WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE ENGAGEMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2012
Contents Letter from the Coâ€?Chairs ________________________________________________________________________________ 2 About the CIEE ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 3 CIEE History _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 4 Funding ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5 CIEE 2012 Highlights _____________________________________________________________________________________ 6 Collaborative Partners ____________________________________________________________________________________ 7 Industry Roundtable Events _____________________________________________________________________________ 8 Success Stories ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 9 Board of Directors ______________________________________________________________________________________ 14 Center Information _____________________________________________________________________________________ 15
Letter from the Co‐Chairs
We are pleased to present the 2012 Annual Report for the Center for Innovation and Enterprise Engagement (CIEE). This is our first Annual Report for the CIEE, which opened in February 2011. The CIEE is designed to strengthen and develop the innovation capacities of small‐ and medium‐ sized businesses interested in or already working in advanced manufacturing. The Center focuses on a 10‐county area in south central Kansas, but supports all of Kansas.
The Center engages students and faculty in providing technical assistance through contract projects, co‐operative education experiences, internships and senior and master’s level projects. The Center supports client companies in advancing their research and innovation efforts, and helps boost the development of new products, processes and services, in order to meet the challenges of the global economy. The Center simplifies and streamlines faculty engagement logistics by providing a one‐stop access to Wichita State University (WSU) College of Engineering. The Center further opens the door to the vast intellectual resources of WSU and provides unparalleled access to our faculty and students as problem solvers, and builds on the WSU’s reputation as a trusted industry partner engaging to tackle problems with passion and objectivity. The Center empowers rapid implementation of R&D results into market‐oriented innovations.
The Center has been working with local companies to match them with the resources that they need, including researchers at WSU, who can assist them with the challenges they face in commercializing their innovations and inventions. The CIEE has worked with over 95 companies since the Center opened in 2011.
LOOKING AHEAD The CIEE’s goals are critical to building our region’s innovation capacity and bringing new technologies to market. The Center aims to accelerate innovation by investing in industrially‐ relevant manufacturing technologies with broad applications. These applications will bridge the gap between basic research and product development, allowing companies – particularly small manufacturers – to access cutting‐edge capabilities and equipment, and creating an unparalleled environment to educate and train students and workers in advanced manufacturing skills. The CIEE is committed to creating an innovation ecosystem with industry that supports innovation while promoting economic development.
William J Wesolowsky
Co‐Chairs, Center for Innovation and Enterprise Engagement
About the CIEE Established in November 2010 and opened in February 2011, the CIEE provides the expertise and infrastructure needed to help accelerate development of the advanced manufacturing industry cluster in Kansas. The CIEE is led by a 25‐member board of directors from industry and was initially co‐chaired by Zulma Toro‐Ramos, the former dean of the College of Engineering, and William Wesolowsky, Hesston site controller of AGCO Corporation. Debra Franklin, director of operations, and Sherry Gegen, business and industry liaison, staff the Center. Building on WSU’s reputation as a trusted industry partner, CIEE engages with businesses and industry to tackle advanced manufacturing challenges and opportunities with passion and objectivity. CIEE uses an interdisciplinary approach with collaborative partners to promote industry diversification, new industry formation and process and product improvements within existing firms. In fall of 2011, CIEE received a nearly $2 million federal interagency grant to create more jobs by supporting advanced manufacturing innovators to get commercially viable processes and products into production faster. The grant was made as part of the federal Jobs and Innovation Challenge, an initiative to support the advancement of 20 competitively selected, high‐growth industry clusters across the country. In 2012, CIEE used a portion of the money to award development grants to 10 regional innovation projects. The technologies were selected by the Center's board of directors after a rigorous competition and evaluation by technical experts. Innovations were chosen because of their unique ideas, potential for commercialization and likely impact on the region's economy and workforce. The CIEE provides a one‐stop access point to the College of Engineering support for product and process development and further opens the door to the vast intellectual resources of WSU to provide unparalleled access to our faculty and students as problem solvers.
THE MISSION OF THE CENTER FOR INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE ENGAGEMENT IS TO ESCALATE THE DEVELOPMENT AND PREDOMINANCE OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CLUSTER IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY. OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES The Center’s four operational strategies include: a) convene business and industry roundtable, b) advocate and connect businesses with applied research and technical assistance, c) utilize regional expertise and resources, and d) facilitate skills and knowledge development.
