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May 21-23, 2015
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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lisa Freeman
Executive Vice President and Provost
Northern Illinois University

Friday, May 22
Banquet
 
 
 
 
Lisa C. Freeman has focused her academic career on bringing people and resources together to solve complex problems. Freeman was appointed Executive Vice President and Provost at Northern Illinois University in May, 2014 after serving as the Interim since October, 2013. Prior to this, Lisa served as Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies beginning with her initial appointment at NIU in July 2010. She holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. As the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, she oversees the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Human Resource Services and is responsible for the academic mission of the university. In 2011, she was appointed to the Illinois Innovation Council, a diverse group of leaders convened by Governor Quinn to improve support for innovation and align public and private resources. Since joining NIU, Freeman has also been invited to serve on the boards of directors of the Fermi Research Alliance, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology, and the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the executive committees of the Association of Public, Land Grant Universities Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, the Association of Public, Land Grant Universities Commission on Information, Measurement and Analysis, and the American Council on Education Council of Fellows.
 
Previously, Freeman spent 16 years at Kansas State University (K-State) where she served as a Principal Investigator on research and training grants, and taught courses in pharmacology and in the responsible conduct of research. At K-State, Freeman served as a research mentor and role model for numerous graduate students and postdoctoral trainees and young faculty members. In 2001, she became the Director of Mentored Training. In 2005, she was promoted to Professor and also became the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Freeman assumed the position of Associate Vice President for Innovation for the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus in 2008.
 
As K-State's Associate Vice President for Innovation, Freeman was responsible for building public-private partnerships relevant to teaching, research and outreach activities. She served as liaison between the new Olathe campus and the academic units and research centers on the established Manhattan campus. In addition, Freeman worked closely with representatives from industry, economic development agencies and academic institutions to add value to established regional business clusters through the promotion of research collaborations, networking opportunities, and shared legislative priorities.
 
Freeman has also participated in a number of STEM workforce development initiatives at Northern Illinois and Kansas State Universities. For example, Freeman is currently the co-Project Director of NIU’s Operation E-Tank, a summer undergraduate research experience focused on energy, environment, ethics and economics. At K-State, Freeman was on the leadership team for CORES, the Collaborative for Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement in STEM. CORES is a K-State initiative designed to encourage women, first generation college students, and members of groups historically underrepresented to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
 
Freeman's research focused the role of ion channels in the development of diseases such as gastrointestinal ulcers and ovarian cancer as well as on strategies for encouraging interdisciplinary interactions. Her work was funded by the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Freeman has written more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, invited reviews and book chapters. She has been an invited to present research findings and to discuss effective strategies for engaging trainees in STEM research at national and international conferences.
 
Freeman earned a bachelor's degree in 1981 and a master's degree and a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1986 from Cornell University. She went on to earn a doctoral degree in pharmacology at The Ohio State University in 1989 while working part-time in veterinary practice. Prior to joining the faculty of K-State University, Freeman worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research scientist at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine. In 2004-05, Freeman was a Fellow of the American Council on Education hosted by the University at Buffalo.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Promod Vohra
Dean, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Northern Illinois University

Thursday, May 21
Reception
 
 
 
Dr. Promod Vohra is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He is an engineer and a professional educator. His unique background includes a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a doctorate in Instructional Technology with an emphasis in Instruction Design and Development. His educational qualifications provide him with a unique understanding of learning theories and educational models that can be effectively applied to improve engineering education. His other areas of specialty are Digital Design, New Technologies, Computer Architecture, Student Success models. etc. Dr. Vohra has also had the opportunity to work in industry for five years (1981-85) in the field of electronic test and measurement. He brings his industrial experience to the classroom making engineering education more functional and close to real life. Well published Dr. Vohra has taught in many areas of Electrical Engineering Technology. Dr. Vohra is committed to undergraduate education and is a strong advocate of experiential and technology-based learning. He thinks that STEM is one of the critical issues for the country. Pipeline of students entering STEM fields along with the preparation and perception of STEM careers is something every educator at all levels should be concerned about.
 
