign of general education. Oregon Tech’s new Essential Studies program is an integrated general education program with clear alignment to institutional student learning outcomes.
MariaLynn Kessler, PhDPS19-MariaLynn Kessler Professor of Psychology, Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland, Oregon Maria Lynn Kessler is the Acting Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences department at Oregon Tech. She currently serves as the Program Director for the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program as well as the BS in Applied Psychology-Portland-Metro program. During her tenure at Oregon Tech, Dr. Kessler has served on the Curriculum and Planning Commission, the General Education Advisory Council, and the Executive Committee of the Assessment Commission which she chaired for six years. Dr. Kessler was a member of Oregon Tech’s General Education Review Task Force and participated in a comprehensive review of general education and development of the Essential Studies program, Oregon Tech’s general education program.

Innisfree McKinnon, PhD

PS19-Innisfree McKinnon

Assistant Professor, College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, UW-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin MckInnon loves geography and its inherent interdisciplinary nature. Research Interests currently include political ecology, geographies of food and agriculture, urban-rural interactions, geographies of tourism and recreation, participatory and critical GIS, and citizen science, critical geographies of children and youth.

Matthew A. Ray, PhD

PS19-Matthew Ray

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Physics Department, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin Ray began at UW-Stout in 2010 and currently has specialties in Polymer, Colloid, and Surface Chemistry, Protein-Particle Conjugation Techniques, Magnetic Particle Synthesis and Functionalization, Emulsion Polymerization, and Particle Self-Assembly. He received his MS and PhD in Chemistry from Lehigh University.

Joshua E. SeaverPS19-Josh Seaver

Assistant Professor, Design Department, College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin Seaver is a passionate designer and educator, with a focus on user experience and interaction for creative software. His goal is to continue being an innovator and leader in making tools for game and animation industry professionals, and keeping the artist's focus on content.

Postconference Workshop Facilitators

​Michael CroppPS19-Mike Cropp

Management Engineer/Fab Lab Specialist, Discovery Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin Cropp is a centralized resource for all Fab Lab activities and works with faculty, staff and other industry and community members across the state and region for training and educational programming. He ensures that UW-Stout is equipped with the resources to power the hands-on learning for which Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University is known.

Vladimir E. Kuznetsov, PhD
PS19-Vladimir E. Kuznetsov

Fab lab Director, National University of Science and Technology "MISIS"
Moscow, Russia

Vladimir Kuznetsov, is a specialist in the field of metallic materials processing, CAD/CAM/CAE. In 2012 has founded the fab lab Moscow, directs the Technologies and Materials for Digital Fabrication Masters program. Vladimir Kuznetsov is also a well-recognized ambassador of makers movement in Russia, for the past three years has acted as the lead producer of Maker Faire Moscow.


2019 Polytechnic Summit Session Descriptions

Session Descriptions

All sessions were held June 4-5, 2019 in Harvey Hall, First Floor Rooms 140, 141, and 143.


Tuesday Sessions

Design Research in a Polytechnic Setting: Leveraging Polytechnic Research Initiatives as Thematic Content in a Graduate Design Research Class SESSION 1: 10:45 - 11:15 - Erik Evensen, UW-Stout This presentation will feature the research project conducted by graduate students in a research strategies class in UW–Stout’s Master of Fine Arts in Design. Students were presented with the issue of algae blooms in regional lake watersheds, a topic that is central to UW–Stout’s LAKES REU summer research program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Students’ work touched on elements from sociology, economics, and biological sciences. This opportunity has pushed the idea of cross-campus, interdisciplinary research initiatives and provided real-world stakes that helped guide purely conceptual models. It has also provided tangible examples of what research can look like in the design field. Visual examples of the research methods and students’ conceptual models will be included. Examples of student artifacts include proposals for site-specific installations, interactive experiences, and research-driven documentary film. Harvey Hall Room 140
Crafting a Designer with an Identity: Applied Learning and Collaboration within Undergraduate Design Education SESSION 2: 11:15 - 11:45 - Ceri Graham Almrott, Technological University Dublin The BSc Product Design program at TU Dublin is an internationally recognized course, which engages students in learning from three pillars of the design industry: creative, engineering and business. The program has been developed with a cross-disciplinary approach with the intention of providing them with a firm grounding in these three discipline areas. This produces graduates capable of understanding and executing all stages of the design process with a distinct focus on producing products and interventions which are technically feasible, consumer appropriate and commercially credible. In the first year the teaching method used across the program retains the core integrity of the disciplines before later engaging the students in live, multidisciplinary design projects with external agents in subsequent years. This allows the students to apply their basic knowledge and develop their theory and practice further as they negotiate through increasingly complex projects. Through these applied learning opportunities, the program facilitates its students in negotiating their own professional identities and establishing a vision for themselves as they begin the journey of becoming a practicing design professional. Harvey Hall Room 140
Transmedia Studio: 15 Students, 6 Majors, 1 Public Art Project SESSION 3: 11:45 - 12:15 - Kimberly Long Loken and LB Meeker, UW-Stout

Public dissemination of collaborative work is the core objective of this advanced undergraduate studio course. The instructor and students will share the process and outcomes of their project for Northern Spark 2017, a climate-focused public art festival in the Twin Cities. Using up-cycled materials, original animation and projection mapping, the work illuminates mycorrihizae, which facilitate the symbiotic relationship between plant fungus and roots. The teamwork and knowledge-sharing throughout the semester proved poetically analogous to the students’ chosen topic.

