New Dean, Organic Products CEO, & Design Thinking Speaker (July 2016)

Old Dominion University (VA) has announced the selection of Stephanie G. Adams, Ph.D. (NE A ’89), as the seventh dean of the University’s Frank Batten College of Engineering & Technology. Previously, Dr. Adams was professor of engineering education department head at Virginia Tech. She will be the first female engineering dean at the University, received a 2003 CAREER award, and received the 2008 Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers.

Her research interests include broadening engineering participation; faculty and graduate student development; international and global education; teamwork and team effectiveness, and quality control and management. Dr. Adams is a leader in the advancement and inclusion of all in STEM education. Read the news release for more information.


Todd E. Wichmann, IL G ’92, is CEO and owner of FIT Organic, a company that produces products that are USDA certified organic. He started producing detergents and has now also developed an organic mosquito repellent that many 2016 Olympians have endorsed for Rio.

According to an article from AlterNet, “We tested against a wide variety of mosquitos…[including] the yellow fever mosquito, which is also the Zika virus mosquito and we showed zero bites for three hours in all three species of mosquitos, and that’s when really knew that we had something,” Wichmann said. Fit Organic has already produced 50,000 bottles of the repellent.


On August 23, 2016, at the International Design Engineering Technical Conference & Computers & Information in Engineering Conference, Bernard Roth, Ph.D. (NY H ’56), will be a plenary speaker. His talk is entitled “Applying Design Thinking Processes and Mindsets.” Dr. Roth is the Rodney H. Adams professor of engineering and the academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the at Stanford University.

He co-founded the Stanford, which now serves as a model for interdisciplinary collaboration at Stanford University and around the world. Dr. Roth’s talk will present tools and ideas based on design thinking that can enhance problem-solving and creative abilities. Click here for more information.


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