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Leadership Capacity Building Program

The goal of this NSF leadership capacity building project is to provide leadership development based on advancements reported in the current manufacturing and engineering education literature for (A) community college manufacturing faculty, chairs, and related deans and (B) lead teachers from high school high school pre-engineering programs.  The PI, Co-PIs, and partners from across the country have designed the following project objectives:

  1. To provide a comprehensive 100-hour leadership development programs for three cohorts of leaders.
  2. To provide expanded pre-college outreach focused on manufacturing careers.
  3. To disseminate information and resources to post-secondary faculty and high school teachers.
About the National Center for Manufacturing Education

The National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME), managed by Sinclair Community College (Dayton, Ohio), has a 15-year legacy focused on advancing manufacturing technician education.

NCME is nationally recognized for its:

  • Sophisticated web-based infrastructure to disseminate manufacturing-related materials.
  • Existing professional development alliances.
  • Advocacy for manufacturing technician educational reform through presentations, publications, pre-college outreach, partnerships with national organizations, mentorship, and research.
  • Ability to impartially link the preeminent manufacturing-related professional societies.
  • National status as a resource for manufacturing educators.
  • Connections with other ATE centers and NSF projects.
  • Curriculum development capabilities.
  • Strong and diverse cadre of PI, Co-PI's, and senior personnel who are nationally-recognized experts in manufacturing technician education.

Please contact Steve Wendel, Project Lead, with any program questions or comments.

Steven Wendel
Director, National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME)
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
Tel. 937-512-2841
Email Website

For general information and to contact the Leadership Capacity Building Project team members:

Ronald Bennett
Founding Dean & Professor Emeritus, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Honeywell Fellow in Global Technology Management
Tel. 612-839-2289
Email Website

Scott Danielson
Associate Dean, Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Tel. 480-727-1185
Email Website

Niaz Latif
Professor and Dean of the College of Technology
Purdue University, Calumet, Indiana
Tel. 219-989-3251
Email Website

Alanna Moravetz
Owner, Senior Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach
Alanna Consulting Group, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Tel. 651-260-9399
Email Website

Aco Sikoski
Campus President
IVY Tech Community College, Valparaiso, Indiana
Tel. 219-476-4716
Email Website

Mohammad Zahraee
Professor Mechanical Engineering Technology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Purdue University, Calumet, Indiana
Tel. 219-989-2966
Email Website

For additional questions about logistics, resources and program grant evaluation:

Sandy Feola
Customer Engagement Manager
National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME)
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
Tel. 937-672-0735 (cell/text)
Email Website

Theresa Fowler
Administrative Assistant
National Center for Manufacturing Education (NCME)
Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
Email Website

Elana Rucks, Program Grant External evaluator
Founder and Principle Consultant
The Rucks Group LLC, Dayton, Ohio
Tel. 937-242-7024
Email Website

Elaine Millam, Cohort 1 program contributor and workshop facilitator
President, WorkWise Coaching & Consulting
La Quinta, Caifornia
Tel. 612-716-3269
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