July 26-28
Michigan State University

Andrew Allen is responsible for program oversight, business outreach and project scoping at IBC and shares in the training and oversight of IBC’s 300 consultants. He is passionate about education and experiential learning and has worked in this space for the past 5 years, including running a startup (MoreMarbles.com and UniversityConsulting.com), which connected businesses with over 20 universities through real-world student consulting projects. Previously, Allen worked in the Silicon Valley, in advisory services at KPMG and in operations at Opportunity Fund. He has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management – ranked number one in international business. He lived in Europe for five years and speaks Spanish and French.

Shlomo Argamon is Professor of Computer Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL), a Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (Washington, DC), and a Fellow at the Brain Sciences Foundation (Providence, RI). His current research focus is on using computational methods to analyze human language in its social context, with particular attention to questions of authorship and style.

Before joining the faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Dr. Argamon has held academic appointments at Bar-Ilan University, where he was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow (1994-96), and at the Jerusalem College of Technology. Dr. Argamon received his B.S. (1988) in Applied Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University, and his M.Phil. (1991) and Ph.D. (1994) in Computer Science from Yale University, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow. Over his career, his research has dealt with a variety of problems in experimental and theoretical machine learning, from robotic map-learning to natural language processing, and he has published and lectured widely in these areas.

Dr. Timonthy Baird received his doctorate in geography from the University of North Carolina in 2012. His teaching and research interests have been strongly shaped by two big independent backpacking trips through Africa and South America he made in his 20s. These were the landscapes that first drove his interest in the diversity and complexity of human/environment interactions. His research focuses on human/environment interactions, especially the social dynamics of conservation and sustainable natural resource management in the developing world.  Along these lines, he is interested in how instruments of conservation (e.g., parks, protected areas, etc.) affect economic, demographic and social factors at household and community levels.  Recently, his work in rural Africa has focused on how groups adapt to conservation in terms of community development, economic diversity and cultural reproduction.  This work engages scholarship in livelihood studies, human ecology, resilience studies and cultural and political ecology.

Johannes Bauer is the Chairperson of the Department of Media and Information (formerly the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, & Media) at Michigan State University. His research, teaching and writing focus on the digital economy, with a particular interest in understanding and designing governance arrangements that help harness the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) while minimizing their potential downsides. This passion has resulted in a three-pronged research program on the local, national, and global governance of ICTs, their economics and management, and their effects on individuals, groups, and society at large.

Our research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and other private and public organizations including the Department of Commerce (DoC). In addition to his academic roles, he serves on the Boards of the Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy (TPRC), the International Telecommunications Society (ITS), and LIRNEasia. Moreover, he serves as an associate editor of the interdisciplinary journal Telecommunications Policy and on the editorial boards of several other international peer-reviewed journals. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and have served as an advisor to public and private sector organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Recent research articles were published in Telecommunications Policy, Government Information Quarterly, The Information Society, Applied Economics, the International Journal of Communication, Information Systems Frontiers, Info, and the International Telecommunications Policy Review. A book co-edited with Volker Schneider and Achim Lang, University of Konstanz, Germany, on Innovation Policy and Governance of High-Tech Industries was published in 2012 by Springer. Among other projects, he is currently editing a Handbook on the Economics of the Internet with my colleague Michael Latzer at the University of Zurich, to be published by Edward Elgar.

Dr. Liesl Baum is the studio head for the Integrated Design+Education+Arts Studio. She is a former middle school teacher and spent seven years teaching in Virginia public schools. Her research interests and goals are to develop a frame of mind that allows for creativity to occur for public school teachers, university faculty, and students of all levels. She works with both university faculty and public school teachers to combine the arts, technology, and critical and creative thinking to teach content standards. Her research and work interests remain in public education and preparing teachers to design and develop teaching and learning opportunities that encourage students to take risks, inquire across multiple disciplines, and participate in real-world challenges. Liesl received her B.S. in Middle Education and M.S. in Educational Technology, both from Radford University. She received her doctorate in instructional design and technology from Virginia Tech. Liesl has been working with IDEAStudio since 2007.

Dr. Gary R. Bertoline is the Dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University.  He earned his PhD at The Ohio State University and was on the faculty in the College of Engineering for 3 years before coming to Purdue University in 1990.  From 1995 through 2002, he served as Department Head of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University.  He also served five years as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs before becoming Dean of the college.

Bertoline led the development of the Envision Center for Data Perceptualization at Purdue University and served as its Director for 5 years.  He also had a major role in the build-out of Purdue’s campus cyberinfrastructure while serving as Associate VP and Director of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC) that he co-founded.  He recently co-founded the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) as well as the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University.  The Polytechnic initiative is a major effort to transform the college’s curricula and learning experience for the students to prepare graduates for the 21st century requirements of industry and society.

He has authored numerous papers in journals and trade publications on engineering and computer graphics, computer-aided design, and visualization research.  He has authored and co-authored seven text books in the areas of computer-aided design and engineering design graphics.  Bertoline’s research interests are in scientific visualization, interactive immersive environments, distributed and grid computing, workforce education and STEM education.

Stephen Biscotte is the Coordinator for General Education in the Office of the Provost at Virginia Tech.  His primary responsibilities include communication, faculty development, and student engagement to support implementation of the new Pathways General Education curriculum.  Biscotte is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction and has over a decade of prior secondary science teaching experience.

Dr. Lori Blanc is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Dept. of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Blanc specializes in avian ecology, conservation biology, sustainability and high-impact practice educational programs such as study abroad, service learning and living learning communities.  Blanc’s role as Director of the Da Vinci Living Learning Community (LLC) is supported by the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Division of Undergraduate Education.  She co-developed and co-manages the Curie and Da Vinci LLC’s “Successful Starts in Science First Year Experience” and the “Professional Leadership in the Sciences” courses, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and problem solving.

As the UIDP’s President, Tony Boccanfuso is a leading expert on U-I relations, in print and on the speaker circuit, domestically and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in Chemistry and Political Science from Furman University. Boccanfuso also serves as a consultant for government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations and is Vice-Chair of the MedStar Health Research Institute. Tony and his family currently reside in Connecticut, where his wife, Dr. Laura Boccanfuso, is a social robotics researcher at Yale.

Dr. Joseph Bocchiaro brings a wealth of audiovisual thought leadership, consultant and integrator experience in higher education, corporate, financial, judicial, publishing, training and conference centers. He comes to The Sextant Group from InfoComm International, the leading audiovisual trade association, where he was the Director and Vice President of Standards and Industry Innovations Development, and taught AV / IT integration, design and installation certification courses. With degrees in Educational Technology, Media Studies, Electro-Optical Engineering, and Cinematography (he also studied piano and film scoring at New York’s Eastman School of Music), Joe is dedicated to the improvement of audiovisual industry professionalism and its increasingly vital role in the Architectural, Engineering and Consulting (AEC) industry. His interest and expertise in sustainability started at a young age as an Eagle Scout and continues today through international standards development and smart buildings. An accomplished writer and presenter, Joe has published over 100 technical articles in professional journals and has presented across 16 countries at more than 50 audiovisual and information technology conferences. Joe is a native of western New York state and while he still has family in the Buffalo area, he and his wife and children now live in northern Virginia.

Dr. Elizabeth Boggs has over 11 years progressive career development and higher education administration experience working with both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse majors, including the traditional liberal arts.  She has key strengths in the areas of collaboration, administration, and leadership.  Currently, she serves as Director of Career & Professional Development at Stetson University, and has held former positions at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida.  Boggs has served on both the Programs and Professional Development Committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE).  She was the founding Chair of the SoACE Experiential Education Knowledge Group, and in 2013, she received the organization’s President’s Award for her work with this group.  Boggs has also been an active member of FL-ACE serving on the Conference Programs Committee for 3 years.  In line with her dissertation research on academic and student affairs partnerships, she also took on the role of the NASPA Region III Representative for the Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs (SAPAA) Knowledge Community.  Boggs received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, M.S. in Child & Family Development, and B.A. in Psychology.  She also earned certificates in Career Counseling and Community College Education.

Associate Professor - Composition, Multimedia

Ivica Ico Bukvic is the founder and director of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio (DISIS), and the world’s first Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork) at Virginia Tech. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI), and, by courtesy, a faculty member in the department of Computer Science. Since 2005, he serves as the director of the international Linuxaudio.org consortium.

Bukvic received his Doctorate in music composition in 2005 with cognates in computer music programming and music theory at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.  Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he taught at Oberlin Conservatory and University of Cincinnati.

Al Bunshaft is the Senior Vice President of Dassault Systèmes’ Americas Corporation where he spearheads key strategic initiatives and corporate leadership programs. He was a key architect in Dassault Systèmes’ acquisition of IBM’s PLM business and led the selection, design, construction and opening of the company’s North American headquarters, an award-winning campus recognized for sustainable innovation and located in Boston’s technology belt. Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes, Bunshaft served as global vice president of IBM PLM where he helped major manufacturing companies transition from physical to digital design practices and played a key role in the first digitally-designed automobile.  He is a leading voice in corporate citizenship and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives, such as Teachers at Dassault Systèmes and “Day of Service at Dassault Systèmes.” He is a member of the STEM subcommittee of the Clinton Global Initiative, a board member of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, and an advisory board member at the University at Albany, State University of New York’s Department of Information and Computer Science. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the school and has a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

V. Celeste Carter received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine in 1982 under the direction of Dr. Satvir S. Tevethia. She completed postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. G. Steven Martin at the University of California at Berkeley. She joined the Division of Biological and Health Sciences at Foothill College in 1994 to develop and head a Biotechnology Program. She served as a Program Director twice in the Division of Undergraduate Education as a rotator.  Dr. Carter accepted a permanent program director position in DUE in 2009; she is the Lead Program Director for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in DUE.

Rya Conrad-Bradshaw leads strategy and partnerships in the US. She has been with Fullbridge for almost three years now, first starting in program operations and coaching, before leading college programming. As a former consultant with McKinsey & Company in Chicago, Rya first understood the power of intensive and directed professional development to create transformational impact for people at key pivotal moments. Rya also has experience in international non-profit strategy and innovation across sectors. She is a graduate of MIT Sloan, the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Courtney is the Chief Technology Officer for the Open Health Systems Laboratory (OHSL). He has been associated with OHSL for the last five years where he worked with Anil and others to implement a Research Networking System, which led to the establishment of the International Consortium for Technology in Biomedicine (ICTBioMed).

