Presentation Schedule

Summit Keynote and Presentation Information
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Keynote Presentations:


June 3, 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Industry and Higher Education Collaborations: Keys to Fostering Qualified Talent

Bob Meyer   Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Craig Yolitz   Vice President of Customer Operations and Account Management, Thomson Reuters – FindLaw

Keynote Description and Meyer and Yolitz Biographies

Industry and Higher Education Collaborations: Keys to Fostering Qualified Talent

A collaboration between the professional information and media company, Thomson Reuters, and UW-Stout resulted in launching a new major in Digital Marketing Technology in the fall 2015. This unique public-private partnership created an innovative degree program that prepares students for employment in some of the fastest-growing technology fields and helps employers meet their growing needs for qualified talent. The presenters will share their perspectives of the process from idea to implementation, as well as how the major continues to evolve to meet the changing labor market.


Bob Meyer
Meyer became the seventh chancellor at UW-Stout on Aug. 16, 2014. Chancellor Meyer holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota. He earned an M.S. in management technology and a B.S. in industrial education, both at UW-Stout.

Craig Yolitz
Craig Yolitz leads a multidisciplinary team of experts that creates and delivers FindLaw's industry-leading online marketing solutions. He is also responsible for developing and implementing an ongoing customer experience strategy that supports customer and revenue retention initiatives.

Under his leadership, FindLaw has increased product quality and customer satisfaction while dramatically cutting production time and overall costs. He achieved these accomplishments during a period of rapid growth and change.

Yolitz has instilled a culture of bottoms-up innovation and passion for the work within his organization. Thanks to this environment, existing processes continually evolve and new ones are created in order to better meet client needs. This culture not only resides within functional areas but develops across functions.

A part of FindLaw since 2005, Yolitz brought with him 19 years of manufacturing operation experience with Thomson West.

He holds an MBA in management from the University of St. Thomas and a B.S. in industrial technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

PS19 Keynote Denise Anderson

June 4, 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Developing an Institutional Change Plan Towards Gender Equity

Denise M. Anderson, PhD   Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies & Faculty Affairs, College of Behavioral, Social & Health Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Keynote Description and Anderson Biography

Developing an Institutional Change Plan Towards Gender Equity

This session will provide an overview of the development of Clemson University's proposal for an NSF Advance grant. In addition, the goals of the funded project, TIGERS Advance, will be highlighted along with the various programs that have been implemented to meet those goals. Challenges and successes to date will also be discussed.


Denise Anderson has been on the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management faculty since 2003. From 2009 until 2015, she also served as the department’s graduate coordinator. Anderson’s major research interests involve youth development, youth sport, leisure education and student development, and girls’ and women’s access to recreation opportunities. Prior to coming to Clemson, she served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s in physical education from Eastern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in leisure behavior from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

PS19 Keynote Steve Hellen

June 5, 9:40 am - 10:40 am
Harnessing Digital Technology for Humanitarian Aid and International Development

Steve Hellen   Director, ICT4D & GIS, Catholic Relief Services

Keynote Description and Hellen Biography

Harnessing Digital Technology for Humanitarian Aid and International Development

The dramatic reduction in extreme poverty is the greatest under-reported accomplishment of our time.  Despite unprecedented progress, hundreds of millions remain vulnerable and marginalized.  Rapidly evolving digital technologies have exceptional potential to help accelerate the end of poverty, hunger and preventable disease.  Hear about incredible examples of effective tech and data use to reach the most isolated communities – going the last mile, going to scale, and achieving sustainable use – and the critical role of a well-educated workforce, able to apply pragmatic solutions.


Steve Hellen has 20 years of IT experience.  He joined CRS in 2012 and leads the agency’s ICT4D and GIS practice.  In 2016 he led an update of CRS’ ICT4D strategy to focus on data analytics, scale and enabling programs & partners. Prior to joining CRS, Steve served as an IT Director at Johns Hopkins University. He taught computer science courses at Loyola University and an undergraduate GIS course at Johns Hopkins.  He began his career at Accenture. Steve holds a Master’s in environmental science and policy, a Bachelor’s in engineering science and a graduate certificate in GIS.  

