Custer Lecture Series


Wednesday, November 14 - 5:30 p.m. Floyd Hall, C-136

Past lectures

Tuesday, November 5 - 11 a.m. Floyd Hall in the Parkview Room, D-132
Robert J. Feller, Engineering Manager, Virtual Product Development, Caterpillar Inc.
Wednesday, November 6 - 2:30 p.m. Floyd Hall in the Parkview Room, D-132
Jonathan Rees, Author, speaker and facilitative trainer specializing in helping people serve and thrive together
Thursday, November 7 - 1:30 p.m. Floyd Hall in the Parkview Room, D-132
Friday, October 11 -  2:00 p.m. Floyd Hall in the Parkview Room, D-132
Jon Good, WMU Graduate, B.S. Civil Engineering
Titled: "Inputs and Outputs: The Mind of an Engineer in the Entrepreneurial World"
Tuesday, September 24 - 3 p.m. Floyd Hall, Room D-210 
Virtual Talk with Courtney Stevens, Director of Virtual Care, Henry Ford Health System
Titled: "Engineering: Choose Your Own Adventure"
Thursday, September 26 - 1 p.m. Floyd Hall in the Parkview Room, D-132 
Dr. Rakan Chabaan, Principal Engineer, Hyundai & Kia American Technical Center, Systems Development Department
Titled: "Wireless Charging - Building Blocks Towards Smart Cities"
Friday, September 27 - 12 p.m. Floyd Hall in the Parkview Room, D-132
 Dr. Donald Rizzetta, Senior Research Aerospace Engineer, Aerodynamic Technology Branch of the Aerospace Vehicles Division/Aerospace Systems Directorate
Thursday, May 16 - 12:00 pm, Floyd Hall - D-132
Dr. Daniel Hammer, Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania
Title of Talk: "Adhesive Dynamics Simulations of T-cell homing"
Friday, April 5 at 12:30 pm, Floyd Hall - D-115
Dr. Kristine Fischenich, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Colorado - Boulder 
Friday, April 12 at 1:30 pm, Floyd Hall - D-210
Dr. Gene Cha, Aerospace Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation -  Structures

Title of Talk: "Connect Knowledge from Mechanics to Space Launch Vehicle Industries" 

Thursday, March 28 at 2:30 pm, Floyd Hall - Parkview Room
Dr. Scott Sink, Director, Integrated LeanSigma Certification Program 
Title of Talk: "Operational Analytics: A Critical Knowledge and Skill Set for ISE's"
Thursday, March 21 at 2:30 pm, Floyd Hall - D-115
Carl Mullins, Lead Engineer at Busek Co. Inc. 

Title of Talk: "Accelerating into Space: In-Space Propulsion Technology and Research and Development at Busek" 

