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PLTW Conference 2016

The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Conference will be held in Denver this year on September 22, 2016. Our keynote speaker will be David Dimmett, Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer for Project Lead The Way.

The conference is a professional development conference designed to inform school administrators, teachers, counselors, industry leaders, and others about PLTW programs.

  • Perfect for those familiar with PLTW programs, those just beginning or those curious about PLTW
  • Connect with PLTW educators and Affiliate Staff
  • Learn about College Dual Credit from UCCS
  • Keep your knowledge up to date with PLTW curriculum updates
  • Gain valuable knowledge to strengthen your courses and programs

"The Future Grows From STEM"

PLTW Conference 2016: The Future Grows From STEM

Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:45am-2:30pm
(Check-in opens at 7:15am)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver Tech Center
7801 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Registration

Cost $150
0.5 CEUs (non-transcripted)

Continental breakfast and lunch included

Hotel Reservation

DoubleTree by Hilton Denver Tech Center
7801 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
+1-303-779-6161

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Group Code: C-UFC
Expired: Thursday, September 8th

Conference Schedule

7:15am-7:45am Registration & Continental Breakfast at Citrus Ballroom

  • Welcome & David Dimmett Keynote AddressCitrus Ballroom

    David Dimmett, Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer for Project Lead The Way

    "Where We've Been and Where We're Going: A look at PLTW's work helping students and teachers connect K-12 education with career opportunities"

    BIO As the Chief Academic Officer of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Southwest Indiana, David Dimmett was instrumental in leading innovation and unprecedented improvements in student achievement. Always with an eye toward increasing opportunities for students, David facilitated the curriculum and instruction for the district, developed strategic partnerships, and implemented several innovative school models including Early College High School and New Tech Institute using the Project Lead The Way Engineering program.

    Today, David leads PLTW's network of regional vice presidents, directors of school engagement, and the PLTW Solution Center to provide exceptional support and service to PLTW schools and educators across the United States. He passionately supports program quality and growth, as well as coordinates key partnerships and education initiatives to meet the needs of students, educators, schools, and communities.

    David has earned a BA in English and MS in Education, Secondary Curriculum, and Instruction from Indiana University. He also received a Master of Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. David is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

    David and his wife Holly have three children.

  • PLTW Biomedical Science Best Practices & Curriculum Updates Citrus Ballroom

    Michele Baxter, Brett Humphrey

    Connect with other teachers to share experiences and expertise! From foundation courses to capstone, PLTW Biomedical Science challenges students to understand the natural world and prepares them for the rigor of higher education and professions that will help address the health challenges of the future. This session is a great opportunity to explore best practices and benefit from the advice of two knowledgeable, veteran teachers!

    BIO Michele Baxter teaches PLTW Biomedical Science (PBS, HBS, MI) at Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument.

    BIO Brett Humphrey has been teaching PLTW Biomedical Science Courses at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs for the past 8 years. He has attended National and State Conferences three times and was also a presenter at the 2013-14 State Conference. Brett has been the PLTW Science Department Chair for the past two years.

  • PLTW Engineering (IED & CEA) Best Practices & Curriculum Updates Teal Conference Room

    James Koerlin, Jeff Neumeyer, Brian Simpson

    James Koerlin Presentation Brian Simpson Presentation

    Big changes coming your way! The 2017-18 school year will see a change in the Introduction to Engineering and Design curriculum, specifically Unit 4. The traditional Puzzle Cube project is being moved to the Gateway Design and Modeling class and a new Unit 4 challenge will be implemented in IED. Get a first look at the Beta Unit 4 download and explore what it might look like in your classroom. Explore tips and tricks for Civil Engineering and Architecture.

    BIO James Koerlin is a mechanical engineer with a Professional Engineering license in Colorado. He has earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas Tech University and an Industrial Arts degree from the University of North Texas. He is the inventor on a number of patents in wheelchair design. He taught electricity and electronics for 3 years in Texas. "I have been teaching POE for 3 years. I also teach Aerospace Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. I enjoy electricity & electronics, Arduinos, woodworking and tweaking PLTW curriculum."

