HI-TEC Conference - Award Winners

2016 HI-TEC AWARD WINNERS







Educator-of-the-Year Award

Anca Sala

Baker College,
Flint, Michigan

 

The HI-TEC Educator-of-the-Year Award recognizes community and technical college faculty members who make significant contributions to the education and training of today's advanced technological workforce. Nominees must have had a demonstrated impact on technology education both locally and nationally.

Dr. Anca Sala is Dean of Engineering and Computer Technology and Professor of Engineering at Baker College, where she has led the development and expansion of two-year programs in engineering and computer technologies. Over the past three years as a Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) project grant she developed and implemented an associate degree program in optics and photonics.

Sala is a leader in the OP-TEC Photonics College Network (OPCN), an association of postsecondary photonics technician educators organized and operated by OP-TEC. She serves as committee chair for creating and identifying technical webinars for faculty professional development. She is a Co-Principal Investigator representing Baker College in the NSF ATE Midwest Photonics Education Center (MPEC).

Sala is working with OP-TEC and other NSF ATE centers to provide national leadership in technician development for the recently formed Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Initiative (IPMI), a $610 million project designed to replace copper in conventional chips with lasers and optical waveguides. OP-TEC is working with Sala and others to develop skill standards, design curricula, adapt existing teaching materials and train employed technicians to address current and future technician workforce needs for over 200 industries, research labs and universities participating in IPMI.

Sala is the OP-TEC author of modular teaching materials for the nation's first technician course in Integrated Photonics. In a presentation at the HI-TEC 2016 conference, she will introduce this new course to educators and administrators in optics, photonics, nanotechnology, semiconductor manufacturing, mechatronics and advanced materials technologies.


Innovative Program Award

Mentor-Connect

Leadership Development and Outreach for ATE

This award recognizes a team of advanced technological education professionals who have designed and implemented a significant innovation that has made a positive impact on student enrollment, retention, and/or advanced technology education. This year’s recipient is Mentor-Connect: Leadership Development and Outreach for ATE. Accepting the award will be Elaine Craft, Director, SC ATE Center of Excellence and her fellow Mentor-Connect Leadership Team members Dennis Faber, Charlotte Forrest, Ellen Hause, and Osa Brand.

Mentor-Connect advances technology education by helping educators at two-year colleges focus on technician education and benefit from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) program. Mentor-Connect seeks two-year colleges that have never received NSF grant funding and mentors them in developing projects and writing competitive grant proposals.

Through Mentor-Connect, highly experienced members of the NSF ATE community serve as mentors for participating teams throughout a ten-month mentorship that focuses on faculty development. The project team provides technical assistance; step-by-step instructions; resources to guide the grant development, submission, and funding processes; and a just-in-time help desk.

Knowledge transfer and leadership development result from this process, launching a new cadre of technician education practitioners who are learning from and contributing to the work of the NSF ATE program.

Mentor-Connect is increasing the geographic diversity of colleges submitting proposals to the NSF ATE program. The 79 colleges in the first four Mentor-Connect cohorts represent 27 states. Each participating college is located in a geographic area where there have been no previous NSF ATE grant awards or none in the past ten years. There is also evidence of improvement in the quality of NSF ATE proposals as a result of Mentor-Connect. More than 90 percent of the 61 colleges in the first three Mentor-Connect cohorts submitted NSF ATE grant proposals. To date, 22 (61 percent) have been awarded grants.

This award represents HI-TEC’s commitment to serving the advanced technology education community and recognizing programs that strive toward the same goal by increasing student success in technology programs.


Industry Recognition Award

Terry Iverson

Iverson and Company,
Des Plaines, IL

 

The HI-TEC Industry Recognition Award recognizes key industry personnel for outstanding contributions to technology education and career awareness for students. Nominees for the award must have demonstrated impact on technology education locally and nationally.

Terry Iverson's nationally competitive company in Illinois has a strong machine and machine tool customer base in the tri-state region of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Iverson works closely with community and technical colleges to help meet their equipment needs as well as to connect educators to industry partners. Iverson is the founder of Champion Now! (http://www.championnow.org/), an advocacy organization dedicated to changing people's perceptions of manufacturing.

In partnership with other companies, Iverson has set up innovative internship programs in his region, hosted interns at his company, and made numerous presentations to students, educators, and the public in support of the manufacturing industry and manufacturing careers. He is a strong supporter of MFGDAY nationally and locally and hosts educators and students at his facility throughout the year. He has made invited presentations to the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on manufacturing as an economic driver and writes essays and editorials on manufacturing and its workforce. He recently completed a term on the board of directors of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Foundation. He is an outspoken advocate of the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) program and ATE centers.

Iverson's company is an 85-year-old family-owned sales and service organization that offers engineered manufacturing process solutions. Iverson's dedication to improving technical education is demonstrated in all aspects of the work he does through his company.

This award represents HI-TEC's commitment to recognize industry colleagues who make significant contributions to the education and training of today’s technology workforce.


Industry Recognition Award

Brad Mason

AMSEC LLC,
Virginia Beach, VA

The HI-TEC Industry Recognition Award recognizes key industry personnel for outstanding contributions to technology education and career awareness for students. Nominees for the award must have demonstrated impact on technology education locally and nationally.

Brad Mason is a tireless champion of education within the maritime and transportation industry. As chairman of the SMART Center’s Maritime Technologies (MariTech) Consortium, he invests significant time each month leading consortium meetings to ensure a high degree of collaboration between formerly competing employers in the maritime and transportation industry.

Under Mason's joint leadership (with Barbara Murray), the Maritime Technologies Consortium developed the first Maritime Technologies Pathway featuring stackable credentials. The SMART Center has increased the enrollment of women, veterans, first-generation college students, dual/concurrent enrolling high school students, and members of underrepresented populations in maritime technologies programs at partner colleges in Virginia, Texas, and Maryland, as well as their feeder high schools.

Mason contributed to the development of new curriculum by the SMART Center (MAR 120 – Introduction to Ships and Ship Systems) and modification of Marine Blueprint Reading curriculum. He also ensures that his staff serves as SMEs when expertise is needed for curriculum development.

As Chair of SMART’s MariTech Consortium, Mason assisted the SMART Center in scaling its work to Baltimore, Maryland (with partner Anne Arundel Community College), and Houston, Texas (with partner San Jacinto College), to expand into two additional industry sectors: vessel operations and port logistics.

This award represents HI-TEC's commitment to recognize industry colleagues who make significant contributions to the education and training of today's technology workforce.