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Regional Center 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



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.1233.1 - 22.1233.9



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Karen Wosczyna-Birch CT 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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John Birch III


Mehrdad Faezi Manchester Community College

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Professor of Engineering and Technology at Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT since 1993. He has taught and developed curricula in the subjects of Manufacturing Processes, Engineering Drawings, GD&T, SPC, CAD/CAM, Lean Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Management. He is also a site coordinator for the Connecticut College of Technology and cooperates on various projects with Regional Center for Next Geneartion Manufacturing. He is regular particpant/contributor in ATE and HiTec Conferences.

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Regional Center for Next Generation ManufacturingThe Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM) is an Advanced TechnologicalEducation National Science Funded Center. The RCNGM is in its sixth year of funding and has catalyzedmanufacturing and relate technology programs in Connecticut’s community colleges. This postersession will highlight promising practices of the RCNGM.

Wosczyna-Birch, K., & Birch, J., & Faezi, M. (2011, June), Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--19008

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