    BIO Jeff Neumeyer is a 19 year CTE teaching veteran, and has taught everything from welding, to computer repair, to Project Lead the Way courses. He currently teaches at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, and is the chair for the Applied Technology Department. Jeff is certified in IED and POE, and is a Master Teacher in CEA.

    BIO During his 25-year teaching career, Brian Simpson has had the privilege of working with middle school students and high school students in the subject areas of industrial arts, and the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines of pre-engineering and digital electronics through the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. Five years ago, his work with PLTW expanded beyond my classroom, when he started serving as a Master Teacher for the Introduction to Engineering Design curriculum/course.

  • PLTW Gateway Best Practices & Curriculum Updates Periwinkle Conference Room

    Scott Apodaca-Eacker, Nat Sobin

    Scott Apodaca-Eacker Presentation

    Learn from experienced Gateway teachers as they share tips, tricks, and curriculum updates. Did you know that the Puzzle Cube Exercise is moving from IED to DM curriculum? No worries, we have you covered! Gateway to Technology is expanding throughout Colorado and impacting more and more pre-teens and teens with fun and dynamic PLTW Gateway classes. Make the most of your teaching experience!

    BIO Scott Apodaca-Eacker has been teaching for 23 years in a combination of Colorado Springs School District 11 and Academy School District 20. He has been teaching Gateway at Galileo School of Math & Science in CSSD11 for the last 5 years. He spent his summer as a Master Teacher for PLTW instructing teachers in Introduction to Computer Science (ICS). The eight strands of Gateway he is certified for are DM, AR, EE, ME, FS, MD, GA and ICS.

    BIO Nat Sobin is a CTE Instructor at Mesa Ridge High School in Widefield School District 3 where he teaches several PLTW courses including Introduction to Engineering Design and Aerospace Engineering in addition to traditional CAD courses. This year he is also developing and implementing a new dedicated CTE course titled Maker 101 as an innovative means for teaching manufacturing skills and including the arts in engineering invention and innovation. Nat started his career as a civil engineer working in several areas including structures, concrete materials, and alternative fuel deployment strategies for the transportation sector.

  • PLTW Launch Best Practices & Curriculum Updates Magenta Conference Room

    Brett Coddington, Karlie Zabukovic

    Launch is really taking off in Colorado! Let's learn from each other. Join our experienced Colorado Master Teacher Karlie Zabukovic and innovative District 49 Teacher Brett Coddington to explore curriculum, learn new techniques, ask questions and collaborate.

    BIO After leaving the commercial construction industry in 2010, Brett Coddington found himself in District 49 as a 5th grade classroom teacher. As the lead PLTW Launch teacher at Remington Elementary, he is excited to begin his second year teaching PLTW modules.

    BIO Karlie Zabukovic has been a TOSA for STEM magnet schools in Pueblo, Colorado since June 2014. She is a Lead Launch teacher and is aiding in the implementation of PLTW and STEM curriculum for her district. She previously taught first grade for 15 years.

  • PLTW Learning Management System Citrus Ballroom

    Michael Cengia

    This session will cover the changes that occurred to the Learning Management system (LMS). This session is intended to provide you with additional support to successfully navigate the LMS to ultimately give you greater success managing your classroom.

    BIO Mr. Cengia is a math and PLTW engineering teacher at Northglenn High School in the Denver area. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Ohio State University, a master's in education from University of Denver, and worked for 2+ years at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Littleton, Colorado, primarily as a thermal analyst on MAVEN. He enjoys teaching both math and PLTW engineering (Aerospace and Capstone) courses at a STEM high school along with coaching.

  • College Board AP & PLTWTeal Conference Room

    College Board and PLTW have partnered to help prepare students for the global workforce! Learn how this partnership helps encourage student participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and builds their interest in STEM degrees and careers.

