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Kate L. Dunwoody Women’s Luncheon is Oct. 24

Attorney, entrepreneur, civic leader and mother Nena Fox will be the guest speaker at the Kate L. Dunwoody Women’s Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis. Her presentation will focus on women as entrepreneurs. The luncheon recognizes the vision and generosity of Kate L. Dunwoody with the mission of raising funds for women’s scholarships.

 

About Nena:

As a Senior Associate at the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Nena practices in the areas of real estate development and government contracting. She helps developers and local governments secure financing and partner to accomplish complex land use, development, employment and infrastructure goals.

As Founder & CEO of the Global Robotics Innovation Park (GRIP), Nena is spearheading the effort to build a research park and business incubator for the robotics industry in Minnesota.

Nena is currently serving her second term as Chair of the Citizens League Board of Directors. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School for three years where she taught a course on Local Economic Development. She is also a graduate of the Minneapolis FBI Citizens Academy. In 2013 Nena received the (REAL) Power 50 Award by Minnesota Business Magazine, the Progress Minnesota Award by Finance & Commerce, and was named one of the 40 Under 40 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Nena has a three year-old daughter named Mary Lou. She describes herself as a “maker” and “a geek at heart.”

 

Event information:

 

Lunch & Program: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $35 (free to female students, RSVP required)

Table Sponsors: $280 (Includes 7 guests and hosts 1 student attendee)

 

Location: Dunwoody College of Technology

RSVP: October 21, 2013

Payments made to:  Dunwoody College of Technology

Questions:  612-381-3064, or email Alumni@Dunwoody.edu

Machine Tool Technology program earns “Best CNC Student Project” at HTEC National Conference

The Machine Tool Technology program brought home the prize for “Best Student CNC Project” at the 2013 Haas Technical Education Centers (HTEC) National Conference held July 15 in Edmonton, Alberta.

The conference was hosted at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), a leader in supplying trained machinists and operators to support the booming oil industry. “Filling the Manufacturing Pipeline” was the theme of the conference to discuss both the actual oil pipeline and advocating for how to get skilled workers to fill these jobs.

Prior to the conference the Machine Tool Technology program, led by Senior Machine Tool Technology Instructor Brian Nelsen and Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle, worked with Dunwoody Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) students to design and build coasters using Solidworks design software and Haas CNC machines.

“The goal of the project was to get YCAP students interested in manufacturing from design to build,” said Daigle. “It worked so well we decided to use this project as an entry for the CNC Student Project competition.”

A total of four awards were given at the conference for outstanding CNC projects. Dunwoody brought 100 sample coasters with next year’s conference dates to give out to attendees.

Daigle said conference attendees shared positive comments about the project and were happy to take home a memento.

The prize for winning was a $2,000 Haas CNC simulator that allows students to debug code before entering the lab to make parts.

“With the increased enrollment in the Machine Tool program this will allow even more students access to a CNC control panel outside of their normal lab hours,” Daigle said.

The 2014 HTEC National Conference will be hosted at Dunwoody.

Prior to the conference the Machine Tool Technology program, led by Senior Machine Tool Technology Instructor Brian Nelsen and Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle, worked with Dunwoody Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) students to design and build coasters using Solidworks design software and Haas CNC machines.

The prize for winning was a $2,000 Haas CNC simulator that allows students to debug code before entering the lab to make parts.

Dunwoody students earn gold at 2013 SkillsUSA Minnesota Contest

Dunwoody students performed well again this year in the SkillsUSA Minnesota Contest held last weekend at various locations in the Twin Cities, including the Dunwoody campus.

The Collision students, advised by Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon, made a complete sweep of the awards, taking first through fourth place in the contest. Kevin Wendt advised two teams for the Web Design contest, and they placed first and second.

