Bios Category: Our Team

SANDRA MIKOLASKI

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 ever funded …

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MANJARI WIJENAIKE

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.

KIRK STUEVE

Kirk Stueve is a Geography Professor at St. Cloud State University and has over a decade of experience using geospatial applications in academia, row crop farming, and product development for agricultural startup companies. He earned his Doctorate in Geography from Texas A&M University in 2009 and has authored publications in top journals such as Remote Sensing …

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STEVE SORENSON

Stephen Sorenson has worked in the Intelligence Analysis industry for over 31 years. He began his career in the military as a Signals Intelligence Analyst, cross trained as an All Source Intelligence Analyst, and finished his career as a Traffic Analysis Technician. His career has included three deployments overseas and many training operations. In January …

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ANDREW DAHLEN

Before entering higher education, Andrew Dahlen worked as a manufacturing engineer designing automated machinery for the manufacturing of composite window and door components. Andrew also developed and improved processes for the manufacturing of computer hard drive components and medical devices. As an instructor at Northland, Andrew teaches a variety of automation and electronic topics including; …

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DR. LUIS ESTEVEZ

Dr. Estevez is the Director of the School of Public Affairs Research Institute (SOPARI) and professor in the Department of Geography & Planning at St. Cloud State University. His research an experience focuses on survey research in the field of planning and urban economics. Apart from his research and academic endeavors, Dr. Estevez is a …

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AARON SYKES

Aaron is a community leader and advocate for unmanned aircraft systems technology. He earned a degree from the University of North Dakota in Airport Management. Aaron has a private pilots license, 107 certificate, and has been involved in sUAS since 2010. He was the co-founder of MAVMeetup, a community group focused on sUAS education, safety, …

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MARK GILL

Mark’s career in software engineering almost predates the discipline of software engineering. He has three decades of experience in visualization and development of experiential learning environments. He’s worked in government, military, private, and academic arenas, finally landing in a position where he can help the next generation grow up comfortable with ideas it’s taken his …

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VINCENT DINOTOR, JR.

Vincent A. DiNoto, Jr., GISP, holds a MA and BS from Indiana State University in Physics and is currently Dean of College and Systemic Initiatives and a full Professor of Physics, Astronomy and GIS at Jefferson Community and Technical College. He is the Director/ PI of the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center). …

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BEN CRUZ

Benigno (Ben) Cruz is Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) at Macomb Community College (MCC). Prior to joining CAAT on July 1, 2019, Ben was a Senior Engineering Group Manager responsible for the GM Climatic Wind Tunnels and the HVAC Laboratories. He was responsible for vehicle development and validation testing in wind …

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