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Mia debuts divining rod for art discovery designed by Architecture’s Molly Reichert

Photo of a person holding the divining rod, a plastic u-shaped device with a circle of led lights in the center, near a landscape painting

The Divining Rod in action in one of Mia’s galleries (photo courtesy of Mia)

When Architecture faculty member Molly Reichert teamed up with engineer Ben Arcand to enter Minneapolis Institute of Art’s 3M Arts and Technology Award last year, they came up with a concept that was simple and elegant: a divining rod to guide visitors through the museum galleries in a unique, interesting way.

But once they won the award, they realized that now they had to actually build it. That took many prototypes (with some of the concepts 3D-printed in Dunwoody’s Materials, Mechanics,& Metrology Lab); recruiting additional team members to help with the software and fabrication; and lots of testing and debugging.

The Divining Rod team (left to right): Max Hoagland, hardware/software designer and programmer; co-creators Ben Arcand and Molly Reichert; and Blaine Garrett, algorithm programmer and designer. (photo courtesy of Mia)

The divining rod project came together in the end and debuted late last month. It features a u-shaped plastic casing that senses your location and displays lights that show you which direction to go in order to find an initial work of art. Once you’ve arrived at the artwork, you scan the label next to it and press a plus or minus button on the rod. Your reaction then interacts with a recommendation algorithm and guides you to a different piece of art it thinks you will like. Every interaction with the divining rod helps the recommendation algorithm it uses personalizes your museum experience further. It also helps the algorithm continue to learn and get better as a recommendation engine.

“The Divining Rods Project has a lot of potential for further development and could be used in a variety of contexts,” Reichert said. “We’re hoping that the collected data can be used to create new projects that augment the museum visitor experience.”

The divining rod project can be experienced at the museum on weekends and most Thursday and Friday evening (click here for a full schedule).

Read more about the product development process on the Mia Divining Rods project blog.

2017 3M Art and Technology Competition

There’s still time to submit your ideas for the 2017 version of the awards. Ideas are due by December 1, 2017. Find out more at the competition website and submit your ideas here.

Employee Spotlight: Teresa Milligan, Principal Instructor

Teresa Milligan, Dunwoody Principal Instructor

Hometown: Scandia, MN

College: College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN (undergrad), St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis (graduate)

Degrees: B.A. in Secondary Social Sciences Education, M.A. in Literacy Education, Graduate Certificate for Teachers of Adult ESL

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?

7 years in October!

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

That I am able to give students the literacy tools they need to succeed in their classes and in their future jobs, as well as collaborating with a lot of very caring, passionate instructors.

I think I get the most satisfaction from watching the excitement of the students who are finally given a chance to shine in a way that reflects who they are and from seeing the pride our instructors have in our students and the satisfaction they feel from being able to facilitate that chance.

What do you like about Dunwoody’s hands-on educational philosophy?

Dunwoody’s philosophy aligns with a lot of the research on learning, especially adult learners, so it’s exciting to put it in action and see it work. What makes us stand out is the relationships students build with their instructors and with each other. We are able to establish the trust and credibility students need to participate in that kind of deep learning, even if they aren’t confident in themselves yet.

What are a few of your hobbies?

Gardening, reading, camping, walking or running with my German shepherd, spending time with my boys, and being a motorcycle mama.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I like almost everything. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and The Beatles dominate my playlist, though. I’m a sucker for a bluesy, soulful guitar solo.

What’s your favorite kind of pizza?

Pepperoni and green olive.

Fun facts:
  1. I’ve been with my husband since we were 14!
  2. I have a slight obsession with biographies (right now I’m reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets by Curt Gentry).
  3. I can make a mean lasagna.

Employee Spotlight: Mark Anderson, Manager of IT Operations

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Hometown: Belvidere, IL

College: Dunwoody College of Technology

Degrees: AAS in Computer Networking & Electronic Systems, BS in Applied Management with a MIS Concentration

How long have you been working at Dunwoody? 16 years + 1 year as a student worker!