Dr. Vohra also has been awarded numerous honors including Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (1992), University’s prestigious Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (1995), and National Association of Industrial Technologists (NAIT) Outstanding Young Professor in the Region Award (1996). Well published, Dr. Vohra is committed to working with high school students increasing their awareness of careers in engineering and technology and enabling them to avail of opportunities in higher education. He has worked with many work-based learning projects and encourages productive partnerships between high schools, community colleges, universities, industries, and community based organizations to improve and re-engineer the technical education. He has served as a technical consultant to community colleges and community based organizations to facilitate innovation in engineering education and manufacturing modernization for the industrial sector. He is often invited to give lectures on relevance of engineering in a global perspective.
 
As Dean he has brought in more than 50 million in resources for faculty and students to engage in meaningful research. As part of a major project, Dr. Vohra is developing collaborative models to jump start economic development in select regions. He is pro industry partnership and is committed to making the educational system functional and practical. His work in several regions has created a unique model for economic development and innovation. His ability to partner with the corporate sector has enhanced the innovative research component of his college. Under his leadership more than 400 companies have been touched by faculty and students in the college and there have been several startups brining innovation to fruition and economic prosperity in the region. He supports of commercialization of technical knowledge to create product as well as process innovation.
 
He has worked to create synergistic research clusters to facilitate interdisciplinary research in several areas. Dr. Vohra is working with several other economic development councils to create synergy amongst industry, government and academia. He is committed to providing practical engineering education and believes that future success of US will depend upon our ability to innovate and lead.
 
He is widely published and is known nationally and internationally for his models on engineering education, empowerment through collaboration, and competitiveness through innovation. He serves on several committees, boards and taskforces in his mission to accomplish process innovation to keep US competitiveness in a global environment. He is committed to the idea of success for all and provides special emphasis to minorities in engineering. He believes that engineering is the backbone of society and it is the engineers who will innovate through meaningful partnerships with other professions.
 
His belief in education being the tool to shape the future remains a priority for his life. He is committed to promote STEM in the country and to use it to accomplish innovation and new paradigms. He serves on several regional and international boards and is committed to using engineering as the stimulant of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is a transformational leader who believes in change through ownership and participative management. He has diversified funding resources and has led the growth of the college. His involvement in developing Vision 2020 and the strategic plan for the university has been significant as well. He hopes for the Engineering profession to become a synergistic entity in the world with consistent standards for mobility and collaboration.
 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Hojjat Adeli
The Ohio State University

Friday Banquet

Signature Highrise Building Structures
and Sustainable Design
 
In this keynote lecture the author presents examples of signature highrise building structures from different corners of the world and the latest in sustainable design of such structures.
 
Hojjat Adeli received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976 at the age of 26. He is Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, Biomedical Informatics, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Neuroscience, and Neurology at The Ohio State University. He has authored 15 books. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of international research journals Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure, now in 30<th year of publication, and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, now in 23rd year of publication, and the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Neural Systems. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from OSU, "in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in research and scholarship". In 2005, he was elected Distinguished Member, ASCE: "for wide-ranging, exceptional, and pioneering contributions to computing in civil engineering and extraordinary leadership in advancing the use of computing and information technologies in many engineering disciplines throughout the world." In 2010 he was profiled as an Engineering Legend in the ASCE journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering, and Wiley-established the Hojjat Adeli Award for Innovation in Computing. In 2011 World Scientific established the Hojjat Adeli Award for Outstanding Contributions in Neural Systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Neurological Society, and American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering. Among his numerous awards are a special medal from Polish Neural Network Society, the Eduardo Renato Caianiello Award for Excellence in Scientific Research from the Italian Society of Neural Networks, the Omar Khayyam Research Excellence Award from Scientia Iranica, an Honorary Doctorate from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, and corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Engineering Society.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kishan Baheti
Program Director for Energy, Power,
Control and Networks Program
Division of Electrical, Communications,
and Cyber Systems
National Science Foundation

Friday, 8:30 AM
 
Dr. Kishan Baheti is a Program Director for Energy, Power, Control and Networks Program in the Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems at the National Science Foundation.
 
