Michalek to Discuss Engineering at LINC Luncheon

February 10, 2011

Dr. Donna MichalekDr. Donna Michalek, chair of the Department of Engineering at the University of Mount Union, will present “Engineering in the Future: Going Where No One Has Gone Before” on Tuesday, February 22 at the LINC luncheon held at Mount Union.
Michalek’s presentation will discuss past engineering achievements and the Grand Challenges for Engineering as determined by the National Academy of Engineering. She will also discuss the impact these challenges have on the education of Mount Union’s current engineering students.
Aside from her duties as chair, Michalek is the director of mechanical engineering and associate professor of mechanical engineering. A member of the Mount Union faculty since 2010, Michalek earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1985, a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1988 and a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1992.
Michalek came to Mount Union from Michigan Technological University, where she most recently served as assistant provost and associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics (ME-EM). She currently serves as a member of the Board on Government Relations for ASME. She also has been appointed by ASME to serve as an ABET evaluator for mechanical engineering programs.
She was a former ASME science and engineering fellow, having served in the office of Senator James M. Inhofe. Michalek has been awarded the Michigan Tech Distinguished Teaching Award and the Outstanding Student Advisor of the Year Award, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. She also was inducted into the Michigan Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence and Order of Omega.
The community luncheon series known as LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise that exists in Alliance, in light of the University’s exceptional academic reputation. This is an opportunity to gain practical knowledge from local experts and a chance to interact with members of the University and greater Alliance community.
The sessions are open to the public and will run from noon until 1 p.m. The cost of lunch is $10, and will be served in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Payment will be accepted at the door, but space is limited.
An additional session will be held on March 22 featuring Dr. James Thoma, associate dean of the University and professor of human performance and sport business. He will present “Sports Going Global: Life’s Lessons.”
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Lorie Miller, director of community educational outreach at Mount Union at (330) 823-5993 or millerlj@mountunion.edu.
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