In October of 2018 Deacon Stone, director of the Maker & STEM Programs @ RCBI served as moderator for a panel discussion: The Importance of STEM Education to Manufacturing & Innovation. Below are resources related to that panel. Click for Full Bios.



Topics & Questions

1.) Innovation Labs, Maker Spaces, & Entrepreneurship

In Malcolm Gladwell's book "Outliers" a central thesis is, that world-changing individuals are forged from environments that provide access to incredible opportunities. For example, having a university, or world-class athletic center in one's own back yard, increases the odds of becoming a market-shaping innovator, or gold medalist... How is the growing availability of hardware, software, and resource-spaces spurring entrepreneurship, or creating the next generation of innovator/entrepreneurs? Is it working? An example?

2.) The Private Sector & Education

We've seen growth in simulated workplaces in educational environments, and project & problem-based learning on the rise; from high-school to trade-schools, to colleges & universities. Where do you see synergy between the private-sector and education? Is there room for more overlap or interplay? Any opportunities we're missing?

3.) Manufacturing Scale & Sustainability
If manufacturing is where MAKING meets SCALE, how are our means of accessing scale (broader markets, smarter approaches to making) changing? How about our means of "making" new generations of MANUFACTURERS through workforce development, education and training? How are you ensuring your work is sustainable?

Read: From Thomas Friedman's "Thank You for Being Late: an Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations"

"Antoine van Agtmael, the investor who coined the term "emerging markets" argues that we are at the start of a paradigm shift around manufacturing that could ... bring a lot of jobs back to America and Europe from the developing world. "The last twenty-five years was all about who could make things cheapest, and the next twenty-five years will be about who can make things smartest"

4.) America: The Next Great Emerging Economy
How are we making things smartest? How are we making our people smartest?

Read: From Thomas Friedman's "Thank You for Being Late: an Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations"

...continued, "The combination of cheap energy in America and more flexible, open innovation -- where universities and start-ups share brainpower with companies to spin off discoveries; where manufacturers use a new generation of robots and 3D printers that allow more production to go local; and where new products integrate wirelessly connected sensors with new materials to become smarter and faster than ever -- is making America, says van Agtmael, 'the next great emerging market.'"

5.) Positioning West Virginia for Success
Highlight initiatives, programs, and networks that are ensuring West Virginia is poised to contribute to -- and benefit from -- America's success as the "next great emerging market." (This could include the regulatory environment, resource management, education, community development, etc)

Full Panelist Bios:

Dr. Jerry D. Wallace

Dean for Workforce, Technical, and Community Education

New River Community & Technical College: Ghent

Dr. Wallace comes to New River Community and Technical College from Michigan by way of Texas. With over 12 years of experience in education, Jerry have worked in student services as well as academic development.
After graduating from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, Jerry received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. Dr. Wallace completed his doctorate degree in Leadership and Management from St. Thomas University. Some of Jerry’s professional accomplishments include: building curriculum and programs to align with workforce needs, establishing productive partnerships with local businesses and agencies, enrollment services/recruiting students, creating courses that fit community demands and grant writing.
In his former position as the Associate Dean of Continuing Education at Odessa College the division was very successful at increasing college revenue, creating innovative promotional events, building community/workforce programs and improving student enrollment. Dr. Wallace has been instrumental in starting the diesel technology and barbering programs at New River CTC. Some of the other initiatives include “workforce breakfast round-up” where local businesses and economic developers come together to find better ways to service the community, expanding advisory committees to all programs and being awarded over $400,000 in grant funds in less than a year.

Dr. Kathy D’Antoni

Associate State Superintendent of Schools:

West Virginia Department of Education; Division of Technical and Adult Education

She is the former Vice Chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. She obtained her doctorate degree from West Virginia University in Higher Education Administration. Dr. D’Antoni began her career in education as a teacher. In 1975, she left the education field to participate in a family owned businesses in Myrtle Beach, SC. She returned to education in 1992 and worked with the Tech Prep initiative at Marshall University and later as the State Director for Tech Prep. She served as interim president of WV State Community and Technical College in 2008. Dr. D’Antoni has worked extensively with curriculum alignment and curriculum development projects including the national and international innovative Simulated Workplace initiative. She is the past president of the National Association for Tech Prep Leaders and sat on the national League of Innovation Sail Board. She currently serves on the Governor’s Workforce Council. Dr. D’Antoni has authored a number of articles on effective transition practices from public schools to higher education and collaborated on two books with national authors: Career Pathways and Adult Career Pathways. Dr. D’Antoni’s vision for Career Technical Education in West Virginia is to leverage education dollars to impact West Virginia’s economy and emerging workforce.