Courtney has been working in the field of biomedical informatics for over 15 years with a focus on clinical research informatics and an emphasis on the role of metadata and semantics on the interoperability of systems and on data liquidity. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He has served as a reviewer of abstracts for AMIA meetings and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Courtney was active in the NCI caBIG initiative where he led the Population Science SIG, worked with cancer centers on implementing caBIG software while at Booz Allen Hamilton and served as a liaison between the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Science (DCCPS) and the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT).

He has recently become acquainted with and a member of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP) and now realizes that he is a T-shaped peg that for years has not fit into either square or round holes.

Bojan Cukic is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). Prior to his appointment at UNCC, he was Robert C. Byrd Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University . He received a Dipl. Ing. (BS) degree in Computer Science from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Houston. His research interests include software engineering, information assurance and biometrics, and resilient computing.

Carmellia V. Davis-King is the CoRe Co-Curricular Director at Michigan State University College of Engineering. She works directly with engineering faculty in the college as well as the greater engineering community to deliver co-curricular programming for undergraduate students. Davis-King also provides leadership to student leaders through the creation of innovative learning opportunities. She created the first ever Living and Learning Summit for Michigan Colleges and Universities in an effort to create a platform for shared best practices for student affairs practitioners. As the Co-Curricular Director she is responsible for the recruitment and retention of undergraduate first year engineering CoRe student participants. She has also co-authored the following papers: Building the Whole Engineer: An Integrated Academic and Co-Curricular First Year Experience (2013), Fostering Industry Engagement in the Co-Curricular Aspects of an Engineering Living-Learning Program (2012) and First-Year Engineering: A Comprehensive Approach (2010).  She earned a Master’s degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University. She is also a Michigan State University College of Engineering 2014-2015 Withrow Student Service Award recipient. This award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exemplar engineering scholarship.

Yi Deng has been the Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 2009. In this capacity, he leads the largest and most comprehensive Computing and Informatics program in the State of North Carolina and one of the largest in the US. Previously, he served as the Dean of the School of Computing and Information Sciences at the Florida International University. He led the development of the Data Science Initiative, now the top academic priority for UNC Charlotte, and helped to spearhead a Big Data movement in the Charlotte region. He is an accomplished leader in computing education and research, and has led a number of academic and industry partnerships. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Technology Association. Deng earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.

In April 2012, Emily DeRocco launched a Washington, D.C.-based strategic consulting practice focused on linking education, workforce and economic development assets for competitive advantage.  She is currently serving as Senior Strategic Advisor to the ACT Foundation and Director of the National Network of Business and Industry Associations co-managed by Business Roundtable and the Foundation.  DeRocco is also directing the Education and Workforce strategies for the newly-designated, Detroit-based American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute.  

DeRocco is the immediate past president of The Manufacturing Institute where she launched and implemented a strategic national agenda focused on education reform and workforce development, innovation support and services, and research on behalf of U.S. manufacturers.  Under her leadership, the Institute developed and deployed a system of nationally portable, industry-recognized Manufacturing Skills Certifications now influencing secondary and post-secondary education reform efforts in 36 states; chaired the National Thought Leaders Forum on linking the nation’s high performance supercomputing capacity to manufacturers; and released leading-edge research including The Facts About Modern Manufacturing; The Innovation Imperative: How U.S. Manufacturing Can Restore Its Edge; The Manufacturing Industry’s Structural Cost Study; People & Profitability; and The Annual Index of the Public Perception About Modern Manufacturing.

Prior to her leadership in U.S. manufacturing, DeRocco was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Assistant Secretary of Labor in 2001.  In that position, DeRocco was responsible for managing a $10 billion investment in the nation’s workforce.  She created and implemented regional economic development initiatives in 39 regions across the nation during her tenure, using talent development strategies to drive competitive advantage for America’s businesses.  Her responsibilities included implementation of Trade Adjustment Assistance for displaced workers, alternative educational pathways for the nation’s youth, the permanent and temporary foreign labor certification programs for employment-based immigration, the national apprenticeship program, and workforce development programs nationwide.  She created and led Presidential initiatives to align education, economic development, and workforce development investments and to increase the capacity of the nation’s community college system.

During her tenure with the Labor Department, DeRocco chaired or vice-chaired numerous boards and commissions, including the Education and Workforce Committee of the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the Education and Workforce Committee of the Department of Commerce’s Interagency Working Group on Manufacturing, and the President’s Committee on Economic Adjustment for the Defense Department’s Base Realignment and Adjustment Commission.

DeRocco has represented the United States and led delegations in international forums including the G-8 Labor Ministerials, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Western Hemisphere Competitiveness Forum, U.S.-Canada Policy Forums, and U.S.-EU Dialogues.

DeRocco also brings over 10 years of private sector experience in managing a national non-profit organization and prior federal government experience at the Departments of Energy and Interior, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission.

DeRocco is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and received her Juris Doctorate from the Georgetown Law Center.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Western Governors University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, the University of Mississippi’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence, Hope Street Group, and EWI~the Ohio-based innovator in manufacturing technologies. 

Nicholas Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who held the coveted positions of Executive Vice President Innovation and Technology, and was also selected as an IBM fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. Mr. Donofrio holds seven technology patents, is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies, and holds several board positions.

Mr. Donofrio is focused sharply on advancing education, employment and career opportunities for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM disciplines. He served for many years on the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and was NACME's Board chair from 1997 through 2002. He also served for several years on the Board of Directors for INROADS, a non-profit organization focused on the training and development of talented minority youth for professional careers in business and industry. In 2003, he was awarded the Rodney D. Chipps Memorial Award by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and remains an active member of SWE. 

He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu & Sigma Xi engineering and science honor societies, a Fellow of the U.K-based Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the US-based National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors for the Bank of New York Mellon, Liberty Mutual, Delphi Automotive, AMD, O'Brien & Gere, Sproxil and MITRE.  From 1993 to 2013 he served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees for Syracuse University, the New York Hall of Science (co-chair 2007- 2013) and the New York Genome Center.   In December 2013, he was named by the Governor of CT Chairmam of the  Board of Regents for Higher Education.  In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the USIP’s Peace Tech Lab and in 2015 became its Chairman.  Also in 2015, he became a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Board of Directors. 

In 2002-2003, he led the work effort for the Council on Competitiveness around their National Innovation Initiative (NII) which went on to become the America Competes Act. 

In 2005, the U.S. Department of Education appointed him to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, a 20-member delegation of business and university leaders charged with developing a national strategy for post-secondary education to meet the needs of America's diverse population and workforce. The commission report, A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of Higher Education, is available through the US Department of Education.

In 2011-2012 he chaired a special committee tasked by the Governor of VT to evaluate the relationship between the State of VT and UVM.  The committee report, New Ideas for Changing Times: Strengthening the Partnership Between the State of Vermont and the University of Vermont, was accepted by the Governor of VT and the President of UVM. 

In 2012, Donofrio was invited to become an independent advisor for agencies within the USA Intelligence Community. 

In 2013 he became a visiting lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education.

He chaired the work effort for the National Academy of Engineering that resulted in the March 2015 release of the NAE report Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology and Work. 

Additionally, he was a member of the Prime Minister of Taiwan’s Science and Technology Advisory Board (2008-2011), a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation (2009-2012) and co-chair for the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board ( 2009-2012).

Donofrio holds a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, respectively. He has received honorary doctorates from Polytechnic University (now NYU-Poly), University of Warwick-UK, Marist College, University of Edinburgh-UK, Pace University, National University of Ireland-Maynooth and Syracuse University.

Elliot P. Douglas is Program Director for Engineering Education in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers at the National Science Foundation. He oversees several programs, including Research in the Formation of Engineers, Research Initiation in Engineering Formation, and is the lead program director for Revolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (RED). He also supports the workforce development programs of the Engineering Research Centers, and serves on the working groups for other NSF programs related to education. Dr. Douglas’s home institution is the University of Florida where he is Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering Sciences, Distinguished Teaching Scholar, and Director of the Engineering Education. His research interests lie at the intersection between education research and engineering education practice. His work aims to understand complex thinking processes and learning in students, and to use this information to design effective teaching practices, and includes research in critical thinking, active learning, problem-solving, and cultures of inclusion. Dr. Douglas received SBs in Materials Science & Engineering and MSE & Music from MIT in 1988, and his PhD in Polymer Science & Engineering from UMass-Amherst in 1992. He then worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for four years before joining the University of Florida in 1996. He has served as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education and Chair of the Educational Research & Methods Division of ASEE.

Graham Doxey has over 30 years of global experience successfully building and managing small and large enterprises, with the most recent 10 years focused on higher education. 

As a co-founder of Neumont University he began a decade of creating innovative solutions to close the gap between higher education outcomes and industry needs. Exemplary results have been achieved through engaging employers early in the education process, implementing experiential learning pedagogies, and mapping regulator required learning outcomes with industry required skills.

While CEO of Laureate Malaysia Doxey had three years of experience applying these pedagogical principles in a more traditional education environment across multiple disciplines and locations in a 14,000 student 9 campus system resulting in similar increased employability of graduates.

Doxey also worked for three years as a regulator with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington DC​, and 15 years in financial services.

  • Laureate Education Inc., CEO Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2008-2012

  • Neumont University, President Salt Lake City, Utah 2001-2007

  • Lehman Brothers, Managing Director New York/Tokyo, Japan 1991 – 2000

  • Merrill Lynch, Vice President New York/Tokyo, Japan 1986 - 1991

  • Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Washington, DC 1983 - 1986

Ryan Dziedzic has been teaching introductory biology, anatomy & physiology, and botany at Mid Michigan Community College for seven years as an adjunct instructor with interests in biology pedagogy and dual-enrollment.  Outside of teaching, he is a nature enthusiast, in particular birdwatching and gardening.

Powerfully influential in building and leading organizations, Chuck Edwards brings global industrial market knowledge, insightful business strategies, and profound leadership principles to every opportunity. For over 20 years he has served in senior executive roles at Lenze SE, Molex Incorporated, Woodhead Industries, and Rockwell Automation.

Throughout his career Edwards has developed strong interest and knowledge in the areas of STEM/STEAM education, and ongoing engagement in industry - university relations. He has been a guest lecturer at Purdue University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Milwaukee School of Engineering.  His opinions and insights have often been sought by trade press for subjects including workforce development, talent retention, and trends in industrial automation technology.

Edwards is a long standing member of the Deans Council of Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University, and has also recently served on the Business Advisory Council of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and the Board of Directors of the Electronic Components Association.

He holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Engineering Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Lucia Elden, PhD, has been a professor of Composition and Humanities for 30 years.  She mentors new and adjunct faculty, especially those teaching in the high school dual enrolled classes at Mid Michigan Community College.  Her doctoral dissertation from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education focused on community college students and their stories.  Because she teaches CAD, CIS, nursing, welding, and automotive students, connecting the “broad” of the T to the “deep,” she has given faculty PD sessions with the title:  “I am an automotive instructor!”