Harvey Hall Room 140
Empathy as a Tool to Improve the Success of Innovation Processes. Practical Experiences in the Class Room SESSION 4: 10:45 - 11:15 - Bernd Steffensen, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt Classroom discussions about the pros and cons of future technological developments often reach a point where engineering students come up with two questions: “Why do others think in a different way than engineers do?” and “Why don’t they see that a new technological solution is brilliant?” To think in a ‘we’ and ‘they’ distinction is an obstacle in the innovation process and limits options. To overcome this limitation, I offered a new learning experience by combining some of the weekly sessions to full Saturday session. The setting is of a town hall discussion about a planned project of a pumped storage hydro power station. It is a scenario for an intense political discussion, at least in Germany. The students take the roles of different interest groups and prepare posters and statements for the town hall discussion. Their own arguments have to be developed in the light of the ideas and values of the other groups. Empathic thinking about the various interests is necessary. Harvey Hall Room 141
Starting Early: Intercultural Impacts of a Pre-Freshman Study Abroad for Techies SESSION 5: 11:15 - 11:45 - Elizabeth A. Barajas and Misty N. Clugh, Purdue University Intentional intercultural learning programs, such as the Global Competence Certificate are increasing the capacity for intercultural learning in study abroad students. This presentation argues for an earlier than typical start to intercultural learning and study abroad for STEM students by examining the significant IDI gains of participants of a two-week pre-freshman study abroad that provided an opportunity for facilitated intercultural learning prior to the start of undergraduate studies. Harvey Hall Room 141
Advancing STEM Students' "Soft" Career Skills in 4 Weeks or Less: A Large-Scale Study Abroad Outcomes Study SESSION 6: 11:45 - 12:15 - Katherine N. Yngve, Purdue University It is widely acknowledged that career success in today’s world is enhanced by intercultural or multicultural competency; e.g. the ability to work well on teams or with clients who “…define problems differently you do.” A number of STEM standards organizations, including ABET, have repeatedly called for undergraduate programs to produce globally competent professionals. We will discuss student learning outcomes of two dozen Purdue short-term, departmental programs designed to improve students’ ability to find common ground, as measured by the Intercultural Development Inventory (the IDI), a 50-item survey found to have little to no social desirability bias. The majority of programs analyzed were offered by STEM faculty, for STEM students. Seventeen of the programs had leaders who had completed formal training intended to enhance their capacity to mentor students towards intercultural competence. Findings indicate that in some cases, programs which spend as little as eight days abroad can create as much intercultural development as the best semester-long study abroad programs. Harvey Hall Room 141
Learning From and Engaging with Assessment and Feedback (LEAF): A Strategic Initiative in Technological University, Dublin SESSION 7: 10:45 - 11:15 - Louise Lynch, Technological University Dublin

Learning From and Engaging with Assessment and Feedback (LEAF): A Strategic Initiative in Technological University, Dublin

A team of 18 academics from across all colleges and a student representative from Technological University Dublin explored the issues of Assessment and Feedback (A&F), to develop strategic and practical proposals to enhance this practice across the university. The research investigates the very real challenges involved with A&F in the higher education sector internationally, thereby contributing to the discussion on applied learning.

The first steps of the research were to identify the key issues in relation to A&F from the literature, carry out key informant interviews, and obtain student and staff insights through surveys. The paper goes on to discuss and evaluate the key strategies which were implemented/proposed to attempt to address these issues at the module, program, student and institutional level. This innovative and multi-layered approach, incorporating key stakeholders, uses theory, international literature and experience to inform the development of strategic initiatives regarding A&F within the university.

Harvey Hall Room 143
Benchmarking for Polytechnic Institutions-Part 1 SESSION 8: 11:15 - 11:45 - Meridith Wentz, UW-Stout This presentation will discuss various approaches to benchmarking among polytechnic institutions. We will show how benchmarking data will provide a deeper understanding of academic and non-academic measures to inform resource management and allow units to develop innovative solutions in a dynamic higher education environment. Different benchmarking approaches will be showcased including, the University Benchmarking Project (UBP); the Delaware Instructional Costs Study; and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Harvey Hall Room 143
Benchmarking for Polytechnic Institutions-Part 2 SESSION 9: 11:45 - 12:15 - Meridith Wentz, Glendali Rodriguez, and Kevin Wilkinson, UW-Stout This presentation is a continuation of the discussion about benchmarking among polytechnic institutions. Several case studies will be provided demonstrating how benchmarking data from these projects are used at UW-Stout, including plans for the future. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss benchmarking needs across polytechnic institutions. Harvey Hall Room 143
Incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Project Management Courses SESSION 10: 2:15 - 2:45 - Diane J. Olson, UW-Stout

This presentation will discuss incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Project Management courses. UDL is “a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning” (Center for Applied Special Technology, 2015). UDL emphasizes diversity, inclusion with different modes of learning and technology. Industry’s need for project management skills is growing according to the 2017 Project Management Institute’s Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017-2027 Report. Similarly, an increasing number of UW-Stout’s degree programs are receiving input from industry advisers and potential employers regarding the need for project management skills.

This presentation will describe options for incorporating UDL in project management courses, focusing on project life-cycle hands-on learning. The presentation will also include project management Universal Design for Learning (UDL) definitions, industry need for project management skills, curriculum requirements, course constraints, student learning in today’s environment, and options for incorporating UDL into project management courses. This presentation blends UDL theory with project management concepts and practices as required by the Project Management Institute (PMI) industry standard.

Harvey Hall Room 140
Towards a Curriculum Framework for Dublin's new Technological University: Product Design as a case study of Interdisciplinary Collaboration SESSION 11: 2:45 - 3:15 - Ceri Graham Almrott, Technological University Dublin Technological University Dublin or TU Dublin is Ireland’s first Technological University, created on 1st January 2019 by the amalgamation of three existing institutes of technology in the Dublin area. It is the largest third-level institution in Ireland, with a student population of 28,500. As a new educational institution, TU Dublin faces the challenge of crafting its own identity within the Irish and wider European context, distinct from the former cultures of its antecedent institutions. A key component of the development of the new Technological University is the development of a Curriculum Framework that will be applied across all discipline areas and educational levels within TU Dublin. Such frameworks have been developed in a variety of universities internationally and a working group primarily comprising teaching focused staff (named Co-CREATE) is currently active in this area in TU Dublin. In this paper, a previous example of Curriculum Framework is examined and the potential of the TU Dublin’s Product Design program to act as an exemplar for integrated curriculum development is discussed. The analysis will focus primarily on the program’s ability to collaborate across distinct schools within the organization and to work on applied projects with external partner groups in both teaching and research. This case-study will offer context for the on-going development of the new TU Dublin Curriculum Framework. Harvey Hall Room 140
CTE Summit: Facilitating a Collective Vision for the Future SESSION 12: 2:15 - 2:45 - Deanna D. Schultz and Matthew Simoneau, UW-Stout, Melisa Hansen, River Falls High School UW-Stout Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs began hosting a statewide CTE Summit beginning in 2016. A diverse group of stakeholders are invited each year to dialogue about preparing students for the changing workplace, a collective vision and best practices to move CTE forward. The common thread each year is the collective conversations through facilitated breakout sessions that are intended to address issues and inspire action. This session will provide attendees with key elements involved in the planning and implementation of the CTE Summits, actions that have been taken as a result, and recommendations from stakeholders. Harvey Hall Room 141
University Impact on the Sustainable Development of the Region SESSION 13: 2:45 - 3:15 - Anastasia Minina, St. Petersburg This presentation will discuss how Universities impact the sustainable development of the region using the example of St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”. The University influences education in the region, capitalizes knowledge, helps to create new industry, and provides human resources. Harvey Hall Room 141
A System-Based Engineering Analysis of Student Learning and Career Preparation Process in Electrical Engineering Technology Undergraduate Program SESSION 14: 2:15 - 2:45 - Suranjan Panigrahi, Purdue University This presentation focuses on the analysis and understanding of student learning and career preparation using the Electrical Engineering Technology program as the model for analysis. We will use a system-based engineering analysis. Harvey Hall Room 143
Transforming the Professional Flight Program Curriculum: Justification, Process, and Future Development SESSION 15: 2:45 - 3:15 - Julius C. Keller, Flavio A. C. Mendonca, Michael W. Suckow and Brian G. Dillman, Purdue University

