I absolutely love teaching. In fact, it is the single most satisfying part of my job. My goal as a teacher is to encourage innovation and creative problem solving in my classroom. I have an active, collaborative teaching style and have always felt that my job is to coach students to be lifelong self-learners, as opposed to relying on a teacher to walk them through the learning process. Ultimately, helping students learn how to learn is the best outcome I can achieve in my classroom.
Before joining Philadelphia University in 2011, I was founding Director of the School of Engineering at James Madison University (JMU), Department Head of Integrated Science & Technology (ISAT) at JMU, and a faculty member in the Materials Science & Engineering Department (MSE) at Virginia Tech (VT). While at VT, I was also Director of the College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary “Green Engineering” program. Before joining academia, I was employed by E. I. DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware as a Senior Engineer in the Advanced Composites Division of the Fibers Department and in the Polymer Physics Group of the Central Research Department.
My research is in the areas of materials selection & design, systems dynamics, modeling and simulation, composite materials characterization and manufacturing, polymer characterization and processing, and sustainable manufacturing processes.
I have supervised more than 30 graduate students (PhD and MS), published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and refereed conference papers, and presented more than 75 invited lectures and conference presentations (including two invited Gordon Conference presentations). According to the Citation Index, my work has been cited in the literature more than 200 times. I have secured in excess of 6 million dollars in funded research, approximately half of which was from industrial sources. In addition to these research activities, I also remain active in industrial consulting and in teaching industry short courses.
"A New Model For Interdisciplinary Education", Dr. Ronald Kander & Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, 2013 AIGA Design Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
"An Adventure in Extreme Curriculum Integration to Stimulate Innovation and Collaboration", Dr. R. G. Kander, 2012 American Society of Engineering Education Conference, San Antonio, TX."
"Not all problems are created equal: From problem-based learning theory to research on complex problem solving and implications for the engineering classroom", Pierrakos, O. , Watson, H., Kander, R., Russell, J. & Anderson, R., 2010 Frontiers in Education Conference, Arlington, VA.
Jack Klett has been working in higher education administration since 2000. In his role as Associate Dean, Jack is involved with academic program development, academic program administration, academic policy development, graduate student development initiatives, institutional partnerships, among other projects related to graduate studies at Philadelphia University. Jack also teaches undergraduate courses such as Business, Industry & Work in American History, Business Models, and a service-learning course, SERVE-101. Jack began his higher ed career working in enrollment management, providing him with the experience of being involved with students from admission through graduation and beyond. He remains involved in enrollment and retention as an active partner with the Office of Graduate Admissions. Prior to entering the university administration field, Jack served as Coordinator of Constituent Services for Congressman Rush Holt of NJ. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Rider University and his graduate degree at Villanova University in the field of political science. There, he focused on the transformational power of the internet as a many-to-many medium within the realm of political communication and voter mobilization.
My goal as the academic dean of the School of Business Administration is to provide students with the cutting-edge skills and knowledge that will allow them to succeed at every stage of their careers. Tapping into the dynamic, innovation-focused environment of PhilaU, the School of Business Administration has redesigned our business education to help students navigate a successful future regardless of the economic conditions ahead.
As Founding Dean of the School of Management at Union College, Founding President of Union Graduate College (a spin-off from Union College), and Founding Dean of the Providence College School of Business, and now Dean of the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University, I have had unique opportunities to hone my own leadership skills and my ability to develop dynamic teams capable of bringing transformative change to these organizations. Earlier in my career I spent ten years with what is now Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the U.S., acting essentially as an, “innovator/problem solver without portfolio.”
I have provided extensive consulting and conducted research for over 20 years in the areas of strategic planning and outcomes assessment, particularly in the health care arena.
External evaluator for two major Philadelphia Health Department grants, 2012-present. Malhotra, R., Lehrman, S., Malhotra, D., ""Benchmarking Managed Health Care Companies"", Best Paper Award, NEDSI, 2013. Voss, R., Gardner, R., Baier, R., Butterfield, K., Gravenstein, S., Lehrman, S. E. (2011), The Care and Transitions Intervention: Translating from Efficacy to Effectiveness. Arch Intern Med, 171(14).