Cathy Ellis has worked in the field of vocational education and training for thirty years across a number of teaching, leadership and national policy roles. In her current role as Director of Enquiry and Emerging Practice at Highbury College Portsmouth, United Kingdom, she is designing a Digital Futures strategy to support the College’s 2020 vision to be a world class learning enterprise.  Highbury College (www.highbury.ac.uk) is one of the leading vocational colleges in the United Kingdom and in 2011 was graded ‘Outstanding’ by the UK Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

Ellis combines her role at Highbury College with a research portfolio working on UK and international projects as part of her PhD, under the supervision of Professor Sugata Mitra (TED2013 Prize Winner). She is interested in exploring the interdisciplinary space between emerging technologies and vocational education and training; prototyping new curriculum delivery methodologies based on emergent principles and practice; and developing innovative projects to empower students through technology to achieve their full potential.

She was one of the early adopters of LMS technology in Further Education. Ellis was recognised as one of the most influential strategic leaders of Educational Technology in her sector, winning the prestigious international Greenhouse Award in 2004 for innovation in the field of e-learning. She has spoken at regional, national and international conferences and written several articles on her experience of Educational Technology.

In September 2014 she had an article published on her research in the internationally renowned Journal for Research in Learning technology - http://www.researchinlearningtechnology.net/index.php/rlt/article/view/24614 and another article  is due for publication in the November 2014 edition of  ‘The Indian Journal for Vocational Education’.

Ellis holds an M.A. in Education from Durham University, was elected as the first FE President of the Association for Learning Technology in 2008, and is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

Jeff Evans is the Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, and the Interim Director of Leaning Innovation in the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. He is also an associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. His B.S. is from Purdue, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science are from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. Before joining Purdue in 2003 he worked for twenty three years developing electronics hardware, embedded systems software, and systems architectures as a design engineer, chief engineer, and manager of advanced development crosscutting the automotive, consumer and industrial warning and safety, medical diagnostic equipment, and telecommunications industries. Prior to and during this time he also performed as a professional and semi-professional musician, touring the United States and Europe, and released a CD of his original compositions, gaining critical acclaim in the U.S., South America, and Europe.                                                               

Dr. Evans works to understand the mechanisms that disrupt complex systems. His research has included the impact of communication performance degradation on parallel application run time. He has applied his research in adaptive computing systems to the areas of sensor networks in hydrologic applications and human physical activity monitoring. His explorations also include performance management of large-scale distributed hardware-in-the-loop simulations of vehicles, molecular dynamics simulations of nano-scale   machining operations used in manufacturing, and molecular dynamics simulations of fire events. Recently Dr. Evans has been investigating hardware-in-the-loop simulations of data networks used in real-time applications related to audio and video delivery in live performance situations. He is also currently investigating the use of artificial intelligence for use in music composition and performance.

Most recently, Dr. Evans has immersed himself in area of transforming higher education. As part of a transdisciplinary team established in 2013, he has co-developed largely lecture-less learning experiences that cross-cut and balance STEM fields and the humanities for the purpose of developing the cognitive and meta- cognitive capabilities in learners needed for life-long success in the 21st century. In 2015 he spearheaded the development of an innovative competency-based undergraduate program in Transdisciplinary Studies. The program has been approved by Purdue University and the state of Indiana, who called the program a ”game changer”, and is awaiting approval from the regional accrediting body.

Dean Evasius is the Division Director for the Division of Graduate Education at the U.S. National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"

Dr. Evasius has held previous appointments at the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities. His research is in mathematics and its applications. He has published on topics in harmonic analysis, cryptography, statistics, machine learning, and signals analysis. He received the Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.

Founder and Chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, is a global education thought leader, futurist and expert, author and inventor, with several affiliations:

  • Visiting practitioner at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, exploring curriculum redesign concepts, and teaching a seminars titled “Interdisciplinarity – The World in 10 Curves”; member of the President’s Council of Olin College. His work spans the continuum of Schools, Higher Education, and Workforce Development/Lifelong Learning.
  • Chair of the Education committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), nominated by the US Chamber of International Business (USCIB). He works with several teams at the OECD – Education 2030, PISA, and CERI most notably.
  • Founder and President of the Fondation Helvetica Educatio (Geneva, Switzerland), dedicated to global education.
  • Co-author of just published “Four-Dimensional Education – The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed” which received endorsements from OECD’s Andreas Schleicher and Stanford University’s Carol Dweck.  Co-author of best-selling book  “21 st Century Skills – Learning for Life in our Times” (2009 Wiley) also available in simplified and classical mandarin Chinese, Korean and Russian.   Also co-author of “Deeper Learning“.  He frequently keynotes on these topics, as well as STEM, and Education Technology.
  • Senior Fellow, human capital at The Conference Board; Senior Fellow at P21.org, and at Innovate-Educate
  • Former Global Education Lead at Cisco Systems, and Cisco liaison with UNESCO, the World Bank and Change the Equation (STEM).
  • Former visiting lecturer at MIT ESG teaching a “special topics in mathematics” class titled “Polymathy – The World In 10 Curves”; and former visiting lecturer at UPenn teaching a class on Technologies for Learning in the Chief Learning Officers program (receiving highest student rating)
  • Appointee to the Massachusetts gubernatorial “Commission to Develop an Index of Creative and Innovative Education in Public Schools”, and has served on the Massachusetts Governor’s Readiness Project as well as its 21st Century Skills task force.
  • Former angel investor with Beacon Angels in Boston http://beaconangels.wordpress.com/members/

He has worked with a wide variety of education ministries, and business and non-profit education organizations in Massachusetts, Canada (Federal, and Provinces), France, Finland, Sweden, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Tunisia, and the Dominican Republic, to name a few, and has contributed to education projects in more than thirty countries. He has advised innovative school systems in Brazil ( Lumiar ) and Chile ( Innovacien ).

He has contributed to, and has been featured by, media such as National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Huffington Post, eSchool News, Education Week, University Business, Technology & Learning, New Media Consortium, MA and NY Associations for Supervision and Curriculum Development, T.H.E. Journal, and many others. He has presented at numerous education conferences, including at UNESCO, the World Bank, the OECD, the Consortium for School Networking (COSN), the National School Boards Association (NSBA), the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), and the Masie Center’s Learning conferences.

Partially overlapping his involvement in education matters, Charles had spent more than two decades in the ICT industry (semiconductors, and systems).  He has been awarded five patents on video, content, and communication technologies.  He holds a bachelor of science in electronics with course concentration in quantum and solid-state physics with electives in neuroscience, and a master of business administration in international marketing.  An avid reader, he has autodidactically learned emerging disciplines such as evolutionary psychology.  He also enjoys the lessons of classical history.

A 20-year technology infrastructure support veteran, Lori Fellela is Senior Director of End User Computing for TIAA in Charlotte NC. Fellela was brought into TIAA in 2011 to leverage her diverse financial services experience and technology background to lead the End User Computing team through an organization and culture change.

In prior leadership roles, she led efforts to improve efficiency, drive down costs, and position her organization to support business growth. Fellela moved to North Carolina In 2007 to take a leadership role in establishing a central technology organization for another financial services firm.

Besides leadership contributions at TIAA, she is also the team lead for the firm’s technology college recruiting efforts at UNC-Charlotte, an active mentor within the firm, and is involved in the Women’s Unlimited organization.

Prior to joining TIAA, Fellela held various positions at Fidelity Investments and PepsiCo corporate headquarters. She learned the ropes in application development, earned an MBA in Finance, and gave birth to her second child, all at the same time!  She attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Computer Science, and completed her MBA program at Fordham University in New York.

Fellela has a passion for leading teams: establishing a sense of community within a team and working with team members in supporting their efforts to experience a ‘career best’. 


Dianne Fodell is Program Director for IBM Global University Programs. She works with university faculty around the world to develop skills needed for the future. IBM provides technology, methodologies, research topics, and real world challenges that help faculty develop courses for needed skills, such as Big Data, Analytics, Cybersecurity, and Cognitive Computing . She has had a multi-disciplinary career in IBM hardware and software development, system design, market management, innovation programs, developer strategy and now University Programs. She has held a number of management and technical leadership positions in Application Development, Networking Systems, Retail Store Systems, and Linux systems.

Dr. Rider W. Foley is an assistant professor in the science, technology & society program in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia.  He is the principal investigator at University of Virginia on the ‘4C Project’ on Cultivating Cultures of Ethical STEM education with colleagues from Notre Dame, Xavier University and St. Mary’s College. He is also the co-leader of the ‘Nano and the City’ thematic research cluster for the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. Rider is a Research Collaborator with the Sustainability Science Education program at the Biodesign Institute.  His research focuses on wicked problems that arise at the intersection of society and technology. Rider holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University, and a Master's degree in Environmental Management from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from University of New Hampshire. Before earning his doctorate, he has worked for a decade in consulting and emergency response for Triumvirate Environmental Inc. 

Lewis E. Forrest II, is currently the Executive Director of George Mason University’ Early Identification Program, he is also an Alum of Mason (1996) receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in African-American Studies. In 2005 he received his Master’s degree in Counseling and Development and was recognized by the College of Education and Human Development for outstanding achievement and academic excellence. For the past 16 years he has served in many roles with Mason’s Early Identification Program (EIP) including the positions of Tutoring Coordinator, Assistant, and Associate Director. Prior to returning to Mason he worked three-years in Prince William County Public Schools as a Professional School Counselor at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, and also served as the county’s coordinator for the EIP.

Dr. Franklin's dissertation, under Professor Michael Marder, was a computational and theoretical study of the complex dynamics of dislocations in Aluminum alloys.  He subsequently was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in STEM Education which allowed him to work with Professor Priscilla Laws at Dickinson College. There he co-authored Explorations in Physics, an activity-based curriculum for non-science majors published by John Wiley & Sons. In January 2012, Explorations was awarded the Science magazine prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction.

Since arriving at RIT in 2000, Scott has conducted research both in granular materials that cohere through particle geometry and physics education research.

In 2010, he co-founded the Science & Mathematics Education Research Collaborative, a group of faculty from the departments of physics, biology, and chemistry that conduct discipline-based education research.