    Jasen Ritter

    BIO Jasen Ritter is a Vice President of Partnerships for Project Lead The Way, a non-profit specializing in K-12 transformative educational experiences for students and teachers. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Florida State University and spent several years in Information Technology before being called to teaching. A problem-solving and systems-approach developed in industry became an applied philosophy for engaging students in the classroom, and in 2003 he joined the PLTW network. During his ten-year role as a PLTW facilitator, Jasen became one of the original Aerospace Master teachers and provided project based instruction to more than 150 teachers across the country, helped develop integrated curriculum projects like the NASA Lunar STEM Enhancement in 2008, and co-authored with Ben Senson, the text book Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up in 2011. In his current role, Jasen provides strategy, analysis, and leadership related to partnerships directed toward student-teacher engagement and community involvement. Jasen currently lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

  • Getting Started with PLTW Periwinkle Conference Room

    Gwen Shuster-Haynes

    Are you looking to implement or just starting one or more of the PLTW programs?

    PLTW offers five unique hands-on STEM programs that allows for vibrant K-12 STEM pipelines. From elementary Launch, through middle school Gateway, to three high school programs: Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering.

    Learn strategies that will help your program begin strong and become sustainable!

    BIO Gwen Shuster-Haynes has been the Colorado Director of School Engagement since July of 2012 and added North Dakota in spring of 2014. She enjoys helping schools craft STEM implementation plans that achieve the district and schools unique goals. Her best days are those spent in PLTW classrooms watching teachers and students in action.

  • PLTW Computer Science Best Practices & Curriculum Updates Magenta Conference Room

    Bill Petry, Andrew Woods

    "Thinking about Computer Science Principles?"
    The College Board has rolled out Computer Science Principles as its newest AP course, and you may be wondering "What's it all about?". In this session we answer that question. You will also learn about curricular options, including Project Lead The Way's Computer Science Principles. In addition, we will share with you a few tips and tricks of the trade for running a successful introductory computer science program.

    BIO Bill Petry earned his master's degree in Natural Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has taught science, mathematics, and computer science for over 30 years. He spent 18 years teaching in special education, and nearly as long teaching gifted and talented students. Seven years ago he transitioned into engineering education, training at several Project Lead The Way Affiliate Universities, including UCCS. He teaches Digital Electronics and Computer Science Principles at Rangeview High School in Aurora, CO. Bill serves as a Master Teacher in Computer Science and Software Engineering for Project Lead The Way.

    BIO Andrew Woods is in his 10th year of teaching at Gateway High School in Aurora Colorado. Having started in the math department and transitioning in to the STEM department, Andrew now teaches 4 of the PLTW courses: IED, DE, CSE and AE.  Along with being a Master Teacher for PLTW on the Computer Software Engineering course, he works with his school's after school Technology Student Association and the Thespian Society as a Technical Director.

  • Grants & Other Funding Models Citrus Ballroom

    Robin Schott

    Presentation

    Whether you are looking for grants to fund a district wide program or just looking for funding for your classroom supplies, we will talk about your options. Matching grants, community partnerships, and camps will all be discussed in this session.

    BIO Robin Schott leads the West Central Engagement Team for Project Lead The Way. She and her team work to provide support for new and existing Project Lead The Way schools across a twelve state region.

  • Promoting Your Program & Student Inclusiveness Teal Conference Room

    Jasen Ritter

    Promoting your PLTW program and student inclusiveness within your school and community is essential to its growth and sustainability. In this can't-miss session for educators and administrators, learn implementable tips and tactics to increase awareness, enrollment, and support. Promotional areas include within the school and district, external stakeholders, media, and more. Come prepared with your own successful methods and strategies to share!

    BIO Jasen Ritter is a Vice President of Partnerships for Project Lead The Way, a non-profit specializing in K-12 transformative educational experiences for students and teachers. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Florida State University and spent several years in Information Technology before being called to teaching. A problem-solving and systems-approach developed in industry became an applied philosophy for engaging students in the classroom, and in 2003 he joined the PLTW network. During his ten-year role as a PLTW facilitator, Jasen became one of the original Aerospace Master teachers and provided project based instruction to more than 150 teachers across the country, helped develop integrated curriculum projects like the NASA Lunar STEM Enhancement in 2008, and co-authored with Ben Senson, the text book Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up in 2011. In his current role, Jasen provides strategy, analysis, and leadership related to partnerships directed toward student-teacher engagement and community involvement. Jasen currently lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