CIEE History Precursor Initiative: In 2007, Composites Kansas (10‐county Wichita labor basin) was awarded a Department of Labor (DOL) Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) grant. The region’s transformative focus was placed on increasing the competency of workforce and expanding education and training in science, technology, engineering and math. With WIRED funding, the region served more than 200 firms and educated more than 2,900 employees. Composites Kansas trained more than 325 educators, developed more than 50 curricula and equipped two state‐of‐the‐art laboratories – composites lab and non‐destructive testing lab. Market Gap: The types of technical assistance available to regional firms was limited with the DOL funds as they could not be used for firm specific commercialization of existing research and development (R&D) or technology transfer/migration counseling. Regional firms requested engineering technical expertise and business expertise to support and inform their transition to next generation materials and processes and expand their capacity to manufacture improved and new products. Sustainability Plan: In early 2010, a Strategic Planning Task Force was selected to develop a coordinated regional economic development strategy for composites and advanced materials. Through this process, regional leaders considered numerous public and private institutions to lead the coordinated regional strategy, and they determined that the Wichita State University (WSU) College of Engineering (CoE) provided the best environment and leadership to foster the coordinated innovation ecosystem. This culminated in a draft business plan for the WIRED successor organization, the CIEE. In May 2010, the draft innovation center proposal was approved by the WIRED leadership and submitted to WSU for further action. In October 2010, the Kansas Board of Regents approved the Center and the Center was initially staffed in February 2011. Successor Organization: In response to the request for technical assistance, WSU established the CIEE to strengthen and develop the local manufacturing industries’ innovation competencies in manufacturing processes and product capabilities. The Center employs an interdisciplinary approach with collaborative partners to promote industry diversification, new industry formation and process and product improvements within existing firms.
Jobs and Innovation Accelerator The CIEE learned in September 2011 that it was one of 20 winners of the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC), a multi‐agency competition launched to support the advancement of 20 high‐growth, regional industry clusters. The CIEE was awarded nearly $2 million to create more jobs by supporting advanced manufacturing innovators to get commercially viable processes and products into production quicker. These grant dollars are going toward three efforts: $1 million to expand education and training programs to support industries and/or occupations for which employers are using H–1B visas. Funded projects include engineering retention programs, contextualized learning and development of online composites training to assist workers in gaining the skills and competencies needed to obtain or upgrade employment. $849,000 to help local innovators commercialize products or processes involving advanced manufacturing and to support technical assistance industry roundtables. $144,000 to provide and coordinate technical assistance to businesses owned by a member of an underrepresented group.
Kansas Engineering Excellence Program In October 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, College of Engineering and National Institute for Aviation Research a $5 million grant to help workers in various engineering fields access education, training and job placement assistance. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s H‐1B Technical Skills Training Grant Competition to train U.S. citizens for jobs in high‐growth areas where employers are currently using foreign workers. These grant dollars are being used through the Kansas Engineering Excellence Project (KEEP) to help 100 eligible women, minorities and long‐term unemployed workers in south central Kanas obtain engineering degrees and internships.
CIEE 2012 Highlights COMPETITIVE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS CIEE held 4 competitions to award innovators and entrepreneurs technology development and business counseling grants to expand and accelerate their ability to conceive, develop, and/or produce new technologies and/or to deploy new manufacturing processes. A total of 39 regional innovators submitted proposals and 9 innovators were funded and awarded contracts for product/process development. In 2012, these innovators added 31 jobs, 15 engineering internships and more than $1.7 million in additional development financing. CIEE also held 2 competitive RFPs for faculty. 10 faculty submitted proposals for faculty and business collaboration, and 2 faculty awards were made.
INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLES 8 Industry Roundtable events were held with 483 total attendees. Topics included the Affordable Care Act, workforce challenges, government contracting, exporting, business finance options, IRS tax incentives, marketing, cluster development, SBA loans, education and training opportunities, HUBZone programs, health care and energy savings and SBIR/STTR funding options.
BRIDGE FOR ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BEETS) PROGRAM 26 students completed the first Bridge for Engineering and Engineering Technology Students (BEETS) program, which was offered Aug. 8â€?17, 2012, for freshmen entering the College of Engineering in fall 2012. The students who participated in the program will receive a $1,000 scholarship ($500 over two semesters) upon successfully completing the 2012 fall and 2013 spring semesters with a minimum 3.0 GPA, as well as enrolling in tutoring and joining one or more engineering student organizations.