As Vice President, Education Business Development, Katharine Frase sets strategy for IBM’s education solutions, including partnerships and customer engagement.   Prior to this role, as Chief Technology Officer, IBM Public Sector, she provided thought leadership for IBM and its customers on innovation and strategic transformation specific to government, education, life sciences, healthcare and cities, driving the creation of new solutions.  Earlier roles included industry solutions research, technical and business strategy for IBM's software business, corporate assignments on technology assessment and strategy, and roles in IBM Microelectronics in the management of process development, design/modeling methodology and production of chip carriers, assemblies and test.  In 2006, she was elected as a member of the (U.S.) National Academy of Engineering.   Frase received an A.B. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and sits on numerous external committees and boards. 


Dr. Freund has served on the faculty of the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at San Jose State University since 1986.  He is the founder and Director of the graduate program in Human Factors/Ergonomics, and served as Department Chair for 8 years.  He is the Director of the newly formed SJSU Center for Service Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSSEI).  Building on his extensive systems engineering consulting experiences in hospitals and health systems, Dr. Freund designed and introduced an undergraduate course in Service Systems Engineering in 2005 which is now a required course in the BSISE curriculum.  An MS emphasis area in Service Systems Engineering was initiated at SJSU in 2008.  Dr. Freund is an IBM Faculty Award recipient for his work in Service Systems Engineering research and teaching.  He also received a HIMSS “50 in 50” Award and is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).  He serves as an Advisor to the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP), and also as an ISSIP Ambassador to IIE and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).  His research interests are in modeling the “human side of co-production” on the quality of service encounters and devising a method for assessing and advancing the “T-shaped-ness” of service innovation professionals.  He has been Co-Chair of HSSE 2012, HSSE 2014, and HSSE 2015.

Philip D. Gardner is Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University.  Dr. Gardner has been with MSU for 28 years after receiving degrees from Whitman College (BA in Chemistry) and Michigan State University (Ph.D. in Resource & Development Economics/Public Policy).  His major areas of research include the transition from college to work, early socialization and career progression in the workplace, workforce readiness, and other areas related to college student studies. MSU’s nationally recognized annual college labor market study is done under his direction each fall. He served as senior editor of the Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships. In the spring of 2009 he served as a Fulbright specialist to New Zealand on work-integrated learning.

Jerome C. Glenn co-founded and directs The Millennium Project, a leading global participatory think tank, which produces the State of the Future annual reports for the past 18 years http://millennium-project.org/millennium/201314SOF.html. He invented the "Futures Wheel", a futures assessment technique and concepts such as conscious-technology, transinstitutions, tele-nations, management by understanding, feminine brain drain, just-in-time knowledge, nodes as a management concept for interconnecting global and local views and actions, and definitions of environmental security, collective Intelligence, and scenarios.

He wrote about information warfare in the late 1980s in his book Future Mind, sent his first email in 1973, and was hired by the Quakers’ action arm to help organize the environmental movement New England 1971. In the mid-1980s he was instrumental in getting x.25 packet switching in 29 developing countries which was key to their later getting low cost access to the Internet. More recently he led the design and implementation of collective intelligence systems for the Global Climate Change Situation Room in South Korea, the Prime Minister’s Office of Kuwait, and now the Global Futures Intelligence System and Integrated Synergistic Information System for Egypt. Other current work includes: the future work/technology 2050; the EC’s 2050 scenarios on innovation, research, and higher education; and the public’s roles in preventing individuals from deploying future weapons of mass destruction.

He was instrumental in naming the first Space Shuttle the Enterprise and banning the first space weapon (FOBS) in SALT II. He has published over 200 future-oriented articles, spoken to over 300 organizations, written several books (Future Mind, Linking the Future, and co-author of Space Trek), and is the editor of Futures Research Methodology Version 3.0 that and other research is available at www.millennium-project.org.

Michael E. Gorman earned a Masters (1978) and a PhD (1981) in Social Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. He is a Professor in the Department of Engineering & Society at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on ethics, invention, psychology of science and communication. NSF supported much of his work; to give back, he served two years as a Program Director in the NSF’s Science, Technology & Society program. His research interests include cognitive and social psychology of science, described in Simulating Science (Indiana University Press, 1992), Transforming Nature (Kluwer Academic Press, 1998), Scientific and Technological Thinking (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005), and a special issue on Cognition in Science and Technology he edited for the journal TopiCS in Cognitive Science. Working with collaborators, he has published ethics case studies described in Ethical and Environmental Challenges to Engineering (Prentice-Hall, 2000). His current research is in the kind of interdisciplinary trading zones that will be needed for scientists, engineers and other stakeholders to collaborate on the development of new technologies  (see Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise: Creating New Kinds of Collaboration, MIT Press, 2010).

Michelle L. Grainger joined the Center for Innovation Management Studies at NC State’s Poole College of Management in 2000. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center, including marketing, communication, annual sponsors' conference, special topic executive education workshops, serving as CIMS’ primary liaison with its researchers and corporate sponsors and the administration and management of the Center's two assessment tools, the Innovation Management Maturity Assessment (IMMA) and the Value Innovation Quotient (VIQ).

Dr. Gerhard Gudergan is Head of the Unit Research and Head of Department Business Transformation both at FIR Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University. For eight years, he used to be the head of the department “Service Management” at FIR with its main research groups on service engineering, service performance management and community management. Gudergan is director of the Center Smart Services on the RWTH Aachen Campus and founder of the Service Science Innovation Lab at RWTH Aachen Campus. He is senior lecturer at RWTH Aachen University for “Service Design and Engineering” and responsible for the module of “Business Model Innovation and Services” as part of the Executive EMBA of RWTH Aachen University and Fraunhofer Academy. Gudergan has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University. He is member in different expert groups on service science and service innovation and standardization. He is full member of the Working Group 5.7 of APMS within IFIP where he is responsible for the SIG on “Service Systems”. His research interest is focusing on digital transformation and innovation in services.

Guy Halfteck grew up in Israel, where he served as a ship vice-commander in the Navy. He later studied law, economics and game theory at the Hebrew University, Columbia, and Harvard. He started Knack after getting turned down for an early career leadership program at a top New York hedge fund. That experience led Halfteck to look for a better way to showcase his talent than the traditional credentials, pedigree, and interviews. Going back to his notes from a game theory class he took at Harvard, he realized that they held the key to solving this problem. Building on these insights, he brought together a team that included people from game design, computer graphics, psychology and computational neuroscience, software engineering, and machine learning to develop a technology that uncovers people’s hidden talents and matches them with the right education and job opportunities — all through mobile games.

Beth Harlan serves as the Associate Director for Career Education and Counseling at Georgetown University's Career Education Center.  Her team of career-focused counselors works with students to facilitate self-discovery, integrate learning across contexts, clarify career goals, build on strengths, and talk through related concerns.  Beth cares deeply about student formation; recent initiatives at Georgetown include a career development course for first generation college students and a retreat called Career Contemplation in Action.  Beth is also an Adjunct Instructor for Wake Forest University's Counseling Department and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Mary Beth Heeder received a teaching certificate and a Master's Degree in College Student Personnel with a Management, Personnel and Organizational Behavior concentration from Michigan State University.  In addition to directing the academic orientation and transitions process, Heeder teaches a first-year writing course. During her 34-year tenure working with students in and out of the classroom, she has led various student success initiatives, including an extended orientation program for international students, a faculty-student mentor program, and an experiential learning program for urban youth and college students. Her areas of interest include curriculum development; teaching and learning; the relationship between non-cognitive factors and academic performance and retention, and how sense of purpose influences academic achievement.

Carlos Hereen is CEO of UTEC (Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia) and Tecsup (Instituto Superior de Tecnologia) since 2014. He is currently on the board of several companies, as well as non-profit organizations. Prior to his current role, he was a partner in the largest consulting firm in Peru, Apoyo Consultoria, where he served as the head of management consulting. Additionally, he spent 12 years as a faculty member in the Graduate School of the Universidad del Pacifico, and has published in various local media. He obtained his bachelor´s degree in Economics at the Universidad del Pacifico, and went on to complete his MS in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lisa Hinkley is the Director of the Career Advancement Center and Director of the Academic Internship Program. She is a member of  the President’s Senior Staff team and is charged with leading career preparation efforts for the College.

During her 10+ years of experience in career services, she has taught courses on leadership, career decision-making, and job search strategies.  She also presents at national and regional conferences on topics that include managing in times of change and developing innovative programs to meet the needs of special populations.  She serves on the advisory board for the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI), which specializes in researching students’ transition from college to work. 

Hinkley earned her master’s degree in student affairs administration from Michigan State University and bachelor’s degree in political science from Bradley University.  She loves to learn and beyond the world of career development is especially interested in health, fitness, and food.

Debbie Hughes joined BHEF in 2011. She is the senior director of higher education and workforce. In this role, Hughes oversees the development and implementation of numerous strategic areas of the National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative, including: programmatic activities in emerging fields, such as cybersecurity and data science and analytics; research on experiential learning; and validation of a process for strategic engagement between industry and higher education. Hughes also manages a National Science Foundation-funded project focused on measuring the impact that employers can have on students transferring from community colleges to four-year institutions and graduating with a degree in science, technology, engineering or math.

Prior to joining BHEF, Hughes was the director of public/private partnerships for Project Lead the Way, leading the organization’s development of strategic relationships and a national STEM education agenda. Hughes was also a program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. In this position, she focused on creating opportunities for students and educators to participate in America's research enterprise as a means to improving the competitiveness of U.S. industry and overall scientific literacy.  Hughes also served as the executive liaison to the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Science of Science Policy Interagency Task Group.

Hughes received her master's degree in international science and technology policy from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and her bachelor's degree in business from the George Washington University School of Business.

Maryalicia Johnson is the Executive Director of External Relations for UNC Charlotte's College of Computing and Informatics, who leads the Business Partners and Industry Solutions Partnerships .  She is responsible for the partnerships of 50 corporate IT leaders and scholarship donors.  Johnson has been involved in partnerships, public speaking, communications training and strategic business development from behind the camera and in front of it for more than 15 years. As a nationally recognized speech coach and award-winning communicator, Johnson has worked with high profile leaders such as high profile governors, mayors, Martin Luther King lll, Miss America, Frank Viola, Carrot Top, Super Bowl players and more.  Additionally, Johnson has taught over 360 certification hours as Adjunct Instructor with Department of Homeland Security, Emergency Services Institute and Central Florida Fire Academy for Public Information Officer (PIO) training and Crisis Communications.

Dr. Kehler is Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at CrowdSmart; a company dedicated to helping startups chart a rapid path to success through an engagement and brainstorming platform that connects companies to their customers, investors and advisors. Dr. Kehler has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and CEO.  He has led the launch team of several technology-based companies two of which have become public companies. He led the first AI/Expert Systems Company, IntelliCorp, through two public offerings. He led one of the first ecommerce companies to go public (Connect). He was CEO of Recipio, an early social marketing company that enabled large scale brainstorming between companies and their customers. Recipio’s customers included LEGO, NBC, and Procter & Gamble. Recipio was sold to Informative where he later because CEO. Informative was sold to Satmetrix where he headed up Community Solutions. After Satmetrix, Dr. Kehler was one of the founders of ClearStreet, a fintech company.

