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Impact of Regional Centers for Next Generation Manufacturing

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Two-Year College Special Topics Potpourri

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Two Year College Division

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22.8.1 - 22.8.8



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Karen Wosczyna-Birch Connecticut College of Technology and the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing

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Karen Wosczyna-Birch, a national award winning Professor of Chemistry, is the statewide director for Connecticut's College of Technology, which includes all 12 Connecticut community colleges, six universities and partner high schools including the technical high school system. She is also the executive director of the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, a National Science Funded Advanced Technology Center, where she provides leadership for the advancement of manufacturing and related engineering and technologies. Karen also has expertise in providing professional development that includes strategies for the engagement and persistence of under represented populations in STEM disciplines. She has received awards from several organizations including the American Association for University Women (AAUW) for her work in addressing the need to increase females in engineering and technology fields as well as for her work in educating students with the skills required for the 21st century workforce.

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Marilyn Barger Florida Advanced Technological Education Center, FLATE

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Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Principal Investigator and Executive Director of FLATE, the Florida Regional Center of Advanced Technological Education, funded by the National Science Foundation and housed at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida since 2004. FLATE serves the state of Florida as its region and is involved in outreach and recruitment of students into technical career pathway; curriculum development and reform; and professional development for technical teachers and faculty. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry at Agnes Scott College and both a B.S. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental) from the University of South Florida, where her research focused on membrane separation science and technology for water purification. She has over 20 years of experience in developing curricula for engineering and engineering technology for elementary, middle, high school, and post secondary institutions, including colleges of engineering. Dr. Barger serves on several national panels and advisory boards for technical programs, curriculum and workforce initiatives, including the National Association of Manufacturers Educators‘ Council. She is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida, a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education, and charter member of both the National Academy and the University of South Florida‘s Academy of Inventors. Dr. Barger is a licensed professional engineer in Florida.

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Regional Center for Next Generation ManufacturingThe National Science Foundation funded, Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing,(RCNGM) is in its sixth year of operation and has successfully catalyzed manufacturing andrelated engineering and technology programs in Connecticut’s community colleges. This paperwill highlight the promising practices that the RCNGM has identified that have contributed to thesuccess of the Center and its partners.

Wosczyna-Birch, K., & Barger, M. (2011, June), Impact of Regional Centers for Next Generation Manufacturing Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17282

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