KAREN W. BIRCH 

Principal Investigator & Executive Director
CT College of Technology
78 Birdseye Road
Farmington, CT  06032
Phone:  860-244-7608































































































































































































































 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

 

2004 – Present 

Principal Investigator and Executive Director, Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, CT Community Colleges

1995 – Present

State Director College of Technology and Professor, Tunxis Community College, CT

1991 – Present

Professor and Member of Academic Council and Math, Science and Technology Committee and Distance Learning Committee,  Charter Oak State College

1980 – 2005 

Adjunct Instructor, University of Connecticut, St. Joseph College and University of Hartford

2005 – 2009 

Gender Equity Consultant and Educator, IWITTS

1997 – 1999

Chairperson of Math, Science and Technology, Tunxis Community College, Farmington CT

1984 – 1997 

Chairperson of Chemical Engineering and Fire Technology, Capital Community-Technical College, Hartford, CT

1980 – 1997 

Professor, Chemical Engineering Technology, Capital Community-Technical College, Hartford, CT  (formerly Hartford State Technical College)

 

EVALUATION EXPERIENCE

·         External Evaluator: Bellevue Community College, Washington; NSF ATE Grant #0703026, “Stem to Stern: An Education to Industry Research, Action, Change Project to Develop Long-Term Employer-Education Partnerships”; (2007-2010).

·         External Evaluator: Three Rivers Community College; National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics S-STEM Award  # 0324003, Technology Opportunity Program (TOP); (2003-2008)

·         External Evaluator: New England Board of Higher Education, NSF ATE Grant # 0053284, PHOTON: a Curriculum & Instructional Materials Development, Teacher &Faculty Preparation & Enhancement Project; (2000-2004)

·         Internal Evaluator: NASA CT Space Grant Consortium; (2005-present)

·         Internal Evaluator: National Science Foundation ATE Award# 0123007, Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarships (CSEMS); (2001-2007)

·         National Visiting Committee Member for the Weld-Ed Center, Member and Chair of Committee (2007-present)

·         National Visiting Committee Member for DeafTec, Regional Center, (2011-present)

·         Advisory Board Member, NSF Problem Based Learning Grant (2009-present)

·         Served on National Advisory Boards for 12 grants including Department of Labor; Department of Education, Department of Energy and NASA Space Grant Consortium

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

·         Board Member for National Girls Collaborative, Girls Scouts of America, (Current)

·         Board Member for the Hartford High School Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, (Current)

·         Board of Directors, Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor Society, (Current)

·         Trustee, Gamma Phi Chapter of Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor Society, (Current)

·         Board of Directors, National Association Workforce Improvement (NAWI), (Current)

·         Board of Editors, Journal of Technology Studies, (Current)

 

 

AWARDS

·         New England Board of Higher Education Award for Educator/Program State Award for CT 2012

·         American Society of Engineering Educators “Best Paper” Award for the Manufacturing Division, 2011

·         ACAM award (Advocates of Connecticut, Asnuntuck, and Manufacturing) from Asnuntuck Community College for leadership in advancing manufacturing education in the state, 2010

·         Center for 21st Century Learning: State Award for Contributions to STEM Education, 2013

·         Received regional and national Catalyst Award from NSTA for Excellence in Chemical Education, 1996, 2002

·         Laureate recognition and status from Epsilon Pi Tau International Honor Society, 2004

·         Congressional Black Caucus Education Brain Trust Next Generation of Youth Service Award, 2002

·         Saint Joseph College Distinguished Alumna Award, 1999

·         AAUW gender equity award for accomplishments addressing gender equity in higher education

 

 

Publications:  Representative Sample

 

G. Hademenos, J. Russell, J. Birch, K. Wosczyna-Birch, "Robotics on Water" The National Science Teachers Association Summer Journal, 2010, pp. 49 – pp. 52.  Available: http://www.nextgenmfg.org/News/documents/RoboticsonWater7-10.pdf (URL)

 

J. Birch, J., Jaramillo, P., Wosczyna-Birch, K., Adrezin, R., and B. Richards, "Integrating Professional Skills in the 21st Century Engineering and Technical Curriculum", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, 2008.

 

J. Birch, P. Jaramillo, K. Wosczyna-Birch, "Educating Students for the 21st Century through the Life Support and Sustainable Living Program", Manufacturing Education Transformation Summit, 2009.

 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “The Hydrogen Car Dilemma”, Chemistry Laboratory Manual for Chemical Technicians:  John Kenkel, Lewis Press, 2000.