Teaching is about unlocking potential and introducing opportunity to young professionals. I believe that my job as an educator is to prepare people to meet the challenges of our society with confidence.
Principal Designer, Mike Leonard, Designer 2006- Present Bala Cynwyd, PA Partner, Duzeo Product Design 2002-2006 Bala Cynwyd, PA Owner/Principal Designer, Designship 1987-2002 Philadelphia/Bala Cynwyd, PA Founding Partner/Principal Product Designer, The Design Works 1982-1987 Philadelphia, PA Manager, Advanced Product Design, Exxon Office Systems 1980-1982 Exton, PA
I am studying reusable learning objects and their impact upon Project based-learning outcomes in post-secondary Design Education. This study will examine the relationship pre-recorded, online content has to on-ground studio/lab based disciplines.
Presentation: THE NEXUS SPRINT Bigger, Better, Faster Innovation through Partnership Front End of Innovation Conference, Boston, May 2013
BS Industrial Design , Philadelphia College of Art, MA Education, University of Phoenix - Field of expertise: Industrial Design and Education
I am passionate about teaching! My teaching is learner centered, and my pedagogy reflects my attempts to provide an environment for students to actively learn through multiple mediums and from one another. I strive for students to not only understand and integrate the core concepts but also learn to appreciate its significance in the business world and in their own personal lives.
Academic consultant for leading publishers (Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Addison-Wesley).
My research has focused primarily on corporate bankruptcy, managed portfolios, and international finance.
Co-authored with Bhargava, V., Malhotra, D. K.and M. Singh. “An Empirical Investigation of Volatility Spilover between the Indian and the US markets” International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2012, Volume 7, 3:289-304. Co-authored with Malhotra, R., and Malhotra, D.K. “Using DEA analysis to Rate Bonds,” Journal of Business and Economic Studies, Spring 2010, 16:58-75. Co-authored with Chien-Chung, N., Chang, Y., and K. Hung “The Assymetric Impact of Financial Intermediaries Development on Economic Growth,” International Journal of Finance, 21:6035-6079.
Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), MBA (Morgan State University), BCom(honors) and MBE (University of Delhi, India)
Teaching involves exposing students to novel methods of thinking, varied techniques and alternative approaches to work. These form the platform for creative exploration, individual responses and uniquely imaginative perspectives.
I have worked in the Textile Design home furnishings and automotive interiors fields since completing my undergraduate degree. Positions held include: Vice President of Design for Burlington Industries, Consultant for Springs Industries, Director and Marketing Manager of Working Class Concepts at Savannah College of Art and Design, and Stylist for JPS Automotive Products Corporation.
My current body of artwork is inspired by Central Asian ikats, African narrow strip weaving including Kuba and Kente cloths, and a rich tradition of Pennsylvania German quilting. My double cloth woven ikats incorporate contrasting imagery face and back, with pieced sections of pattern hinting at the reverse.
PATTERNBASE: A Collection of Contemporary Textile + Surface Design (two pieces of artwork selected for inclusion in this book). 2013 fiber577, The 577 Foundation, Ohio. 2013 (Juried Exhibition) Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, Volume XLVIII No. 4, Issue 172, Fall 2012, two pieces of artwork featured.