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody?

I really liked the idea of working where I went to school and applying what I was learning in the classroom to the job. After graduation, I decided to stay with Dunwoody mainly because of the relationships I had built with employees and how quickly I was learning in that environment. Chris Leiseth, my manager at the time, let me take on all sorts of projects and higher-level support requests. He taught me that fixing the technology was the easier part of IT, and that it was more important to learn how to build relationships and trust across the organization.

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

Hiring student workers for IT. From the interview, to training and coaching them, to watching them graduate and go on to successful and rewarding careers because of what they learned at Dunwoody—I enjoy all of it.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I enjoy playing basketball, golf, and baseball as well as biking, fishing, and woodworking projects.

What is your favorite type of cuisine or food?

When it’s not fishing season, Japanese Teppanyaki.

Which sports teams do you root for?

My family from Illinois would disown me if I went with all Minnesota teams, so, Chicago White Sox, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Wild, and Minnesota Timberwolves. I do like watching the Twins and Vikings, but I still root for the Sox and Packers when they play.

Dunwoody students study abroad in Cuba

Eight Dunwoody students have another bullet to add to their résumé (and a lot of photos to add to their portfolios) thanks to a recent study aboard trip to Cuba!

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Architecture students Alex Stanley, Celina Nelson, and Gianna Madison; Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology student Patrick Kowal; Construction Project Management student Kate Anderson; and Construction Management students Freddy Jara, Aaron Davis, and Jake Benson-Devine joined Senior Instructor Alex Wong, Program Manager Heather Gay, and Dean Bridget Reynolds on the nine-day adventure late last month.

During their trip, students had the opportunity to experience the city-life of Havana, the small town charm of Santa Clara, the history behind Trinidad port, and the captivating beauty of Topes De Collantes National Park.

Trip highlights included:
Havana
  • Studying the reconstruction and restoration of Havanna
  • Learning what technical education looks like in another country
  • Experiencing different types of food and music
Santa Clara
  • Learning what construction materials and methods are used for restoration projects in a more rural area
  • Learning how smaller educational institutions train students for jobs
  • Understanding how a construction site is prepared in another country
Trinidad
  • Discovering the national influences and inspirations behind the port’s design
  • Seeing the many different goods being imported and exported
  • Learning the history behind residential design and how pirates and weather played a role
  • Studying the evolution of the port’s economy and society

Topes De Collantes National Park

  • Hiking the Escambray Mountains
  • Swimming in the basin of a waterfall
Trip photos:

The College plans to offer another study abroad trip summer of 2018.

To learn more about the 2017 Study Abroad trip, visit: https://cubacmgt1901.wordpress.com

Employee Spotlight: Andy Stevens

A Q&A with Industrial Engineering Senior Instructor Andy Stevens

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Hometown: Browerville, MN
College: St. Cloud State
Degrees: B.S. in Operations Management, Masters in Business Administration (Currently pursuing a M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering at UW-Stout)
Certifications: Professional Engineering Manager (PEM), Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), Mini-Master in Lean Manufacturing

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?

I had the opportunity to start working at Dunwoody as an adjunct instructor spring 2017 semester and started as a full-time instructor in March. It feels like time has flown by, and I can’t believe we are almost the end of the semester.

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody?

Dunwoody is one of the best-kept secrets in the Twin Cities, and I’ve admired Dunwoody for years as a hands-on, high-tech college. I’ve always wanted to get into teaching and when the opportunity presented itself, I went for it! I’m grateful for the opportunity.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Interacting with students is extremely enjoyable! Whether that is in the classroom during a lecture and discussion or outside the classroom answering questions and giving guidance. In second, I would say it is the constant learning and reinforcing the depth of industrial engineering knowledge.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I love making “stuff”. I guess that’s why I have a passion for manufacturing in general! Some of the things I make are homemade beer/wine, soap, canning all kinds of things out of the garden, and many other homemade products. I also enjoy gardening, being outdoors, and marksmanship.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?