Pre and Post Conference Workshops


PRECONFERENCE #1: Developing Cross-Institutional Research Partnerships Focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

Join academic professionals from polytechnics around the globe in a day-long preconference session with the goal of connecting research interests to actionable and fundable partnerships based upon the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 as set by the United Nations in 2000. 

The SDGs cover sustainable social, economic and environmental development issues in the four broad categories of 

  • energy
  • food, water, land use & agricultural practices
  • material innovation and use
  • gender equality & social justice issues

During the pre-conference session, attendees will determine the subset of the SDGs that best align with their research goals, connect and brainstorm solutions with like-minded participants, and be guided toward funding sources to realize effective institutional collaborations.

Participants from a wide range of disciplines welcome, registration for full conference not required.

Facilitator: Matthew A. Ray, PhD
Associate Professor
Chemistry and Physics Department 
College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Facilitator: Joshua E. Seaver
Assistant Professor
Design Department
College of Arts, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences  
University of Wisconsin-Stout


PRECONFERENCE #2: General Education at Polytechnic Institutions

Is General Education different at a Polytechnic? This highly interactive workshop will guide participants to think critically about general education student learning experiences, across their institution. Presenters will share various resources available to assist in efforts to better align and integrate general education and the major and learn from national efforts to enhance the effectiveness of general education. Participants will leave with action plans to advance the work at their own institution, through a collaborative process.

PS19-Sandra Bailey

Facilitator: Sandra Bailey, MA
Professor, Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Falls, Oregon

Sandra Bailey is professor of business management and the former director of academic excellence at Oregon Tech. During her seven-year tenure as director she guided the institution from an accountability focus to an improvement orientation; coordinating assessment with curricular design and faculty professional development. At Oregon Tech she also led a task force in a comprehensive general education review using assessment results and the Degree Qualifications Profile to guide the redesign of general education. Oregon Tech’s new Essential Studies program is an integrated general education program with clear alignment to institutional student learning outcomes. Bailey served on the steering committee of the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC), serves as a reviewer for the Excellence in Assessment designation, and was the Oregon state lead for Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Faculty Collaboratives project. She has organized statewide faculty conferences in Oregon and facilitated assignment design workshops with faculty across the country. Bailey has been a National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) coach since 2014 and has been an invited presenter at ABET and AAC&U national conferences.

PS19-MariaLynn Kessler

Facilitator: MariaLynn Kessler, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Oregon Institute of Technology
Portland, Oregon

Maria Lynn Kessler is the Acting Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences department at Oregon Tech.  She currently serves as the Program Director for the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis program as well as the BS in Applied Psychology-Portland-Metro program.  During her tenure at Oregon Tech, Dr. Kessler has served on the Curriculum and Planning Commission, the General Education Advisory Council, and the Executive Committee of the Assessment Commission which she chaired for six years.  Dr. Kessler was a member of Oregon Tech’s General Education Review Task Force and participated in a comprehensive review of general education and development of the Essential Studies program, Oregon Tech’s general education program.


POSTCONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Design and Fabrication of Functional Parts with a Desktop 3D Printer

While a single desktop 3D printer remains an extremely slow production tool, its unlimited technological flexibility allows efficient scaling of performance by simply increasing the number of devices. A small business with 10 to 30 3D printers can effectively compete in the market for fast production of small batches with companies using the technology of vacuum molding or RIM. Thousands of 3D printers owned by individual users can quickly accept the order to manufacture a batch of thousands of parts using platforms such as 3d hubs. The potential of democratic (desktop, home, amateur or personal) devices is huge. There are around 380 million tons of plastics of all kinds are produced in the world annually, which means that about 50 kg of products made of plastic are consumed per one inhabitant of the planet. The average desktop 3D printer based on FDM/FFF technology is able to squeeze up to 5 mm3 of polymer every second through a nozzle. Although not capable to operate continuously in the 24/7 mode, each of the printers is nevertheless potentially capable of annual production with a total mass of at least 100 kg. That means a personal 3D printer productivity can fulfill all the needs in plastic products of a person.

To turn the advanced toy with great potential into a real cell of distributed manufacturing system of the future we need to learn how to design for desktop 3D printers and how to effectively operate them.

