Collaborative Engineering Program Faculty and Staff

Kristi Gimmel Becker

Kristi Gimmel Becker
Program Director

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
174 Ottensman Hall
608.342.6059
gimmelbeckek@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Kristi Gimmel Becker earned her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Wartburg College.

Gimmel Becker currently serves as the Director of the Collaborative Engineering Program. Through this distance delivery program, she helps place-bound students and working adults earn their bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. She previously worked in UW-Platteville’s Academic and Career Advising Center as an Employer Relations Liaison, and as a Career Counselor, and Academic Advisor.

Gimmel Becker has accumulated twenty years of leadership experience through her work as the Director of the Career Center at Augustana College, the Director of Career Services at both Clarke University and the University of Dubuque, and the Experiential Learning Coordinator for the Colleges of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. In addition, she served as the President of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers and received Midwest ACE’s J.W. Paquette Superior Leadership Award.
Jennifer LaTour

Jennifer LaTour
Admission and Academic Advisor

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
173 Ottensman Hall
608.342.6135
latourj@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Jennifer LaTour earned her Master of Agricultural Extension Education from Colorado State University and her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. During her studies at UW-Platteville, she studied abroad in Belize and eventually spent three months living in Guatemala.

Prior to joining UW-Platteville, LaTour worked as a Product Specialist for Landmark Services Cooperative and as an Extension Agent for UW-Extension.

 

Hattie Techlow

Hattie Techlow
Program Associate

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Engineering Building
1655 University Drive, Menasha, WI
920.832.2854
techlowh@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Hattie Techlow has served as the Program Associate for the Collaborative Engineering Program for the past three years and has worked for the State of Wisconsin for a total of sixteen years. Prior to joining the Collaborative Engineering Program, Techlow worked for Winnebago Mental Health Institute as a Residential Care Technician and in the scheduling office. She lives in the Fox Cities and enjoys spending time at her family cabin near Platteville.
David Andersen

David Andersen
Lab Manager

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
311 Engineering Hall
608.342.1170
andersenda@uwplatt.edu

Biography

David Andersen earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Andersen has served as the Lab Manager for the Collaborative Engineering Program for the past ten years. Prior to joining UW-Platteville, he worked in industry as a Manufacturing Engineer at Thermal Fischer, Harman-Karden, and Loud Speaker Component Corp.

For the past ten years, Andersen has served his country in the National Guard as a Squad Leader for the Horizontal Engineering Unit. He was deployed to Afghanistan from 2012-2013. Andersen also served in the Navy as a Diesel Mechanic and Gas Turbine Mechanic and worked at Surrey Nuclear Power Station as a Journeyman Mechanic and Maintenance Foreman.
Guy Campbell

Guy Campbell
Lecturer
Mechanical Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Washington County
400 S University Drive
Room 339
262.808.4150

University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan
1 University Drive
Room 6018
920.459.5957

campbellg@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Guy Campbell earned his Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Notre Dame. He has also completed graduate coursework in Mechanical Engineering and Electro-Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University.

Campbell worked in industry as a manufacturing engineer for thirty-five years, including General Motors, Borg Warner, Grumman, Harley-Davidson, and North American Clutch. In addition, he taught at Moraine Park Technical College and Marquette University for eight years prior to teaching for UW-Platteville. His research interest is in the economics of the labor/factory interaction.

 

Michael Zampaloni

Michael Zampaloni, PhD
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Engineering Building
1655 University Drive, Menasha, WI
920.832.0104
zampalonim@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Dr. Zampaloni earned his PhD, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Prior to joining UW-Platteville, Dr. Zampaloni taught at Michigan State University, founded a small business that focused on transitioning the thermo-hydroforming process he helped develop at MSU from academia into industry, and is a former officer of the United States Air Force.

Dr. Zampaloni is currently the Co-Director of the Center for Device Design and Development (3DC) partnering with both industry and community inventors to take ideas from conception through the prototype development phase and into production-ready capabilities.

 

A.L. Ranen McLanahan

A.L. Ranen McLanahan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Engineering Building
1655 University Drive, Menasha, WI
920.832.2631
mclanahana@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Dr. McLanahan earned his Ph.D. and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Eastern Washington University.

Dr. McLanahan started his career in industry on a floating factory ship in Alaska working in operations, maintenance, prototype machine design, and management. He helped found and is Co-Director of the Center for Device Design and Development (3DC), a device development center to help local inventors develop their ideas into marketable products while involving students in entrepreneurship and design.

He has been awarded the prestigious Arthur M. Kaplan award for his teaching, outreach, and innovation; was honored as the UW-Fox Valley Teacher of the Year (2013); and had a publication nationally recognized as an IOP select work.

 

Fang Yang

Fang Yang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Engineering Building
1655 University Drive, Menasha, WI
920.832.2647
yangfan@uwplatt.edu

Biography

Dr. Yang earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, her Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North China Electric Power University.

Dr. Yang has more than twenty years academic and industrial experience in power engineering. She worked in ABB US Corporate Research Center first as a Scientist and then as a Principal Scientist before joining UW-Platteville.

Her research interests include distribution system automation and management, bulk power system reliability assessment, the application of artificial intelligence in power system control, the application of microprocessor in power system measuring and communication. She has been actively working on smart grid technology development in recent years, major projects she had led and participated in include microgrid energy management system, voltage var control and optimization, distribution state estimation, feeder automation, and outage management. She has published more than 40 technical papers, book chapters, and technical reports and holds multiple patents/patent applications.

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