Pilots flying for airlines in the United States are subject to the current laws set for air carriers operating under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 121. During the past decade, three high-profile aircraft accidents became catalysts for changes to regulations. Pilots seeking to act as second-in-command for an airline after 2013 must hold an Airline Transport Certificate (ATP) in order to meet new hiring minimums. This led to an increase in total flight time required to fly for a regional airline, which resulted in many unique and complex problems in both the airlines and flight training schools. Retiring pilots, U.S. pilots flying for foreign carriers, the cost of flight training, and an expanding aviation industry have exacerbated the shortage of qualified pilots.

To transform the challenges of supplying the pipeline into an opportunity, Flight faculty at Purdue University have set upon redesigning the curriculum. The purpose of the redesign is to develop a competency-based program that will attend to academic, regulatory requirements, and that are in alignment with the major aviation stakeholders’ standards and recommendations. The benefits of the redesign will include: the establishment of advanced training processes that will enhance the acquisition student knowledge, skills, and abilities that meet or exceed safety standards; amplifying quality of education and flight training over flight hours; to develop empirical data to inform decision-makers: the US Congress, the FAA, Part 121 airlines, and aviation curriculum designers. The primary focus of our presentation will be to cover the development process of moving from traditional bachelor’s degree requirements to competency-based requirements.

Harvey Hall Room 143
Made @ Stout SESSION 16: 4:15 - 4:45 - Jennifer Astwood, UW-Stout The University of Wisconsin-Stout is developing a new initiative where students and faculty are working together and developing designs that will be made and ultimately manufactured on campus. This presentation will highlight the process of developing this initiative and showcase examples of the end result. Harvey Hall Room 140
Learning by Making: Hybridizing Formal Education With Makers Movement  SESSION 17: 4:45 - 5:15 - Vladimir E. Kuznetsov, National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”

Nowadays engineering education is facing new challenges requiring both evolutionary and revolutionary reaction. The first and probably the most dramatic challenge is that the world around us is changing much faster than it used to. Some of the skills and knowledge gained by students in school may become obsolete before graduation.
The second challenge is the growing gap between information and knowledge. Information has become much more accessible (and much less reliable), but the knowledge still is information filtered through experience. The third challenge is that professional specialization is no more a single effective strategy. Instead of a narrowly focused specialist, our world now needs open-minded creative inventors.

An endeavor to answer those challenges was committed at the NUST "MISIS" by designing and launching the "Technologies and Materials for Digital Fabrication" Master Program. The program is based on experience earned by few years of informal teaching in the Fab Lab Moscow. In any Fab Lab, people of different age and with different backgrounds are learning how to apply modern technologies for their own projects. Projects made in the Lab might be just done for fun, might become applicable, but they are always of a great interest of the doers. Instructor in the lab plays an important role, but so called peer learning is prevalent. All the major principles of learning in the fab lab were introduced into the new Master Program: no theory without practice, learning by working on a project of great interest, peer learning.

The "TMDF" program is an evolving educational project with some practices and experience worth to be shared.

Harvey Hall Room 140
A New Model for Senior Projects – Learn-by-Doing Interdisciplinary Projects, Solving Real Problems SESSION 18: 4:15 - 4:45 - Peter Schlosser, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

A shift to an abbreviated timeframe for meaningful hands-on “Learn-by-Doing” for senior projects in the Graphic Communication program at Cal Poly has necessitated a rethinking of the approach and outcomes. This has led to a model that encourages tackling real-life challenges and applying interdisciplinary solutions in teams with professional mentors and faculty facilitators. Students are currently working with the California Cyber Security Institute; the Central Coast Cyber Fraud Taskforce; a Tea Collective in Kenya, Africa, an educational program for orphans and Masi Women in Moshi, Tanzania; startup companies in the Central Coast area; People Self Help Housing, a non-profit providing housing for low-income and workforce families in the Central Coast Area of California; a fundraising event that benefits disabled veterans; a project focusing on fighting human trafficking in the Central Coast Area; and many more!

In these projects the students work with a variety of students and faculty from a cross-section of different disciplines across the Cal Poly Campus, bringing together graphic communication, agricultural communication, information systems, computer sciences, early childhood education, biology, aerospace, journalism, international business, and many more. In addition to the Cal Poly campus partners, the students develop partnerships with other campuses and community mentors including industry partners, government officials, law enforcement, federal agencies, and international partners.

Harvey Hall Room 141
An Integrated Approach to Competency-Based Education SESSION 19: 4:45 - 5:15 - Lisa B. Bosman, Purdue University Over the past several years, competency-based education has garnered attention as an ideal method of providing vocational education (education that prepares individuals to work in a variety of jobs including specialized trades, crafts, and technical work). This new and innovative approach to education offers for-profit and non-profit higher education institutions, alike, opportunities to capitalize on a business model that allows students access to self-paced, distance, and online learning for completing vocational education. In these cases, competencies are commonly “obtained and demonstrated” by watching short videos, completing assignments, and passing online assessments that demonstrate students’ abilities to accomplish a series of learning objectives. However, little progress has occurred and few resources exist that demonstrate how to incorporate competency-based education into traditional bachelor degree programs. Purdue University is one of the exceptions. Here, faculty and administration across campus have worked collaboratively to establish the very first competency-based approach to traditional education in a bachelor’s degree program titled “Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology.” This presentation will showcase the resulting model, The Integrated Competency-Based Education Framework outlines key components of this innovative approach to learning, going beyond the proverbial “checking boxes” and providing an approach for the demonstration and integration of abilities and proficiencies. Harvey Hall Room 141
Digitalization - Fintechs SESSION 20: 4:15 - 4:45 - Michaela M. Kiermeier, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt Digitalization creates new opportunities and risks for corporations. Reporting and financial services have to fulfill increasing transparency demands by stakeholders, customers, auditors and supervising authorities. The goal of this project is to develop IT-solutions that make use of innovative, technology-based, quantitative, methods, i.e. methods from the fields of financial data sciences, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. With those IT-solutions corporations are enabled to improve on their financial management, treasury, investing, controlling, and compliance in a more reliable, efficient, and cheaper way. The profitability and risk management of the corporations are therefore strengthened and work places are secured. Involved students are encouraged to do PhDs at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt (h_da) research center for applied computer sciences. Students are encouraged with regards to founding Fintechs and are supported by h_da Career Center and the Fintech-Hub Techquartier in Frankfurt. The results of the project will be integrated in modules of various study programs at h_da, also at departments with a high percentage of female students, so that the percentage of women working in the fields of Fintechs can be improved. The project brings together people from academia (currently Italy, Spain & Germany) and corporations (Fintechs) so that the application of state of the art scientific methods to challenges in the business world is ensured.
Harvey Hall Room 143
Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Growing the Colombia-Purdue Aviation and Aerospace Network of Excellence: Embracing Multiple Stakeholders from Government, Industry, and Academia SESSION 21: 4:45 - 5:15 - Robert F. Cox, Purdue University The Colombia - Purdue Aviation and Aerospace Network of Excellence has grown from its initial set of stakeholders (four universities and one government agency) in January 2017, to reach critical mass involving more than a dozen stakeholders from the public, private, and academic sectors. The Network of Excellence (NOE) has evolved focusing on the comprehensive improvement of the aviation and aerospace industries of Colombia through successful human capital development and technology transfer via community outreach / career awareness programs, technical training programs, university-level degree programs, applied research, and engagement activities. This presentation will cover lessons learned in solidifying these three sectors and provide insight into the developing stages of this overarching collaborative network. The presentation will cover the structures established to gain funding to support the NOE’s human capital development and technology transfer activities. Further details on the recent replication of this collaborative model for other major socio-economic areas will shared. Harvey Hall Room 143