Dr. Kehler received a Ph.D. in applied physics from Drexel University and has numerous publications in computer science, artificial intelligence, and physics.   Currently he is working on predictive analytics models for startups.


Michael J. Kolb is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Kolb received degrees from St. John’s University (B.S. in Biology), University of Wisconsin (M.A. in Anthropology) and UCLA (Ph.D. in Anthropology). His archaeological research interests include complex societies, monumental architecture, and the archaeology of power and ritual. He has active research programs in Europe and Oceania. Dr. Kolb is also a Presidential Teaching Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University, where he spent 20 years as a faculty member and served as Associate Vice Provost.

 Professor Lemmink holds a Msc. degree in Business Administration (University of Groningen) and a Ph.D. (University of Limburg). He was marketing advisor to Dutch Postal Services and Telecommunication (KPN) in The Hague and visiting professor at Universities in Queensland (Australia) and Hasselt (Belgium). As a former dean of the school of Business and Economics, Maastricht University (2006-2013), he is on the International Advisory Board of HANKEN School of Economics, Helsinki and Queensland University of Technology Business School in Brisbane, Australia. He serves at the the EQUIS Accreditation Committee and Awarding Body of the European Foundation for Management Development, Brussels.

He published extensively on service science, marketing, management, service quality and modelling in e.g. Journal of Marketing , Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Management Studies, International Journal of Research in Marketing and Journal of Retailing . He was an editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Service Industry Management (Journal of Service Management) , and carried out international consultancy and research projects for e.g. European Union, Shell, Mitsubishi, Heineken, Canon-Océ, Ericsson, Siemens, Libertel/Vodafone, Dutchtone/Orange, RaboBank, Dexia Bank and APG pension fund. He is founder of the ServiceScienceFactory.com  at Maastricht University and initiator of the Smart Services Campus and Business Intelligence and Smart Services Institute (BISS) in Heerlen, The Netherlands.

Dr. Stephanie (Nikki) Lewis is a post-doctoral fellow in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Division of Undergraduate Education. She specializes in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology.  As director of the Curie Living-Learning Community, Lewis co-developed and co-manages the Curie and Da Vinci LLC’s “Successful Starts in Science First Year Experience” and the “Professional Leadership in the Sciences” courses, with an emphasis on initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Lewis is involved in undergraduate research course development to prepare students for professional careers in scientific research and public health. She is also lead instructor for the Summer Bridge Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and Mentoring Coordinator for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Elizabeth Lilly is a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. As a fourth year student in the Curie and Da Vinci Living Learning Communities, Lilly has served as a Peer Mentor, currently serves as the Student Division Leader of the community’s mentoring program, and is helping with research on problem solving learning outcomes from the Curie and Da Vinci Peer-to-Peer Projects.  She also serves on the Dean’s Leadership Council for the College of Science. Lilly currently works as an Administrative Supervisor at War Memorial Gym on Virginia Tech’s campus, pursuing her interests in health and athletics. After graduation she hopes to continue her studies in a Physician’s Assistant or Physical Therapy graduate program.

As Executive Director of CannonDesign’s Education Practice, Brad Lukanic leads a dynamic team of strategists, thought leaders, planners and designers focused on enhancing educational experiences and outcomes in the rapidly evolving education landscape. An advocate for new ideas and innovation, he brings insights from more than two decades of practice to shape powerful learning environments that serve today’s students as well as future generations.
He collaborates with college and university presidents, chancellors, provosts, deans and academic leaders to create effective strategies for addressing their institutions’ unique challenges. He co-founded CannonDesign’s Educational Advisory Services, a consultancy that examines educational challenges through the lenses of academics, finance, architecture and technology to develop innovative, sustainable and resilient solutions. His spirited leadership and commitment to client partnerships are key drivers of client success.

P. Kay Lund is Director of the Division of Biomedical Research Workforce in the Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The division has responsibilities for policy regarding extramural programs related to training, career development and diversity of the biomedical research workforce.  The division also performs research and economic analyses to evaluate training and career development programs and predict workforce trends and future needs.

Dr. Lund joined NIH from a career in academia including appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has mentored many biomedical researchers from undergraduate students to faculty and both Ph.D. and physician scientists.  Dr. Lund has published widely in her scientific discipline(s) and has also about multiple potential career outcomes for Ph.D. scientists (see The Flexible Ph.D. Gastroenterology, 203 125:1301) and women in science.  Dr. Lund serves as co-chair of an NIH Working Group on Strengthening the Biomedical Workforce, which provides input on the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) programs, which are supported to develop of innovative approaches to training for multiple potential biomedical research career paths.

Professor MacCraith holds a Personal Chair in Physics at DCU. He was founding Director of both the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at DCU.  He was appointed President of DCU in July 2010 and will hold this position for 10 years.  As President, he has advanced DCU’s mission as a research-intensive University of Enterprise that emphasises innovation in teaching, learning and research.

DCU is among the world’s leading young universities and is ranked both in the QS Top 50 under 50 and the THE 100 under 50.

Professor MacCraith has a strong commitment to student entrepreneurship (both social and commercial) and was instrumental in DCU becoming Europe's first Ashoka U Changemaker Campus in 2013.

Paul P. Maglio is a Professor of Technology Management at the University of California, Merced, and a research staff member at IBM Research, Almaden. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from MIT and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of California at San Diego. Since joining IBM Research, Dr Maglio has worked on programmable Web intermediaries, attentive user interfaces, multimodal human-computer interaction, human aspects of autonomic computing, and service science. He is currently working on a system to compose loosely coupled heterogeneous models and simulations to inform health and health policy decisions. One of the founders of the field of service science, Dr Maglio is Editor-in-Chief of Service Science (INFORMS), serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Service Research (Sage), and is lead editor of the Handbook of Service Science (Springer). His recent co-authored book, Taming Information Technology: Lessons from Studies of System Administrators (Oxfords University Press), documents results of a decade-long project examining work practices in service delivery. He has chaired or co-chaired many conferences related to service science, including the The Art and Science of Service (2011), the International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing (2010), Frontiers in Service (2007), the Sixteenth International Conference on Management of Technology (2007), the First ACM Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction for Managing Information Technology (2007), and the Service Science, Management, Engineering Minitrack at the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (2008-2012). Dr Maglio has published more than 100 scientific papers in various areas of computer science, cognitive science, and service science, and is an ACM Distinguished Scientist. At UC Merced, he has taught service science since 2007.

Mary Lou Maher is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  She completed a BSc at Columbia University, and a MS and Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. As the Professor of Design Computing at the University of Sydney she was co-Director of the Key Centre of Design Computing and she established a new degree program: the Bachelor of Design Computing. While at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2006-2010, she was Deputy Director of the Information and Intelligent Systems Division and a Program Director. At NSF, she established the CreativeIT program and helped manage the Human Centered Computing, Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation, Design Science, and Social-Computational Systems Programs.  Mary Lou’s research interests span a broad area of design and computing, specifically the study and development of novel interaction and communications technology, and models of design and creativity. Her research draws on and contributes to human-computer interaction, intelligent systems, computer-supported collaborative work, design science, and computational creativity.

Jane Mall is the Director of Employer and Industry Engagement with the University of Denver (DU) Career Services division.  Her main focus is to connect students and alumni to worthwhile employment and experiential learning opportunities at the local, national, and global levels.  This is accomplished by building strategic recruiting plans that include creative programming, projects, and events.

Mall earned a B.A. in Finance from Aurora University and an M.S. Ed from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in Adult and Higher Education with an emphasis on Human Resource Development. She has several years of corporate experience in the software sales industry and has owned and operated two small businesses. Mall also was a tax preparer for several years. Prior to joining DU, she spent 11 years as Director of Corporate Relations and Director of the Experiential Learning Center (ELC) at Northern Illinois University’s College of Business.  The ELC is a student based consulting organization where undergraduate students solve real world business challenges.  She managed over 140 projects involving over 130 unique organizations, 50 faculty, and 750 students.

With 15 years of higher education work experience, Mall has developed a passion for creating worthwhile opportunities for students and alums. She enjoys building relationships with corporations and non-profits to help them accomplish their hiring plans with qualified workforce ready candidates. By having many career paths in her life, she can relate to a variety of students, alums, and employers.

Jana Markowitz is the Founder and Principal Consultant of The Collective Mind, a boutique consulting firm focused on helping technology and engineering organizations, people and projects achieve success. She has broad experience in IT management consulting and coaching, specializing in organizational change, communications and management development.

Her areas of expertise include IT organization assessments, development of interpersonal skills in IT and engineering professionals and organizations, stakeholder communications, psychometrics and business relationship management. Jana has taught vendor relationship management to clients including Hilton Worldwide and Sears.  He clients include major corporations, institutions and government agencies.  Representative clients are Hilton Worldwide, Thomas & Betts, Maybelline, Bellsouth, Sears, the ACH Food Companies, the US Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, Intuit and Nuveen.

Markowitz began her career with 15 years at IBM as a systems engineer and technology consultant where she held positions of advancing responsibility starting with technical support and systems implementation for Fortune 500 companies and ultimately involving project/program  management, IT strategic planning, and electronic meeting facilitation.  She was IBM’s Lead Systems Engineer for Holiday Corporation for six years.
She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a M.S. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Memphis.  She is co-author of Shifting Sands: The People Side of Project Management (2013) and is a contributing author for the Jossey-Bass book Rewiring Organizations for the Networked Economy (2002.)

She holds certifications in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Emotional Intelligence psychometric instruments EQ-i 2.0 and EQ360.

She is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD)  
  • Organization Development Network (ODNetwork) 
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)   
  • Society for Information Management (SIM)  
  • Jana served on the SIM Memphis Board 2001 – 2011 and has been the Director for STEM Outreach for the national SIM organizationsince 2012.

Tom Martin is a professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, with a courtesy appointment in the School of Architecture + Design. He is the co-director of the Virginia Tech E-textiles Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. His research and teaching interests include wearable computing, electronic textiles, and interdisciplinary design teams for pervasive computing. In 2006 he was selected for the National Science Foundation's Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research in e-textile-based wearable computing.