KANSAS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE PROJECT (KEEP) Screened 172 engineering students for KEEP scholarships and assisted in scholarship enrollment of 92 (59 undergrads, 22 graduate students, 11 doctoral candidates).
ONLINE COMPOSITE COURSES 2 online composite familiarization courses were developed: Basic Composites Materials for Engineers and Advanced Composites Materials for Engineers. The Basic course will be offered in 2013.
INTERNS Placed 17 KEEP scholarship students into internships for a total of 26 semesters.
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT Engaged more than 95 regional and state enterprises to advance in the economy by providing technical assistance or referrals for business development.
Interaction with key collaborating partners in conducting industry roundtables and other industry events and support is critical.
to the CIEE include the WSU College of Engineering, Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR) Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Innovation in Biomaterials for Orthopaedic Research (CiBOR), Center for Management Development (CMD), Butler County Community College, Cowley County Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Pratt Community College, Wichita Area Technical College, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC). Kâ€?12 Programs, Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC), Kansas WorkforceONE, MAMTC, Pittsburg State University, NIAR, Society of Women Engineers, Engineering Foundation of Kansas, Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP), Regional Economic Development organizations, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Small Business Administration (SBA), South Central Kansas Economic Development District (SCKEDD) and the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas.
Industry Roundtable Events SBIR STTR FUNDING Provided industry with potential SBIR STTR funding options available as well as strategies for successful applications and highlights of common pitfalls. 38 participants attended.
HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE Provided information on an important new area for energy improvement in hospitals – the energy and material used to link to patient outcome decisions and alternatives. 39 participants attended.
SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION SESSION Provided information, eligibility requirements and benefits of HUBZone programs as well as discussions of other topics related to small‐ and medium‐sized business programs. 8 participants attended.
ENGINEERING CAREER AND EDUCATION FAIR Provided a forum to connect job seekers and businesses with positions to fill. Additional resources were available for workers who wanted to further their education and/or add skills. 122 participants attended.
LENDERS FORUM Provided updates to small‐ and medium‐sized business/manufacturers on SBA’s most popular loan programs, as well as helpful tips on eligibility issues, loan servicing and liquidation, and the guaranty purchase process. 28 participants attended.
KANSAS MANUFACTURING STRATEGIC PLAN Assisted in development of the Kansas Manufacturing Strategic Plan by conducting regional meetings related to the strategic plan and supported additional regional meetings across the state. 20 participants attended the south central Kansas strategy workshop in August 2012 and 73 participants attended the south central Kansas strategy planning event in December 2011.
BUSINESS MATCHMAKER Connected buyers and suppliers based on buyer requirements and supplier capabilities. Promoted contract opportunities for small‐ and medium‐sized business/manufacturers, as well as education/information on various topics including workforce challenges, government contracting, exporting, business finance options, IRS tax incentives, marketing and the Affordable Care Act. 198 participants attended with 31 buyers and 78 suppliers participating in the matching process.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND YOUR BUSINESS Provided a forum for small‐ and medium‐sized business/manufacturers to learn first‐hand about the latest changes in the Affordable Care Act and the impact on their business and employees. 30 participants attended.
www.carbonfiberremanufacturing.com 215 S. Main Whitewater, KS 67154
Tony Guhr, President (316) 799‐2122 tguhr@CarbonFiberRemanufacturing.com
BUSINESS DESCRIPTION CFR is committed to developing and commercializing required technologies, processes and chemistries required to reclaim, process and prepare carbon fiber waste streams of various forms for efficient use in standard composites manufacturing systems in a wide range of product applications.
TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRESS CFR has experienced great progress in the development of both required technologies and market development. Each month sees a great increase of contact with carbon fiber scrap generators around the world; responding to inquiries from industry manufacturers in autos, recreation, thermal insulation, freight transportation, music instruments and others seeking to use reclaimed carbon fiber in their product designs; certifying work ongoing with a supply chain completing 1 of 3 for opening of scrap, 1 of 4 for felt production, with surface treatment and application of sizings all at various stages of trials and certification. Specialists have been identified and recruited to lend their expertise to maximizing the quality and performance of the finished products being designed. Delays have been experienced in certification of heat treatment, locating cutting services for unsized virgin tow and identifying toll services for applying surface treatment and sizings.
