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May 19-21, 2016
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Keynote Speakers

Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30 PM

Dean Hesham El-Rewini
College of Engineering & Mines
University of North Dakota


Heather Silseth-Karels

Heather graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1990 and has worked for large companies like Raytheon, CH2M Hill and John Deere. She has been instrumental in developing STEM outreach programs at John Deere Electronic Solutions (JDES), like Introduce a Girl to Engineering and working with the community to make Manufacturing Day and other programs a success. Heather also served as the chair of the Women REACH employee resource group at JDES, and continues to mentor young women engineers.

Amanda Wyland
Electronic Design Technical Manager

Amanda is an Electronic Design Technical Manager at JDES. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and joined John Deere as an intern 18 years ago. Amanda leads development on controller applications as well as oversees a team in power electronic design. She is passionate about inspiring and engaging young people in STEM and enhancing employee strengths.

Kent D. Wanner
Sr. Staff Power Electronics Design Engineer

Kent is a Sr. Staff Power Electronics Design Engineer at JDES. After receiving his BSEE in 1996 from North Dakota State University, he joined the Electronic Design Department of Phoenix International (now JDES). He spent the next decade designing robust controllers, displays, sensors, and telematics systems for ruggedized vehicle applications. Since 2007, he has been applying that experience to vehicle electrification projects and has numerous patents and industry publications related to power electronics and electric motor drive systems.


Plenary Speaker
Friday, May 20, 2016
8:00 AM

Dr. Kendall E. Nygard
Department of Computer Science
North Dakota State University

Kendall E. Nygard is a full professor of computer science at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. He earned his PhD degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He has fulfilled many roles at NDSU and the North Dakota University System, including Department Chair, faculty representative on the State Board of Higher Education, and Presiding officer of the NDSU University Senate. He has advised 25 PhD students and more than 150 Master of Science students. In research, he been awarded more than 50 grants and contracts and is widely published. Application areas in which he has conducted research include the smart grid, sensor networks, unmanned air systems, wireless networks, encryption, and social media. His primary methodologies are optimization models, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics. In, 2013 and 2014 he served in Washington D. C. as a Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science Adviser for the U. S. Department of State and the U. S. Agency for International Development. He is currently a Virtual Fellow for the U. S. Department of State and a Fellow of the International Academy, Research, and Industry Association. Currently he is leading a Cyber Security research and education initiative for the North Dakota University System.

Distributed Decisions and Security in Cooperative Control
Advances in sensing, communication, and embedded computation have led to a world of interconnected distributed systems of high complexity. In cooperative control we are concerned with systems that are comprised of distributed components or devices that are to collectively seek common objectives. Examples include mobile sensor networks (MANETS), systems of autonomous vehicles, and the smart electrical grid. Fundamental characteristics of such system are that each entity is capable of sensing information locally, and that communication among the entities is incomplete. Thus, information is distributed among the entities and they must function with local decision-making autonomy. Centralized control is impossible, since no entity has full information or the computational capacity to coordinate the system in a global sense. In this talk, we give several examples of such systems and their control mechanisms. We also describe some of the cybersecurity challenges in operating such systems.

Plenary Speaker
Friday, May 20, 2016
8:00 AM

Dr. David Corman
Program Director National Science Foundation

Dr. David Corman is the Program Director leading the Cyber Physical Systems Program for the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Corman obtained a dual BS degree in System Science and Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in 1977. He then obtained a dual MS degree in SSM and Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in 1978. He completed his graduate education at the University of Maryland - College Park, and obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1983 with a major in controls and minor in communications. While at Maryland, Dr. Corman also worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in the area of estimation, detection, and control. He worked for McDonnell Douglas / Boeing in a variety of positions. His work included a broad portfolio of DARPA and Air Force Research Laboratory research programs including Software Enabled Control, Mixed Initiative Control of Automa-teams, Threat Agent Cloud Tactical Intercept and Countermeasures, and Adaptive Vehicle Make. He was elected a Boeing Technical Fellow in 1999.
Dr. Corman jointed NSF's Computer and Information System Engineering (CISE) directorate as an IPA in March 2013 as a Senior Research Scientist with the University of Maryland's Institute for Systems Research. He was appointed as a Research Associate Professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, in March 2015.
Dr. Corman's current research interests are in the field of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), security for CPS, unmanned systems, manufacturing, and Smart and Connected Communities. Dr. Corman has approximately 30 publications and has obtained five patents.