Friday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 pm, Floyd Hall -  D-210
Dr. Wenquan Lu, Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory 
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 2:30 pm, Floyd Hall -  D-115
George Kiefer, Retired - VP/GM, Avionics-Computing & Networking 
Title of Talk: "The Aerospace Industry and Careers in Michigan
Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 pm, Floyd Hall -  D-208
Craig Heilmann, IBM Executive, Information Security Office
Title of Talk: "Industry Perspective on the Critical Importance of Secure Coding Practices"
Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 pm, Floyd Hall – D-132 
Sonya Looney"From Electrical Engineering to World Champion Mountain Biker and Entrepreneur. How learning to think like an engineer will make you successful in any business."
Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1:30 pm, Floyd Hall – D-115  
John A. White, Distinguished Professor of Industrial Engineering and Chancellor Emeritus, University of Arkansas
 "Leadership Matters"
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm in Floyd Hall - Parkview Room
Jim Heath, Retired President of Stryker Instruments
Title of talk: "A Few Things I've Learned from Riding My Bike"
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 2:15 in Floyd Hall - Room C-123
Dr. Jim Crafton, Research Scientist at Innovative Scientific Solutions, Inc.
Title of talk: "Optical Measurements of Pressure"
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm in Floyd Hall - Room D-132
Dr. Decker Hains, Veteran of U.S. Army, WMU professor
Thursday, November 9 , 2017 at 11 am in Floyd Hall - Parkview Room
Dr. Jerry Boza, FEMA Corporation
Tuesday, November 7 , 2017 at 1:30 pm in Floyd Hall - Room D-115
Dr. Firouz Naderi, retired director for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2 pm in Floyd Hall - Room D-132
Jon Good, co-founder and Master Distiller of Green Door Distilling Co., Kalamazoo
Title of presentation: "Inputs and outputs: The mind of an engineer in the entrepreneurial world"
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:30 am-12:45 pm and 1-2:15pm in Floyd Hall - Room D210
Bryan Mohney, senior staff software engineer at Stryker
Title of presentation: “Embedded Most Relevant”
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm in Floyd Hall - Room D-109
Engineers Without Borders
Natasha KoermerStudent Representative, Engineers Without Borders - USA Board of Directors,
Title of presentation: Engineers Without Borders Strategic Goals and Opportunities
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 1 pm in Floyd Hall - Parkview Room
Clifford Shaffer,  Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Tech University
Title of presentation: Big Data in Computer Science Education Research
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 4 pm in Floyd Hall - Room D-212
Gregory Cecil, M.A.S., Professor Aviation Graduate Program at Everglades University, Tampa, Florida
Title of presentation: What was it like to work on the Space Shuttle: The Misadventure of a Space Cadet
Monday, March 20, 2017 at 2 pm in Floyd Hall - Room D-115
AIAA Annual Distinguished Speaker Event
Paul Bevilaqua Ph.D., Chief Engineer of Lockheed Skunk Works,
Title of presentation: Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm in The Parkview, Floyd Hall
Bruce Nieman, Engineers Without Borders - State of Michigan Representative
Title of presentation: Engineers Without Borders - Moving the Norm
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm in Floyd Hall - room D-202
Dr. D. Scott Sink,  LeanSigma Certification Program Director, The Ohio State University
Title of presentation: Integrated LeanSigma - Principles, Methods and Case Studies from Across Sectors
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 1 pm in Floyd Hall - room D-204
Dr. Hirotaka Sakaue,  Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Title of presentation: Chemical Coating for Flow Measurement and Control
Thursday, February 2, 2017 in The Parkview, Floyd Hall
Dr. Edward Griffor, Associate Director, Smart Grid and Cyber Physical Systems Program, NIST
December 2, 2016 in D-109, Floyd Hall
Keynote speaker at Innovation Day
Nik Kalyani, Co-founder/CTO, WhenHub
November 21, 2016 in The Parkview, Floyd Hall
Matt DeVoe, Zoetis
Chief Information Security Officer
Title of presentation: Defending Enterprise Systems from Cyber Attacks
November 10, 2016 in The Parkview, Floyd Hall
Dr. Sudesh Woodiga, Ford Motor Co.
Aerodynamics Engineer
Title of presentation: Automotive Aerodynamics
October 7, 2016 in The Parkview, Floyd Hall
Title of presentation: Life as a Bronco and Google Engineer
April 14, 2016 room D-201
Dr. R. Scott Erwin
Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate
Title of presentation: Congested, Contested, and Competitive: Dynamics & Controls in the Evolution of Military Space
April 20, 2016 in room D-204 and 205

Dr. Imed Zitouni
Principal Researcher, Manager Relevance & Intent Group, Microsoft
Title of presentation: Modeling and Understanding User Satisfaction with Intelligent Assistants
March 31, 2016 room D-201

Kamlesh Suthar, Ph.D.
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory
Title of presentation: Acoustic Levitation
April 6, 2016 Parkview room

Dr. Emily S. Nelson
Senior Research Engineer, Fluid Physics and Transport Processes Branch for NASA Glenn Research
Title of presentation: How Does Space Affect Human Physiology?
Dec. 4, 2015

How to Turn Rejection Into Possibilities
Author, Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection

Nov. 6, 2015
Dennis Houseworth, WMU alumnus
President, US Jack Company

Curtis Shaneour Jr, WMU alumnus
President, Shane Group

Dan Miller
Sept. 30, 2015
Author, 48 Days To The Work You Love

Betty Strohfus
April 8, 2015
A veteran, Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a retired Woman Air Force Service Pilot (WASP). Soon after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 Strohfus enlisted in the Air Force in 1943 and she will be sharing her story that started more than seven decades ago, as a pilot in WWII.

Dr. James Cutler
March 26, 2015
A leading expert in the field of small satellites.

Dr. Wansoo Im
March 19, 2015
Applied community participatory mapping on environmental health, health equity, health care providers, transportation and other planning-related fields. 
"Latest GIS technology to Promote Citizen Engagement for Livable Communities"

Carl D. Roberts
Feb. 25, 2015
CEAS Alumni Excellence Academy Inductee 2014
Click here for presentation: "Applied Science, A Different Perspective"

Eric P. Uitvlugt, P.S.
Nov. 13, 2014
Chief Executive Officer of Exxel Engineering
WMU Alumni 1973
"Making Work Work" 

Keechoo Choi, Professor and Director of TOD Center, Ajou University
Sept. 9, 2014
"Public Transit", together with Cheol Oh, Professor, Hanyang University "Bicycle Research"

Dr. Kunio Sayanagi
March 10, 2014
Hexagon and Polar Vortex: Observing Saturn’s Northern High Latitudes from NASA’s Cassini Orbiter.
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