PARTNERSHIP WITH CIEE Partnership with CIEE has: helped define best strategic trials to demonstrate to the composites industry the performance property comparisons between virgin and reclaimed carbon fiber; initiated research with WSU students (Dr. Seyed Soltani, Chelsea Chavez) to confirm best trial practices and required resources, tools, materials specifications and facilities to conduct such trials; designed and constructed compression mold tools, assembled required resins in trial‐required forms; scheduled trials with various contracted firms; isolated four important processing issues to be addressed prior to initiating final trials.
NEXT STEPS 1) Heat treatment trials to test and verify heat cycles required to advance oxidized PAN fiber to various stages of carbonization and graphitization to optimize reuse of reclaimed carbon fiber by the composites industry, 2) Construction of prototype demonstration model of a system for applying surface treatment and sizings to reclaimed carbon fiber forms, 3) Felt production trials to develop most efficient processes and related tools, chemistries and needles for high throughput of reclaimed carbon fibers including airlay needle and card cross lap needle nonwoven systems, 4) Develop additional testing data to demonstrate properties of reclaimed carbon fibers in the composite matrix of nylon, PP, vinyl ester and other common composite systems in compounding trials using compression and injection molding and other methods, 5) Develop demonstration of end‐of‐life recycling of thermoplastic resin matrix and of 100% reclaimed carbon fiber for wide range of commercial and retail product applications.
www.grailengine.com 111 S. Whittier Wichita, KS 67207
Nicholas Bennington, President / Chief Engineer (316) 737‐6163 firstname.lastname@example.org
BUSINESS DESCRIPTION Imagine the day where the typical automotive internal combustion engine (ICE) yields over 100 miles per gallon, does not require the use of expensive electric batteries and meets/exceeds the CAFE 2025 federal regulations … today! Such an engine has long been viewed by the ICE industry as the “Holy Grail.” Hence, Grail Engine Technologies is dedicated to the design and development of a state‐of‐the‐art, hybrid, internal combustion engine that will accomplish this vision.
COMMERCIALIZATION PLAN Grail Engine Technologies incorporated in 2009, has patented a two‐stroke engine design that is emissions friendly and highly thermal efficient. The engine design may be used in nearly all piston engine markets. The company has developed numerous business and university partnerships that have endorsed the technology and provided technical and financial backing to bring the Grail Engine design to commercial applications. Grail is actively pursuing financial assistance via Government/DOD and industry grant opportunities to accelerate the commercialization development. The company has completed testing of its first generation prototype and established proof of concept. A second generation prototype is in work for third party testing and validation at a national accredited engine laboratory.
Grail Engine Technologies will continue development testing with plans to license the technology to engine Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) that requires a highly efficient piston engine power plant. In addition, the company will entertain a low volume market application such as the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market to accelerate industry awareness.
PARTNERSHIP WITH CIEE Grail Engine Technologies was awarded $50,000 by CIEE to assist with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis on the Grail Engine design. With the assistance of three post‐graduate engineering students, hundreds of hours of CFD analysis have been accomplished validating our engine flow characteristics with promising results (i.e. controlled trapped volume, “tornadic” flow providing optimal stoichiometric and/or homogeneous air/fuel mixture).
NEXT STEPS CFD analysis will be continued with emphasis in combustion analysis and stoichiometric air/fuel mixtures. Proceed with documentation of theoretical analysis and actual tests for publication in industry technical organizations i.e. SAE, ASME, etc. Proceed with proposal development to obtain grant financing for third party laboratory testing, prototype fabrication and company employment requirements. An estimated additional six to seven full‐time employees are required with skill sets needed in the following disciplines: CAD design, automotive engineering, certified project manager, test and validation engineer, executive manager with strong emphasis in automotive industry.
www.fairmounttech.com Vis Madhavan, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer 1845 Fairmount Street, Devlin Hall (316) 393‐6137 Wichita, KS 67260‐0147 email@example.com BUSINESS DESCRIPTION Fairmount Technologies has been in business since 2008, working to commercialize stretch roll forming (SRF), a novel computer numerically controlled (CNC) metal forming process for stretch forming extrusions without part specific dies. COMMERCIAZATION OPPORTUNITIES Phase II SBIR funding provided by the DLA is being used to develop a commercial prototype SRF machine. In partnership with Spirit AeroSystems, the first stage pre‐stretching of extrusions has been identified as the initial target for SRF. The DLA is in the process of helping us identify potential customers within the Department of Defense. PARTNERSHIP WITH CIEE The funding provided by the CIEE has helped Fairmount demonstrate that part imperfections can be controlled by using adjustable kicker plates. Three student interns funded by this project worked to test, evaluate, modify and improve kicker plates. Achievement of this key goal has helped redouble efforts toward commercializing two versions of these machines: a fully 3D CNC controlled version as well as a simpler 2D machine.