MFA, Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design; BS, Textile Design, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science (now Philadelphia University)
Hitoshi Ujiie has over twenty years experience in high-end textile design and manufacture, his achievements have combined first hand industry knowledge with academic pioneering in new technology. A native of Kyoto (the center of Japans textile industry), as an integral member of his family's business he inherited a specialized knowledge of short run, quality fabric production and finishing. Hitoshi's professional experience includes designing at Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio in New York. Here Hitoshi involved in the development of and oversaw the manufacture of printed fabrics in an arena that involved him on a worldwide level with other designers and contractors of fine fabric. In 1991 he established his current design studio that specializes in styling a wide range of new fabric products. He has secured a name for himself as well as a network of domestic and international clients. In the world of Interior Fabrics, Hitoshi stands out for his combination of traditional aesthetics with computer aided design expertise. Sensing the technological revolution that was on the horizon, he developed an expertise in the digital transformation of the design and photography into printing process. As an inkjet textile printing technologist, he is recognized the world over as a digital printing expert and is sought after for his presentations on the subject. At present he is associate professor of textile printing at Philadelphia University. His involvement in the set up of ""Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging"" has provided him with the rare opportunity to research and implement cutting edge digital printing technologies with innovative designs. This academic site makes it possible for him to meet and assess industry leaders and developers on an impartial basis as well as creating a forum that introduces new applications of technology and design to the public. In this capacity he has lectured, and published for a wide range of audiences. Through this context in 1998, he coordinated the exhibition, “Hands Off” at Parsons School of Design, where he had taught for 10 years. This publicity campaign introduced new digital printing tech from Japan through sponsored student works. Hitoshi received a B.F.A from Kyoto Seika University in Japan and a M.F.A from the University of Georgia.
For additional information on Hitoshi Ujiie, please visit: www.hitoshiujiie.com
MFA, University of Georgia
My mission is to better prepare graduating students for working in occupations taught at Kanbar College, including Design, Engineering and Commerce (DEC).
Auditing and Public Accounting, Price Waterhouse National Sales Manager marketing textiles @ Burlington/Klopman Vice President, Merrill Lynch Benefits Consultant @ Paul Revere Financial Group (now UNUM) Sport Management (BS & MS), Professional Studies @ Neumann University Sport Management (BS & MS) @ Fox School of Business, Temple Professor, Organizational Behavior (Core course) MBA Program @ Saint Joseph's University Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) L-3 Communications, Military Analyst Western & Southern Financial Group, Financial Representative
BS, MA, MS, MBA
I take an applied approach to higher learning that integrates concepts and practice, and reflects decades of hands-on, executive level business experience.
From my bio: Scott Fishman is a serial entrepreneur and recognized authority in healthcare marketing research and commercial analysis. As CEO of the firm he started in 1989, Scott directed the evolution of Research by Design (RBD) from a bedroom startup to one of the most successful and prominent firms in the healthcare research industry. Under Scott’s guidance, RBD became a key consulting resource for virtually every major pharmaceutical company, as well as a wide range of biotechnology and medical device manufacturers and healthcare advertising agencies. Following the sale of his firm to a global holding company in 2006, Scott founded Ethos LifeScience Advisors. Ethos provides guidance for investors, entrepreneurs, and start up enterprises, informing investment decisions with definitive analysis of the clinical and commercial value of new technologies. Scott also co-developed, launched and serves as consulting Program Executive for the Commercialization Acceleration Program (CAP) at the Wharton Small Business Development Center. CAP provides due diligence to Technology Transfer Offices, Incubators and VCs to support commercial development of intellectual property. Scott moderates the Life Sciences screening committee for Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment group in the mid-Atlantic region, serves on the Life Science Investment Advisory committee for Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and has been an active speaker/panelist for various biotechnology development organizations. In addition to his commercial activity, Scott is an adjunct faculty member in the MBA program at Philadelphia University, and lectures on commercialization at Drexel University and in the Translational Therapeutics program at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
University of Texas at Austin, MA; University of Pennsylvania, BA
It does not matter what we teach. It only matters what the students have learnt. It matters a lot more what the students can do with what they have learnt.
Deputy Manager, Research and Development, Machinery Manufacturers Corporation, India. 7 years.
My research interests include modeling flexible materials, developing industrial, biomedical and composite textile structures and control systems for textile processes.