Gary Metcalf, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Leadership and Management at Saybrook University, teaching research methodologies as well as systems theory and its applications.  He is a visiting faculty member at Aalto University in Finland, in the Creative Sustainability program; a distinguished lecturer at Sullivan University in the Ph.D. in Management program; and a guest professor in the School of Business at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.  He has served as Adjunct Faculty, Federal Executive Institute, in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and Adjunct Faculty in the Bhavan-Marshall MBA Program in Bangalore, India.  He is past president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, and currently serves as president for the International Federation for Systems Research.  Prior to his academic careers, he practiced as a family therapist and program director in a runaway shelter for teens, and was a manager in Fortune 50 corporations for twelve years.  He has consulted with corporations in the U.S. and Europe.

Richard K. Miller was appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering in 1999.  He served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa from 1992-99.  The previous 17 years were spent on the Engineering faculty at USC in Los Angeles and UCSB in Santa Barbara.  With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, Miller is the author of more than 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications.  Together with two Olin colleagues, he received the 2013 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education.  A member of both the NAE and the National Academy of Inventors, he received the Marlowe Award for creative and distinguished administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education in 2011.  Miller served as Chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation and has served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the NAE and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in addition to others.  Furthermore, he has served as a consultant to the World Bank in the establishment of new universities.  A frequent speaker on engineering education, he received the 2002 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California at Davis, where he earned his B.S.  He earned his M.S. from MIT and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, where he received the 2014 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award.

Emily Miller joined the Association of American Universities (AAU) in 2012 as the project manager for AAU’s Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative. Previously she worked with the Association for Community College Trustees (ACCT) as a research and curriculum specialist. During her graduate studies, Miller worked on grant projects focused on international partnerships for higher education development as well as a series of programs aimed at addressing the opportunities, changes, and challenges occurring in faculty careers and the academic workplace. In addition, she collaborated with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) with their board education and consulting services as well as on research examining faculty engagement in institutional governance. 

Miller was an assistant director of career services at Tufts University and worked in alumni relations at Harvard Business School. Prior to working in higher education, she worked in government contracts litigation with Wiley, Rein & Fielding, LLP.

Miller earned her PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University; MA in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education; and BA, cum laude and with honors, in Political Science from Gettysburg College.

Miller has published on the topics of post-secondary institutional leadership, specifically as it relates to governance and administration; organizational change in universities and colleges; and higher education policy. She is also a professional lecturer of higher education at The George Washington University and is an active member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Yassi Moghaddam is the Executive Director of International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP), a non-profit organization co-founded by IBM, Cisco, HP and several universities promoting human-centred ICT-based services and solutions worldwide to scale innovation and entrepreneurship across the globe.  In this capacity, working with companies, universities, and government foundations, Moghaddam has been catalysing industry-academia collaboration for cutting edge research, best industry practices, and innovation in higher education.

She holds an MBA from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) from Georgia Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Science in EE from University of Oklahoma.

Francisco Ramos Mora is a junior at Virginia Tech pursuing a B.S. in Physics with an Astronomy Minor at Virginia Tech.  He is a third year student in the Curie Living Learning Community where he has served as a Peer Mentor, Project Mentor, Project Coordinator, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and currently, as a Super-Mentor.  Mora also serves as the Residential Advisor Coordinator for Virginia Tech’s Summer Bridge Program, where he previously held Residential Adviser and Program Helper positions. He has been a member of the inVenTs High Power Rocketry Team for the past two years, achieving third place in NASA’s Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition last summer, and is scheduled to compete this year with a new design.

Monique Morrow is the CTO New Frontiers Engineering at Cisco as of November 2014.

Morrow was the first CTO of Cisco Services from June 2013 to November 2014 where she lead the development of Cisco Services Technologies mapped to Services Customer Solution Reference Architecture that is now foundational for Cisco Customer Solutions implementation.

She has a track record of co-innovating with customers, that has transcended the globe from North America, Europe and Asia

Specialties: Networking technology; Grid, cloud computing, Intercloud-Federation, Internet of Things; M2M Security and E-Health; Semantic web; Business Development

Morrow’s current focus in on the intersection between research - economics-technology to portfolio execution e.g. Circular and Exponential Economies as examples.

Synopsis of Sustainable Accomplishments:

Under Cisco’s Office of the CTO, both as an individual contributor and manager, she built a strong leadership team in Asia-Pacific. Her specific geo-area targets were China and India. Morrow’s role in these important regions drove Cisco’s globalization and country strategies and met all of her targeted goals. 

Morrow has consistently demonstrated the willingness and courage to take risks and explore new market opportunities for Cisco. These innate qualities are part of her DNA and are of great value to the company and all the global organizations in which she is involved.  Morrow is a staunch advocate for women in technology.

Morrow has earned the following awards:

Top Ten Influential IT Women in Europe 2014.

One of 6 Global Achievers recognized for the ITU and UN Women 2014 GEM-TECH Award.

2014 IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering Clementina Saduwa Award Recipient.

Inspiration Finalist for the 2015 FDM Everywoman in Technology.

Selected to be part of the elite group of women for Connected World magazine’s 2015 Women of M2M/Internet of Things feature—or “WoM2M.”

2015 Digital Woman of the Year Finalist for Europe.

Co-WISE Exec Sponsor at Cisco; advocate for Cisco Women in Technology and Cisco Women for Cybersecurity Communities.

Morrow has also been published in IEEE and other journals and speaks frequently in conferences; and has co-authored three books with two new books in the pipeline.


She currently has nine patent submissions filed with US Patent Office.

She has seven patents issued by the US Patent Office.

Mr. Paul Mugge is an Innovation Professor and Executive Director for Center of Innovation Management Studies at NC State University. He spent more than 35 years developing products and services for IBM. His past experience working in the product development field taught him that the way products are developed is more than “Good Engineering.” Innovation is the result of informed, cross-disciplinary teams working toward a common purpose and supported with world class processes and tools. Mugge spearheaded the task force that created the ThinkPad personal computer in 1992. He received the IBM Chairman’s Award from Lou V. Gerstner for the re-engineering of its hardware and software business.

At IBM, Mr. Mugge was part of a team that developed the industry’s first capability to simulate, test and manufacture VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) circuit, and also served on the design team that pioneered IBM’s first self-diagnosing, self-healing computing system. Mr. Mugge received the IBM Innovation Achievement Award for the overall design and program management of the company’s first rack-mounted, “supermini-mainframe,” the IBM 9370.

Christina Nelson is a sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in Wildlife Conservation. She is interested in scientific illustration, comparative anatomy, ecology and wildlife. Nelson serves on the InVenTs Leadership Team in the CurVinci Living Learning Community, and is currently the Studio Project Coordinator for the Animal Prosthetic Peer-to-Peer Project. She also helps with research on black bear hibernation and does technical illustrations of the fossilized bones of Asilisaurus kongwe, an early ancestor of dinosaurs, through the Paleobiology department.

Christine Ortiz is the Dean for Graduate Education and the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Ortiz obtained her BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS and PhD from Cornell University, all in the field of materials science and engineering, with a minor in theoretical and applied mechanics. Dr. Ortiz's doctoral research focused on the synthesis, characterization, physics, and mechanics of a new class of novel liquid crystalline thermosets and elastomers based on diglycidyl ether of 4,4'-dihydroxy-alpha-methylstilbene. During graduate school, Dr. Ortiz carried out collaborative research each summer at the University of Cambridge, Cavendish (physics) Laboratory in the UK. After graduation, she was granted an NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellowship which she used to carry out research in the Department of Polymer Chemistry, University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, where she worked in the area of single-molecule mechanics.

Dr. Ortiz then joined the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering as a tenure-track faculty member and developed a research program that focuses on the multiscale mechanics of musculoskeletal and exoskeletal structural biological materials, with the primary goal being to quantify and understand new mechanisms, phenomena, and design principles and how they determine function, quality, and pathology. Dr. Ortiz has over 160 scientific publications in more than 20 academic journals, including Nature Materials, Science, Nano Letters, Physical Review Letters, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Biophysical Journal, Tissue Engineering, and the Journal of Biomechanics. She has given more than 130 invited lectures on her research, over 35 of which were international, and at nine topically different Gordon Research Conferences.

Dr. Ortiz has supervised more than 80 students from 10 different academic disciplines. She has received over 30 national and international honors, including the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Award; National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship; a Lady Davis Fellowship, visiting professorship, and Hadassah Appreciation Medal at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award; and the National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which was presented to her by President George W. Bush at the White House. She is also a fellow of the Defense Science Study Group.

Dr. Ortiz has served on the editorial boards of Science, Advanced Biomaterials, Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Applied Mechanics Reviews. She has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Defense. Dr. Ortiz is the founding and current faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)-Israel program. She has served on over 25 Institute and departmental committees and in her current role as Dean for Graduate Education leads areas which include fellowships, personal support, professional development, policies and procedures, educational innovation, academic performance, graduate admissions administration, diversity initiatives, immigration, community-building, and Institute-wide data analysis.

Mary Ann Pacelli, is the Program Manager, Workforce Development, at the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).  Her work includes advocating for Manufacturing Workforce priorities with related federal agencies and providing technical support to the network of MEP centers across the country for workforce related activities.

Previously Pacelli was Assistant Director, Workforce and Talent Development at MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network), an Ohio MEP affiliate center.  Pacelli joined MAGNET in March of 1998 to develop MAGNET’s Workforce and Organizational Development services. As the program manager, she coordinated efforts for new business development and the delivery of training and consulting services to area manufacturers designed to improve performance of the organization.  In addition, she directed activities to access federal, regional and local funding for projects related to developing a stronger manufacturing workforce pipeline in Ohio.

Her experience in Workforce Development began working for Cuyahoga Community College’s Corporate Services Division, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a Chicago-based education and training firm.  For over 28 years, Pacelli has served numerous manufacturing businesses by assessing their needs and designing and delivering customized programs to improve employee performance.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University, and a Master in Education, Adult Learning and Development, from Cleveland State University.

A Principal with SmithGroupJJR and architect in the Phoenix Learning Studio, member of the AIA, SCUP and the USGBC, Carrie Perrone expresses her passion for design and architecture providing leadership in the National Learning Practice for the firm. As Education Planner and Classroom Specialist, Perrone provides innovation and brings the latest and most relevant trends in learning to help balance the best fit for the program. Her guidance begins with programming when classroom size and mix are decided, and continues throughout the project into construction as the classroom space takes shape and furniture is selected and installed.  Perrone has a special passion for learning environments that show in every project she touches.

Serving as the Learning Practice Leader for SmithGroupJJR, an international architecture, engineering and planning firm, Chris Purdy has over 21 years of experience focusing on the design and planning of facilities for higher education. Some of his most notable clients include the Ohio State University, Michigan State University, Oakland University, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Boston University and Indiana Wesleyan University. 

