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Incorporating Active Learning into University Courses Practical Tips and Techniques
Thursday, May 19
2:00 - 6:00 PM 
Would you like some practical advice on how to incorporate active learning methods into your courses?
 
Do you have reservations about whether these types of techniques will work in your topic area or discipline?
 
Then plan on attending this Workshop. During the workshop, you will learn a wide variety of techniques that can be used. Whether you are teaching small discipline-focused classes in informal settings or very large classes in lecture halls, you can still include active learning components. The workshop will also show you how to organize and design courses more effectively including how to completely transform classes into those following a "flipped class" model. While the examples used will be from engineering, the methods you will learn are applicable to any discipline.
This session will be presented by Dr. Wayne Seames
 
Dr. Wayne Seames
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical at the University of North Dakota
Dr. Waye Seames is a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical at the University of North Dakota. An Arizona native, Seames received his BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arizona in 1979. After a 16 year Industrial career as a Process Engineer, Supervisor, and Project Manager, he returned to Arizona and earned his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering in July, 2000. Professor Seames is an internationally recognized expert in renewable energy/chemicals technologies and in the environmental impacts of coal utilization. At Leeds, he worked with the Energy Research Institute on sustainable energy-related projects, and work with School of Process Engineering faculty to develop a workshop on engagement teaching methods in engineering and science, generate a best practices report on course vs. module based learning paradigms, and evaluate a new approach to process control instruction. Last year Dr. Seames conducted active learning workshops for over 200 faculty in the UK during his Developmental Leave.

 


Addressing Engineering Challenges in Antenna Integration
Thursday, May 19
2:00 - 6:00 PM 
Even if you are not designing your own antennas, challenges arise due to the interaction between the antenna and its local environment. Antenna performance can be greatly affected due to the integration onto a platform and operating in a complex environment. For these reasons, antennas must be analyzed in their complete integration environment - from vehicles to the human body and other complex structures.
During this seminar, you will learn about comprehensive applications to demonstrate how ANSYS tools can be used to predict antenna performance both in an ideal environment and an actual deployment environment. Discover how ANSYS tools can be used by antenna developers to qualify and quantify antenna performance metrics by using real world examples to highlight the importance of designing an outstanding antenna, and also why it is important to simulate the deployment environment.
This presentation examines how ANSYS technologies address large variations in electrical size and scale, as well as geometric complexity. A few real-world examples will demonstrate the challenges of addressing antenna integration onto various platforms such as aircraft, automobiles and wearable devices.
This session will be presented by ANSYS, Inc.
 
ANSYS, Inc.

 


Build Your Design Through FDM-based 3D Printing
Thursday, May 19
2:00 - 6:00 PM 
With the variety of filament materials increases, FDM-based 3D printing has become more adoptable for applications in different disciplines. With careful selection of the material, the printed object may perform close to the one fabricated by traditional methods. This 3-hour workshop intends to prepare you the essential know-hows to start utilizing 3D printing for your projects:
 
TimeActivity
15 minutesIntroduction
30 minutesFDM-based 3D Printing 101: The printer, filament, and example builds
1 hourCreate your first part in Autodesk Fusion 360
30 minutesPreparing your part for 3D printing: Orientation, speed, and temperature control
30 minutesQ & A
 
Requirement
This session will be presented by Dr. Yi-hsiang "Isaac" Chang
 
Dr. Yi-hsiang "Isaac" Chang
Dr. Yi-hsiang "Isaac" Chang is an assistant professor at University of North Dakota's School of Entrepreneurship, in the area of Technology. He received a MSME degree from Carnegie Mellon University, a MSIE degree and a PhD degree in Technology, both from Purdue University. Prior to coming to UND, Dr. Chang has worked with several international corporations including Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, and Dassualt Systemes, as well as multiple small to medium size companies in both US and Taiwan. His current field of focus is in product innovation, process improvement, and technology diffusion.

 


 
Thursday, May 19
2:00 - 6:00 PM 
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Project Management
Friday, May 20
1:30 - 3:30 PM 
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of project management along with leading practices and lessons learned by the practitioners in the field. It will also cover introduction to tools and techniques employed by successful project managers. Recent development in the area of project management will also be discussed. The course will be delivered by Deloitte practitioners who have extensive experience in the implementing large and complex Information Technology implementations in the Power and Utilities, Life Sciences, and Consumer Goods industries.
 
Topics to be covered:
  • Basics concepts project management
  • Best practices from the field
  • Overview of tools and techniques used
This session will be presented by John Cranfill, Ashwani Singh and Dr. Vivek Varma
 
John Cranfill
  • John is a Senior Manager in Deloitte's Technology practice focused on delivering technology enabled supply chain transformation solutions to the Life Sciences and Consumer Packaged Goods Industries
  • Over 20 years of experience in various leadership roles including management and delivery of global programs
  • Expertise in global ERP strategy, design and delivery of technology solutions to improve business performance
  • Presented several papers including IEEE conferences and industry events Holds Engineering degree from NIU

 

 
Ashwani Singh
  • Ashwani is a Technical Project Manager in the Deloitte Technology practice focusing on enterprise application integration for Consumer Business and Technology industries
  • Over 17 years of experience in technology consulting, project management and product development
  • Deep expertise in Application Integration, ERP implementation and global Supply Chain transformation initiatives
  • Presented several papers including IEEE and technology vendor user conferences
  • Holds MBA degree from FMS-IIRM, Jaipur