Wednesday Sessions

Collaborations Across Campus: Bringing Ethics and Social Science to the Engineering Classroom SESSION 22: 10:45 - 11:15 - Elizabeth Buchanan, Tina Lee, and Devin Berg, UW-Stout This session will discuss cross-campus collaborations, specifically, ethics, social science, and engineering. The presenters are currently engaged in a 5-year project that employs ethical reasoning and social science research methods in humanitarian engineering. The presentation will offer guidance for successful collaborations through the frame of the project’s work with Engineers without Borders. Harvey Hall Room 140
Cross-Continental Master’s Hybrid-Learning Program “Professional Communication for Engineering Managers”  SESSION 23: 11:15 - 11:45 - Elena Bazanova, National University of Science & Technology “MISiS”

One of the major hurdles facing modern engineering managers is intercultural professional communication. With industrial companies entering international markets, globally distributed teams that may span nations are becoming the norm. However, working with distributed culturally diverse teams is a challenge because, on the one hand, one needs to create a corporate culture remotely, and on the other hand, all the team members must have excellent soft skills to communicate effectively and strategically in professional settings.

The paper presentation will focus on an educational model that involves online instruction delivered by University of Wisconsin-Stout (USA) and National University of Science and Technology “MISiS” (Russia), along with access to offline project-based training. The training is provided by Mittweida University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and three German industry clusters with world-wide exposure: automotive cluster with production factories of Porsche, BMW, and Volkswagen; silicon Saxony with nearly 300 companies in the microelectronics and related sector; and logistics around airport Leipzig with DHL, Amazon, Zalando, and other e-commerce and logistics companies.

The cross-continental master’s blended-learning program opens up an opportunity for students to gain intercultural professional communication skills and cross-border experience as well as to strengthen competencies in project and innovation management. The program ensures international collaboration with experienced academic staff, industrial representatives (C-level of medium-sized enterprises and middle management of multinational enterprises), and a multicultural student team from North America, Russia, and Germany.

Harvey Hall Room 140
Living Learning Laboratory SESSION 24: 10:45 -11:15 - Urs R. Haltinner, UW-Stout  This presentation aims to stretch our collective imagination on select high impact school and industry coordinated experiential learning designs and how they can contribute deep learning and skilling. Recognizing teaching and learning cannot be constrained to traditional methods, delivery modes, place and space. The session aims to move instructors, practitioners, and business and industry stakeholders to embrace High Impact Work-based Learning across curriculum; consistent with applied nature of the polytechnic implied promise. Harvey Hall Room 141
Technology Transformed: Helping Realize the Unique Polytechnic Learning Environment Through a Faculty Development Course Redesign Program SESSION 25: 11:15 - 11:45 - Jason FitzSimmons, Purdue University

While many universities are prioritizing active learning and student success, few are doing so at the broad campus-wide scale necessary to affect culture change. Rarely do universities attempt large scale efforts over the extended period of time required to systematically improve the quality of undergraduate education, especially with faculty and instructors who have not received much support in teaching prior to their first teaching experience. One exception is the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the “Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation” (IMPACT) program.

The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) model is a cornerstone of the IMPACT faculty development program. The FLC is informed by research-based practices in teaching and learning, as well as motivation theories, more specifically, the motivational principles of Self-Determination Theory (SDT). IMPACT participants report significant increases in both student engagement and their own satisfaction with teaching as well as significant improvement in their pedagogical practices and experiences with classroom learning spaces. During this session, the presenter will showcase different case studies in how the IMPACT program engaged different units and faculty in helping transform polytechnic education at Purdue. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss how this faculty development program might help instructors redesign or approach student learning in innovative ways at their own institutions.

Harvey Hall Room 141
Embedding Industry 4.0/IIoT Content to the Manufacturing Engineering Program Curriculum SESSION 26: 10:45 -11:15 - Xuedong Ding, UW-Stout

The adoption of Industry 4.0/IIoT in industry creates the need to reassess and modify the current Manufacturing Engineering program curriculum.

This presentation evaluates the potential changes that might significantly impact the knowledge and skill-set requirements for the manufacturing engineering program. The different aspects of Industry 4.0/IIoT such as digital twins, data analytics, the application of clouds, cyber security and IIoT system design and their impact to the Manufacturing Engineering program and curriculum design and revision will be covered. In addition, bringing industry professional certification credential to enrich the program and curriculum content will also be discussed. Curriculum modification and design examples will be shared during the presentation.

Harvey Hall Room 143
ACA Standards and Certifications; A Roadmap for Industry 4.0 Implementation SESSION 27: 11:15 - 11:45 - James Wall, The Smart Automation Certification Alliance 

This presentation is designed to explain how a new set of industry developed skill standards and certifications can be used as a roadmap to align curricular offerings with in demand Industry 4.0 skills and competencies.

The Smart Automation Certification Alliance, or SACA, is a non-profit foundation supported by industry with the goal of creating a larger number of individuals with Industry 4.0 skills. To accomplish this goal, the alliance is developing skill standards, providing teacher training, promoting these skills sets to students, and providing certifications.