As director of Michigan State University’s Dow STEM Scholars Program, Robin Rennie, is providing the administration and overall supervision, development, and implementation of this $5 million grant to increase the retention and success of students in the STEM fields.  She has worked in higher education for almost forty years, first at Northern Illinois University, then the University of Michigan, and now at Michigan State University. She is an experienced academic advisor, has specialized in recruitment and retention of STEM students, program development, and grant coordination. She received a B.S. in Theatre Management and a Master of Science in Education from Eastern Michigan University.  She is a State of Michigan Licensed Professional Counselor.

André Richier is responsible for policy issues and initiatives relating to the digital economy, ICT professionalism and skills within the European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. He was the 2002-2003 EU Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs (University of Texas) at Austin. He played a leading role in the e-learning policy initiatives launched in 1998-2001. He has also be in charge of research projects within the European Strategic Programme for Research in Information Technology (ESPRIT). Prior to joining the Commission, he held marketing and management positions in the information technology industry in France. He started his career at IBM in 1985.

Rogers joined Ohio State in October, 2008 bringing with him 35 years of industrial experience which he applies in developing and teaching experiential, multidisciplinary learning.  Rogers developed a multidisciplinary capstone design course, a social innovation and commercialization program, and the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors program.   All programs focus on developing industry-sought learning outcomes by applying teams to solve open-ended problems—gaining skills in critical thinking, professional communication, ethics, business acumen, risk taking, and teamwork.  Multidisciplinary teams, including engineers, business, design, and other students, develop products and markets in client-sponsored projects.  Rogers earned his PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst focused on mechanical engineering and manufacturing and holds the position of Professor of Practice at The Ohio State University.

Erik Rolland, Ph.D., is Interim Dean of the School of Engineering, and Professor of Management & Engineering within the Gallo Management Program at the University of California - Merced. Since graduating with his Ph.D. in Decision Sciences & Information Systems from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University in 1991, he has been on the faculty of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California-Riverside, the Fisher School of Business at the Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio), and a visiting distinguished professor with the Antai School of Management & Economics at the Shanghai Jiaotong University (Shanghai, China).  Dr. Rolland was the inaugural director of the University of California’s Heckmann International Center of Entrepreneurial Management, in Palm Desert, California, and has served as both Department Chair and Associate Dean in the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California at Riverside.  His research embodies a broad range of management and engineering areas, electronic commerce, service science, and modeling of complex technology and management problems.  He has published more than 70 articles in academic journals and texts on information systems, technology management, operations research, leadership, and strategy.  Dr. Rolland’s research is used by several large companies worldwide in their management practices, and he has consulted with a large number of major organizations in the US, Canada, Asia, and Europe.  Dr. Rolland is the recipient of the 2009 American Institute for Certified Public Accountant’s (AICPA) Management Accounting Research Fellowship for his work on Enterprise Risk Management, and the 2011 IBM Faculty Award for his work on understanding patent value.

He has over 25 years of international consulting and industry experience from organizations in a variety of industries, such as electronics, software, transportation, healthcare, telecommunications, banking, energy, oil exploration, fashion, resource management, and local and state governments.  His experience covers a wide range of management and engineering areas, across organizations, cultures, and continents.  He continually enjoys learning from delivering management courses and executive seminars to various audiences and organizations in the Americas, Europe, and in Asia.  He also spends his time serving on the board of several organizations.

Larry is Chief Growth Officer at the Education Design Lab, developing and executing partnership strategies to maximize the Lab’s mission to support underserved student populations in the “Learner Revolution.” At the Lab, he also advises both intrepreneurs and entrepreneurs designing new programs and services for the post-secondary market. Roth brings 25 years of experience leading and advising start-up/early stage companies in the digital media and education technology sectors. He was most recently at the national non-profit College Summit, where he launched and operated a national initiative designed to dramatically re-envision the organization’s program and business models.

Previously, Roth was a senior executive with Agile Mind, an early stage provider of digital mathematics programs for grades 8-12 in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his work in education, he co-founded Cinea, Inc., a digital rights management company, which was recognized as one of the top Virginia start-ups in 2004. After selling the company to Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) he continued there as a vice president of marketing and business development. Previously, he worked as an executive with AOL, Viacom and MGM/UA and was one of the pioneers in the media industry’s transition to digital publishing and distribution.

Roth has been recognized for his work with young entrepreneurs in the Fairfax County Public Schools, and was a finalist for the FAST 50 award, honoring the leading entrepreneurs in the State of Virginia. He also sits on the Board of Innovate and Educate, a national organization dedicated to developing alternative employment pathways for underserved populations in the U.S and around the world. He earned an M.B.A. from the Andersen School at UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology and Society from Vassar College.

Krysta Sadowski leads strategic partnership development for Fullbridge with workforce development, education, foundation, and government partners. She is passionate about building coalition and multi-sectoral partnerships to amplify access to opportunity and career pathways. Previously, Krysta was a management consultant with Accenture serving workforce development, education, nonprofit and government clients.  She worked on a variety of cross-sectoral partnerships focused on closing the talent gap and opportunity divide. She also brings to Fullbridge extensive program design and delivery experience from earlier work in youth development and conflict resolution in Australia and the US. Krysta holds a B.A. in International Development and Conflict Resolution from The George Washington University. When not at work, she can be found skiing, hiking, camping, or planning her next travel adventure. 

Marcus Sanderlin currently serves as the Neighborhood Career Coordinator for the Michigan State University (MSU) Career Services Network (CSN). As the Neighborhood Career Coordinator, Sanderlin oversees the majority of career related campus outreach and student engagement that takes place throughout various residential areas of the MSU campus, also known as the “Neighborhoods.” Within this role, Sanderlin targets first year students to assist them in exploring and developing their sense of purpose, with the goal of connecting them to Career Services and career related resources earlier in their college careers.  Sanderlin earned his Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida (UCF), and his Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from MSU. During his time as a graduate student, Sanderlin worked as a graduate assistant with the MSU CSN, where he specialized in career counseling with a focus on early stage and undecided students. Upon graduation, he transitioned into the Neighborhood Career Advisor position, which later developed into his current role. As the Neighborhood Career Advisor, Sanderlin established the foundations of the Career Services efforts within the MSU Neighborhoods, spearheading the Neighborhood Career Advising initiative, which included the creation of the Career Peer Advisor team that works to engage first year students in the Neighborhoods via weekly consultations and various career events. Over the last three years, Sanderlin has continued to engage early stage college students in career related topics and conversations through numerous campus wide presentations and career programs, and coordinate the training and programming events of Career Peer Advisors. Overall, Sanderlin’s work has the goal of developing T-Shaped professionals, and motivating students early in their college experience to begin preparing for their next career destination.

Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Prior to starting his term in June of 2014, Sands had served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He was acting president during the summer and fall of 2012, before Mitchell E. Daniels became the 12th president of Purdue. 

Sands earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in engineering physics and a master's degree and doctorate in materials science from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Purdue faculty in 2002 as the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering in the schools of materials engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Prior to becoming provost, he served as the Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue's Discovery Park. From 1993 to 2002, Sands was a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and before that, he performed research and directed research groups at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in Red Bank, New Jersey. Throughout his career, Sands has participated in and led research teams and academic programs that have been characterized by open collaboration across a wide array of disciplines.

Sands has published more than 250 refereed papers and conference proceedings and has been granted 20 patents in electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices. His recent research efforts have been directed toward the design and development of novel nanocomposite materials for environmentally friendly and cost-effective solid-state lighting, direct conversion of heat to electrical power and thermoelectric refrigeration. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He was recently appointed to Governor McAuliffe's Council on Youth Entrepreneurship.

Tim Sands is joined at Virginia Tech by his wife, Dr. Laura Sands, a professor of gerontology in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech.  All four of their children graduated from Purdue.

Emily Schlake is a junior at Virginia Tech pursuing a dual degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences and Wildlife Conservation. She plans to continue on to veterinary school to earn a DVM and a PhD in Wildlife Disease Ecology. As a student leader in the Da Vinci Living Learning Community, Schlake served on the inVenTs Leadership Team and is currently a Residential Advisor.  She has been the Project Coordinator for the Animal Prosthetic Peer-to-Peer Project for spring 2015 and 2016.

Randal Sergesketter is Senior Vice President, Global Platform – Crop Harvesting, Ag & Turf Division of Deere & Company, a position he’s held since March 2013. He is responsible for the efficient and effective design and delivery of innovative crop harvesting products in support of the company’s business and global growth objectives.

Sergesketter began his career at Deere & Company in 1980 through the company’s summer training program, and became a manufacturing management trainee in 1981. He has held a number of leadership positions, including Director, Worldwide Ag Order Fulfillment; General Manager, John Deere Ottumwa Works; and General Manager, John Deere Harvester Works. In June 2005, Sergesketter was appointed Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Management and Order Fulfillment, Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division. With the formation of the Ag & Turf Division in May 2009, Sergesketter was named Senior Vice President of the Turf & Utility Global Platform. In November 2009, he was appointed Senior Vice President, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Management for Deere’s Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division.

Susan Rundell Singer is Division Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at NSF and Laurence McKinley Gould Professor, in the Biology and Cognitive Science Departments at Carleton. She is a nationally recognized leader in undergraduate education and plant biology. In addition to a PhD in biology from Rensselaer, she completed a teacher certification program in New York State. A developmental biologist who studies flowering in legumes and also does research on learning genomics, Susan is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow and received both the American Society of Plant Biology teaching award and Botanical Society of America Charles Bessey teaching award. She directed Carleton’s Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching, was a National Science Foundation (NSF) program officer in Biology, and is a co-author of the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology report, as well as two introductory biology texts. She has served on numerous boards, including the NSF Education and Human Resources Federal Advisory Committee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Board, the American Society of Plant Biology Education Foundation, and the Botanical Society board of directors; was a member-at-large for the AAAS Education Section; participates in the Minnesota Next Generation Science Standards team; and was a member of the National Academies’ Board on Science Education. She has participated in six National Academies studies, including chairing the committees that authored America’s Lab Report, Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education and Discipline-based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. Currently she is improving undergraduate education through her leadership at NSF and across Federal agencies, implementing the undergraduate goals of the Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 5-year Strategic Plan.

Susan Sloan joined the Academies in 2008 as Director of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). Before assuming the role, she served a six-month appointment as Executive in Residence at the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) of the National Academy of Engineering and, for the six years prior, as Chief Executive Officer of the Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC), a university-industry membership organization committed to the development and incorporation of current wireless technology curricula in academic institutions worldwide. Earlier in her career, Sloan worked as Corporate/Foundation Relations Consultant to the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education, as Associate Director of the Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Policy program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, as Director of Communications for Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and as Senior Program Associate for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She got her start in Washington, DC, working as a staff assistant to Representative Timothy E. Wirth (D-CO), U.S. House of Representatives.