1998 – The George Strait Country Music festival at the Metrodome or The Zelda Orchestra at the Orpheum just a few years ago.

What is the one thing in the world you are most proud of?

Beyond a doubt the one thing I am most proud of is being married to my wife, Heidi. We have been together for almost seven years and along the way she has supported whatever “crazy idea” I get; from quitting a job and starting my own consulting business, coming up with some new hobby that turns the house upside down, or anything in between. She is 100% supportive of my endeavors regardless of how big or crazy the idea may seem.

Fun Facts:
  • In high school I worked at a horse ranch as a wrangler year-round. Growing up, I also raised huskies for dogsledding and actually participated in races!
  • I’ve spent about 15 years in industry, ranging in titles as a Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Industrial Engineer, CI Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Project Manager, and others.
  • When I was a consultant project manager, I traveled all over the United States and was able to see LOTS of different manufacturing companies. From making egg patties in New Jersey, to truck transmission castings in Kentucky, to air conditioners in Louisiana, or the best smelling facility I have ever been in: a microwave bacon company in northern Iowa!
  • I started my own consulting business and keep it going on the side to this day. I focus on helping companies with operations management and industrial engineering problems/opportunities.
  • I’m PUMPED to be an instructor at Dunwoody!

Meet Head Librarian: Marcus Seraphine

Happy National Library Lovers’ Month from Dunwoody College of Technology!


Did you know February is National Library Lovers’ Month? Help Dunwoody celebrate by getting to know one of the College’s newest employees: Head Librarian Marcus Seraphine!

Q&A With Marcus Seraphine:

Marcus Seraphine, Head Librarian at Dunwoody College of TechnologyQ: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in Brooklyn Center, so not too far from Dunwoody.

Q: What was your job prior to joining Dunwoody?

A: My last job was being the librarian at Kamehameha Schools- Maui Campus in Hawaii.

Q: Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody/move back to MN?

A: I am originally from the Twin Cities, so I have always known about Dunwoody. I have a few family members and friends from high school who have gone through programs here and they all had positive things to say about the college. So, when I saw there was an opening here in my field I was really interested in it.

I have not really lived in Minnesota since high school. I did my undergraduate degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and after that I taught in Chippewa Falls and South Korea. I came back to the U.S. to get a Master’s in Library Science and worked in the library at Chippewa Valley Technical College before going to Hawaii for two years. After all of that moving around I wanted to try and find something closer to family.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Dunwoody:

A: I really like how there are so many different programs/areas of study going on in such a small space. It is really interesting to be able to walk from a machine shop on the Black Level, to a photo studio on the Red Level, and then be able to listen to a guest speaker in the McNamara. Also Fred’s waffle fries in the cafeteria are really good.

Q: How long have you known you wanted to be a librarian:

A: I am a little surprised I became a librarian. It was never a career I thought I would get into growing up. I did not know I wanted to be a librarian until I was in college. I was an Education major and during my third year of college I started working in my university’s library. It seemed like a lot of the things the librarians were doing were very similar to what I was learning about in my Education classes and it felt like a good fit for me.

Q: What are a few of your hobbies?

I like to travel, go to concerts, watch football, and find new restaurants.

Q: What is your favorite book?

Asking a librarian/former English teacher to choose their favorite book is really difficult! I have to pick at least two. I mostly read nonfiction, historical fiction, or science fiction. One of my favorite books is called Shantaram. It’s a novel about an Australian man who escapes from prison and starts a new life in India. My other favorite is A Canticle for Leibowitz. That is a science fiction book about what happens in the United States after a nuclear war.

Q: Anything else students should know about you?

A: It’s ok to talk in the library; I won’t “shush” you.

Marcus can be found in either the Butler Library on the Black Level or the Design Library on the Red Level Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. He can also be reached at mseraphine@dunwoody.edu.

Welcome to Dunwoody, Marcus, and Happy National Library Lovers’ Month to all!

