ARM Exchange Webinar: Accelerating Post COVID Economic Recovery Through Robotics Education
With hands-on and on-campus training facing limitations, COVID-19 has changed how we train our workforce to work with robotics in manufacturing. In this webinar, our panel of experts examines how robotics education has changed, the challenges that come with this pivot to remote learning, and the tools and methodologies that are strengthening virtual learning capabilities, including virtual reality (VR), digital twinning, and other technologies.
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About our Presenters
Moderator: Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Duro UAS. He has a passion for robotics, the environment, and developing new ways to train and inspire people to take an interest in advanced robotics manufacturing careers.
Brian also is the current Chair for the Education and Workforce Development Advisory Committee at the ARM Institute, an Experiential Learning Advisory Board Member for CiPASS (City College Initiative to Promote Academic Success in STEM), a Professional Advisory Committee Member for the NY Harbor School and Advisory Board Member for Manhattan Colleges Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
Panelist: Ritch Ramey is the RAMTEC Ohio Coordinator and COO of I4.0 Strategies. He earned degrees from Bowling Green State University (Advance Education Technologies), Marion Technical College (Industrial Engineering) and the University of Toledo (Career Tech Education) . He has been the RAMTEC Ohio Coordinator since 2013 and he helped create and develop the original RAMTEC site in Marion, Ohio. He also helped RAMTEC Ohio earn grant awards for more than $23 million dollars to replicate 22 additional sites throughout Ohio. Ritch was also instrumental in creating partnerships with FANUC Robotics and CNC, Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, Universal Robotics, Rockwell Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controls (PLCs), Mitsubishi Electronics PLCs and Parker Industrial Hydraulics that enabled RAMTEC Ohio facilities to award industrial credentials to their secondary and post-secondary students.
Ritch has taught Engineering Technologies courses for Tri-Rivers Career Center and Marion Technical College since 1987. He has been awarded grants for Tri-Rivers RAMTEC and regional programs for more than $1 million dollars that has helped expose thousands of students annually to participate in STEM Camps, educator professional Development, the National Robotics Challenge and the RAMTEC Vex Robotics Leagues events throughout Ohio. He is a member of Robotics Industrial Association (RIA), ARM institutes Educational Workforce Advisory Committee, Marion Technical College’s Hall of Fame, NCATC and the US Congressional Robotics Caucus Advisory Committee. Ritch loves manufacturing and Automation and has a passion for developing partnerships to develop a floor ready industry 4.0 workforce.
Panelist: Greg Wilson has over 20 years of experience working with industry to design technical curricula, and he has served as Pima Community College’s Dean of Applied Technology since 2014. He leads some of the College’s exciting technical programs, including Automation and Robotics, Automotive, Aviation, Building and Construction, Computer-Aided Design, Energy Technology, Machining, and Welding.
He is a member of the Arizona Advanced Technology Network (AATN) that is building a state-wide advanced manufacturing curriculum that includes Industry 4.0 and robotics competencies. Greg is excited to be part of the team developing Pima’s new Center of Excellence in Applied Technology that will add and renovate over 220K sq. ft. across five buildings for the programs listed above.
Prior to joining Pima, Greg developed industry training curricula with NCCER. Greg graduated from the University of Virginia and earned his master’s degree from Duke University.
Panelist: Ido Yerushalmi has been the Chief Executive Officer of Intelitek Inc. since 2014. Based in Intelitek’s New Hampshire headquarters, Ido is leading Intelitek through the changes in the education market, addressing advanced vocational and career training worldwide while developing STEM programs for middle and high School. Prior to Intelitek, Mr. Yerushalmi served as Chief Sales and Business Development Officer of Tahal Ltd. He holds a Degree in Economics and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an LLB from Hertfordshire University and an LLM from King College, London.
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