  • PLTW Engineering (POE & AE) Best Practices & Curriculum Updates Periwinkle Conference Room

    James Koerlin, Jeff Neumeyer, Brian Simpson

    James Koerlin Presentation

    The POE session will cover an alternative VEX introduction process. We will look at a Line Following Robot used to get students up to speed with the RobotC programming language and various VEX motors and sensors. This process is an interactive approach where the instructor presents a few commands in RobotC and then gives the students the opportunity to write a program using the commands and the robot. This process continues as the program challenges get more complex. The students will write the line following program and test their program interactively on a line following course. This approach better prepares students to make their own programs later in the course. The robot is an engaging platform to learn the VEX environment. We will also have an opportunity to discuss other POE program enhancements.

    BIO James Koerlin is a mechanical engineer with a Professional Engineering license in Colorado. He has earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas Tech University and an Industrial Arts degree from the University of North Texas. He is the inventor on a number of patents in wheelchair design. He taught electricity and electronics for 3 years in Texas. "I have been teaching POE for 3 years. I also teach Aerospace Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. I enjoy electricity & electronics, Arduinos, woodworking and tweaking PLTW curriculum."

    BIO Jeff Neumeyer is a 19 year CTE teaching veteran, and has taught everything from welding, to computer repair, to Project Lead the Way courses. He currently teaches at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, and is the chair for the Applied Technology Department. Jeff is certified in IED and POE, and is a Master Teacher in CEA.

    BIO During his 25-year teaching career, Brian Simpson has had the privilege of working with middle school students and high school students in the subject areas of industrial arts, and the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines of pre-engineering and digital electronics through the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. Five years ago, his work with PLTW expanded beyond my classroom, when he started serving as a Master Teacher for the Introduction to Engineering Design curriculum/course.

  • How Your University Affiliate Can Assist Your Students Magenta Conference Room

    Dr. Rob Block, Carley Ries, Dr. Andy Subudhi

    Dr. Rob Block Presentation

    Learn about how UCCS offers college credit for PLTW high school courses ---no site visit required! Engineering and Biology credits are available, even if you only offer one PLTW course at your school.

    View the matrix of how the courses appear on a transcript, how your students can receive preferred admittance to the College of Engineering and Applied Science, how to transfer your UCCS credits to other institutions. Plus learn about a unique degree opportunity available only at UCCS for PLTW students!

    BIO Dr. Robert Block is the Assistant Dean at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and directs the Engineering Education Degree program. Dr. Block received his Bachelor's degree from the Air Force Academy in operations research, his master's degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in business administration. Prior to joining the Dean's office at UCCS, Block was the dean of academics for the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, and he served as associate professor and research director in the Department of Mathematics at the Air Force Academy.

    BIO Carley Ries is Executive Director of Online & Academic Outreach at UCCS, and oversees the Project Lead The Way program as Affiliate Director for the university.

    BIO Following degrees in mathematics (B.A. Colorado College, 1992) and exercise science (M.S. Colorado State University, 1996), Dr. Subudhi received a PhD from the University of Utah in 2000 for his work on exercise-induced oxidative stress. From 1997 to 2003, he was a Research Scientist at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, in Salt Lake City, UT, where he ran physiological services for the United States Olympic Committee Network Affiliate program. He then completed post-doctoral training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in altitude physiology. Dr. Subudhi joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 2005 to continue studying the effects of hypoxia and exercise on cerebral blood flow and oxygenation.

  • PLTW Updates & Networking Citrus Ballroom

    David Dimmett, Jasen Ritter, Robin Schott, Gwen-Shuster-Haynes

    Receive latest PLTW updates about a variety of areas within PLTW and ask the PLTW national representatives your questions. All the while feel free to meet new PLTW educators, administrators and industry experts.

    BIO As the Chief Academic Officer of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Southwest Indiana, David Dimmett was instrumental in leading innovation and unprecedented improvements in student achievement. Always with an eye toward increasing opportunities for students, David facilitated the curriculum and instruction for the district, developed strategic partnerships, and implemented several innovative school models including Early College High School and New Tech Institute using the Project Lead The Way Engineering program.

