2013 CEIA Award Recipients

Dean Herman Schneider Award


Diane FleishmanDiane Fleishman

Millersville University

Diane retired from Millersville University after 21 years. She was hired in 1991 as Job Developer for Co-op and made Director in 1993. She grew the program from 60 students and 45 employers a year to more than 400 students and 260 employers a year with more than 1800 employers in the database, implemented three software systems and continuously improved the department in large part due to her colleagues in CEIA.

While attending her first Mid-Atlantic Conference she volunteered to be on the program committee for the next conference and the rest, as they say, is history. She went on to chair more than 5 Mid-Atlantic conferences and worked on most of them for 18 years. She also presented at numerous conferences. Diane was also active in the Pennsylvania state organization rising to President, chairing and presenting at state conferences.

This led to her becoming active in CEIA. She presented a workshop on Marketing at her national conference in Rhode Island. She was elected Vice President for Region II, 1999, Vice President for Professional Development, 2001, Executive Vice President, 2002, President 2003, and Vice President for Region II, 2011. During her tenure NAWIL was established and she was a presenter at the first Vail event; it was also during this time that the partnership for the Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships with WACE was established and the CEIA fiscal house was put in order.

Her passion for the field was enhanced by the colleagues and lifelong friends she developed through CEIA. As she tells newcomers one of the best things about this profession and this organization is that we care about the learning experience the students have and are willing to share our expertise.

Not ready for the rocking chair she now works part-time for an internship employer she partnered with for twelve years. She is Director of Campus Relations which allows her to work with colleagues and recruit students who she knows will benefit from the win-win that is experiential education.
Charles F. Kettering Award

Employer – Not Awarded this year.
Ben KoCooperative Education Student Achievement Award

Benjamin (Ben) Lee Ko

Biomedical Engineering

University of Cincinnati

Employer: AtriCure

Ben Ko is a senior Biomedical Engineering student at The University of Cincinnati, where he has been named Engineer of the Month and nominated for the Herman Schneider Co-op Excellence award. Ben was the president of UC’s Biomedical Engineering Society for two years, and he is currently involved with the College of Engineering’s Faculty Curriculum Committee as the student representative.

Ben completed his three six-month co-op rotations at a Cincinnati company, AtriCure, which designs and manufactures medical devices for cardiac surgery. While there, Ben, as a member of a product development team, was given the opportunity to travel across the USA and to Europe to train surgeons, nurses, and sales representatives on how to use the company’s new devices. He attended upwards of 40 open heart surgeries in which he played an active role. When he was in the AtriCure home office, Ben contributed to the design team by conveying Voice-of-Customer needs, performing analysis on device characteristics, and leading post-market surveillance for the Capital Equipment division.

Andrew HarrisAcademic Internship Student Achievement Award

Andrew Harris

Electrical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Employer: Space Exploration Technologies (Space X) and Microsoft Corporation

Andrew Harris is an Electrical Engineering undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He is also pursuing a minor in Meteorology to fulfill his lifelong interest in atmospheric chaos – or weather.

Andrew worked as an Avionics intern at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) from January-May 2012. He was responsible for lithium-ion battery testing, including those batteries used in the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rockets, contributing to a successful mission to the International Space Station later in 2012.

Andrew also worked as a Systems Engineering intern at Microsoft Corporation from May-August 2012. His responsibilities included optical performance characterization, system-level power analysis, and prototype testing, all of which contributed to the team’s long-term objective.

Colleagues at both companies identified his strong work ethic, critical thinking skills, and ambition to continuously learn in the workplace as catalysts for success in a full-time career. Andrew plans to graduate in the spring semester of 2014 and pursue a full-time career in the consumer electronics or aerospace industries with the option of pursuing a graduate degree simultaneously.

Melissa ArabTwo-Year Program Student Achievement Award

Melissa Arab, Legal Assistant

Macomb Community College

Employer: Law Offices of David B. Forest

Melissa Arab has been a full time student in the Legal Assistant program at Macomb Community College since September 2010. During that time she has maintained a 4.0 GPA and a place on the Dean’s List while working 20-30 hours per week at Dodge Truck, participating in an internship at the Law Offices of David B. Forest for the last 18 months, and taking care of her three teens and husband at home. In addition, Melissa raises, trains and breeds Champion Siberian Husky show dogs. She shows them in AKC, UKC, Canada and FCI. She is a member of the Siberian Husky Club of America & the Macomb Kennel Club.

Melissa enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer in the HHD 210th MP BN in Taylor, Michigan in 1992. She received an Honorable Discharge in November of 2000, but doesn’t consider herself a veteran as she has never served in any military action beyond training and has not been overseas. Her current hope is to transfer to Madonna through Macomb University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in their Paralegal program. She would like to continue on to law school if she maintains a high enough GPA to secure merit based financial aid.