Overall, 16 Dunwoody students competed in seven contests, including Collision, Automotive Refinishing, HVAC, Computer Programming, Computer Maintenance, Web Design, and Internetworking.  The students medaled in five of the contests with three in first place, two in second place, three in third place, and two in fourth place.  The full results are:

 

Collision Repair– Advisors: Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon

1st: Erik Campion

2nd: Trevor Multhaup

3rd: Huey Lewis

4th: Andy LaRue

 

Internetworking – Advisors: Rob Bentz and Dave Mansheffer

1st: Donald Geer

 

Computer Web Design –Advisor: Kevin Wendt

1st Place Team:  Joe Packer and Brett Lidfors

2nd Place Team:  Martin Sheeks and Brady Skaurad

 

Automotive Refinishing – Advisors: Bruce Graffunder and Bob Brandon

3rd: Erik Campion

4th: Huey Lewis

 

Computer Maintenance – Advisor: Dave Mansheffer

3rd: Lee Reiners

 

The first place winners are eligible to compete at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo., June 24–28.

Kevin Wendt and Bruce Graffunder will be attending the national competition as advisors for the contests.  Four Dunwoody faculty members are going to the national competition to judge: Lonny Lunn and Dave Duval for the Automotive competition, Heather Gay for the Teamworks competition, and Polly Friendshuh for the Electrical Construction Wiring competition.

For more information about SkillsUSA Minnesota, visit www.mnskillsusa.org.

 

SkillsUSA Minnesota is part of a national organization that serves over a quarter million student members annually, organized into more than 14,700 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands). The Minnesota Association has offered leadership opportunities to over 200,000 student members since 1967, with a current annual membership of over 3,000. There are chapters in 29 technical colleges and 50 high schools or cooperative centers, with potential to serve many more. SkillsUSA is governed by a Board of Directors, elected from teachers that advise local chapters, and representing both the high school and college divisions and industry representatives. All programs are offered as integral to the curriculum.

 

 

Dunwoody College of Technology selects Pentair for its 2012 Partnership Award

Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 28, 2012 – Dunwoody College presented Pentair with a Partnership Award at its Evening of Recognition held Thursday, Sept. 27, on campus.

The Dunwoody Partnership Award is given annually to an organization or company that makes a significant contribution to Dunwoody’s mission to provide a career-focused, applied education leading to immediate jobs and successful careers in business and industry.

Pentair, a global, diversified industrial company offering water, fluid, thermal management and equipment protection solutions, supports a variety of nonprofits, including Dunwoody, through The Pentair Foundation.

“We are always looking for ways to support traditional learners and students in nontraditional programs,” said Pentair spokesperson Betsy Day.  “Dunwoody is a great example of experiential learning with an emphasis on hands-on learning and a history of getting students into the workforce.”

Pentair has given approximately $285,000 to Dunwoody over the past 20 years to support general operating costs.

“Pentair has been a supporter of the College for several decades now,” said Dunwoody President Rich Wagner. “We appreciate that support, and especially are grateful for the interest Pentair Foundation staff show in our mission and our students. It’s always a delight to have them on campus.”

ABOUT PENTAIR LTD.

Pentair Ltd. (www.pentair.com) delivers industry-leading products, services and solutions for its customers’ diverse needs in water and other fluids, thermal management and equipment protection.   With pro forma 2011 revenues of more than $7 billion, Pentair employs more than 30,000 people worldwide.

Founded in 1914, Dunwoody College of Technology is the only private, not-for-profit technical college in the Upper Midwest. It has provided a hands-on, applied technical education to more than 250,000 men and women, who in turn have gone on to meaningful and rewarding careers. Located on the western edge of downtown Minneapolis, Dunwoody is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (ncahlc.org). 

Midwest Robotics League regional championship May 19-20 at MOA

WHAT: Teams pit 15lb robots against each other in head-to-head matches in an arena. The match lasts 3 minutes or until one robot is knocked out or taps out. The competition is double elimination. The audience will have opportunities to interact with the robots throughout the weekend.

The competition will include the reigning NRL National Champion: the robotics team from North St. Paul High School and their robot UC3, which went undefeated in the national competition held May 5-6, 2012, in Indianapolis, IN.

