"Seasoned" Chairs Workshop On Leadership: Team Building Methods with Applications Toward Industry Advisory Board Development

Friday, March 16
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In today’s global and rapidly changing economy, it is imperative for electrical and computer engineering programs to establish and maintain an actively engaged Industry Advisory Boards (IAB).  Certainly ABET requires every accredited program to engage with their constituents, such as your IAB, in establishing sound program educational objectives (Criterion 2), but if this is the only reason for having an IAB, then your program is missing out on some great opportunities.  Perhaps you already have an IAB, but found it to be less than effective in helping to mold and shape your program to meet the needs of your constituents? This workshop will address this and other complications and/or issues associated with developing and maintaining an effective IAB.  Jeff Yergler will kick the workshop off by covering sound principles and methods associated with university and industry dynamics that will help build trust, enhance community and communication, and create ownership within the IAB membership.  Steve Hietpas will share methods and experiences he has gained in the past 7 years that has resulted in an active and highly-engaged industry advisory board.

                     Steven Hietpas
 Professor and Chair 
 South Dakota State University                                                                   

Steven M. Hietpas received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University in 1984, and also his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, in 1991 and 1994.  From 1984 to 1989 he worked for the Space Energy Group at Space Systems Division of General Dynamics in San Diego.  There he worked in research and development of power processing/power electronics for the Shuttle Centaur program and the International Space Station program. He has been on the faculty at South Dakota State University since 1994.  Currently, he is in the Head for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, serves as the Coordinator for the Center for Power Systems Studies, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of South Dakota.  His research interests include power systems, power electronics, motor drives, and control systems. 


                               Jeffrey Yergler
 Associate Professor and Chair, Undergraduate Management Academic Director of Undergraduate Programs
 Nagal T. Minor Research Professor
 Golden Gate University        


Dr. Jeffrey Yergler spent 22 years working in senior leadership positions in large non-profit/sectarian organizations before moving to full-time academic instruction in 2007, at Olympic College. At Olympic, Jeff served as lead faculty for organizational leadership and resource management. In 2011, he joined GGU and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, also serving as the chair of the Undergraduate Management department and academic director of undergraduate programs.

Jeff is Principal for Integer Leadership Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in leadership training and development, executive coaching, and management training solutions. He is actively engaged in publishing book reviews and qualitative research identifying the management practices that drive employee engagement.   



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