Paul D. Plotkowski
Dr. Paul Plotkowski is the founding Dean of The Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University. The Padnos College enrolls over 1,300 students in a variety of B.S. and M.S. degree programs in engineering, computer science, information systems, and medical & bio-informatics. The programs in the Padnos College were established in response to regional industry needs and all function as partnerships between the university, students, and industry. All academic programs include work experience through either the co-op or internship experience integrated into each.
The GVSU Padnos College of Engineering & Computing engages a variety of university and community partners in providing a wide array of industry projects, work experiences for students, and STEM focused K-12 outreach programs. These programs build upon Paul’s involvement in community engagement activities for over 30 years. Paul has served as the national vice president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His other activities include serving as an accreditation visitor for mechanical and manufacturing engineering degree programs for the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET). He currently serves on the board of the Cooperative and Experiential Education Division (CEED) of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Paul is a Fellow of ASME and has received numerous awards including the Dedicated Service Award from ASME, the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer of the Year award from SME and the Outstanding Educator award from Pi Tau Sigma. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Oakland University.
Mr. Reginald McGregor is the Manager of Engineering Employee Development R &T Strategy at Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this role, Reginald manages the RRC engineering pipeline overseeing the K12 STEM Initiatives, Co-op Program and Early Career Development Engineering Programs. He is also the chair of the RRC Engineering Education Council. He has over 10 years experience in the aerospace industry in roles as project engineer, process improvement and lean specialist. In 2006, he received the Black Engineer of the Year Award. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Martin University; Engineering Education Industrial Advisory Council, Purdue University; Board of Directors for the American Society Engineering Education (ASEE) Cooperative and Experiential Education Division and the ASEE College Industry Partnership Board.
At our 2012 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference. Reginald participated as a panelist for the Keynote Panel Discussion on STEM Education-Industry Partnerships.
Carrie Houtman is the Regulatory Services Leader for Michigan and Minnesota at The Dow Chemical Company. Carrie began her career with Dow in 1996 with technical service and development for Emulsion Polymers and Dow Microbial Control, and spent ten years in Environmental Health and Safety, including various roles in the toxicology organization and in product stewardship. In 2010, she joined Public Policy, where she led Dow’s STEM Education initiatives and represented Dow at think tanks, trade associations and most notably as part of President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. She most recently served as the Global Remediation Team as the primary community interface for the Michigan Dioxin Initiative and other remediation projects. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Carrie is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Glenn Walters is the Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department and is also serving his second four-year term as an elected county commissioner. Prior to his current position he had a successful management consulting company for 10 years and continues to be a sought after professional speaker for his engaging presentations. He holds the rare distinction of twice being a keynote speaker for the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Innovation as well as the European Quality Conference and for many years has keynoted an annual productivity conference in Singapore.
Glenn is a retired US Air Force officer with over 40 years experience in leadership and quality-related roles. Glenn brings to this conference knowledge about the ASQ Education Division and systems thinking common with quality award programs in education. He was a multi-year examiner with the national Baldrige Quality Award, the President’s Quality Award and four other quality award programs. He also co-led the team that created the three-tiered New Mexico Quality Awards. He has served as the lead judge for ASQ’s NQEC Education Team Excellence Recognition Program since its inception five years ago. Glenn has served as ASQ Education Division’s Workforce Development chair and as the chair for the ASQ Team and Workplace Excellence Forum He has also served as an adjunct professor for quality related courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for the University of New Mexico and the National Graduate School.