Right choice of layers, controlled overheating and over-extrusion, making parts lighter to make parts stronger; these are few of the tricks to be shared during the upcoming workshop.

PS19-Vladimir E. Kuznetsov

Facilitator: Vladimir Kuznetsov, National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”, Moscow, Russia

Vladimir Kuznetsov, is a specialist in the field of metallic materials processing, CAD/CAM/CAE. In 2012 has founded the fab lab Moscow, directs the Technologies and Materials for Digital Fabrication Masters program. Vladimir Kuznetsov is also a well-recognized ambassador of makers movement in Russia, for the past three years has acted as the lead producer of Maker Faire Moscow.

PS19-Mike Cropp

Facilitator: Michael Cropp, Management Engineer/Fab Lab Specialist, Discovery Center, UW-Stout

Cropp is a centralized resource for all Fab Lab activities and works with faculty, staff and other industry and community members across the state and region for training and educational programming. He ensures that UW-Stout is equipped with the resources to power the hands-on learning for which Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University is known.

Concurrent and Poster Sessions

Concurrent Session Time and Room Assignments

Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Block A    10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 140

Block B    10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 141

Block C    10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 143

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Block D    2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 140

Block E    2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 141

Block F    2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 143

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Block G    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 140

Block H    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 141

Block I    4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Harvey Hall Room 143

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Block J    10:45 am - 11:45 am
Harvey Hall Room 140

Block K    10:45 am - 11:45 am
Harvey Hall Room 141

Block L    10:45 am - 11:45 am
Harvey Hall Room 143

  • SESSION 26    10:45 - 11:15-Embedding Industry 4.0/IIoT Content to the Manufacturing Engineering Program Curriculum
  • SESSION 27    11:15 - 11:45-SACA Standards and Certifications; A roadmap for Industry 4.0 Implementation 
UW-Stout Poster Showcase Poster Titles

UW-Stout Poster Showcase


Adopting Orphan Yeast Genes in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Project

Adult Learners: Embedding Career Advancement
Applied Research Innovation through Social Networks: The Story of a Mechanical Engineer, a Sociologist, and a Restaurant
Applying Simulation Study to Reduce Inventory - A Case Study
Embedding the Vision System Content to the Quality Engineering Course
Humanities and Social Science Research:  A Polytechnic Asset
Lab Reports and Horror Stories: Leveraging STEM Majors' Writing Interests for Student Engagement and Retention
Lost in Translation – Diverse Means of Design Communication
Pushed Out: Understanding the Lived Experiences of (In)voluntary Career Exit
Research Frame of Mind: Sharing Experiences Applying the Research Skill Development Framework
Teaching model – Co-developing and Co-teaching with Industrial Professionals for Medical Device Packaging
The Probing Physics Project: A Pedagogical Study
Transmedia Studio: 15 Students, 6 Majors, 1 Public Art Project


Advanced Particle Systems in Unity, Monica Schmit
APSC 349 Internship, Emma Stensen
Black Crappie Sarcoma, Kayla Boyd
From Python to Physics: Molecular Dynamic Simulation, Charlo Siprien
Impacts and Factors on Women in STEM Education at UW-Stout, Michaela Guerrini
Iron and Vitamin C Intake of Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians of UW-Stout Students and Developing a Dietary Guideline of Iron and Vitamin C Intake, Sebastian Witzgall
Public Perceptions of Sex Trafficking in Minnesota, Emmi Nielson-Gunning
Rockit Wheelchair, David Williams, Brandon Peebles, Caleb Back, Colton Niewolny
School-to-Prison Pipeline: Its Creation, Effects, and How It Can Be Diminished, Madalaine McConville
The Effect of Concussion and Repetitive Head Impacts on Balance, Mary Cops, Isaiah Vang, Neal Wrobel
The Effect of Mirror Visual Feedback on Perception of Temperature, Ashley Brisbin, Christene Moore, Ashley Zien
Tradition and Modernization: The Survival of the Japanese Kimono, Pakou Vang
Unity in Mobile Development, Jordan Roskam
UW-Stout Athletic Training Room Internship, Chelsea Gray