Industry 4.0 technology is rapidly transforming the workplace. As companies increase their use of Ethernet networks and Internet technology, they are connecting more devices, from smart sensors to smart phones, enabling them to reduce downtime and increase quality and productivity. These highly connected systems require new skills in almost every occupation, which include the ability to interact with software, data, networks, and smart devices.

Many certifications are available today that address isolated competencies, from machining to maintenance and IT, but SACA certifications are different. They certify “connected systems” skills that address the integration of these technologies with Industry 4.0 technology. SACA certifications use a modular structure to enable them to fit into wide range of individual needs and industries and educational environments. The three SACA certification categories include, Associate, Specialist, and Professional

Harvey Hall Room 143
2019 Panel and Poster Presenter Biographies

2019 Polytechnic Summit Panel and Poster Presenter Biographies

Ceri Almrott, MSc, BSc Lecturer, Technological University Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Ceri is a lecturer on the BSc. Product Design course at TU Dublin. His teaching focuses on innovation and prototyping. Ceri is currently working on a PhD focusing on the role of identity within design and how this impacts the creation of products.

Before joining TU Dublin, Ceri worked as a consultant designer in London. As an Industrial Designer he specializes in working with small and medium enterprises integrating product design and design thinking in to their business operations.

Jennifer Astwood, MFAPS19-Jennifer Astwood Program Director and Professor of Design
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Jennifer Astwood is Program Director and Professor of the Industrial Design area in the Department of Design. She has worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout since 2007. Her research is focused on industrial design, digital fabrication, and international collaborations such as with the University of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia (NUST MISiS).
Elizabeth A. Barajas, MAPS19-Elizabeth Barajas Global Programs Coordinator, Purdue University, Polytechnic Institute
West Lafayette, Indiana
Elizabeth is an educator and intercultural competency advocate. She has extensive international experience developing and managing higher education partnerships, global projects, and collaborative learning. Elizabeth is a QA of the IDI and a QF of the Global Competency Certificate. Currently, she works with faculty and students to develop programs that increase intercultural competencies within STEM programs. Elizabeth, a licensed educator, holds a Master's in Applied Spanish Linguistics.

Elena Bazanova, PhDPS19-Elena Bazanova

Associate Professor and Director of Academic Writing Office
National University of Science & Technology "MISiS"
Moscow, Russia
Elena Bazanova has worked in the field of academic writing and professional communication in engineering sciences since 2001. The subject of her Ph.D. thesis research is Web-based career-oriented language teaching for graduate students. Dr. Bazanova is the author of the COURSERA Specialization English for Research Publication Purposes, which contains four MOOCs: Academic Literacy, Scholarly Communication, Grant Proposal, and Technical Writing. Dr. Bazanova is the author of over 40 publications.
Natchanart Bellows, MS Sr. Manufacturing Engineer, Phillips Medisize
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Natchanart Bellows receive a MS in Manufacturing Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Stout and currently is a Sr. Manufacturing Engineer at Phillips Medisize.
Devin Berg, PhDPS19-Devin Berg Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Devin R. Berg is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he is also the program director of the BS Mechanical Engineering program. Berg’s main activities include conducting research in medical devices, robotics, and engineering education as well as teaching a freshmen level engineering course discussing the engineering design process, engineering ethics, social justice, and other topics relevant to the practicing engineer.
Charles “Chuck” Bomar, PhDPS19-Chuck Bomar Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin With twenty-one years of experience in higher education; including nine years of experience in higher education administration Bomar believes it essential to take part in as many aspects of the university as possible. He currently has three research problems in development. First, working with materials science undergraduate students to develop protocol on the SEM to determine heavy metal content in grasshopper chitin. Second, as the entomological expert and co-principle investigator on a pre-proposal to NSF on metacommunity models in vernal wetlands. Third, as a co-principle investigator with Alex Latchininsky at the University of Wyoming and a long list of collaborators from around the world on an NSF-PIRE proposal to explore locust outbreaks in Central Asia.

Lisa B. Bosman, PhDPS19-Lisa Bosman

Assistant Professor, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Dr. Bosman's research interests include STEM Education. She has done a variety of work in areas including teaching the entrepreneurial mindset, competency-based learning, self-regulated learning, transdisciplinary education, integrating the humanities into engineering education, workforce development and faculty professional development. SHe holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering.
Elizabeth Buchanan, PhDPS19-Elizabeth Buchanan Endowed Chair in Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Elizabeth Buchanan, Ph.D. is Endowed Chair in Ethics and Director of the Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Elizabeth is currently PI on her fourth National Science Foundation grant. In her recent study, she is looking at the ethical implications of service-learning programs, and specifically, Engineers without Borders. Elizabeth is the editor of one of the first anthologies of Internet research ethics (Readings in Virtual Research Ethics, 2004), and is the author and/or co-author to numerous papers on research ethics and methods.
Misty N. Clugh, ISS and Global LiaisonPS19-Misty Clugh Purdue University, Polytechnic Institute
West Lafayette, Indiana
As a liaison for students and faculty, Misty is an integral part of the process that facilitates international academic stays in the States. She manages programs for Purdue faculty and students going abroad and is an IDI Qualified Administrator and GCC Qualified Facilitator. Misty believes intercultural development is key to succeeding in the global marketplace of the 21st century. Misty has a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University and was a study abroad participant in Italy as a student.

Robert F. Cox, PhDPS19-Robert Cox

Senior Associate Dean for Globalization and Purdue Global Fellow
Purdue Polytechnic, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Robert F. Cox, Ph.D., is the Senior Associate Dean for Globalization, a Purdue Global Fellow for the Office of Global and Corporate Partnerships, as well as the Interim School Head for Construction Management Technology at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (formerly the College of Technology) at Purdue University.  As senior associate dean, he is responsible for the overall strategic planning and execution of all international activities on behalf of the Purdue Polytechnic.

Mark Deegan

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Head of Apprenticeship, Technological University Dublin, Dublin, Ireland Deegan is the Head of Apprenticeship (formerly Apprenticeship and Engagement) at Technological University (formerly Dublin Institute of Technology), College of Engineering and Built Environment and has significant experience in commercial training, programme management, software development, IT infrastructure design and installation. He holds Computer Engineering and Computer Science degrees from Trinity College, Dublin.

Brian G. Dillman, MSPS19-Brian Dillman

Associate Professor, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Brian G. Dillman has been an Associate Professor of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University since July 2007. Professor Dillman holds Airline Transport Pilot certification as well as Certified Flight Instructor for Airplane, Instrument, and Multi-Engine. He is a FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.  He has extensive experience is developing methods, implementing programs, and evaluating systems within all areas of aviation.
Xuedong (David) Ding, PhDPS19-Xuedong David Ding Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin

David Ding, PhD, is currently a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an American Society for Quality Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Biomedical Auditor, and Software Quality Engineer.