 

 
Dr. Vivek Varma
  • Vivek is a Technical Architect in Deloitte's Technology practice focused on architecting and delivering solutions in the Power & Utilities and Financial Services industries
  • Over 16 years of experience in IT strategy, architecture, application development, and program management
  • Expertise in integrating systems using industry leading middleware integration products
  • Presented several papers in international conferences including IEEE conferences and industry events
  • Holds engineering degree from IIT Roorkee, and Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne

 


Introduction to Design For 6 Sigma
Saturday, May 21
10:00 - 12:00 PM 
Workshop Overview
The DFSS workshop is an introduction to the DFSS process. It is intended for engineers, technical leads, project leaders, and functional managers who want to practice the fundamentals of DFSS to help themselves and their groups accomplish their endeavors. Participants will learn how to apply the DFSS process in order to make well-reasoned decision in their personal or professional projects. This technique reduces risk by using evidence, allows cost reduction while maintaining performance, and adds value for the business.
 
Workshop Content
  • Introduction
    • Definition of DFSS
    • Typical phases of the DFSS project (I D D O V)
  • Identify Phase (I)
    • Identify objectives: Answer the 5W's
    • Develop Project Plan
    • Form a Team
  • Define Requirements Phase (D)
    • Define Design Customers
    • Define Requirements
    • Translate Requirements into functional measures Develop
  • Concept Phase (D)
    • Identify Design Concept Alternatives
    • Develop Concepts
    • Evaluate Concepts
    • Select Concept
  • Optimize Phase (O)
    • Optimize the Product/Process Design for Robustness
    • Optimize Process Quality
  • Verify Phase (V)
    • Verify Product Performance
    • Verify Process Performance
This session will be presented by T. Lahdhiri
 
T. Lahdhiri
Dr. Lahdhiri received the degree of MS-EE in Communication Systems in 1990 and the PhD degree in Control Systems in 1995. Dr. Lahdhiri is currently working for General Motors LLC in Warren, Michigan, where he is holding the position of Strategy Leader for Real-Time Control Systems Simulations within the Advanced Development, Validation & Analysis Department. Dr. Lahdhiri is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Michigan, licensed Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and Master Black Belt DFSS certified by General Motors LLC. Dr. Lahdhiri is a Senior IEEE member and has been leading several activities within the IEEE organization. Currently, he is the IEEE Region 4 (Central USA) PACE Chair, Member of the IEEE-USA PACE committee, Member of the IEEE-USA Career Workforce Policy committee (CWPC), and member of the IEEE-USA Employment & Career Service (ECS) Committee. Dr. Lahdhiri is the recipient of the 2001 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award, the 2004 IEEE-USA Professional Leadership Award, the 2007 IEEE-USA Citation of Honor Award, and the 2012 IEEE Region 4 Jack Sherman Award.

 


Integrating Systems: Market Leading Middleware Tools & Techniques
Saturday, May 21
1:30 - 3:30 PM 
3:45 - 5:45 PM 
The workshop will cover systems integration technologies, market leading tools and techniques used by Information Technology practitioners in the medium to large scale projects. It will familiarize participants with a market leading integrations tool by hands-on exercise. It will also deal with integrations of systems on-premise as well as in cloud (SaaS or PaaS). The course will be delivered by Deloitte practitioners with deep experience in the field of systems integration across industries. For this workshop, the participants are expected to have some prior background in Information Technology.
 
Topics to be covered:
  • Systems integration concepts (60 min)
  • Market leading integration technologies and tools (60 min)
  • Hands-on exercise on integration tool (90 minutes)
  • Discussion (30 min)
Total duration: 4 hours
 
Note: Participants will need access to a computer or laptop
This session will be presented by John Cranfill, Ashwani Singh and Dr. Vivek Varma
 
John Cranfill
Senior Manager/Engagement Manager
Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • John is a Senior Manager in Deloitte's Technology practice focused on delivering technology enabled supply chain transformation solutions to the Life Sciences and Consumer Packaged Goods Industries
  • Over 20 years of experience in various leadership roles including management and delivery of global programs
  • Expertise in global ERP strategy, design and delivery of technology solutions to improve business performance
  • Presented several papers including IEEE conferences and industry events Holds Engineering degree from NIU

 

 
Ashwani Singh
Technical Project Manager
Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Ashwani is a Technical Project Manager in the Deloitte Technology practice focusing on enterprise application integration for Consumer Business and Technology industries
  • Over 17 years of experience in technology consulting, project management and product development
  • Deep expertise in Application Integration, ERP implementation and global Supply Chain transformation initiatives
  • Presented several papers including IEEE and technology vendor user conferences
  • Holds MBA degree from FMS-IIRM, Jaipur

 

 
Dr. Vivek Varma
Technical Architect/Integration Manager
Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Vivek is a Technical Architect in Deloitte's Technology practice focused on architecting and delivering solutions in the Power & Utilities and Financial Services industries
  • Over 16 years of experience in IT strategy, architecture, application development, and program management
  • Expertise in integrating systems using industry leading middleware integration products
  • Presented several papers in international conferences including IEEE conferences and industry events
  • Holds engineering degree from IIT Roorkee, and Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne