MTAM Announces 2014 Statewide Advisory Council Chairs: The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan has announced its ‘Mobile in Government’ statewide advisory council, as well as its 2014 chairpersons for all existing advisory councils. Leading the Mobile In Government council will be James Hartley, CEO of Government Performance Solutions. Leading the mHealth Advisory Council will be Rahul Mehta, associate medical director at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac and a partner in Independent Emergency Physicians, a multi-center emergency medicine group that staffs six Michigan hospitals. Chairing the Mobile Security Advisory Council will be Duane Hopkins, founder and principal security consultant at Innovative Corporate Solutions and a professor of computer forensics at Eastern Michigan University’s National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Program. Other advisory councils being planned for 2014 launch include: Mobile in Education, Re-shoring Mobile/Wireless Manufacturing, and several others. Information about current MTAM Advisory Councils may be found at http://www.gomobilemichigan.org/resources/advisory-councils.html. Those seeking to learn about future Advisory Councils or other mobile/wireless-related information may contact MTAM at info@GoMobileMichigan.org.
Baker College of Flint taps Hemingway to succeed Princinsky as president: The Baker College of Flint Board of Regents has announced that Wendy “Wen” Hemingway will become president of Baker College of Flint when Julianne Princinsky retires Aug. 31, 2014. Hemingway will join Baker College on Jan. 2, 2014, to serve as chief operating officer during the transition. Following a 20-year career in retail and commercial banking, Hemingway has spent the past six years in entrepreneurial endeavors, including manufacturing, consulting and leading a real estate company she founded. Hemingway held positions in the retail and commercial divisions of NBD, National City Corporation, Fifth Third Bank and Citizens Banking Corp., where she advanced to senior vice president-director of commercial sales. In 2008, she turned to entrepreneurial interests. She helped launch and manage Shadowood Technology, a retrofitter of diesel engines developing an emerging technology. As an independent consultant, she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, educational board retreats, product development, vendor management, revenue growth and cost-containment strategies. Hemingway also led Shadowood Properties, a real estate company she founded. Hemingway is well known to the Baker College community. She has served as a member of the Baker College of Flint Board of Regents since 2006 and as chairperson since 2008. She has also been a trustee for the Baker College system since 2008 and a director of the Jewell Educational Fund for the past two years. Hemingway earned an MBA in accounting from Wayne State University. At Oakland University, she received a Bachelor of Science in human resource development with a specialization in training and development and a minor in management with a concentration in labor studies. She is also a certified treasury professional as designated by the Association for Financial Professionals. A Mayville native, she resides in Lapeer County. As a trustee for McLaren Oakland, Hemingway serves as board treasurer, chair of the finance committee and a member of the audit committee. Princinsky’s tenure with Baker College of Flint spans 38 years, beginning in 1976 as an instructor. She became president in 1995. Under her tutelage, Baker’s enrollment has grown from nearly 3,300 to more than 5,000 students today. She was the first female president of a Flint-based college and the first woman president within the Baker College system. Baker College of Flint is the largest of the 12 Baker College campuses. It employs more than 600 instructors, staff and other support personnel at three locations: the 40-acre main campus on Flint’s southern border; the Center for Transportation Technology at I-69 and Dort Highway on 11 acres in the City of Flint; and a satellite campus in Cass City, 75 miles northeast of Flint. The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a nonprofit higher education institution, serving more than 35,000 students on 12 campuses and in three satellite locations. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, health sciences, education and human services, and various technical fields, as well as a doctorate of business administration. As a career college, the Baker College system is pleased to report that 97 percent of its available graduates are employed. For more information about Baker College, please check out our website at http://www.baker.edu.
Michigan Tech Appoints Sustainability Chairs: Michigan Technological University has appointed two new Robbins Chairs in Sustainability. Terry Sharik, dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, and Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center. Sharik will hold the Robbins Chair in Sustainable Resources, and Meadows, the Robbins Chair in Sustainable Marine Engineering. David Shonnard and Craig Friedrich will continue for a second five-year term as Robbins Chair in Sustainable Materials and Robbins Chair in Sustainable Manufacturing respectively. Research Professor Rolf Peterson will be rotating out. Both Sharik and Meadows already hold leadership positions at Michigan Tech in the key strategic area of sustainability. Sharik deals largely with terrestrial ecosystems dominated by forest, while Meadows focuses on aquatic ecosystems with a major emphasis on the Great Lakes, Lake Superior in particular. Sharik holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife Management from West Virginia University and Master’s and PhD degrees in Forest Recreation and Forest Botany respectively, from the University of Michigan. Prior to assuming the SFRES deanship in July 2012, he held faculty positions at Oberlin College, Virginia Tech, Michigan Tech, University of Michigan Biological Station and Utah State University. While teaching at Michigan Tech, Sharik served as president of the University Senate and as co-director of the Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center. During his tenure at Utah State, he headed the Department of Forest Resources and the Department of Environment and Society, both in the College of Natural Resources. After graduation from Purdue University in 1977, Meadows joined the faculty of the University of Michigan College of Engineering, where he served as professor of physical oceanography for 35 years. During that time, he served as director of the Ocean Engineering Laboratory, director of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (NOAA, Joint Institute), director of the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratories and founding academic director of the M-STEM Academy. Meadows joined Michigan Tech in June of 2012, to help establish the new Great Lakes Research Center. His primary goal is to blend scientific understanding and technological advancements into environmentally sound engineering solutions for the marine environment, through teaching, research and service. His teaching reaches beyond the University to less formal settings and includes five nationally televised documentaries for the History and Discovery Channels. His primary research interests are in geophysical fluid dynamics with emphasis on environmental forecasting and full-scale Great Lakes and coastal ocean experimental hydrodynamics. He has influenced policy and explored societal impacts of environmental forecasting for coastal management, recreational health and safety, and regional climate change.