2007 CEIA Award Recipients

schochCharles F. Kettering Award
Daniel A. Schoch P.E., Engineering Manager/Director,
Advanced Technologies & Future Workforce Development
The Minster Machine Company, Minster, OH

Dan is Registered Professional Engineer, and a lifelong resident of Ohio. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of The Ohio State University. During Dan’s educational years, he was an Intern and Co-op with the Minster Machine Company, of Minster Ohio, a world leading manufacturer of high speed mechanical metal forming presses.
Dan’s professional career with Minster now spans 37 years and includes design, development, research and advanced technologies expertise, and continues with challenging and leading edge engineering research management, technologies development, and strategic innovation, as well as continuing future workforce development efforts.

In addition to directing over 1000 developmental research programs, and achieving 27 U.S. patents along the way, Dan has lead Minster’s technical workforce development for over 25 years, and has personally hired and mentored well over 100 engineering students, providing over 250,000 hours of industry experience for them, of which 95% have graduated with engineering degrees, 95% remain in Ohio, and 95% remain within the manufacturing career field. Dan’s efforts include working with 17 universities and 45 area high schools to identify top talent for technical career opportunities. He has also been invited to provide input to state level programs for workforce development and student opportunities.

corwin2007 CEIA Award Recipient
Cooperative Education Achievement Award
Corwin Olson, Aerospace Engineering
University of Texas at Austin
Employer: United Space Alliance, Houston, TX

Corwin completed four co-op terms within the Training Division of United Space Alliance (USA) at the Johnson Space Center (JSC). USA is NASA primary space operations contractor. During his tours, Corwin became a certified NASA instructor for two Daily Operations Group classes: Operations Local Area Network Malfunctions and Ops LAN Data Storage and Management. He taught these courses to numerous astronauts, including nearly the entire 2004 astronaut class. The 2004 astronaut class rated Corwin as one of the top four overall instructors in the Training Division. Corwin achieved the designation of Motion Control System GPS Subject Matter Expert and was awarded the division’s Silver Gyro award for special achievement. He also served as a mentor for the SpaceTEC High School Student Job Shadowing program while at JSC.
Corwin is active on campus. He is a member of the Wirelessly Integrated Pico-satellite (WIPsat) team, a student project to design a satellite to be launched into space. He is the Secretary of Sigma Gamma Tau, National Aerospace Honors Society, a member of Kappa Theta Epsilon, National Co-op Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society, and Society Representative to the Student Engineering Council. Corwin is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and a third degree black belt instructor of Tae Kwon Do.
Corwin will receive his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in May of 2007. He plans to pursue graduate studies in the Fall of 2007.

brad2007 CEIA Award Recipient
Internship Student Achievement Award
Brad Klingsporn, Accounting
University of Central Arkansas
Employer: Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, DC

Brad served as an intern for the Government Accountability (GAO) Office in Washington, DC during the summer of 2006. The GAO is a legislative branch agency which serves as a watchdog for Congress and advises Senators and Representatives about the operations of various entities within the federal government. Some of Brad’s assignments at the GAO included:

  • Assisting with an SEC audit
  • Researching/summarizing information about the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the SEC, and Amtrak
  • Presenting recommendations from auditing activities to managers with the SEC
  • Witnessing GAO representatives give testimonies before Senate committee.

Brad is a member of the UCA Honors College, studied in Finland for a semester, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.76. He was awarded UCA’s Trustee scholarship and selected as a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Brad was a key player in UCA’s successful effort to create the world’s largest Christmas stocking to hold donated gifts for needy children. Brad traveled to New York at the invitation of NBC’s Today Show for an interview about the project.
Through Hurricane Katrina fundraising efforts, Brad became interested in improving the coordination of charitable efforts on campus. This interest led him to choose service learning for his Honor’s College thesis. He also prepared a proposal to UCA’s provost to create a full-time-faculty position to add a service learning component to UCA’s curriculum and coordinate efforts campus-wide. As a result, a faculty committee has been formed to explore these possibilities.

lena2007 CEIA Award Recipient
Two-Year Student Achievement Award
Lena Kachinski, Journalism
College of DuPage
Employer: The Jerusalem Post Christian Edition, Jerusalem, Israel

Lena Kachinski, 24, from Willow Springs, Illinois, held a 2006 internship in Jerusalem, Israel, as a staff writer for The Jerusalem Post Christian Edition, a monthly publication of the JPOST group. She also wrote scripts for Front Page Jerusalem Radio.
“While I had not intended to stay in Israel or search for an internship, I realized I could still take distance learning in college and felt it was the right thing to do,” she says. Her first article was about an 84-year-old missionary to Israel. Her most recent post-internship work is a “Back to the Border” documentary on Israel’s war with the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. As the internship ended, Lena says she saw amazing differences in her writing, and in herself. She no longer spent hours trying to write creatively and efficiently, or made excuses for missed deadlines. “Somewhere along the line, I began to care about what I was doing,” she says. Her internship faculty adviser at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was Cathy Stablein, a professor of journalism.