Ivy Tech Community College faculty make their mark on northeast Indiana and beyond:
Nicholas Goodnight has penned a textbook for community and technical college students. The assistant professor of automotive technology is co-author of Automotive Engine Repair, a part of the CDX Master Automotive Technician Series.
In addition, the North American Council of Automotive Teachers honored Goodnight with the Best New Automotive Teacher in the Nation award last July, a distinction that recognizes an outstanding automotive instructor who has been teaching for five years or fewer.
Engineering department chair Andrew Bell spoke about two-year and four-year college collaborations to advance microelectromechanical system technology at the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference in Washington, D.C. in late October. Two of Bell’s students, Lucas Bazile and Isaiah Abel, were awarded highly selective sponsorships to join him at the conference.
Also, Bell was sworn in recently as the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering’s vice chair for the Micro/Nanotechnology Focus Group during the organization’s annual conference in Cincinnati. The ATMAE develops technology graduates and professional who lead, innovate, and collaborate in technology-related fields.
Cybersecurity expert Darryl Togashi has been named to Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity. Togashi is the department chair for Cybersecurity/Information Assurance, Information Technology Support, Network Infrastructure and Server Administration programs at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus.
Togashi has joined government (local, state, and federal), private-sector, military, research, and academic stakeholders to collaboratively move Indiana’s cybersecurity to the next level. With 28 council members and more than 50 advisory members, the council will deliver a comprehensive strategy plan to Holcomb by September 2018.
Rula Mourad Koudsia has been named the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus, a new initiative launched this fall to focus on faculty collaboration, enrichment, and innovation. The center aims to provide trainings, consultations, and resources to support faculty and create a more connected campus-wide teaching culture. Departments across the College, as well as external organizations, will assist in fulfilling the center’s mission.
Koudsia will retain her existing responsibilities as associate professor and department chair for the Communication, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Student Success programs.