NSF and Smart and Connected Communities

Lunch Speaker
Friday, May 20, 2016
12:00 PM

Dr. Steve Benson
Energy & Environmental Research Center and Institute for Energy Studies
University of North Dakota

Dr. Benson is the Associate Vice President for Research of Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), and also an adjunct Professor with the Institute for Energy Studies (IES), University of North Dakota (UND). Dr. Benson's principal areas of interest and expertise include development and management of complex multidisciplinary programs that are focused on solving environmental and energy problems, associated with the development and utilization of fuel resources. These programs include 1) technologies to improve the performance of fuel resource recovery, refining, conversion and environmental control systems; 2) impact of fuel properties on combustion and gasification systems; 3) carbon dioxide separation and capture technologies, 4) advanced analytical techniques; 5) computer based models to predict the performance of combustion and gasification systems; 6) technical and economic feasibility of fuel conversion technologies; and 7) state and national environmental policy.
He was the editor of ten technical journal special issues and author and coauthor of four patents and over 200 publications.

The University of North Dakota is partnering with Barr Engineering and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to determine the technical and economic feasibility of concentrating rare earth elements (REEs) from North Dakota lignite and associated materials. The project is funded by the US Department of Energy, North Dakota Industrial Commission, North American Coal Corporation, and Great River Energy. The commercial uses for these elements are increasing because of their high magnetism, luminescence, and high strengths imparted in materials. The REE containing materials are used various applications that include portable electronics, hybrid and electric cars, catalysts, lighting, and computer hard drives.
Concentrating REEs in coal-related feedstocks presents a significant technical challenge. The quantity of REEs in coal, associated sediments, coal preparation/drying reject streams, and other by-products is typically substantially lower than in traditional REE-containing ores. In coal the REEs are mainly associated with the inorganic fraction in several mineral forms that include mainly phosphates, carbonates, and clay minerals.
The project, if successful, will enable migration of the technology to the next scale (pilot-scale) and will be a foundation for eventual larger scale demonstrations and commercial deployment. Successful demonstration of the technical and economic feasibility of REEs recovery from coal-related feedstocks will provide tremendous economic benefit and help ensure the supply of REEs to a multitude of high-importance end-use applications.

Banquet Speakers
Friday, May 20, 2016
6:15 PM

Dr. Daniel Ewert

Dr. Ewert has been involved in cardiovascular engineering for over 25 years. He's consulted for major medical device companies in the area of cardiovascular engineering and performed research with US and intern tional colleagues. His academic background is in Mechanical Engineering and Physiology and has been a member of NDSU's Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1990. He has co-founded a medical device company, Krisara Engineering, that specialized in chronic disease management in the out-of-clinic environment.

Dr. Benjamin Braaten
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Dr. Braaten received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA, in 2009. During the 2009 Fall semester, he held a post doctoral research position at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD, USA. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, at North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA. His research interests include implantable antennas, bio-electromagnetics, printed antennas, conformal self-adapting arrays, microwave devices, topics in EMC/SI, and methods in computational electromagnetics.

How do you mend a broken heart: The Role of Team
Heart disease is a leading cause of death in America. NDSU researchers are exploring pioneering technology to address systolic heart failure. An innovative pacemaker system is in development that stimulates several regions of the heart without wires or internal batteries. Ewert and Braaten will present new results on the leading-edge research and the role that "team" played in the success.