Brookstein,D., Govindaraj, Muthu,. Transportation and Logistics Infrastructure: Creating an Infrastructure for Compressed Natural Gas Delivery for Automotive Transportation, Industry Studies Association Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, May 30, 2012. H.G. Şenel-Ayaz, A. Perets, M. Govindaraj, D. Brookstein and P. I. Lelkes, Textile-Templated Electrospun Anisotropic Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, IEEE Buenos Aires, Sept. 2010. Govindaraj, M and Brookstein, D. ""Multi-component MultiplelayerWoven Textiles for Electronic Applications."" Ambience 08. Proc. of Smart Textiles - Technology and Design. Boras, Sewden: The Swedish School of Textiles, 2008. 72-78.
School of Design and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.
University of Southern California, Systems management, MS
Passionate about the visual image.
Freelance multimedia designer and filmmaker, in addition to 13+ year career in wetlands and land use consulting in New Jersey as an environmental scientist
T-shirt design "I Am Here Now" featured in AIGA Philadelphia exhibition "Off the Rack", April 2013
Communication Design Essentials certificate (University of the Arts); Master of Environmental Studies (University of Pennsylvania); Bachelor of Science, Biology (Rider University)
MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design, Tyler School of Art and BA, Graphic Design, The Pennsylvania State University
My goal as an Assistant Professor is to encourage my students to think creatively, critically, and become socially aware of the global fashion system and other industries. I infuse practical and theoretical models of learning for students to increase their knowledge throughout the fashion eco system.
My expertise is in quality assurance for conglomerate products while focusing on product development for apparel and assessing global fashion ecosystems.
The principal feature of my professional development is to couple special projects and employ consultancies as a platform to build and enhance my research techniques. My professional development activities target not only making an original contribution to my field, but also explores the basis of practice in relation to research, as well as establishing the criteria for industry projects for my students through interdisciplinary design education.
International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA) Conference October 2013 Cotton Lab 2012: From the Ground Up International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Paper Presentation November 2012 A Comparison of Problem Based Fashion Projects: QVC and Cotton Lab 2012 Global Business and Technology Association (GBATA) Conference July 2012 China’s Changing Landscape: The Case of Regina Miracle & International Protective Apparel Supply co presenter Tom Fung WHYY NewsWorks Article addressing Goodwill Marketing Strategies http://wordpress.philau.edu/today/2013/04/15/assistant-professor-nioka-wyatt-on-appeal-of-goodwill-stores-whyy/http://whyy.org/cms/justyouwait/ (start at 10.25).
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce, School of Business, MBA
Active engagement is critical. Faculty is obliged to provide an environment conducive to engagement and the student is obliged to participate.
Consultant to state governments (Georgia; ‘Four Corners”) and firms (Globe Battery; Coca-Cola) in identifying market global market opportunities and market entry. Consultant to higher education in program development; assessment of program profitability; Small business owner; venture capitalist; consultant through Small Business Administration and arbiter for Better Business Bureau. Assisted in the development of the professional international business credential; the Certified Global Business Professional
My current research is focused on the administrative aspects of higher education, including financial assessment of programs, new program development processes and budgeting, web optimization. Other research areas continue in international marketing in the area of market screening, assessment and identification; data resource assessment; data modeling.
Textbooks including: International Marketing, with Vern Terpstra and Ravi Sarathy; Global Environment of Business, with Vern Terpstra and Ravi Sarathy. and International Dimensions of Marketing, with Vern Terpstra (Translated into Spanish: Introducción a la Mercadotecnia Internacional)
Georgia State University, Ph.D. (International Business and Marketing)
I conduct my classes in an active and collaborative manner; and bring actual business situations into the classroom. I also believe that every course should educate students in functional concepts; help students to build confidence in their communications, team leadership, and analytical skills; and expand their knowledge of the external business environment.
23 years of progressive management roles at Conrail, a major freight railroad, including as Training Director and Risk Management Director. 15 years as a nationally recognized consultant in strategic management, leadership development, and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), working with railroads, manufacturing and food processing companies, non-profit organizations, universities, and a large provider of services.
1. Integration of strategic management and Enterprise Risk Management processes at the enterprise level
2. Implementing leadership development, organizational behavior and risk management techniques to accomplish cultural change in large organizations.
3. Application of collaborative teams to interdisciplinary business education.
Master of Business Administration, Widener University