PEAK Presenter's Bios
Vince Anewenter, Director RPC
Vince Anewenter is currently the Director of Operations at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC). Since 2003 Mr. Anewenter has been providing product development solutions to the Rapid Prototyping Center’s consortium member companies. Within the consortium there are over 55 non-completing companies representing industries ranging from biotech and implants, to vehicles and consumer goods. Mr. Anewenter has been asked to create solutions for these companies by utilizing additive manufacturing and other emerging technologies in order to provide them with a competitive advantage. Examples of this include product design for direct additive manufacturing, direct and indirect metals options, additive manufacturing process and material selection, 3D data acquisition options, as well as, many other emerging technologies and related processes. Previously, Mr. Anewenter was involved in injection molding and manufacturing at MGS Inc. for 8 years. At MGS Inc. he gained experience producing multi-shot plastic injection molds and developing secondary operations automation systems. Mr. Anewenter is a journeyman toolmaker and received a BS in Finance from MSOE’s Raider School of Business. Mr. Anewenter currently serves on the executive board of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) and is a frequent presenter at many international additive manufacturing and 3D scanning conferences.
Dr. Douglas Grabenstetter, Assistant Professor MSOE
Dr. Grabenstetter is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering specializing in Quality and Lean Six Sigma. In addition to his experience in academia, he has over 20 years of manufacturing experience in various industries. Most recently, Doug served as a Continuous Improvement Manger and Master Black Belt at Schneider Electric working highly visible and strategic Continuous Improvement Projects. Previous to this role, he functioned as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt with Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. in West Chicago, Illinois. While there, he also served as Project Manager for the Siemens Starpower Process Excellence Program and has functioned as the Lean Coordinator for the West Chicago’s Lean Manufacturing effort. Doug earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Mississippi State University. His research focus is on improving operations in Engineer to Order firms. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has published several technical papers in scholarly journals.
Dr. Paul Hudec, Associate Professor MSOE
Paul Hudec is an Associate Professor in the Rader School of Business at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. His 16 years of teaching experience covers a breadth of subjects in management, business forecasting, philosophy, ethics, applied ethics, strategic and knowledge management. Paul has worked with many regional companies on various projects as well as serving as PMI Milwaukee, Vice President of Outreach. Paul is a graduate of Marquette University.
Keisha Johnnies, Coaching, Clinical Practice and Alumni Coordinator, MSOE
Kiesha Johnnies is the Coordinator of Clinical Practice, Coaching and Alumni Relations for the MSOE MBA in Education Leadership Program. Kiesha’s passion for education derived from a lifetime of experiences, conversations and knowledge about the state of Milwaukee’s educational disparities. Prior to her time with MSOE, Kiesha was the Founding Principal of HOPE Caritas Elementary School. During her tenure she managed three expansion projects, doubled the student population and trained educators and administrators in her network on various topics to advance student achievement in Milwaukee. Kiesha has been an educator in various school sectors for more than 10 years.
Kiesha graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare. Later she received her master’s in urban education from Cardinal Stritch University. She also completed the National Principal Fellowship Program in New York with Relay Graduate School of Education. More recently, she graduated from MSOE with her MBA in Education Leadership. Kiesha feels that educating others is the best service she can provide.
Kate Kerrigan, CPMM, ToC, PMP
Kate Kerrigan is an experienced Operations, Maintenance and Reliability Leader. She specializes in maintenance and reliability management and has in –depth experience implementing Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Lean Manufacturing. Maximizing company asses above all is her mission.
Through her teaching, coaching and mentoring, Kate has led several industry-leading organizations in improving their bottom line and increasing their systems’ reliability. She has a diverse background with industry vertical experience in food and beverage, consume products, pulp and paper, oil transportation, and automotive industries. Throughout her career, she has held positions as a Plant Manager, Operations Director, Maintenance Manager, Reliability Leader and Operations Analyst.
Dr. Doug Nelson, P.E., Assistant Professor, MSOE
Douglas Nelson, PE is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He specializes in Plumbing and Fire Protection Systems and teaches courses in several Civil Engineering and Construction Management
areas. Doug served as a Civil/Municipal Engineer for 12 years, working on many water and wastewater treatment systems in Southeastern Wisconsin. He also served as an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Engineering Department at the State University of New York at Morrisville (now Morrisville State College.) Doug is a graduate of Cornell University.
Dr. Kelly Ottman, Professor, MSOE
Dr. Ottman focuses on leadership, organizational behavior, management, and team dynamics. A specific area of interest is virtual teams, which she incorporates into the online and blended courses she teaches. She is a certified administrator of the MBTI, which she uses to aid in leadership and team development.
Currently, Dr. Ottman teaches full time graduate courses in the MBA and master’s in engineering management for engineers, nurses, and educational leaders/principals. She developed the MSOE Doing Business with China program, which includes partnership with over 20 companies and a signature Servant Leadership project in rural China. Prior to joining MSOE, she taught for eight years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the traditional undergraduate and graduate programs and the Executive USA and China MBA degree programs. She also conducted leadership programs for industry leaders from around the world. In 2005, she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for Academic Staff for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also was on the design team and taught in the College of Professional Studies at Marquette University, as well as taught in the Executive MBA program.
Dr. Ottman provides independent consultation to local, national and international executive leaders, management groups and Boards of Directors from an array of industries and professions. She conducts onsite consultation and education with Asia-Pacific leaders and teams and facilitates strategic planning for businesses and professional organizations. As an Executive Coach, she assists individuals in the areas of leadership and career development.
Mark Rounds, MSOE
Mark is the Vice President of Corporate Development at Vogel Bros. Building Co. He has over 40 years of business experience working as a laborer, superintendent, project engineer, estimator, project manager, and vice president of operations. He has worked in several markets including Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Virginia and the Carolinas. He has been on a Lean journey for the past 12 years and has implemented lean on construction projects and taught lean principles for several audiences. Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. He is also an Adjunct Professor at MSOE teaching a course in 21st Century Leadership.
Gene A. Wright ’79, ’87
Director, Graduate Management Programs
MSOE Rader School of Business, Milwaukee
Gene Wright is a business professional with more than 30 years of experience. Currently, he is the program director for the engineering management, new product management, and marketing and export management graduate programs in the MSOE Rader School of Business, and also chairs TEC 56 for TEC Midwest. Wright previously taught at UW-Milwaukee and directed the Lubar Executive MBA program. He also served MSOE as an adjunct professor for 22 years while building his career. Prior to moving to higher education, Wright worked at RTE Corp., Combined Technologies Inc. and Brady Corp.; was practice director for BORN Information Services; and was principal and VP of marketing at Netconcepts LLC. Wright holds three patents and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and master’s degree in engineering management from MSOE. Wright has been a member of the MSOE Alumni Board of Directors for over 30 years and twice served as its president. He is also an MSOE Corporation member.