Ding also serves as the Program Director for the Bachelor of Science of Manufacturing Engineering, Minor Advisor for the Quality Management Minor and Quality Engineering Minor, and Advisor for the Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate and Six Sigma Black Belt Certificate.

Erik Evensen, MFAPS19-Erik Evensen Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Erik A. Evensen is an associate professor of design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he teaches courses in all areas of visual communication, as well as design research and methodology. A graphic designer, illustrator, and graphic novelist, he holds an MFA in Design from Ohio State University, a BA in Studio Art from the University of New Hampshire, and a Post-baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Jason FitzSimmons, PhDPS19-Jason_FitzSimmons

Senior, Instructional Developer, Purdue University
Lafayette, Indiana
Jason FitzSimmons received a B.S. (1998) and M.S. (2000) degree in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. (2010) in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been in faculty development for over 15 years. His primary areas of interest are active learning spaces, Engineering and STEM development as well as curriculum and program development.

Urs R. Haltinner, PhDPS19-Urs Haltinner

Professor and Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Swiss born and PK-12 Educated, Business and Industry Experienced: Agriculture and Industrial Equipment Sales. Program Director of Doctorate in Career and Technical Education. Focused research within the space of career, technical, workforce education and training.

Don Handrow

PS19-Don Handrow

Vice President Product Development, Prent Corporation As VP of Product Development, Don is responsible for direct design and tooling efforts for the medical, consumer and electronic thermoforming operations at Prent Corporation and global corporate alignment with all Prent Corporations Development departments. Prent Corporation, headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin, USA, is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of custom plastic, rigid thermoform packaging for the medical, electronics and consumer industries. Additional manufacturing facilities are in Malaysia, China, Arizona, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Denmark.

Melisa Hansen

PS19-Melisa Hansen

College and Career Readiness Coordinator at River Falls High School

Melisa is the College and Career Readiness Coordinator for River Falls High School. She seeks to find and develop educational opportunities for youth. She received her degrees from UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout.

Monika S. Herrmann, MArch, Architect NCARBPS19-Monika Herrmann Assistant Professor, University Wisconsin Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Monika Herrmann is an assistant professor in the Engineering and Technology department at the University of Wisconsin Stout. She holds professional licenses in Architecture and Interior Architecture in Germany and the USA – being involved in the design field for more than two decades. At UW Stout she teaches courses in engineering graphics. Her academic interests include quality management in graphic communication in technical fields, effective work flow and clarity in visual communication. She has implemented teaching methods that embrace critical reflection, collaboration and universal design in learning. Her scholarly interests and professional ambitions include, developing prototypes and strategies in the realm of resilient and accessible residential design, performance and systems improvement and strategies to support independent living.

Barbara Howell

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Associate Dean (International), Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom Barbara Howell’s portfolio career spans 20 years in the higher education sector, encompassing teaching, research, management and senior executive experience. Barbara joined Coventry University in 2011 as the Associate Dean (International) and currently manages 18 partnerships around the world. Barbara has extensive experience of international and transnational education. Within that context she has set up, coordinated and taken strategic oversight for a significant number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Yanhui Huang, MS Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Yanhui Huang holds a MS in Operation and Supply Management and MS. Manufacturing Engineering. Huang is also an American Society for Quality Certified HACCP Auditor, hold a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, is an ISO 9001/13485 Auditor, and SAP Certified Trainer.

Julius C. Keller, PhDPS19-Julius Keller

Assistant Professor, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Dr. Julius Keller is an Assistant Professor in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University. Prior to entering academics, Dr. Keller gained experience as a charter pilot in a Piper Navajo. He is also an active Certified Flight Instructor with airplane single- and multi-engine, and instrument-airplane ratings. Dr. Keller's primary scholarly areas are in general aviation human factors, collegiate aviation safety culture, and collegiate aviation training and education.

Anne E. Kerber, PhD

PS19-Anne Kerber

Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University - Mankato
Mankato, Minnesota
Dr. Anne Kerber (Ph.D., Ohio University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research focuses on the intersections of health and organizational communication, and has appeared in journals such as Health Communication and Management Communication Quarterly.

Michaela M. Kiermeier, PhDPS19-Michaela Kiermeier

Professor, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt
Darmstadt, Germany
I studied economics in Frankfurt, Southampton, and Bonn. I did my Phd at EUI in Florence on Financial Data Science. Then I worked as a credit risk manager with DZ Bank and as Asset Manager at Credit Suisse in Zurich and Sal. Oppenheim in Cologne. I joined University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt in 2004 and represent Financial Data Science at the Department of Economics and Business Administration. My research interests are new statistical methods applied to capital markets.

Vladimir E. Kuznetsov, PhDPS19-Vladimir E. Kuznetsov

Fab lab Director, National University of Science and Technology "MISIS"
Moscow, Russia
Vladimir Kuznetsov, is a specialist in the field of metallic materials processing, CAD/CAM/CAE. In 2012 has founded the fab lab Moscow, directs the Technologies and Materials for Digital Fabrication Masters program. Vladimir Kuznetsov is also a well-recognized ambassador of makers movement in Russia, for the past three years has acted as the lead producer of Maker Faire Moscow.
Thomas A. Lacksonen, PhDPS19-Tom Lacksonen Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin Dr. Thomas Lacksonen is Professor and Interim Department Chair of Engineering and Technology Department at University of Wisconsin-Stout. He was previously a Fulbright Teaching Fellow to Turkey, where he taught Industrial Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. His industrial work experience was at Whirlpool Corporation and Eastman Kodak Company. He has three degrees in industrial engineering, from University of Toledo, University of South Florida, and Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include global and cultural issues in manufacturing systems design, computer simulation games in education, and facilities design.
Tina Lee, PhDPS19-Tina Lee Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Tina Lee, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist whose work examines public policy and inequality in the contemporary United States. She has been a mentor in the LAKES REU program and is the director of the Applied Social Science Program at UW-Stout, the Co-Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation Funded grant “Exploring, Documenting, and Improving Humanitarian Service Learning through Engineers Without Borders, USA,” and the author of the book Catching a Case: Inequality and Fear in New York City’s Child Welfare System.
Kimberly Long Loken, M.Arch.PS19-Kim Long Loken Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Kimberly Long Loken, AIA, LEED AP is an assistant professor of design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students at the intersection of architecture, interiors, film, and games. Kim's 15 years of industry experience spans civic, commercial, and residential projects, many of them are adaptive reuse or historic preservation efforts. Her recent creative research explores ecosystems as game systems.

