A Collaboration between Engineering Educators and STEM Workforce Professionals…

This professional development opportunity covers pedagogically supported foundations for teaching engineering and technology-related techniques. These skills will help Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educators with student retention and success, as well as increasing the workforce in STEM careers.

This workshop is an opportunity for STEM educators to improve their teaching abilities through hands-on practice and seminars addressing topics such as:

  • Principles of Effective Teaching and Learning
  • Learning Styles
  • Communication Skills
  • Learning Objectives
  • Class and Course Organization
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques

Upcoming Event

Fall – 2021 | Strategies for Teaching Technology through Telepresence for STEM Workforce Preparation.

WHO:  Secondary and post-secondary STEM educators and engineering professionals. Everyone is welcome!
FEATURED SPEAKER: Nancy Louwagie, Director, Engineering Technology Programs – Normandale Community College | Tom Johnson, Vacuum Technology Adjunct Instructor – Normandale Community College
WHEN:  Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: FREE online event
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  1.5 Professional Development Hours or Continuing Education Units available, email us at: engineering@mnsu.edu.

This seminar will include Normandale’s Vacuum and Thin Film Technology faculty Nancy Louwagie, Director, Engineering Technology Programs and Tom Johnson, Vacuum Technology Adjunct Instructor, sharing information about effective pedagogy through telepresence. They will provide an overview of the technical process and then demonstrate their virtual classroom lab training experience. Finally, they will share some best practices to address challenges such as industry enrollment and pedagogy for successful telepresence training. This event will end with time left for Q&A and

FEATURED SPEAKERS…

Nancy Louwagie, is Chair of the Engineering Technology Programs Department at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a master’s degree also in Electrical Engineering. She worked in test and quality engineering positions at Honeywell, Angeion, and Boston Scientific in the Twin Cities.  At Normandale she has taught the Quality Practices and Measurement and Introduction to Vacuum Technology courses.  She currently serves as the Principal Investigator and the co-Principal Investigator respectively for Normandale’s National Science Foundation, Advanced Technological Education DUE #1700624 and #2000454 grant project awards.  


Tom Johnson, is an Adjunct Instructor in the Vacuum Technology department at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics.   He has spent most of his 30+ career in the design, manufacture and sales of process instrumentation.  He currently owns a manufacturer’s rep agency, Engineered Sales Co., which distributes process instrumentation, valves and controls to a wide variety of industrial applications.


Past Events

Spring – 2021 | 3D Printing for STEM Educator Pedagogy and Workforce Preparation

WHO:  Secondary and Post-Secondary Educators
FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. Kuldeep Agarwal, Ph.D., Minnesota State Univeristy, Mankato | Randy Jasken, Century College
WHEN:  Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: FREE online event
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  1.5 Professional Development Hours or Continuing Education Units available

This seminar included academic faculty speakers who shared information about 3D printing and its technology. Randy Jasken, Instructor Additive and Digital Manufacturing at Century College, discussed the multiple processes, types of printers and applications to STEM pedagogy. Dr. Kuldeep Agarwal, Associate Professor Automotive and Manufacturing Technology and Director of 3D Printing Lab at Minnesota State University, Mankato, shared some current technical research and supply industry applications for 3D printing technology. Together, they shared workforce information about the academic degrees and certifications available in this technology. At the end of their presenetations, there was an open Question & Answer.

Featured Speakers
Dr. Kuldeep Agarwal, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has been working in the field of manufacturing engineering for the last 20 years. His research focuses on 3D Printing, metal manufacturing, and process improvement. He works with regional industries to help them utilize the latest technologies and improve their workplace.

Randy Jaskens, joined Century College in 2017 as the instructor for the new Additive & Digital Manufacturing program. Prior to becoming an instructor, he spent his career in the aviation industry, primarily as an Avionics Technician, but also as a welder fabricator. He has a strong electronics background and is also experienced in the manufacturing process. Randy is driven to prepare students with the education and skills to meet Minnesota’s workforce needs, and he has a passion to create industry-education partnerships and collaborations to benefit students

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Fall – 2020 | Course Objectives, Testing, Ethics & Cheating

WHO:  Secondary and Post-Secondary Educators
MODERATOR: Joan Carter, PE – Inver Hills Community College
FEATURED SPEAKER: Dr. David Saftner – University of Minnesota, Duluth | Dr. Aaron Budge – Minnesota State University, Mankato | Dr. Nancy Sundheim – St. Cloud State University
WHEN:  Sept. 30, 2020 | 8:30 AM – 10:10 AM |
WHERE: FREE online event
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  2.0 Professional Development Hours or Continuing Education Units available

This seminar included speakers from academia and industry who shared information about the pedagogy of dealing with course objectives, testing, engineering ethics and cheating in the classroom. The event was conducted in two sessions. Session one discussed the importance of the alignment of learning objectives, class activities, and assessments. Session two discussed the importance of emphasizing professional ethics and recognizing cheating in the 21st century.

Post-secondary engineering faculty from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota, Duluth lead the seminar discussions, provided team room dialogue breakouts followed with the entire group sharing their feedback.

The outcome of this seminar was to provide some practical value tools that can immediately be taken back to the classroom for implementation.

Click here to view the live recording of this seminar.