Plenary Speaker
Saturday, May 21, 2016
8:00 AM

Dr. Lotfollah Shafai
University of Manitoba, Canada
Department of electrical and Computer Engineering

Lotfollah Shafai received his B.Sc. from University of Tehran in 1963 and M.Sc. and Ph.D., from University of Toronto, in 1966 and 1969. In November 1969, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor 1970, Associate Professor 1973, Professor 1979, and Distinguished professor 2002, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus 2016. His assistance to industry was instrumental in establishing an Industrial Research Chair in Applied Electromagnetics at the University of Manitoba in 1989, which he held until July 1994.
In 1986, he established the symposium on Antenna Technology and Applied Electromagnetics, ANTEM, at the University of Manitoba, which has grown to be the premier Canadian conference in Antenna technology and related topics.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 1978, his contribution to the design of the first miniaturized satellite terminal for the Hermes satellite was selected as the Meritorious Industrial Design. In 1984, he received the Professional Engineers Merit Award and in 1985, "The Thinker" Award from Canadian Patents and Development Corporation. From the University of Manitoba, he received the "Research Awards" in 1983, 1987, and 1989, the Outreach Award in 1987 and the Sigma Xi Senior Scientist Award in 1989. In 1990 he received the Maxwell Premium Award from IEE (London) and in 1993 and 1994 the Distinguished Achievement Awards from Corporate Higher Education Forum. In 1998 he received the Winnipeg RH Institute Foundation Medal for Excellence in Research. In 1999 and 2000 he received the University of Manitoba Research Award. He is a life Fellow of IEEE and a life Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada. He was a recipient of the IEEE Third Millenium Medal in 2000 and in 2002 was elected a Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering and Distinguished Professor at The University of Manitoba. In 2003 he received an IEEE Canada "Reginald A. Fessenden Medal" for "Outstanding Contributions to Telecommunications and Satellite Communications", and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Award for "Development of Advanced Satellite and Wireless Antennas". He held a Canada Research Chair in Applied Electromagnetics from 2001 to 2015, and was the International Chair of Commission B of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) for 2005-2008. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and was the recipient of IEEE Chen-To-Tai Distinguished Educator Award. In 2011 he received the Killam Prize in Engineering from The Canada Council, for his "outstanding Canadian career achievements in engineering, and his research on antennas". In 2013 he received The "John Kraus antenna Award" from IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society "For contributions to the design and understanding of small high efficiency feeds and terminals, wideband planar antennas, low loss conductors, and virtual array antennas". In 2014, he was the recipient of Edward E. Altshuler Best paper Prize from IEEE APS Magazine.

Antenna Miniaturization
Increasing emerging technologies in communications, navigation, remote sensing, medical imaging and health monitoring, operate with wireless information exchanges among multiple devices. Since the dominant means of information exchange is electromagnetic waves, they need antennas to transmit and receive the waves and electronics to process them. However, antennas must interface two separate bounded and unbounded media, where waves have distinct sizes. Consequently, to interact efficiently with waves their dimensions have become wavelength dependent, limiting their size reductions. This is the major impediment for antenna miniaturization. On the other hand, advancement of traditional technologies and emergence of new ones require ongoing size reductions to incorporate more features and operate at lower cost. Any small reduction in the antenna size provides a major progress in related technologies. This presentation will highlight the penalties paid for antenna miniaturization using traditional design methods, and provide examples of new design techniques that can overcome them.

Lunch Speaker
Saturday, May 21, 2016
12:00 PM

Dr. Mark Guy
Dept of Teaching & Learning
University of North Dakota

Dr. Guy received his Ph.D. in Science Education in 1993 from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Dr. Tim Young


Injecting STEAM into STEM
This presentation focuses on two recent Math/Science Partnership Grants at the University of North Dakota. The first MSP grant entitled Visualizing-STEM promoted STEM learning for students in grades 5 - 8 using a variety of visualizations to explore the theme of "Solar Energy" aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. The second MSP grant is entitled STEAM Energy! and integrates STEM content with language arts, social studies, and creative arts in grades 6 12. The overarching goal of the STEAM Energy! project involves students as agents of change to shift an existing city that is relying on non-renewable energy sources and transform it into using renewable energy sources. Goals and outcomes of these two projects are described. Our vision of STEM/STEAM and the vital role of Engineering + Technology faculty and students will be discussed.