Louise Lynch, MSc CEng MIEIPS19-Louise Lynch

Assistant Lecturer, Technological University Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
Louise is an assistant lecturer in TU Dublin, a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland. Holds an MSc in Structural Engineering from the University of Sheffield. Has 10 years of industry experience, working with and developing graduates through mentoring, training courses and on the job assistance. Has a keen interest in developing teaching techniques that improve students understanding of content, along with an interest in structural engineering, specifically in structural dynamics.
LB Meeker Illustrator & Comic Artist LB Meeker is an illustrator and comic artist who graduated from UW-Stout in 2018. Their role on the Mycorrhizae team included leading concept development and research, in addition to visualization and fabrication tasks.

Flavio A. C. Mendonca, PhD, MBAPS19-Flavio Mendonca

Assistant Professor, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Dr. Flavio A. C. Mendonca is an Assistant Professor in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University. Dr. Mendonca is a Brazilian Air Force retired officer, a pilot, and a Flight Safety Officer who has acted in the capacity of Investigator-in-Charge (IIC). Dr. Mendonca has over 30 years of experience as a pilot. His primary scholarly areas in aviation include aviation safety, safety management systems, human factors, and the safety management of wildlife hazards.
Anastasia Minina, PhDPS19-Anastasiia Minina Vice-Rector for International Affairs, St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University
St. Peterburg, Russia
Anastasia A. Minina is engaged in coordinating offices of ETU “LETI” that are responsible for international and interregional communication, and public relations, as well as implementing various projects at these levels. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 published research papers and articles, monographs, textbooks and methodological guidelines. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Measurement Systems and Technology.

Mike Murphy, BSc(Eng), MSc, PhD

PS19-Mike Murphy

Technological University Dublin, Ireland Mike is currently the Academic Registrar and the Director of Academic Affairs, Digital & Learning Transformation. Dr. Murphy was the Dean of Engineering from 2002-2009 and Dean of Engineering and Built Environment from 2009-2014. Dr. Murphy was also responsible for two strategic initiatives within Dublin Institute of Technology (now TU Dublin). These were to develop a vibrant digital campus, and to enable a transformation in how students learn within DIT. Mike commenced his industry career with AT&T Bell Labs in New Jersey, and later with Bell Communications Research before returning to the academy.

Justin Nicholes, PhDPS19-Justin Nicholes

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Justin Nicholes' teaching and research center on writing's role in constructing disciplinary identities, enhancing disciplinary learning, and supporting retention efforts. 
Diane J. Olson, PhD, CPIM, CPMPS19-Diane Olson Professor, Project Management Minor Adviser
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin
Degrees in Bachelor of Computer Science from University of Minnesota-Industrial Technology, MBA from University of St. Thomas Minneapolis, Ph.D. Technology Management from Indiana State. 22 years industry experience and 16 years teaching experience. Project/program management experience in mission critical engineering, IT, telecommunications, and commercial software. Contributing author “University Design for Learning – Teaching to All College Students,” Stout Nakatani Teaching & Learning Center.

Suranjan Panigrahi, PhD, MBA

PS19-Suranjan Panigrahi

Professor, Electrical and Computer Enginering Technology, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Dr. Panigrahi is a professor in the School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University. HE has 26 years of teaching, research and service. He has taught both in engineering and engineering technology programs. He has developed and taught courses (including hands-on laboratory exercises) related to applied electricity, applied electricity, computer vision, embedded systems, machine design and sensor capstone projects. He has developed multiple technologies for real-world applications.
Nels Paulson, PhDPS19-Nels Paulson Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Nels Paulson, Ph.D. is a sociologist at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His research generally focuses on the environment and civil society. Past research projects include hunting as a substantive issue among international environmental organizations, disaster relief and religion, and the place of indigenous groups in global environmental advocacy and governance. His current work, is as Co-Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation sponsored LAKES REU (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability Research Experience for Undergraduates) with Dr. Chris Ferguson, is on phosphorus pollution in the Midwestern United States and the place of civil society and farmer social networks in mitigating non-point source pollution.

Marlann M. Patterson, PhDPS19-Marlann Patterson

Professor of Physics, Program Director of the B.S. in Applied Science
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
I am a physics professor who has been doing physics and materials related research since 1996 and has taught at the university level since 2004.  I value cooperative research experiences with undergraduate students, industrial colleagues and others.  I teach to empower students to hack, make, and monitor technology so that it is safe and good for people and the environment.  I employ physics education research findings in my pedagogy, and push the envelope from there.

David J. Richter-O'Connell, MFAPS19-David J. Richter-O'Connell

Assistant Professor Industrial Design, School of Art & Design, University of Wisconsin Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Richter-O'Connell is an award winning 30 Year professional Industrial Designer who has developed products in the areas of plumbing, furniture, toys and games, musical instruments and orthodonture.  He holds 22 design and utility patents with over 100 foreign filings.  In 2011 he made the move to academia, teaching at Kansas State University and the University of Wisconsin Stout.  He teaches ID studios at the Sophomore, Junior and Senior levels in the nationally ranked Industrial Design program
Kate Roberts Edenborg, PhDPS19-Kate Edenborg Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Kate Roberts Edenborg is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication. She teaches journalism, mass communication and media in addition to composition courses. She also works with graduate-level students in the M.S. Technical and Professional Communication program. In addition to the Research Skills Development framework, Kate's research interests include media representations of gender, journalism history, health communication and media literacy.
Glendale (pronounced Glenda-lee) RodriguezPS19-Glendali Rodriguez Professor and Associate Provost, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin In her role as associate provost, Rodriguez works closely to foster curriculum quality in coordination with faculty governance groups, and to provide professional development and training opportunities for program directors and department chairs. Glendali joined the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Peer Corps program as a peer reviewer in October 2016. She joined UW-Stout in 2005 and taught courses in the area of Construction Management, Interior Design, and Technology Education. As a faculty member, she received teaching awards and areas of research included service-learning, Universal Design for Learning, and Building Information Modeling. She is a licensed architect in the state of Wisconsin and Spanish bilingual.

Peter Schlosser, PhDPS19-Peter Schlosser

Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California
An experienced practitioner in graphic communication and communication technologies areas. Peter has a background in management, photography, and technological innovation, with a knack for looking over the next hill. An accomplished speaker, educator, mentor, and collaborator; Peter's professional interests are in, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Data Visualization, Sustainability, Photography, with a bent for Anti-Trafficking and Anti-Cyber Fraud thrown in.
Deanna D. Schultz, PhDPS19-Deanna Schultz Associate Professor and Director, Emerging Center for CTE Excellence
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Dr. Schultz has diverse experience in career and technical education (CTE), having taught in secondary and postsecondary CTE programs in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Alaska, and serving in regional and statewide leadership positions.  She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University.  She currently serves as Program Director for the MS in Career and Technical Education and Director for the Emerging Center for CTE Excellence.