 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “The College of Technology: A seamless pathway in engineering and technology education,” American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Nashville, TN, 2003.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, J. Birch, M Faezi, “Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing,” American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2011.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, K. Prewo, "Next Generation Manufacturing in Connecticut’s College of Technology", American Society for Engineering Education Conference, 2004.

 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, K. Simoneau, P. Jaramillo, "Impact of the CT Community Colleges’ Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing in Engineering and Technology Education", Manufacturing Education Transformation Summit, 2009.

 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, K. Simoneau, P. Jaramillo, "Strategies to Promote Manufacturing Careers through Additive Manufacturing", Manufacturing Education Transformation Summit, 2009.

 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, M. Barger, P. Centonze, R. Gilbert, E. Roe, B. Jenkins, "Using a Baldridge/ Sterling Evaluation Plan for an NSF ATE Center", American Society of Engineering Education, 2009.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, M. Barger, “Impact of Regional Centers for Next Generation Manufacturing,” American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Two Year College Special Topics division, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2011.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, M. deManbey, "Connecticut College of Technology: Creating Collaborations between Educators and Industry; The Key to Building a Technological Workforce,” American Society for Engineering Education Conference, 2004.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, M. deManbey, "Industry Based Professional development for Engineering Technology", American Society for Engineering Education Conference, 2005.

 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, P. Jaramillo, J Birch, R. Adrezin, "Problem-Based Learning Initiative in Collaboration with the CT College of Technology’s Center for Life Support and Sustainable Living", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, 2008.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, W. Francillon, J. Birch, “Industry-Based Projects and Preparing Engineers for the 21st Century Workforce”, American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Capstone Design II division, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2011.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, W. Francillon, R. Simoneau, “Manufacturing Strategies: NSF ATE Centers”, American Society for Engineering Education Conference, State of Manufacturing Engineering Education division, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2011.

Presentations: Representative Sample

E. Johnson, K. Wosczyna-Birch, “Lighting the Fire for Underrepresented Students,” NSF Broadening Impact Conference, Washington, DC, 2011.

H. Jack, K. Wosczyna-Birch, G. Conkol, “CURRICULA 2015: Moving Forward,” Society of Manufacturing Engineers Conference, Bellevue, WA, 2011.

J. Birch, S. Ellerton, M. Faezi, K. Wosczyna-Birch, “Experience How to Make Learning Real for Your Students”, Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference, Washington, DC, 2010.

 J. Ostrander, S. Schulman, H. Van Sickle, K. Wosczyna-Birch-Moderator, “Educating the Innovative STEM Professional Empire,” Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference, Washington, DC, 2010.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “2011 Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Survey,” Manufacturing Workforce Summit, Rocky Hill, CT, 2011.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “A Kinetics Laboratory using an Industry Based Scenario,” 15th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Waterloo, Canada, 1998.  

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “College of Technology Pathways,” Forum on Manufacturing and Workforce Development, Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT, 2011.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “Connecticut’s College of Technology:  a Collaborative effort with Industry and Higher Education,” 16th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Ann Arbor, MI, 2000.

 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “Creating a Seamless 2 + 2 + 2 pathway,” National Tech Prep Conference, Nashville, TN, 2003.

 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “Curricular Responses to Changing Employment Needs,” Learning Outcomes Conference, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT, 1999. 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “The Engineering Challenge with U.S. Coast Guard Collaboration,” High Impact Technology Exchange Conference, Orlando, FL, 2010. 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “The Next Generation of Manufacturing” High Impact Technology Exchange Conference, Orlando, FL, 2010. 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, “Writing an Inquiry Based Kinetics laboratory using An Industry Based Scenario,” ACS Central Regional Meeting, Midland, MI 1997. 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, A. Angle, J. Birch, M. Faezi, A. Parker, “Robotics on Water Interactive Competition in the Everyday Classroom,” High Impact Technology Exchange Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2011. 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, Exploring New Horizons workshop presenter, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT, 1998-2004.

K. Wosczyna-Birch, J. Birch, W.C. Paulsen, M. Faezi, J. Centrella, B. Gopalkrishnan, C. Collins, “Utilization of Problem Case-Based Learning in the Life Support and Sustainable Living Program,” High Impact Technology Exchange Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2011. 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, M. Faezi, J. Birch, “Life Support and Sustainable Living Project: Professional Skills, Industry, and Higher Ed,” High Impact Technology Exchange Conference, Orlando, FL, 2010. 

K. Wosczyna-Birch, W. Francillon, A. Halpin, "Innovative Strategies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Community Colleges," League for Innovations Conference, San Diego, CA, 2011. 

R. Simoneau, K. Wosczyna-Birch, "High Tech Careers in the Third Dimension", National Association for Workforce Improvement Conference, Alexandria, VA, 2010.