    Today, David leads PLTW's network of regional vice presidents, directors of school engagement, and the PLTW Solution Center to provide exceptional support and service to PLTW schools and educators across the United States. He passionately supports program quality and growth, as well as coordinates key partnerships and education initiatives to meet the needs of students, educators, schools, and communities.

    David has earned a BA in English and MS in Education, Secondary Curriculum, and Instruction from Indiana University. He also received a Master of Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. David is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

    David and his wife Holly have three children.

    BIO Jasen Ritter is a Vice President of Partnerships for Project Lead The Way, a non-profit specializing in K-12 transformative educational experiences for students and teachers. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Florida State University and spent several years in Information Technology before being called to teaching. A problem-solving and systems-approach developed in industry became an applied philosophy for engaging students in the classroom, and in 2003 he joined the PLTW network. During his ten-year role as a PLTW facilitator, Jasen became one of the original Aerospace Master teachers and provided project based instruction to more than 150 teachers across the country, helped develop integrated curriculum projects like the NASA Lunar STEM Enhancement in 2008, and co-authored with Ben Senson, the text book Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up in 2011. In his current role, Jasen provides strategy, analysis, and leadership related to partnerships directed toward student-teacher engagement and community involvement. Jasen currently lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

    BIO Robin Schott leads the West Central Engagement Team for Project Lead The Way. She and her team work to provide support for new and existing Project Lead The Way schools across a twelve state region.

    BIO Gwen Shuster-Haynes has been the Colorado Director of School Engagement since July of 2012 and added North Dakota in spring of 2014. She enjoys helping schools craft STEM implementation plans that achieve the district and schools unique goals. Her best days are those spent in PLTW classrooms watching teachers and students in action.

  • Industry Panel Citrus Ballroom

    In this session you will learn from individuals in a myriad of fields who have true industry experiences. Whether you are teaching Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, or Engineering, these individuals have hands-on experience within their respective fields to share with you and how this can impact your students to succeed. Their stories will be about their journeys to their career, what their companies provide within their career field, how they decided to take such a career path, and much more.

    Kyle Bloesser, CSU Student, Construction Management Major

    BIO Kyle Bloesser is 20 years old, alumni of Doherty High School, Junior at Colorado State University studying Construction Management. He has a year's worth of work experience within the construction industry, and getting ready to start an 8 month internship starting January of 2017.


    John Githara, Fire Lieutenant, Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD)

    BIO John Githara began his career as an EMT-B in 2000. In 2016, John became a Fire Lieutenant for Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD). He has been with CSFD for 11 years.


    Greg Jones, Business Development Director, Symetrix

    BIO Greg Jones is a Business Development Director at Symetrix Corporation. He joined the company 10 years ago.

    Symetrix Corporation is a privately-held company founded in 1986. Symetrix is engaged in R&D for the global semiconductor chip industry in the fields of materials and process technology, semiconductor device physics and modeling, and various related disciplines.

    Symetrix has pioneered technologies, primarily in the area of nonvolatile memories, that can be adopted by its licensees and incorporated into their chip fabrication process. Over one billion chip products have been manufactured by licensees of Symetrix ferroelectric memory technology (FeRAM) and a separate memory technology (CeRAM) is currently being developed by a consortium of key entities in the in the chip industry.

    Symetrix has invested over $70M in the development of its intellectual property, an investment enabled by customer-funded programs, government sponsored research, license fees and royalty receipts. Symetrix holds 183 U.S. patents and 180 foreign patents, many of which are fundamental.


