HI-TEC Conference - Award Winners


Educator-of-the-Year Award

Lisa A. Seidman

Program Director
Madison Area Technical College,
Madison, Wisconsin

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Dr. Lisa A. Seidman, Co-PI of the Bio-Link Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences, has been a national leader in biotechnology technician education for over thirty years. She was instrumental in creating an innovative associate degree biotechnology program at Madison Area Technical College in 1987, one of the first such programs in the nation. She has personally taught hundreds of technicians.

In addition to preparing and teaching biotechnology courses, Seidman has authored major publications focused on preparing the technical workforce. These include Basic Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology and Basic Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology: Textbook and Laboratory Reference, both of which have been adopted by community college biotechnology programs across the nation.

Because of her expertise in instructional materials design and her keen interest in making materials available for instructors and students, Seidman oversees the Course-in-a-Box portion of the Instructional Materials and Curriculum Clearinghouse on the Bio-Link website. This clearinghouse is designed to organize and distribute instructional materials. She continues to be a driving force in providing high-quality materials that address the preparation of skilled technicians. She has organized, facilitated, and presented at numerous conferences and workshops. She has also served as a mentor for new faculty and programs as part of Bio-Link and AACC MentorLinks. She is a contributing member of the Bio-Link Leadership Team and continues to provide innovative leadership at Madison College. Seidman was the Principal Investigator for the development of a post-baccalaureate certificate program followed by the development of a technical program in stem cell technologies at Madison College.

Recently Seidman and her colleagues collaborated with Pellet Productions Incorporated to produce Interactive Movie: A Tool to Deepen Student Learning about Quality and Regulatory Affairs in Biotechnology. This creative approach to learning the principles of quality and regulatory affairs was showcased at the 2016 HI-TEC Conference. Although the example in the movie focuses on the importance of regulatory affairs in biomanufacturing, the engagement of the audience in decision-making can be used by other regulated industries. A companion facilitator's guide is now complete and ready for distribution this summer.

Innovative Program Award

SEMI High Tech U

Leslie Tugman

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SEMI High Tech U (HTU) is the flagship program of the SEMI Foundation and was begun in 2002. A three-day STEM career exploration program, HTU is developing career awareness in high-tech fields for high school sophomores and juniors across the country. To date, they have reached more than 6,000 students in eleven states in the United States as well as seven countries internationally. All programs bring students onto industry sites where industry instructors teach the HTU modules. This unique delivery system allows students to meet engineers and other industry personnel in a face-to-face setting where questions about relevancy are encouraged. Since this is a turnkey enterprise, the sponsoring companies provide the funding, sites, and volunteer instructors. SEMI provides the materials, curriculum, classroom supplies, training, and overall program management. The ATE centers help make connections between the participating industry and educational institutions.

Over the years the SEMI Foundation has worked with both NEATEC and MATEC to bring the program to Arizona and New York. This has deepened connections with feeder high school programs and forged new connections with industry partners. In both states the centers have also produced versions of the program for high school teachers, impacting them and consequently their students as well.

Documented outcomes of the student program are impressive: 70% of HTU alumni graduate college with STEM degrees and end up working in STEM careers. Moreover, the college completion rate for High Tech U grads is nearly five times greater than the national norm. The U.S. Department of Education reports that, on average, 59% of students going on to higher education (all fields) complete within six years. The HTU impact survey results show 87% are enrolled in or have completed college. Equally important, HTU students gain the confidence to succeed in high-tech careers. HTU motivates them by showing them the relevance of their classwork through connections to real-world problems and technology. For their latest Impact Report, go to http://www.semifoundation.org/impact-report/.

High Tech U is a model innovative program featuring a unique industry partnership that has proven successful. To our knowledge, there is no comparable longer-running program in the United States with such demonstrable results. The program epitomizes a true partnership with industry for student success in high-tech careers.

Industry Recognition Award

Matt Glover


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Matt Glover (CTO of Le-Vel) helps the National Convergence Technology Center (CTC) with one purpose in mind: to ensure that graduates nationwide are well-prepared with indemand workforce skills so that when they graduate they can land high-paying jobs.

Glover was recruited to join the CTC's Business and Industry Leadership Team (BILT) via a printed letter hand-addressed with a stamp on it. He says that got his attention! Glover now co-leads the BILT in steering curriculum for the 60 community colleges and universities of the CTC's network and assisting in any way he can to recruit, mentor, and collaborate—with the goal of graduate readiness.

Glover manages the four quarterly BILT meetings, all of which are designed to keep faculty across the nation up to speed on cutting-edge IT trends and technologies. Three meetings are held via teleconference. The fourth meeting is a longer, more structured process that identifies knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) nationally to align IT curriculum. For every meeting, Glover comes well prepared with the latest and most accurate and pertinent research and predictions on the future of the IT industry.

Aside from his duties as chair, Glover is always eager to work with others to improve student workforce readiness. Glover has mentored and hired students. He persuaded his previous company's (AMX) HR department to adjust its employment requirements to allow two-year degrees, not just four-year degrees, for all IT positions. Glover has given keynotes at CTC faculty professional development events. He has served on panels that assess capstone projects in a quasi-real world environment. He frequently joins the CTC at conferences—such as the ATE PI conference in Washington—to co-present. Last summer, Glover flew from vacation in California to be a part of a presentation (standing room only) at the HI-TEC conference in Pittsburgh on the role of the BILT because he believes the BILT model is too important to limit just to IT programs.

In short, Glover is passionate about students, the role community colleges play in workforce education, and how the BILT model helps prepare students and faculty for the future of IT by aligning curriculum with workforce needs. He is willing to talk about this to anyone, anywhere without regard to discipline. His tireless efforts have impacted many programs, many faculty members, and many students nationally.