Jim Spohrer is Director IBM Global University Programs and leads IBM’s Cognitive Systems Institute.  He co-founded IBM’s first Service Research group, ISSIP Service Science community, and was founding CTO of IBM’s Venture Capital Relations Group in Silicon Valley.  Spohrer was awarded Apple Computers’ Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technology title for his work on next generation learning platforms.  He has a Yale PhD in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence and MIT BS in Physics. His research priorities include service science, cognitive systems for smart holistic service systems, especially universities and cities. With over ninety publications and nine patents, he is also a PICMET Fellow and a winner of the S-D Logic award.


Tim Stiles is in his 29th year of progressing through several roles in career and professional development at both small and large colleges and universities.  These include North Carolina State University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Franklin College of Indiana, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and most recently, Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where he is Executive Director of Career & Professional Development.  Prior to his career in higher education, he was an accountant with Pennzoil Company in Houston, Texas.  He is one of the founding leaders of Career Development Professionals of Indiana where he served as the first president-elect and second president.  Stiles has served on committees and held leadership roles in the North Carolina Association of Colleges (NCACE) and Employers and the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers.  He has also presented at the Midwest ACE and NACE conferences.  In 2012, Stiles led a team awarded the NACE Innovation Excellence Award-Diversity Category.  He also received the 2012 NCACE Outstanding Professional Award.  Stiles feels extremely lucky to have worked for and learned from three directors who have been inducted into the NACE Academy of Fellows.

For 14 years Thomas Stone has led executive level organizational development and strategic change initiatives as a self-directed management consultant serving small, mid-sized and fortune 500 market leaders.  The majority of these engagements focus on enterprise level strategy development; business process re-engineering, human capital management / training; value chain mapping; risk mitigation and overall corporate transformation that drove incremental revenue growth and operational efficiency.  Stone has extensive experience aligning C-level executive strategy with mission critical business unit performance requirements across all functional areas of a company’s value chain.  Consistently delivered client driven measurable outputs of 100 – 135% meeting and/or exceeding target goals.  Executive-level engagements have resulting in over $73M above projected earnings in top line revenue growth for clients. As a lifelong learner he continues to improve his emotional intelligence, expand his business acumen and retain a client driven mentality.  A dedication to remaining adaptive, agile, solutions focused and flexible positions him as a trusted advisor for companies and individuals who demand success.

A nationally-recognized thought leader, Nancy Sturm is an award-winning educator who brings over 20 years of experience in virtual learning, simulation environments, and faculty development. With a life-long calling to motivate students, coach teachers, and create transformative learning environments, her award-winning programs and techniques enable teachers to use classroom technology effectively to maximize student success. A former Teacher of the Year and Executive Director of NASA’s Challenger Learning Center, Sturm designed and launched the first space simulation delivered through technology. A project manager for a college in the southwest says of Sturm, “My experience with her was amazing, and it helped to bridge a gap towards my ideas of future classroom design.” With teaching at the heart of all Sturm enjoys, she spends her spare time playing with her grandchildren.

Taillon is a Principal with Deloitte Consulting and serves as the technology lead for the National Security practice. Jon specializes in providing strategic services to CIOs of federal government agencies within the security and intelligence communities. His focus areas include building applications and analytics, the business of IT, the adoption of emerging technologies, the management of complex IT organizations, and the implementation of IT management best practices.

Jeffrey Tang is an Associate Professor and in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University.  He has degrees in the history and sociology of science, economic history, and economics and experience teaching in a wide range of fields.  His scholarly interests are similarly broad, ranging from renewable energy policy and implementation to methods for better intelligence analysis to the history of audio reproduction systems and studies of technological systems and standardization.  He also serves as the Associated Dean in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering at JMU.

Richard Tankersley is Professor of Biological Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. He is currently on assignment at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in the Division of Graduate Education. At the NSF, he oversees and manages the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program and its successor, the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program. He also coordinates the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) program that provides funding for NSF Graduate Research Fellows to engage in research collaborations with investigators in 22 partner countries. Professor Tankersley directs the professional development and training initiatives for Florida’s Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) and is the lead trainer for the Center’s Presentation Boot Camp program and Broader Impacts 2.0 Clinics.

William Toth has worked as a systems engineer and personnel manager for 30 years.  He has worked with global security and nuclear nonproliferation programs since 1996, primarily for the Department of Energy (DOE), but supporting and interfacing with other organizations also aligned with the global security mission.  Toth has worked nearly his entire career with a focus on comprehensive safeguards and security program implementation.  This includes the use of technology for security improvement, but also a focus on programmatic elements such as security organizations, effective training, ongoing performance testing, system maintenance and operating and response procedures.  He has maintained a particular interest in organizational culture and organizational systems. Toth has traveled to dozens of nuclear and other high consequence facilities worldwide where he has worked towards the improvement of security programs and culture.  He currently manages a large group of professionals for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Toth holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Industrial Engineering where organizational culture was a major area of emphasis.  He is currently a PhD candidate at Saybrook University, where his research interests are in organizational forces that contribute to the development of the malevolent insider threat.

Dr. Geanie Umberger is the Associate Dean for Engagement in the Polytechnic Institute, and Clinical Professor in Technology Leadership and Innovation.  She currently teaches courses in regulatory science at Purdue and in Tanzania, Africa.  Her research interests are in patient safety, access to safe and effective medications, and technology innovation.  Prior to joining the College, she was the Assistant Vice President for Research at Purdue where she focused on industry-academic research relationships, technology transfer, and economic development. In addition to her academic experiences, Dr. Umberger worked for IBM and Lexmark International, REGISTRAT (Contract Research Organization), NIOSH, and Bristol Myers-Squibb.  She earned her doctorate degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine; her MS in Public Health from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine; and her Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. As Associate Dean for Engagement, Dr. Umberger is responsible for the college’s relationships with corporate, academic, and government partners. In addition to building these relationships, she is responsible for the college’s senior capstone and internship programs, workforce education and development, and K-12 programs.

Stuart Umpleby, now retired, was a professor in the Department of Management and Director of the Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning in the School of Business at The George Washington University. He taught courses in cross-cultural management, organizational behavior, process improvement, systems thinking, philosophy of science and research methods.  He has been an instructor for the Development Studies Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development, a guest professor at the University of Vienna and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austria and a guest professor at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.  He is currently a guest professor in the School of Business at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.  He is a past president of the American Society for Cybernetics, associate editor of the journal Cybernetics and Systems, and currently president of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences, an honor society created by the International Federation for Systems Research.

Megan Underwood is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech, with a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences and a double minor in Medicine in Society and Entomology. She is from Bassett, Virginia, and is pursuing a career in medicine as an osteopathic family physician, hoping to open a practice back in her hometown. Underwood was a Peer Mentor and Super Mentor in the Da Vinci Living Learning Community, and is now a Post-baccalaureate Assistant to the Curie and Da Vinci LLC directors.  She is helping with research on problem solving learning outcomes from the Curie and Da Vinci Peer-to-Peer Projects, as well as research at the Virginia Tech Water Resources Center, specializing in aquatic entomology.

Desirée van Welsum is Managing Partner at Innovia Strategies, and a senior economist and senior policy consultant specializing in the economic impacts of information and communications technologies. She is currently a senior consultant at The World Bank. She has close to 15 years of experience in applied economic research and policy analysis on both the private and public sectors of the economy, having previously worked at the OECD, the UN (UNCTAD and ITU), The Conference Board, and the UK National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). Dr. van Welsum has published widely in the areas of the impacts of IT, including on growth and productivity, innovation, employment and skills, trade in services, and offshoring and outsourcing and has consulted for the RAND Corporation, INSEAD, and the European Commission. She holds a PhD from Birkbeck College (University of London), an MSc from the University of Nottingham, and a Maîtrise from the University of Paris IX Dauphine.

Eneziah Walters is a senior at Michigan State University pursing a degree in Psychology and a minor in Health Promotion. As a fourth year student, she has served as a Resident Assistant, and currently serves as a Career Peer Adviser through Michigan State’s Career Service Network, where she is helping with current research to gain a greater understanding of how the role of Career Peer Advisor can serve as a catalyst for students developing into T-Shaped Professionals. Walters is a mentor for the Daughters of Collective College Access Program, and serves on the Student Health Advisory Committee. She is also currently working as a group facilitator for Michigan State’s Campus Climate Study, pursuing her research interests in race and gender. After graduation, Walters hopes to continue her studies in a School Psychology or Community Psychology graduate program.

A native of Detroit, Judy Walton is the Chief Innovation Officer for Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan.    She received a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1985, a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1989, and a Master Degree in Education, Summa Cum Laude, from Aquinas College in 2003.  Judy is also currently working on her Doctor of Educational Leadership at Michigan State University.

Brian Winn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, Director of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab, and a Principal Investigator in the Communication Technology Lab at Michigan State University.

He designs, creates, and researches interactive media design, including game design, digital game-based learning and interactive health communication. His expertise is in designing engaging serious games that balancing learning, pedagogical, and gameplay objectives. Winn's award-winning interactive media work has been presented, exhibited, and experienced around the world.

He is also an accomplished teacher who became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2001 and a Lilly Teaching Fellow in 2005. I am a co-founder and co-director of the undergraduate game design and development specialization and the serious game design masters of arts program at Michigan State University.

Winn serves as faculty advisor of the MSU SpartaSoft game developers student group and a coordinate of the Michigan Chapter of the International Game Developers Association.

Kenneth H. Wong has a B.A. in Physics from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. His primary area of expertise is medical imaging, and he has applied this knowledge over several fields including proton radiotherapy, prostate cancer staging, CyberKnife radiosurgery, interventional oncology, military working dogs, and ultrasound for combat casualty care.  He also directed the Biomedical Technology Development and Management (BTDM) program, an executive-format MS degree offered by Virginia Tech. In 2012, Dr. Wong was appointed associate dean of the graduate school in the National Capital Region and director of the Northern Virginia Center.

As the advisor for the Dow STEM Success Scholars, Jonglim Han Yoo brings almost two decades of experience in higher education to the program.  She holds a MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University and a BA in American Culture with an emphasis in Minority and Women Studies from the University of Michigan.  She has been a longtime advocate regarding issues of access for underrepresented populations within higher education.  Although she has attended and worked in a large public research institutions, she does have experience working in small private residential l liberal arts colleges and abroad as well.  Affectionately known as Ms. J to her students, Jonglim hopes that all of the scholars will reach their maximum potential.