WHO: Teams of at least 3 students (middle school, high school or college) and 1 technical adviser. Local and national teams from across the country will be competing.

WHEN:

1 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, (Competition Rounds 1-5)

1 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, (Competition Rounds 6-9)

4 – 5 p.m. Sunday May 20, (Championship Rounds 10-11 & awards ceremony)

WHERE: Rotunda in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.

The Midwest Robotics League is sponsored and managed by Dunwoody College of Technology.

Autonomous Snow Plow Team to Compete at the 2012 Winter Carnival

The Snow Devils 2, Dunwoody’s Autonomous Snow Plow Team, will be competing in this weekend’s Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition at the 2012 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Last year, Dunwoody’s team took third place out of six teams, and was their first year competing. The competition was The University of Minnesota, two teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Ohio and Ohio – Miami.

The Snow Devils, Dunwoody's 2011 Autonomous Snow Plow Competitor.

The team designed a new plow utilizing a $20 web cam to search for snow. This data is then analyzed using Visual Basic code, which drives large electric motors via a DC motor controller. The team consists of Joel Berglund (ASRO), Corey Halverson (ASRO), Reed Herme (ASRO), Ryan Bender (MDES), Tim Seidl (WMET), Joe Tebbe (ASRO), Josh Nelson (ASRO) and Ward Freeman (MDES).

An example of the robot operation can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSCpJ2cJ4T4.

Come out and support the team at the Winter Carnival from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday, January 28 or from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, January 29 at Rice Park, 109 4th St. West, Downtown Saint Paul. This event is free and open to the public.

More information and rules for the Autonomous Snow Plow Competition can be found at www.autosnowplow.com and www.winter-carnival.com.

Pictures and information on last year’s competition can be found here http://www.dunwoody.edu/blog.

Photo courtesy of the Autonomous SnowPlow Competition Facebook page.

Dunwoody offers Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop for alumni

Have you ever kicked around the idea of starting your own business, but don’t know where to start? Dunwoody will be hosting Entrepreneurship 101 on Saturday, February 11, 2012 for Dunwoody students and alumni. Meet, network, listen and ask questions of our panel who all started their own successful business.

The panel is:

  • Ray Crowder, GR Promotions  (1960; Electronics Systems)
  • Larry Raasch, Prime General Contractors (1977; Building Construction)
  • Anthony Carter, Jr. Frameworx Construction Co. (2006; Architectural Drafting & Estimating)
  • Tom Graf, Concrete Arts (1993; Architectural Drafting & Estimating)

The event is 9 am – 12 pm, Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Dunwoody campus in the McNamara Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

To register, call 612-548-4963 or email development@dunwoody.edu the following information:

  • Name
  • Graduation year
  • Program
  • Phone number

Please contact development@dunwoody.edu with questions! We look forward to seeing you!

Dunwoody students compete in the SkillsUSA Nationals Competition

National SkillsUSA Dunwoody students and advisors

Five Dunwoody College of Technology students participated in the 47th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championship held June 18-24, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

According to the SkillsUSA 2011, the championship event is “a multi-million dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 16 football fields.” More than 5,600 students competed in the week-long event; the five Dunwoody students who  competed qualified by taking home first place medals in the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition held in March.

Career and technical education students nationwide competed in more than 95 industry, labor and trade categories, ranging from Culinary Arts and Masonry to Sheet Metal and Firefighting. Each contest had about25 to 40 competitors.

All of the College’s competitors placed in the top half with four out of the five taking fourth place in their respective events:

Ben Anderson (‘11) – 4th place in Automotive Service Technology
Wade Avery (’11) – 4th place in Related Technical Math
Brandon Bomar (’12) – 4th place in Architectural Drafting
Jake Krogstad (’11) – 14th place in Collision Repair
Kade Oeltjenbruns (’11) – 4th place in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Senior Instructor Polly Friendshuh said, “I feel we had a very strong showing with the level of competition and by having four of our student in the top four in the nation.”

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA National Competition and Championship competitors!