Uwe W. Schulz, PhD

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Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne, Switzerland Prof Uwe W. Schulz has been a faculty member since 2009 at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Engineering and Architecture in Switzerland. He currently serves as Head of International Relations; Program Director BSc Energy Systems Engineering; Lecturer of B2B Marketing; Coach of Bachelor & Master Theses and research project leader for energy, climate, and district development.
Matthew Simoneau, EdDPS19-Matt Simoneau Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Dr. Simoneau has both industry and education experience, starting his career in the building trades, then transitioning to teaching in the Minnesota technical college system and into a leadership role as Associate Dean.  Dr. Simoneau has his undergraduate and two graduate degrees in career and technical education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  He currently serves as Assistant Professor and Program Director for the B.S. in Career, Technical Education and Training program.

Bernd Steffensen, PhD

PS19-Bernd Steffensen

Professor, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Department of Social Sciences
Darmstadt, Germany
Dr. Bernd Steffensen studied Sociology in Kiel, Bielefeld and Lancaster,Georgetown. PhD from Bielefeld University. Professor of technology assessment ant innovation management at University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt since 2000. From 2010 to 2013 Vice President Research, from 2012 to 2018 Head of Graduate School. Since 2017 Vice Dean for Student's Affairs. Research Interests: Transport and Mobility Behavior, Sustainability, Academic Integrity.

Thomas Stone

PS19-Thomas Stone

Principal, Technological University Dublin, Tallaght Campus, Ireland Thomas Stone was appointed President of the Institute of Technology Tallaght (now TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus) in September 2014. He is an honors graduate of University College Dublin with a degree in Commerce and a Masters Degree in Strategic Management and Planning. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. Among other roles he previously has acted as a council member of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association in Ireland, which is a body that promotes and facilitates research in accounting issues by academics.

Michael W. Suckow, MBAPS19-Michael Suckow

Associate Professor of Practice, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Professor Michael Suckow is an Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology at Purdue University. Prior to academia, he previously worked for 20 years in the regional airline industry as a pilot, senior director, and vice president of operations. He has more than 8,000 hours of flight time.  Professor Suckow's expertise includes; training and education, flight operations, data acquisition and analyses, and organizational management.

Renee S. Surdick, Ed.D., PCCPS19-Renee Surdick

Assistant Professor, Management and Operations Department, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin Dr. Renee Surdick, Ed.D, PCC, is an Assistant Professor in Operations Management at University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is the Program Director for an undergraduate online degree program in Management. Dr. Surdick’s research interests are in the areas of appreciative inquiry, leadership coaching, digital badge programs, and advancing returning adults. She teaches Organizational Leadership and Management Seminar. Dr. Surdick is a certified leadership coach.
Brian P. Teague, PhDPS19-Brian Teague

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI


Brian Teague is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He received his doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison, then worked as a research scientist in the Bioengineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the faculty at Stout. His teaching emphasizes active learning in authentic contexts, and his research interests focus on engineering multicellular behaviors in yeast.


Sylvia Tiala, PhDPS19-Sylvia Tiala Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Sylvia Tiala is an Associate Professor in the Teaching Learning and Leadership Department.  She teaches general education courses examining the impact technology has on learning.  She also teachers graduate level research-related courses for the M. S. in Education program and Ed. D courses for the Career and Technical Education program.  In addition to the RSD framework, her research interests include the impact of digital fabrication technologies on school districts and communities.

Serge Velesco, PhdPS19-Serge Velesco

Professor, Educational Dean Cooperation Degree Programs, Industrial Engineering Faculty
Mittweida University of Applied Sciences
Frankfurt, Germany
Dr. Velesco, Ph.D. in Information Management, has worked in the field of International Management at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences since 2011. He has extensive executive management experience in IT, financial management for global companies in Japan, USA, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland. Dr. Velesco has developed and implemented dual-degree bachelor and master programs.

James Wall

PS19-James Wall

Executive Director, The Smart Automation Certification Alliance Jim is currently Executive director of SACA, The Smart Automation Certification Alliance, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and deploy modular Industry 4.0 certifications for a wide range of industries. SACA’s vision is to provide highly affordable, accessible certifications that significantly increase the number of individuals who possess the skills represented by these credentials, thereby ensuring that companies have the highly skilled workers they need, and individuals who are prepared to be successful in an Industry 4.0 world.
Kevin B. Wilkinson, EdDOL, MBAPS19-Kevin Wilkinson Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin An experienced higher education provider with industry experience in Leadership, Supply Chain Management, Operations, and Process Improvement, Wilkinson teaches within the UW-Stout Operations and Management Department. Work with industries facilitate his ability to be flexible and adaptive to multiple environments leading to successes in the Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail, and Higher Education fields.

Marya L. Wilson, PhDPS19-Marya Wilson

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Dr. Marya Wilson (Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Operations and Management at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Her research focuses on the phenomenological aspects of organizational exit for professional women.
Meridith Wentz, PhDPS19-Meridith Wentz Assistant Chancellor, Department of Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin Wentz is responsible for leading institutional research and assessment, strategic planning, performance measurement, regional accreditation, and policy efforts. She is a master examiner with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, having led three national review teams, and a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. Meridith has presented UW-Stout’s approach to using data (and benchmarking) to inform decision-making at numerous institutional research, assessment, and Baldrige conferences. She led UW-Stout’s efforts as a founding institution for the Aspirational Statements for institutional research.

Katherine N. Yngve, MAPS19-Katherine Yngve

Assoc. Director of Intercultural Learning Outcomes
Office of Institutional Research, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Katherine N. Yngve co-directs the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR); leads STEM study abroad programs which teach creativity, intercultural competence and teamwork; and teachs faculty to effectively mentor and measure such things. Reporting to the Office of Institutional Research, she is Purdue's only specialist in measuring intercultural learning outcomes. She holds two Big 10 degrees and did doctoral research under the late R. Michael Paige.
Kim Zagorski, PhDPS19-Kim Zagorski Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Kim Zagorski is an Associate Professor of Political Science and current Chair of the Social Science Department.  She teaches both general education and Applied Social Science classes in American Government, International Relations, and Media and Politics. In addition to the Research Skills Development framework, her research interests include the intersection of media, human rights and public policy, along with student development of civic engagement and information literacy.
Robert Zeidel, PhDPS19-Robert Zeidel Professor of History and Associate Dean--College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menominie, Wisconsin
Robert Zeidel is Professor of History and Associate Dean at UW-Stout.  His scholarly research focuses on immigration and ethnic history.  He has written two related books and numerous scholarly articles.