Board Members

ATETV’s advisory board comprises some of the most accomplished professionals working in Advanced Technological Education (ATE) today. Their input has been instrumental to all aspects of the project.

Ashok Agrawal

Dean of Math, Science, Engineering and Technology Division and Director of the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley

Ashok Agrawal has led efforts to establish customized technical training programs for AT&T, Ameren and Boeing, and to found a Regional Engineering Academy for St. Louis area schools. In 2006, Agrawal was appointed by the governor of Missouri to serve on the state’s Math, Engineering, Technology, and Science task force. He currently serves on the planning team of the St. Louis region’s FIRST Robotics Competition and on the advisory committees of the St. Louis Science Center and several local school districts. He is also active internationally, working with two of Georgetown University’s scholarship programs.

Kathleen Alfano

Director – California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (Create)

Kathleen Alfano , PhD, is the Director and Principal Investigator of the CREATE Renewable Energy Center, based at the College of the Canyons in Valencia, California. Dr. Alfano has overseen the multi-college California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technological Education (CREATE), since its development as an ATE Regional Center in 1996. Dr. Alfano has served as a Program Director for the National Science Foundation’s ATE Program in Arlington, Virginia and has also held positions as a faculty member and Dean of Academic Computing and Professional Programs at the College of the Canyons. She holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Nouna Bakhiet

Professor of Biology, School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering, Southwestern College

Nouna Bakhiet has been a professor at Southwestern College since 1998. Currently she is the director of Southwestern’s Biotechnology Program and the coordinator of the Bridges to the Future Transfer Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Bakhiet is also the principal investigator on the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education, Biotechnology Education and Training Sequence Investment Project.

Terry Brase

Principal Investigator, AgrowKnowledge; Associate Professor of Geospatial Technology, Kirkwood Community College

Terry Brase has been teaching courses on using GPS and related technologies in agriculture since 1993. He serves as principal investigator of AgrowKnowledge, The National Resource Center for Agriscience and Technology Education, which provides resources in agricultural technology to colleges across the United States. He has also written a textbook titled Precision Agriculture, published by Delmar/Thomsen Learning.

Darryl Collins

Student Empowerment Academy, Los Angeles, Calif., Unified School District

Darryl Collins has been a department chair and lead teacher for many years at Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was instrumental in developing the Student Empowerment Academy. Collins has facilitated tremendous strides in introducing underrepresented students to science-based careers. He has collaborated on several state and local grants with Los Angeles Trade Technical College and is a member of several grant committees.

Elaine Craft

Director, South Carolina ATE Center of Excellence (SC ATE), Florence-Darlington Technical College

Elaine Craft has served as director of the SC ATE Center of Excellence since 1994. She is a co-principal investigator for the SC ATE National Resource Center for Expanding Excellence in Technician Education. Craft is also founder and president of SCATE Inc., a not-for-profit corporation created in 2005 to promote systemic change in ATE.

Jerry Duncan

Department Chair of Process Technology, College of the Mainland

Jerry Duncan is the former director of the National Science Foundation Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT). He draws on his 27 years in industry and 8 years teaching to create textbooks and online courses on process technology. At the College of the Mainland, he administers one of the largest Process Technology programs in the country.

Ellen Hause

Program Director for Academic, Student and Community Development, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Ellen Hause is currently the co-principal investigator on AACC’s ATE grant from the National Science Foundation. She has managed nine national ATE conferences and has edited and coordinated several ATE publications. Hause also serves as the project director for AACC’s MentorLinks program, which offers mentoring and technical assistance to community colleges seeking to develop or strengthen programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Diane Auer Jones

VP for External and Regulatory Affairs, Career Education Corporation

Diane was one of the first community college professors to ever receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, which was through the Young Scholars Program in the late 1980’s. Subsequent to that, she was awarded grants through the NSF College Curriculum and Improvement Program and ATE before serving as a program officer at the NSF. After 13 years of direct involvement in science and math education, Diane then shifted to a career in science and education policy, working as a professional staffer and acting staff director for the Research Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, as the deputy to the associate director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Michael Lesiecki, PhD

Executive Director – Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC)

Michael Lesiecki is the Principal Investigator of MATEC Networks National Resource Center. Working closely with the Center’s host, Maricopa Community Colleges, Lesiecki develops programs focused on student learning in the areas of semiconductor, automated manufacturing and electronics education. Prior to joining MATEC, Lesiecki was a research professor at the University of Utah and associate professor at the University of Puerto Rico, and is the author of 27 peer-review journal articles. He has also held positions as a senior scientist at Exxon Research and Engineering and Director of the Bioscience Division at Candela Laser Corporation. Lesiecki received his PhD in physical chemistry from Oregon State University.

Renee Madyun

Associate Professor of Chemical Technology, Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Working with the American Chemical Society, Renee Madyun has been instrumental in developing alliances between education and industry throughout California. Her extensive experience in the lab and the classroom has helped her win several grants for curriculum and instructional development. She also serves as the director of the Process Plant Technology program at LATTC. She was recently awarded the Los Angeles Excellence in Engineering Award for her outstanding dedication to career technical education.

Maureen Majury

Senior Program Manager, National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET), Bellevue Community College

Maureen Majury has worked at Bellevue Community College since 1992, where she is acting director for the Center of Excellence for Information and Computing Technology. She also manages Washington state’s annual Working Connections IT Institute and is active with its Center for Information Technology Excellence, organizing its IT Futures Summit and publishing its quarterly newsletter.

Peter Saflund

Managing Principal, The Saflund Institute (TSI)

Peter Saflund is a recognized leader in defining emerging technologies and shaping technology education in support of technology workforce development. Saflund was a former associate director at the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies, where he helped codify the Information and Communications Technology Skill Standards. He co-authored a major congressionally commissioned report by National Academies of Science on Information Technology workforce issues and national policy. Today Saflund operates his own practice, evaluating NSF ATE projects and centers and researching technology workforce needs and trends for educators and industry.

Gordon Snyder

Executive Director and Principal Investigator, National Information and Communications Technologies Center (ICT Center), Springfield Technical Community College

At STCC Gordon Snyder has helped develop programs in conjunction with leading IT companies, including Microsoft, EMC, Cisco, Verizon and Comcast. He is the author of four textbooks and has over 14 years of communications consulting experience. In 2001, he was selected one of the top 15 technology faculty in the United States by Microsoft and the American Association of Community Colleges. In 2004 he was named the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council Workforce Development Leader of the Year.

Lane Warner

High School Teacher Jefferson County Colo., School District

Lane Warner developed a process technology program that is being used in high schools across Colorado and in one school in Texas. A high school teacher and part-time college instructor, he is one of about a dozen gas and oil instructors in the country certified by the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology (CAPT). In 2006 he became the first high school teacher to be named CAPT National Educator the Year.

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