Melissa was also granted permission to participate in an externship at Macomb County Probate Court beginning December 18th and running through February 2012. She is also working with the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Macomb to produce their website in the spring as she also does website and graphic design through her young business Taja’s Vanilla Moon.


Ralph W. Tyler Award

Title: International Handbook for Cooperative and Work-integrated Education: International Perspectives of Theory, Research and Practice.

Authors: RICHARD K. COLL AND KARSTEN ZEGWAARD – University of Waikato


Richard Coll aRichard K. Coll is professor of cooperative education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Richard holds a PhD in chemistry from Canterbury University and an EdD in science education from Curtin University of Technology. He worked as a lecturer in chemistry in the Pacific and Caribbean before his appointment at Waikato. Richard is Director of Cooperative Education, has served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering, and is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning). His research is in the area of cooperative and work-integrated education, and science education – particularly at the tertiary level.


Karsten ZegwaardKarsten Zegwaard is senior lecturer in cooperative education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He holds a Masters in Science (Technology) (Hons) and a PhD in science from the University of Waikato. Karsten is Editor-in-Chief for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, member of several editorial boards, and for the last three years has been editor of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education refereed conference proceedings. Karsten has been a Council Member for New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education for nine years and currently is serving a second of a three-year term on the Glenview School Board. His research interests lay in work placement preparation, student self-efficacy, professional identity development, and professional ethics and workplace values.


The second edition of the International Handbook for Cooperative Education builds on the first edition, and is intended to become a major resource for cooperative education professionals worldwide. As a comprehensive resource it will appeal to placement coordinators, faculty, researchers, students, and employers. The book provides a broad coverage of cooperative education (co-op) and work-integrated learning (WIL) with an emphasis on practice – informed by research (where available).

The Handbook has four sections. Section I is concerned with the theory of cooperative education, with particular focus on the learning that occurs in the workplace. This part also addresses contemporary issues such as assessment of cooperative education, and identifies areas of needed research. Section II examines the practice of co-op worldwide. This part shows the breadth of disciplines of study, and is intended to allow co-op professionals see how co-op has been used in their discipline and other disciplines. This has been substantially revised from the first edition, with many more disciplines now covered. Each chapter in this section contains contributions from several authors, in most instances from more than one country, in order to gain an international perspective of the practice of co-op. The chapters begin with an overview of the discipline as it pertains to co-op, and consider models of practice, outcomes, constraints, and conclude with a detailed case study of co-op in the discipline. Section III is concerned with the benefits of co-op for all three parties; employers, students, and educational institutions. Section IV concludes the Handbook by considering some current issues confronting co-op, and the future of co-op. This section also contains a description of WACE (the World Association for Cooperative Education), and details about establishing professional bodies and international organizations that seek to facilitate the practice of cooperative education.
Best Practice Current Award Recipients

Amy Bravo, Adrienne McNally and Rosalia Mannino, New York Institute of Technology

Learn how one Career Services office took a grassroots approach to reshaping how internships are offered at its university. In developing a centralized non-credit bearing internship program, one career services team developed strong faculty partnerships, increased student participation, streamlined office efficiency, developed sustainable partnerships with employers and found a way of securing quantitative and qualitative data from all participants in a way not previously achieved by the institution. Since it began in the summer 0f 2009: 367 students completed the program earning $634,000.00; the program brought over 2,000 students physically into Career Services for orientations and reflections, and 274 unique employers hired our students.

Amy BravoAmy Bravo serves as the Assistant Dean of Career Services at New York Institute of Technology where she develops local and global strategies for NYIT Career Services including career management, experiential education programs, employer outreach and student employment. At NYIT, Amy co-developed a centralized internship program, initiated service-learning and alternative spring break programs and established two student run community service centers. Prior to joining NYIT in 2008, Amy worked at Ramapo College of New Jersey for 10 years in the center for experiential learning and career services. She has a special interest in civic engagement initiatives that promote global, employee and student citizenship. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies.

Adrienne McnallyAdrienne McNally is the Associate Director of Experiential Education at New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury campus. She has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s in Management Science. Adrienne has been at NYIT since 2006. She co-developed and manages the Internship Certificate Program, now in its fourth year and assisted in the development and oversees a student-run Community Service Center, manages the student and job database, and advises students and alumni. Adrienne teaches internship courses in the engineering department and assists faculty in energy management, interdisciplinary studies, and health sciences in developing their internship courses and administering them each semester.

Rosalia ManninoRosalia Mannino’s academic background in communications management and gender and cultural studies, combined with three years of experience in the college access non-profit sector, led her to the role of Assistant Director of Experiential Education at New York Institute of Technology. Working directly with undergraduate and graduate students to help them achieve their professional and personal goals, Rosalia counsels students individually and in workshops; manages the Manhattan Internship Certificate Program; develops and strengthens relationships with employers and community partners; and serves as the direct supervisor of the student-led Community Service Center in Manhattan. She enjoys working with students and helping them realize their potential as professionals and conscientious citizens.