Dr. Baheti received the B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in India from VRCE Nagpur, and from BITS Pilani, respectively. In 1970, he came to USA and received M.S. in Information and Computer Science from University of Oklahoma and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Oregon State University. In 1976, Dr. Baheti joined the Control Engineering Laboratory of GE Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, NY. His work focused on advanced multivariable control for jet engines, computer-aided control system design, vision-based robots for precision welding, and Kalman filtering. Dr. Baheti and his colleagues received IR-100 award for robotic welding vision s ystem. He has organized a series of educational workshops for GE engineers that resulted in innovative product developments and contributed to enhance university collaborations with GE business divisions. In 1989, Dr.Baheti joined NSF as a Program Director in the Division of Electrical and Communications Systems. His contributions include the development of NSF initiatives on "Combined Research and Curriculum Development", "Semiconductor Manufacturing", and NSF/EPRI Program on "Intelligent Control". In addition, he started NSF Program "Research Experience for Teachers (RET)" to involve middle and high school teachers in engineering research that can be transferred to pre-college classrooms. Recently he is involved in cyber-physical systems, science of learning, and Robotics. He has served as associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, member of the Control Systems Board of Governors, chair for Public Information Committee, and awards chair for the American Automatic Control Council (AACC). He received "Distinguished Member Award" from the IEEE Control Systems Society. He was elected a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of AAAS.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alan Sahakian
Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering
Northwestern University

Saturday, 8:00 AM
 
Spintronic and Magneto-Resistive Logic
for Beyond-CMOS Computing
Alan V. Sahakian received the Ph.D. in ECE with a minor in CS, and the MSEE from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. During his graduate study he was also a Senior Electrical Engineer at Medtronic, Inc. His BS was in Applied Science and Physics from the University of Wisconsin- Parkside. He is currently Professor and Chair of EECS and Professor of BME at Northwestern University. He is also the Director of the EECS Signals and Systems Division and a member of the academic affiliate staff at NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston Hospital). He has served as a resident visiting scholar in the Center for Excellence in Reliability and Maintainability at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and served that society for two terms as Vice President for Publications and Technical Activities. He is a Fellow of AIMBE and of the IEEE "for contributions to electrophysiology of atrial cardiac arrhythmias." In addition to cardiac electrophysiology, his lab studies electromagnetic and photonic methods of medical imaging and diagnostics, irreversible electroporation for tumor ablation, and spintronic and other beyond-CMOS logic circuits. His recent research is funded by the NIH, the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Intel and Medtronic.

Keynote Speaker

Matt Trowbridge
Director of Marketing
Omron Industrial Automation

Friday, Lunch
 
Matt Trowbridge is Director of Marketing for Omron Industrial Automation. He has 24 Years of Automation Industry Experience. The majority of his career was spent in Silicon Valley. Matt launched Omron America's Automation Center. He is certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, GE, 2004. Matt received his bachelor's degree from Colorado State University.

Keynote Speaker

Ms. Wanda Reder
Chief Strategy Officer S&C Electric Company

Saturday, Lunch
 
Wanda Reder is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of S&C Electric Company in Chicago, IL. From 2004 to 2014 she was Vice President of Power Systems Solutions (PSS) Division of S&C, where she led numerous industrial, commercial, and utility projects, including several Smart Grid and Distribution Automation projects. Under her leadership PSS Division design and implemented the first Perfect Power prototype at Illinois Institute of Technology.
 
Ms. Reder is the IEEE Division VII Director, IEEE Board of Directors member, Past President of the Power and Energy Society, and founder of IEEE‐PES Scholarship Plus Initiative. She received the 2014 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Medal for her distinguished service to the development, viability, advancement, and pursuit of the technical objectives of the IEEE and the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Hall of Honor Award and IEEE Power & Energy Society Meritorious Service Award in 2013.