Topic: Computers/Information Technology
John Wanberg, M.A., is a professor in the Industrial Design Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has been teaching university-level coursework in industrial design for over 18 years. Wanberg has a knack for training prospective industrial designers and believes constant professional skill development is critical to prepare students for their design careers.
Among the many ventures he has been involved in as a professional designer, Wanberg has designed many products for the medical field and transportation. He has a strong interest in ergonomic and human factors research and has assisted in the development of several products that other aesthetics-based designers have avoided. Wanberg has collaborated in the design of robotic prosthetics (for stroke victims and amputees) as well as dynamic, alternative vehicle architectures that have been serviceable and comfortable over a wide range of user sizes. Additionally, while working as a contract research assistant, he developed a prototype footbed for a training device that is adjustability to fit the length and width of multiple users’ feet. His expertise includes technology-based conceptualization, “mechano-aesthetic” design, prototype fabrication as well as composites manufacturing and applications.
Wanberg received a master’s in industrial design from Arizona State University in 2005 and a bachelor’s in industrial design with a minor in Japanese from Brigham Young University in 2000.
Jinseup “Ted” Shin, MFA, is a professor the Department of Industrial Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include technology, product design, and future trends. Shin teaches Introduction to Industrial Design, Technical Drawing, and Digital Visual Techniques in ID and oversees student internships.
Before teaching at MSU Denver, he taught as an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, for five years. Shin also worked for Samsung Electronics in South Korea for seven years, where he designed various products including Samsung’s first clamshell-type cellphone. He was one of 12 from over 700 Samsung designers to be placed in a special design program at the company, which allowed him to travel to many countries and study how different cultures impact design solutions.
Shin is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America and co-authored an IDSA publication titled “Design Like a Chef,” in which he compares the complex roles of chefs and designers. Additionally, he is actively working with companies as a professional design consultant.
Shin received his master’s in Industrial and Product Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and a bachelor’s in Industrial and Product Design from the Yeungnam University in South Korea in 1993.
Todd C. Reimer, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Secondary Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
In his professional career, Reimer has worked supporting student engagement and learning for over twenty years. He has researched and presented on a wide range of issues during that time, including research on learning communities, performance assessments, online blended learning, and student motivation.
Reimer earned his doctorate in Learning Sciences and a bachelor’s in Secondary Education and Teaching from Northwestern University.
Jody Paul, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include artificial intelligence, software engineering, user-experience design and management of software development. He teaches Computer Science I, Introduction to the Theory of Computation, Software Development Methods and Tools, and Software Engineering Principles.
Paul began teaching at MSU Denver in 2001. Prior to teaching, he worked as a senior computer scientist with the Rand Corp. Paul spent time working in research and development at Quark and MapQuest. He was also a professor and director of learner-centered technology at the University of Colorado Denver. During his time at CU Denver, Paul founded the Children’s Literacy Project, a collaborative partnership with the Tattered Cover Book Store that helped involve university students in the development of software that promotes literacy among children. Paul has worked with the College Board since 1993, where he has helped develop scoring standards for Advanced Placement testing and was a faculty consultant. He currently works for the College Board as a workshop consultant.
His research areas include software engineering, cognitive science and artificial intelligence, knowledge assessment and computer-science education.
Paul received his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1986, 1980 and 1978, respectively.
Lisa Ortiz, M.A., is a professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Production at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Prior to teaching, Ortiz was a creative director for media companies such as Athletic Motion, MediaOne and America Online. She is the chair of Faculty Senate for reappointment, tenure and promotion committee and member of the student ratings of instruction task force. Ortiz received the Golden Key Excellence in Teaching Award from MSU Denver in 2014.
Ortiz has done several presentations on her expertise, with the most recent one at the 16th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities called “Scaffolding Media Literacy Skills with Personal Digital Storytelling.” Her research interests include media literacy, instructional design and technology, eLearning, front-end web design, motion design, interactive document design and visual communication.
Ortiz received her master’s in digital media studies from University of Denver in 1999 and bachelor’s in technical communication from MSU Denver in 1997.
Peggy O’Neill-Jones, Ed.D., began her career as a newspaper photographer and moved to broadcast, corporate, and educational media. As media transitioned to digital, online, and virtual environments, Peggy led the way with innovative interactive media productions such as Wyzt’s Playground, a 4th grade interactive math program, WebDVD Demystified, Physical Chemistry in Practice for Purdue University, and 21st Century Learning Matters, a video that describes the strategies and tools needed to create powerful 21st century learning environments.
Keeping a strong foothold in both the academic and professional realms of emerging media, Peggy developed the Interactive Media concentration in 1995 and the Social and Mobile Media concentration in 2013 at MSU Denver. Peggy presents nationally and internationally about the connection between emerging media and learning. After 26-year career at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver), Peggy retired in 2016. She was recently awarded professor emeritus of journalism and technical communication and MSU Denver’s first-ever Extraordinary Service Award.
Peggy directs the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region (TPS) program and the TPS Teachers Network at MSU Denver. TPS provides professional development that assists educators in finding, accessing, and integrating the vast reservoir of sources from the Library of Congress to deepen understanding and enrich instruction. Through Peggy’s leadership, the TPS at MSU Denver program grew from statewide outreach to a regional program that serves 14 western states.
Abel Moreno, Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Moreno has served as department chair since 1999. His scholarly work focuses on management science, such as data envelopment analysis applications, computer information systems, quantitative methods for business pedagogy and information systems education. He has been published in various academic journals, including the Indian Journal of Economics and Business, the International Journal of Global Management Studies Professional, the International Journal of Intercultural and Information Management and Information Systems Education.
Moreno received his doctorate in engineering with a concentration in industrial engineering and management; and a master’s in industrial engineering and management from North Dakota State University, Fargo in 1990 and 1988 respectively; and a bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico in 1981.
Edgar Maldonado is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He holds a Ph.D. in information sciences and technology from Pennsylvania State University. A native Venezuelan with an extensive professional and academic background in engineering, he has spent several years designing and implementing network solutions and systems internationally.
He has experience as a software support engineer for banking networks, with projects in Venezuela and the Caribbean. Before joining MSU Denver, he worked at an IT consulting firm in Denver.
Maldonado specializes in the socioeconomic aspects of information technology and is well versed on the topics of computer security, cyber terrorism, public policies and information systems technologies, including emergency management.
He is aware of the major issues concerning intellectual property as applicable to technology patents and is an asset to the implementation of multicultural information systems. His scholarly work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and he was a leader for one of the national level case studies in the “Research of Emergency Capacity Building,” sponsored by the National Science Foundation, as a research assistant at Penn State University.