Traditional extrusion stretch press
Table‐top stretch roll forming machine
NEXT STEPS A key feature of the SRF process is that the energy expended approaches the minimum energy required for stretching the metal. Theoretically, less than 1HP is required to form most parts. Practically, it is found that the power consumption is not much more than this, due to the regenerative braking action that is used to generate the stretch force. Given the increasing appeal of green technologies, we would like to pursue an independent project wherein the energy consumption of SRF is compared to that of traditional extrusion stretch presses. Key areas of energy loss causing deviations from optimality will be identified, and avenues for further reducing the energy consumption will be explored. This will help significantly in increasing the commercialization potential of SRF.
Mid‐Continent Composites (MCC) www.mc‐composites.com 3310 Central Avenue Winfield, KS 67156
Joel and Kathy Thompson, Owners (316) 200‐8835 Joel.Thompson@mc‐composites.com
BUSINESS DESCRIPTION MCC is developing a unique light sport aircraft (LSA) that will enhance aircraft safety through its unique canard design and provides an aircraft that has a high‐performance look that will set it apart from the competition. The Model 206E’s interior is unconventional in that it provides the owner with a familiar environment similar to a luxury automobile ACCOMPLISHMENTS MCC has completed a 1/3 scale radio controlled model that will be used for flight test. This model is fully instrumented and will be used to collect aerodynamic performance data for post‐flight evaluation and analysis. This data will be used to refine the full scale prototype aircraft. MCC has also had a marketing assessment performed by Wichita State University. MCC has used a total of five engineering interns during the period from 2Q12 through 1Q13 and plans to continue to use these talented individuals to refine the aircraft’s aerodynamics and structure. Current engineering interns are developing materials and processes (M&P) documentation, performing aerodynamic loads analysis, developing aircraft structural load paths, performing composite structure analysis and handling flight test engineer duties including data analysis, aerodynamic performance predictions and optimization. These efforts will continue through the remaining CY13.
Mid‐Continent Composites Model 206E Escape light sport aircraft – concept & 1/3 scale flight test model
PARTNERSHIP WITH CIEE The funding provided by CIEE ($50,000) is being used for master tooling for the full scale prototype’s fuselage, inlets/engine cowl, wings/winglets and canard. This master tooling will be used to fabricate the lay‐ up tools, which will then be used to fabricate the actual aircraft parts. The CIEE and WSU have also been a resource for quality engineering interns. NEXT STEPS The full scale prototype will begin final design following the 1/3 scale model’s flight test. The master tooling will be refined and ordered as the prototype’s final design progresses. This effort will require an additional $150,000 to realize completion. This will cover the composite materials for the lay‐up tools, composite materials for the prototype aircraft, engine, avionics and miscellaneous items such as seats, engine mount, propeller, windshields and landing gear plus labor.
www.nitridesolutions.com 3333 W. Pawnee Street Wichita, KS 67213
Jeremy Jones, CEO (316) 260‐5228 firstname.lastname@example.org
BUSINESS DESCRIPTION Nitride Solutions Inc. is commercializing proprietary high‐volume, low‐cost production processes for nitride substrates. Nitride substrates are the key building block for the next generation of LEDs, laser diodes and high‐power electronic switches. The Company plans to manufacture and sell substrates to device manufacturers such as Lumileds and Nichia for use in lighting, SmartGrid, hybrid vehicle, air and water purification, industrial and medical applications.
TECHNOLOGY Nitride Solutions has three proprietary methods for the high‐volume production of seed crystals, templates (nitride coatings on sapphire) and bulk (pure single‐crystal nitride) substrates. The Company’s Direct MetalTM and HVPE+ technologies have a 10‐20x higher production rate versus our competitors and are adaptable to a number of high‐value materials such as aluminum nitride, gallium nitride and aluminum gallium nitride. The Company has three issued patents along with three additional U.S. and three foreign patent applications covering key elements of its reactor designs, processes and materials of construction.