Dunwoody Automotive adds online training for Audi and Subaru vehicles

 Latest offerings boost Dunwoody’s number of manufacturer programs to five.

As the need for Automotive technicians continues to rise, so does Dunwoody’s list of program offerings.

A photo of Dunwoody's Automotive LabDunwoody will soon offer online, add-on credentials for students interested in working on both Subaru and Audi vehicles.

Audi is the College’s first European manufacturer program, which means Dunwoody is now recognized as a Premium Plus – Audi Education Partnership Program (AEP) College. The two new programs will join the already impressive spread of manufacture-specific programs at Dunwoody, which include Honda, Mopar, and Toyota.

“We are very fortunate in that we now have five manufacturer programs,” said Steve Reinarts, Automotive Dean. “Many colleges don’t have a single one.”

Online training to complement student’s campus training, boost job opportunities

The Audi and Subaru trainings are completely free for students enrolled in the College’s Automotive Service Technology, Mopar Career Automotive, or Honda Professional Auto Career Training programs.

A close-up of an Audi vehicle’s engine, recently donated to Dunwoody College

A close-up of an Audi vehicle’s engine, which was recently donated to Dunwoody College

The add-on credentials aim to complement the training students will already be receiving on campus. Reinarts explained that when a student is studying engines in class, they will also study engines specific to either Subaru or Audi online. The online training as well as all course materials come directly from the manufacturer, ensuring students are learning the most up-to-date information.

Upon completion of the training, students receive an Audi or Subaru General Skill Level certificate, which allows them to work at any Audi or Subaru dealer in the country. Combined with the student’s associate’s degrees, hands-on training, and internship or job experience, the additional certification aims to place students at the top of the resume pile.

Auto department to receive brand new Audi and Subaru equipment, vehicles

But the training doesn’t just benefit those who take it, Reinarts explained. “The entire Automotive department as a whole benefits from these programs.

A close-up of a Subaru vehicle’s engine, recently donated to Dunwoody College

A close-up of a Subaru vehicle’s engine, which was recently donated to Dunwoody College

“Because of these manufacturer programs, the Auto department is donated tools, equipment, vehicles—all of which are brand new,” Reinarts said. “So, all of our students get exposed to brand new service information and the latest and greatest of everything.

“These programs also benefit our new students because we can offer them all kinds of options,” Reinarts continued. “Some students love to work on just one type of vehicle, others like to learn and train on a wide variety of vehicles. We have opportunities for both.”

The College’s Subaru training option is available now. Audi training will most likely be available starting fall 2017.

Discover the Dunwoody Difference

If you are interested in an Automotive career, join us at our next open house on Tuesday, Jan. 17, or visit dunwoody.edu to learn more.

Learn more about Dunwoody Automotive.

Dunwoody’s Cindy Martimo elected to second term as Secretary/Treasurer of IDEC

Dunwoody Interior Design Principal Instructor Cindy Martimo to start second term as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC).

Dunwoody Interior Design Principal Instructor Cindy Martimo Earlier this month the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) announced the 2017-2018 Board of Directors, naming Cindy Martimo Secretary/Treasurer for the third year in a row.

The mission of IDEC is to advance interior design education, scholarship, and service. Founded in 1962, the organization strives to advance responsible design thinking through professional development, innovative teaching resources, and open dialogue/collaboration projects.

IDEC is the place where excellent teaching ideas are shared as well as opportunities for scholarships, grants, and presentations by our faculty,” Martimo said. “The organization provides an opportunity for instructors from across the country to connect.”

As the Secretary/Treasurer for the organization, Martimo manages the minutes and notes from all board and annual meanings, oversees the budget, maintains the Policy and Procedures Manual, and chairs the finance committee.

“I like my role as Secretary/Treasurer,” Martimo said. “It provides an inside look at the organization as a whole and the opportunity to provide the voice of a teaching institution.”

Martimo has been involved with the organization since 2010. Her second term officially begins May 1, 2017.

Learn more about Dunwoody Interior Design.