Engineering Unleashed Ambassadors

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The Ambassador Program

The Engineering Unleashed Ambassador program helps spread the word about the entrepreneurial mindset and how it can impact student learning and faculty teaching.

Engineering Unleashed Ambassadors are members of KEEN Partner institutions who hold leadership roles in their professional societies at the regional or national level. 

Serving as liaisons to their professional societies, the ambassadors promote the entrepreneurial mindset, the work of KEEN, and Engineering Unleashed.

Meet the Ambassadors

Bill Schell

Bill Schell, Associate Professor, Montana State University

Bill's professional passion is finding ways to make engineers better leaders and organizations better at change. His research is supported by the NSF, private foundations, and industry, and has received numerous national and international awards. Bill is an elected Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management and serves as an Associate Editor for the Engineering Management Journal. Professional Societies: ASEM, ASEE, IISE, CEEA, AAEE.
Carmen Cioc

Carmen Cioc, Associate Professor, The University of Toledo

Carmen is passionate about innovative engineering pedagogies, including PAL and PBL, and intertwining them with entrepreneurially minded learning. She is also passionate about renewable energy, pursuing a second Master of Science, in Physics Professional in Photovoltaics at UT. In 2011 she was awarded a SunShot Fellowship with the Solar Program at The Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. She loves math, physics, engineering, and above all, sharing her professional experience with her students.
Eric Liguori

Eric Liguori, Executive Director and Rohrer Chair of Entrepreneurship, Rowan University

Eric sits at the global forefront of entrepreneurship education. In 2019 he became the youngest person ever elected to serve as President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Liguori is the Executive Editor of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy and the Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy. His work has been published in Journal of Management, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and featured in Forbes, USA Today, and BuzzFeed. Professional Societies: ICSB, USASBE, NACCE, AoM.
Glenn Gaudette

Glenn Gaudette, Professor and Chair, Boston College

Glenn teaches design, biomechanics and physiology. He promotes development of the entrepreneurial mindset through support provided by the Kern Family Foundation and was named 2015 KEEN Faculty Member of the Year. His research aims to develop a treatment for heart and CV diseases. Glenn's work has been featured throughout the world including the BBC, National Geographic and Fox News. Professional Societies: AIMBE, NAI, BMES.
Janet Brelin-Fornari

Janet Brelin-Fornari, Associate Dean, Grand Canyon University

Part of the reason Janet moved into academia was to be able to choose her research path. As Associate Dean, she looks into faculty development, research and teaching as she evolves what an engineering program will look like. Janet also advocates for pediatric crash safety, working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in developing a side-impact standard for child seats.
Jean Andino

Jean Andino, Associate Professor, Arizona State University

Jean is passionate about teaching students, whether in a classroom setting or through mentorship in research activities. Her goal as a professor is to help to train and inspire the next generation of innovators. Professional Societies: SHPE, ACS, AIChE, AWMA.
John Estell

John Estell, Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Ohio Northern University

John believes that effective learning occurs when students are provided with active, hands-on experiences that tie real-world practice with theory. Much of his current research involves design education pedagogy. John is an ASEE Fellow, a senior member of IEEE, and winner of the inaugural ASEE Best Card Competition. Professional Societies: ASEE, ABET, ACM, PCP.
John Reilly

John Reilly, Professor of Chemistry, Florida Gulf Coast University

John worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland and also at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia before joining the research technology division of Colgate Palmolive Company. He has also worked at International Flavors and Fragrances and Symrise Inc. before his career in academia. During his tenured position at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, Dr. Reilly received a Fulbright Nehru Fellowship to India where he taught at the University of Rajasthan. At FGCU, he has served as chair of the department of chemistry and physics for 6 years. His research focuses on the properties of a skin enzyme that plays an important role in maintaining acidity of skin.
Louis DiBerardino

Louis DiBerardino, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ohio Northern University

Louis is focused on building faculty-student relationships, promoting engagement in the classroom, providing undergraduate research experiences, and promoting the entrepreneurial mindset throughout the engineering curriculum. Professional Societies: ASB, ASME, ASEE.
Matthew Liberatore