MARKET OPPORTUNITIES Commercializing aluminum and gallium nitride will allow manufacturers to make white LEDs with 30‐50% greater efficiency and 50% lower cost, UV devices with 100‐1,000x greater output and electrical devices capable of controlling MW of power. We are targeting established markets currently served by sapphire and silicon carbide substrates as well as early markets that will be enabled by nitrides such as deep UV LEDs and laser diodes. The forecasted worldwide market for devices based on these substrates will grow to $10 billion in 2015, resulting in a substrate opportunity of >$700 million.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS Since closure of our $2.5 million Series A, the company has built a state‐of‐the‐art crystal growth facility consisting of 5,000 ft2 of clean space, one seed reactor and two reactors that can be used for either Direct MetalTM or HVPE+ crystal growth. Our reactors are proprietary and were designed and constructed as manufacturing tools with full process automation and remote, web‐based monitoring. We have produced AlN seed crystals and templates and have also demonstrated very high AlN growth rates in our Direct MetalTM reactors. Finally, we have been approached by several Asian LED manufacturers interested in our technology.
PARTNERSHIP WITH CIEE Our partnership with CIEE has significantly accelerated our cycles of learning and commercialization progress by providing key analytical capabilities for our crystals that provide critical feedback on our processes. Without our EDA Challenge Grants, these capabilities would have to be sourced elsewhere resulting in slow feedback and high costs. WSU has also been a great source of high‐quality engineering interns and co‐ops that have allowed us to leverage our existing resources.
NEXT STEPS Our key goal for 2013 and 2014 is to bring these enabling materials to market in commercial volumes. A key requirement to accomplish this is capital. While we have been successful in winning one Phase 1 SBIR from the NSF and have been invited to submit a proposal to DARPA, we would like to have more visibility at these agencies as well as the DOE in order to attract additional development funding for this critical technology.
Board of Directors CIEE BOARD OF DIRECTORS PROVIDES GOVERNANCE FOR THE CIEE Selection of board members focuses on identifying senior executive candidates who are regional champions with significant social networks capable of providing the CIEE with access and flexibility to implement growth strategies and to guide the regional advanced manufacturing cluster development. Board members include 11 business and industry representatives, three WSU partners, two representatives each from elected officials, post‐secondary education and workforce and economic development, and one representative each from Kansas Department of Commerce, K‐ 12 education and an engineering professional organization.
WILL WESOLOWSKY HESSTON SITE CONTROLLER AGCO CORPORATION CO‐CHAIR
DR. VISHWANATH (VISH) PRASAD INTERIM DEAN WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY CO‐CHAIR
JAY SCOTT, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CAREER, STANDARDS & ASSESSMENT SERVICES, KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUE SCHLAPP, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
TIM PETT, DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
JOHN TOMBLIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NIAR, WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
KEITH LAWING,CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WORKFORCE ALLIANCE OF SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS
DEB SCHEIBLER, INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KANSAS WORKFORCEONE
MICKEY FORNARO‐DEAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HARVEY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
DAVID ALFARO, DIRECTOR, BUTLER COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ED BERGER, PRESIDENT, HUTCHINSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PHIL WYSSENBACH, PRESIDENT, HILLSBORO INDUSTRIES
ANDY PLYLER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, GALAXY TOOL CORPORATION
BARBARA DAVIS, PAST PRESIDENT, SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS
JIM KRONE, VICE PRESIDENT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, PARK AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
JOHN LOVITT, ENTREPRENEUR, FORMERLY IBM
RICK WILLARDSON, ENGINEERING ADVISOR, DELL ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS
AMIT TAMHANE, SENIOR ENGINEERING MANAGER, CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY
DARREL DUGAN, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, BURNHAM COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, INC.
MIKE HELMER, PRESIDENT, AIRCRAFT & COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES
ANTHONY KINKEL, PRESIDENT, WICHITA AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
THOM NOONE, MEMBER, REGIONAL ECONOMIC AREA PARTNERSHIP
DAVE UNRUH, CHAIR, REGIONAL ECONOMIC AREA PARTNERSHIP
KIP SCHMIDT, TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS
Center Information Center for Innovation and Enterprise Engagement Wichita State University 1845 Fairmount St., 110 Wallace Hall Wichita, KS 67260‐0044 Phone: (316) 978‐6359 Fax: (316) 978‐3853 www.wichita.edu/engineering www.wichita.edu/ciee