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Dr. Lisa M Landgraf
Dr. Landgraf is currently a UW-Platteville Associate Professor in Computer Science and Software Engineering, Director of the Instructional Center for Educational Technologies, and the STEM Scholars Program Director. Landgraf received her bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Iowa State University and her master's degree in Computer Science at the University of Iowa. Her Ph.D. is from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Landgraf started her professional career here at UW-Platteville as a lecturer in computer science in 1995. In 2000, Landgraf left UW-Platteville and was an assistant professor in Computer Science at Clarke University. After six years of teaching at Clarke University, Landgraf returned to UW-Platteville where she obtained her current position. Dr. Landgraf has four publications including “Recruitment and Retention of Women in STEM at UW-Platteville” and “Recruitment and Retention of Women in STEM: Effectiveness of Current Outreach Programs at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.” Landgraf has also been involved with numerous computer science workshops. Her interests include systems analysis and design, HCI and computer science curriculum.
Tammy Salmon-Stephens is currently the Senior Director of the Women in Engineering Program, the Senior Director of the Engineering Advising Office, and a STEM Scholars program team member at UW-Platteville. Salmon-Stephens is an alumni of UW-Platteville where she received her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and master's degree in engineering. Salmon-Stephens started her professional career as an engineer at Perry Graphic Communications. Over the years, Salmon-Stephens has held various positions at UW-Platteville including an Introduction to Engineering instructor at UW-Platteville, College Council at UW-Platteville, and Career and College Development at UW-Platteville. Salmon-Stephens still holds many of these responsibilities. Salmon-Stephens has over 20 publications. Some of her more recent works include “Connecting with Girls about Engineering and Technology Careers,” “Engineering a Girl Tool Workshops,” and “Advising Women Students: How Faculty Can Be Part of the Solution.” Salmon-Stephens is also involved in various activities and outreach programs that deal with the recruitment and retention of females in STEM.
Dr. Irfan Ul-Haq
Dr. Ul-Haq is currently a UW-Platteville Assistant Professor in mathematics and a STEM Scholars program team member. Dr. Ul-Haq, initially a native of Pakistan, received his first master's degree in mathematics at Punjab University, Pakistan, and his second master's degree in mathematics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. From there he moved on to receive his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. After receiving his first master's degree, Dr. Ul-Haq opened Al-Hamra Science Academy in Pakistan to cater the needs of undergraduate students in mathematics, statistics, physics, and chemistry. There he also served as a part-time lecturer of mathematics. Ul-Haq has also served as a graduate teaching instructor during his academic career in the United States. Previously Dr. Ul-Haq held positions as an assistant professor of mathematics at Prairie View A&M University, Texas and at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2005, Dr. Ul-Haq joined the UW-Platteville campus as an assistant professor of mathematics. In 2009, Ul-Haq became an Associate Professor of mathematics here at UW-Platteville. Dr. Ul-Haq's recent publications include “Association Rule Mining” and “Using Population Models in Teaching Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors.” His research interests are in operator theory and math education. Dr. Ul-Haq has also been involved in numerous grants.
Dr. Keith Thompson
M. Keith Thompson is currently an Associate Professor in civil and environmental engineering and a STEM Scholars team member. Dr. Thompson received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and then worked briefly as a bridge engineer at Figg Engineering, Inc. in Tallahassee, Fla. before moving on to Austin, Texas to begin his graduate studies. He completed both a master's degree and Ph.D. degree at the University of Texas in Austin, both times conducting research related to reinforced concrete structures. Following completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Thompson taught briefly at Penn State University and Auburn University before coming to UW-Platteville in 2004. Dr. Thompson teaches courses in structural mechanics and reinforced concrete design, has worked on research projects related to improving the civil engineering curriculum and increasing student retention, and has served on many university committees, particularly those related to student retention and academic success.
McKenzie Berg is currently a junior at UW-Plattevile majoring in Civil Engineering. This previous summer, McKenzie worked for the WisDOT on the bridge maintenance team as a Civil Engineering intern. She is an active member of ASCE and the Steel Bridge Team. McKenzie is also a member of the UW-Platteville Pioneer Dance Team, which performs at all home football games and all home boys and girls basketball games. Hobbies of hers include running, reading, dancing, and hanging out with friends. McKenzie is a Student Assistant for STEM Scholars.
Sarah Ostrander is an Engineering Physics major with and emphasis in Biomedical Engineering and a Certificate in Engineering Management. She is currently in her junior/3rd year at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. As well as attending classes, she is in Society of Physics Students and Engineers without Borders. Off campus, Sarah is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) on Platteville EMS. Sarah has been a Student Assistant with the program since August of 2012.
Erica Rapp is currently a senior Mechanical Engineering major with a double minor in Mathematics and Microsystems & Nanotechnology. After graduation, she hopes to go on to get her master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and eventually work at a propulsion laboratory. During her time at UW Platteville, Erica has had the opportunity to be involved in multiple campus research opportunities. Off campus, she enjoys hiking, astronomy, and volunteer work. Erica has been a Student Assistant with the STEM Scholars since June 2013.
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