    Dr. Leon Kelly, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist

    BIO Leon Kelly, M.D. is the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for the El Paso County Coroner's office and has performed over 3000 forensic autopsies on those who have died suddenly, unexpectedly or of non-natural means. He has testified in numerous criminal trials and is an expert in the fields of anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and forensic pathology. Consulted frequently by prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, and civil litigators, he has experience through all phases of homicide investigation and its prosecution. As an expert in strangulation and injury pattern recognition he has consulted and testified on numerous non-fatal trauma cases involving domestic violence, child abuse and the use of deadly weapons. Dr. Kelly is the co-coordinator of the El Paso County Child Fatality Review Team and holds a position on the Colorado State Child Fatality Review Committee. He frequently trains law enforcement, attorneys, healthcare providers, and death investigators and is a professor at UCCS teaching courses on the investigation of injury and death and crime scene investigation. Dr. Kelly has also appeared as the forensic pathology consultant on several true crime programs including the 'Investigation Discovery' television show "Homicide Hunter."


    Gary Koch, Branch Head for Code 53240, COCOM Engineering, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and member of the Situational Awareness Branch at NORAD-USNORTHCOM (N-NC) J664

    BIO Gary Koch is currently the Branch Head for Code 53240, COCOM Engineering, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific and member of the Situational Awareness Branch at NORAD-USNORTHCOM (N-NC) J664. His group of highly aggressive system and geospatial engineers works in Colorado Springs, CO at Peterson AFB. Gary is responsible for the operations and maintenance of N-NCs Command and Control (C2) Systems and the management of the Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise (SAGE) which helps present a unclassified User Defined Operational Picture (UDOP) at several Combatant Commands, N-NC and the Department of Homeland Security.

    Gary oversees this ambitiously created geospatial data sharing and collaboration environment with the main goal of making Geospatial Information System (GIS) data a commodity that is available to the commander anywhere, anytime and on any device. His team developed a GIS platform as a powerful ecosystem that scales, morphs and incorporates new features, customers, and partners. It is ubiquitous, tolerant to change, and developed using open source code in order to accommodate complementary technologies and expand existing capabilities. It is agile and "plastic" enough to respond to any events/opportunities.

    Gary enlisted in the Marine Corps and was commissioned and served for 26 years as both an avionics technician and infantry officer before retiring from active duty. He is currently a Navy civilian and has served in his current position for 13 years.

    Gary is married to his lovely wife Carolyn, and has 7 children and 9 grandchildren. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management and a National Security Management Course Certification from the National Security Studies Program at The Maxwell School, Syracuse, NY.


    Joshua Lahey, Design Support Engineer, Honeywell Aerospace

    BIO Joshua Lahey is an avid learner looking to make a positive impact within industry. He recently finished an Engineering Physics degree at the Colorado School of Mines followed by a mechanical engineering Masters of Science with a biomechanical focus. He hopes to take this into industry and help develop the future of biomechanics.


    Jena McCollum, PhD, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCCS

    BIO Dr. Jena McCollum is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at UCCS. Her research involves additive manufacturing and characterization of polymer-based composite materials for a variety of fabrication techniques (i.e., 3D printing and injection molding). Her research goals are to improve thermal and mechanical properties of polymer composite materials in order to satisfy the demand of many high performance applications. Dr. McCollum received her PhD in 2015 from Texas Tech University where she studied energetic materials. Upon graduation, she completed an NRC postdoctoral research appointment at the US Air Force Academy in the Chemistry Research Center studying polymer thermal and mechanical response to metal additives.


    Bob Witte, Vice President of Technology Strategy, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

    BIO Bob Witte is Vice President of Technology Strategy for Keysight Technologies. Bob has worked in a variety of test and measurement product lines for Keysight, mostly in R&D assignments. He currently is responsible for assessing and acquiring leading-edge technologies to fuel the competitiveness of Keysight products and solutions.

    Bob is the author of Electronic Test Instruments: Analog and Digital Measurements and Spectrum and Network Measurements. Bob is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He holds a BSEE degree from Purdue University, an MSEE degree from Colorado State University and an MS in Management of Technology degree from the National Technological University.

  • Door Prize Drawing & Present Certificates Citrus Ballroom

    UCCS PLTW Team

    Network and chat with fellow conference attendees while you wait to win one of our amazing door prizes*:

    • MakerBot's new Replicator+ Desktop 3D Printer
    • (2) $500 PLTW Classroom Supplies
    • (5) Attend PLTW Conference 2017 for free
    • Many more!

    *Attendees must be present at the drawing to win. Photo ID required for winners.

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