Matthew Liberatore, Professor, The University of Toledo

Matthew has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and presented numerous invited talks. His teaching interests include developing problems from YouTube videos, active learning, and interactive textbooks. His rheology laboratory specializes in techniques parallel with rheology, including high pressure, light scattering, high shear, and controlled humidity. His current research involves the rheology of complex fluids. Specializing in polymers, colloids, and surfactant systems, projects have examined biomass slurries and solids flows, bio-oils, polyelectrolyte solutions for drag reduction, methane hydrate and ice slurries, emulsions, heavy crude oils, chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) slurries, polymer membranes for fuel cells, and polymer-graphene composites.
Michael Awaah

Michael Awaah, Associate Professor, Grand Canyon University

Michael has vast experience with MathXL, LoudCloud system, and Blackboard for student success. He also has extensive semiconductor industry experience: Analytical and technically experienced professional with extensive understanding of semiconductor device physics, semiconductor devices design, fabrication and integration techniques.
Nadiye Erdil

Nadiye Erdil, Associate Professor, University of New Haven

Nadiye serves as the program coordinator for the BS industrial and systems engineering. Prior to joining academia, she worked as an engineer in sheet metal manufacturing and pipe fabrication industry for five years. Professional Societies: IISE, ASEE.
Robert Nagel

Robert Nagel, Associate Professor, James Madison University

Robert is a proponent of experiential and hands-on learning coordinating and teaching the sophomore design experience where students design human-powered vehicles for community members with disabilities. Robert teaches the Innovation Exchange: A course that injects students into the culture of the Silicon Valley to meet innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors. Professional Societies: SAE, ASEE, ASME.
Sandy Furterer

Sandy Furterer, Associate Professor, University of Dayton

Sandy has over 25 years of experience in business process and quality improvements with multiple service industries, including healthcare, retail, consulting, information systems, and financial services. She is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a Certified Quality Engineer, an ASQ fellow, and a certified Master Black Belt. Professional Societies: ASEE, ASQ, IISE, CRLA.
Scott Segalewitz

Scott Segalewitz, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Student Success; Professor, University of Dayton

Scott's areas of interest include using technology to enhance the learning environment, developing global technical professionals, developing engineering professional with an entrepreneurial mindset, distance and asynchronous learning, and technical communication. Professional Societies: ASEE, IEEE.
Sid G

Sidaard Gunasekaran (Sid G), Assistant Professor, University of Dayton

Sid is an aerospace engineer with a passion to make flying better and efficient (not just for airplanes) through applied and fundamental research. He develops pedagogical practices that train students to find opportunities using concepts learned in class, to have long term retention, to develop confidence in technical communication, and to make a tangible impact on society. Professional Societies: ASEE, AIAA.
Timothy Takahashi

Timothy Takahashi, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

Timothy teaches aircraft performance, aerodynamics, aerospace structures & materials, as well as coordinating senior undergraduate capstone projects in fixed wing aircraft design. Prior to joining ASU, he worked at NASA/Ames, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. Timothy is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the Multi-Disciplinary-Optimization and Aircraft Design Technical Committees, and a prolific author and co-author of AIAA conference papers. Professional Societies: AIAA, TBP, PBK.
Ty Faulkner

Ty Faulkner, Lecturer, Lawrence Technological University

Ty is a powerful proven global healthcare executive, professor, advising pharma, gov agencies & Health Information Technology (HIT) companies on Population Health, Quality Metrics, Learning Systems, Interoperability, and Big Data. He has led corporate start-ups in Health IT, built strategy implementation plans, partners with VC and PE Funding, expert in commercial development, acquisition merger, and exit strategy in Health IT. He wants to achieve entrepreneurial thinking in Health IT.
Wujie Zhang

Wujie Zhang, Associate Professor, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Wujie truly believes the focus should be on each individual student: Strengthening the student experience through interaction, encouragement, and engagement. He has been an eager participant in various engineering education workshops and programs. Wujie was recently named "20 under 40" by ASEE's Prism magazine. Professional Societies: ACS, ASEE, AIChE, BMES, ASABE.
Yifei Ma

Yifei Ma, Assistant Professor, Lawrence Technological University

Yifei earned his BS and MS degrees in Structural Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and Tongji University, Shanghai, China, respectively. He has a strong research interest in the development of numerical techniques and computational models for geotechnical engineering applications. Professional Societies: Geo-Institute, USUCGER, ARMA, ASCE.
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