Month: June 2020

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Autonomous Vehicle Technologies: Impact on Workforce Training and Education

At the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, General Motors had an exhibit called “Futurama.” This was a model of the future that showed how we could have automated vehicles and highways that reduce traffic congestion and vehicle accidents. At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, 29 vehicle manufactures were present …

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Minnesota’s Approach to Connected and Automated Vehicles

Did you know that nearly 94% of all vehicle fatalities are caused by human factors? The whole point of vehicle connection and automation is to increase safety and reduce human error. There are many technical challenges and other issues that need to be addressed ahead of time. Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is reacting. The Minnesota …

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Sandra Mikolaski

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT Sandra Mikolaski, PhD, serves NCAT, along with Manjari Wijenaike, PhD, as external co-evaluators. She has over 25 years with NSF ATE Centers, grants, and programs. She previously served as PI, Co-PI, and Senior Personnel at the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (Bellevue WA), one of the first NSF ATE Centers of Excellence …

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Manjari Wijenaike

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT Manjari Wijenaike specializes in grant evaluation, development, strategic planning, and research for technician education programs. She has worked with National Science Foundation grants and STEM programs at community colleges and universities across the nation for over two decades. Manjari currently evaluates NSF Projects, NSF ATE Centers, and a Department of Defense Grant.

Steve Kane

CHAIRPERSON | DIRECTOR – SPACETEC Steve Kane started his career in the Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic (AMS) maintaining Grumman EA-6B Prowler aircraft. Upon discharge he earned his FAA Airframe andPower Plant (A&P) license and began working in the regional airline industry. Over the course of eight years he worked for four airlines, progressing …

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Andrew Shepherd

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | CHIEF SCIENTIST – SINCLAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE Dr. Andrew Shepherd serves as the Executive Director and Chief Scientist for Unmanned Aerial Systems at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. With experience in the defense industry and academia focused on modeling and simulation, research, course development, accreditation, instruction, and mentorship, Shepherd offers extensive knowledge in …

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Mel Cossette

DIRECTOR | MATEDU Mel Cossette is the Executive Director/Principal Investigator for the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEdU) and Project: Technician Education in Additive Manufacturing & Materials (TEAMM) funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program housed at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, WA. Mel has over 25 years of experience …

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Wing Cheung

FACULTY | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR – PALOMAR COLLEGE Wing Cheung is a Professor of Geography and GIS at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. In addition to his teaching duties, he coordinates the GIS, Drone Technology and Environmental Studies programs at the College. He is Principle Investigator for the NSF-funded UAS Operations Technician Education Program (UASTEP), and …

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Kapil Madathil

DIRECTOR | TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS – CA2VES Dr. Kapil Chalil Madathil, the Director of Technology Operations of Clemson University Center for Workforce Development is a human factors and ergonomics engineer with a background in the entire spectrum of human-machine system design. Specifically, his area of expertise is in applying the knowledge base of human factors to the …

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