Dr. Edward Aractingi

Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Marshall University

Dr. Ed Aractingi is the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Marshall University. He leads the division of Information Technology comprised of around 80 professional staff serving the entire university. He earned a Ph.D. in information technology from Capella University, an MS. in information systems from Marshall University and a BA from Damascus University. He also serves on the graduate faculty of College of Information Technology and Engineering as an adjunct professor, teaching various subjects in computer science and information systems like Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and Visual Analytics.
Prior to this role, he worked in healthcare at Cabell Huntington Hospital and at a private consulting practice.
Dr. Aractingi is active in the professional community as he is the co-chair of the collaborative innovation program advisory group of Internet2, a member of the CIO advisory council for the smart campus, co-chair of the Internet of Things working group of Internet2, a member of the strategic planning working group and the service management working group at Educause as well as the IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Leadership Board of CIOs (LBCIO). He has served at the IEEE WV chapter as chair of consulting and the state coordinator of The Association for College and University Technology Advancement (ACUTA), Chair and Vice-chair of Marshall Student Chapter of Computer Society.
He is also active in the community as he serves on local non-profit boards like St. Joseph Catholic School advisory board and the Holy Spirit Church Parish council in Huntington.
From the time when Dr. Aractingi became Marshall University’s CIO, he committed to transform the IT department to a service-oriented organization, he established the department’s guiding principles and worked with the IT leadership team to develop the strategic goals.

Monica Cross

Program Director: Explore the New Manufacturing

the West Virginia Manufacturers Association

Cross serves as Principal and CEO of TwoPointO LLC, a process improvement and innovation organization. Prior to starting TwoPointO LLC in 2014, she was the Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager at Country Roads Physical Therapy LLC. Cross began her career as an educator, teaching middle school math and science in North Carolina and West Virginia. She is a member of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association; serving on both the Governance and Human Resources Committees, as well as amember of the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce, the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, and NCWV-SHRM.

Cross is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Cross has been an active volunteer in community outreach events throughout North Central West Virginia.

Chuck Toussieng

Founding Board Member at Richwood Scientific, Inc.

30+ years of hardware and software experience for everything from controlling satellites to kid's games.
I try to use the right technology for the task, so I am fairly platform and language agnostic.
Currently, I'm teaching people in my community about code, machine learning and DNA, and paying for it by writing iPhone & iPad native iOS applications using Objective-C, Swift and Unity.
I also have done work on secure communications and HIPAA compliant apps.
Personal passion projects include anything computer vision related, general machine learning, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Aviation, Hackable Medical Devices, Remote Sensing and Game Engines.
Specialties: Launching products using novel solutions.
iOS expertise in Multipeer Connectivity, Mapping, Networking, APNS, IM, VoIP, and iOS background subtleties.
I also have Unity experience creating Augmented Reality, educational and enterprise content on iOS.
I also do full stack web, mostly with node.js + JS.

Nora Myers

Principal & Founder of Nora Myers Consulting; & Director of the WVU Launch Lab

Strategic consulting and coaching, planning and implementation, training, development, and communication.
Over 25 years of experience developing and implementing strategies for new products and services, from private enterprise, to academia and Fortune 500 companies.
Former assistant professor and program director for Experiential Education the MBA & Leadership program at the University of Charleston; where she also directed the Center for Career Development, and Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center.
Prior to her tenure at UC, Ms. Myers worked for the Innova Commercialization Group of the West Virginia High Tech Consortium in Fairmont, WV; providing business support services, seed and early-stage investment capital to entrepreneurs and new ventures.
Ms. Myers was a market development director for the electronic commerce and corporate strategy divisions of EDS, a Fortune 500 multinational information technology equipment and services company in Dallas.
Prior to her tenure at EDS, she held positions as a commercial banker, focused on small to middle-market lending, for banks in the Washington, DC area.
Ms. Myers holds an MBA from the Kelley School at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a B.S. from Virginia Tech in Management. She is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute in Atlanta and a Mellon Foundation Fellowship recipient to the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. Ms. Myers serves on the Board of Directors for the Capitol Market, Charleston, WV


Deacon Stone

Director of STEM Education & Maker Programs

RCBI; the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University

Deacon Stone is the STEM Education & Maker Programs Coordinator at RCBI. Deacon studied at Ohio University and is an alumnus of Marshall University and Cranbrook Academy of Art. With a background in engineering and a foreground in the arts, he brings a unique vantage point to problem-solving, rapid prototyping and approaches to making. His more than ten years of experience in non-profit enterprise development and administration and contributions to startup and growth companies in West Virginia has instilled an entrepreneurial mindset, along with a commitment to sustainable practices. Deacon believes that entrepreneurship and growth are always within reach while advanced technology affords unprecedented access to scale. While advanced technology is more affordable and available than ever, it should be more accessible. Deacon enjoys bringing advanced approaches to the service of kids from eight to eighty, from arts to industry, and from corporation to community as they take their projects to the next level – no matter the level.