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 and increase 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

Winter – 2022 | Engineering Education & More!

WHO:  Secondary and post-secondary STEM educators and engineering professionals.
WHEN:  Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: FREE Online Event

Professional Development Hours Available!


Dr. Elizabeth Pluskwik leads the Engineering Economics, Entrepreneurial, and Lean competencies at Iron Range Engineering and Twin Cities Engineering,  two project-based engineering education programs of Minnesota State University, Mankato. She also facilitates Statistics, Leadership, Teamwork, Communication, and Professionalism learning with the engineering students.  Before joining IRE in 2012, Elizabeth was a faculty member in the College of Business at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Her industry experience includes five years as Controller with MSI Mold Builders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and four years as an Auditor/Tax Accountant for McGladrey & Pullen, CPAs, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Her Ph.D. in Organization and Management is from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN, and her research interests include Lean and Six Sigma, Project Based Learning, managing change, and the integration of engineering and business to best prepare engineers for successful careers.  Having been raised in Virginia, MN, Elizabeth enjoys kayaking, hiking, and photographing the natural beauty of northern Minnesota’s wilderness with her family and friends.

Dr. Yuezhou Wang is a Mechanical Engineering faculty in Iron Range Engineering. He joined MNSU in August 2017. His leading competencies are in areas of materials science, structural analysis, finite element modeling and dynamic systems. His research focuses on multiscale modeling on mechanical behavior of nano and granular materials. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China and Ph.D in Materials Science from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Rob Sleezer earned his PhD in Microelectronics-Photonics from the University of Arkansas. He attended Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a BS in Computer Science and an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a faculty member at Twin Cities Engineering which is in the department of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Past Events

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

WHO:  Secondary and post-secondary STEM educators and engineering professionals.
WHEN:  Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE: FREE Online Event

This seminar included 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 provided an overview of the technical process and then demonstrated their virtual classroom lab training experience. Finally, they shared some best practices to address industry enrollment and pedagogy challenges for successful telepresence training. The event ended with time for Q&A along with a conversation with presenters.

Click here to view the live recording of this seminar.


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.

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, 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. Before 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

Click here to view the live recording of this seminar.

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Minnesota State Engineering Center of Excellence at 507-389-121 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least 30 days prior to the event.