CoE CASI Election Statements

 
Justin Kyle Bush, Graduate Academic Advisor (Student Services)
Justin Kyle Bush is the graduate academic advisor for Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE), Engineering Data Analytics (MEDA), and Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE).  Justin supports all aspects of the student life cycle, including recruitment, admissions, new student orientation, academic advising, monitoring of progress towards the degree, course and enrollment management, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, funding, course and program assessment, and academic program review. I look forward to representing COE Academic Staff to enhance our workplace and community.  I am interested in serving on CASI to leverage my skills as a listener, effective communicator, and innovative thinker to continuously improve our working environment.  I am relatively new to UW-Madison, joining during the pandemic, and will bring a new perspective to the committee.  I look forward to networking with other academic staff to understand our areas of improvement and working towards solutions that will keep COE a great place to work.
 
Jackie Cooper, Lab Manager, CEE (Research)
I have been in this position for over 20 years, supporting students and faculty in both CEE and CBE, as well as others across campus who utilize the equipment in my lab. I feel my perspective as someone working in a laboratory, which is often times not reflected in other campus committees, will serve me well on CASI.
 
Mary Fitzpatrick, Director of Diversity Research and Evaluation, IEDE (Research)
Mary Fitzpatrick is in the unit of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity in Engineering (IEDE) in the role of academic staff scientist and has been with the College since 2013.  She earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and was a practicing engineer and program manager for 17 years in the medical device and software industries.  She earned a doctorate in Educational Psychology from UW-Milwaukee in 2011.  Her current role focuses on providing program evaluation and research related to underrepresented groups in engineering and creating an inclusive culture within the College and UW-Madison.  
 
Daniel Gaona, Accountant, ECE (Administration)
Daniel Gaona works in an administrative role as an Accountant with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined UW-Madison in January of 2013, working with Continuing Studies (DCS), Nelson Institute, and University Health Services (UHS) before joining the College of Engineering in August of 2021. 

Daniel’s previous committee work includes the Dean’s Advisory Committee and the Safety Committee with DCS while also sitting on the Quality Management and Internal Control Committee with UHS. Outside of campus, he has been a member of the DeForest school district’s Parent Key Communicator Group for the last two and a half years. This group serves as a strong link between the district superintendent, administrative staff, and parents.

Fun Fact about Daniel is he participated in the Engineering Summer Program here with the College of Engineering in the summer of 1993.
 
Francisca Jofre, Assistant Director of Engineering Advising (Student Services)
My Name is Francisca Jofre, and I am an Academic Advisor with the College of Engineering.  I enjoy working with students, organizing student’s programs and events, and managing enrollment. I graduated from Iowa State University with a MS in Organic Chemistry and have worked at UW-Madison for the last 14 years.  
 
Nate Jung, Teaching Faculty, Technical Communications (Instruction)
As a faculty member of the Technical Communications Program, I teach engineering communications courses to students from all areas of the College of Engineering. This interdisciplinary and student-facing role allows me to interact with a wide variety of faculty, administrators, and STEM writing professionals to ensure that our students can integrate all aspects of their engineering education into a cohesive professional identity that reflects the values of the UW-Madison College of Engineering. My direct contact with students in the classroom and my position in a program that interfaces with so many different elements of the College provide me with a uniquely collaborative perspective that I look forward to contributing to CASI. My service experience will also prove beneficial; in addition to the work I do for the Technical Communications Program, I am currently a member of the TTC Appeals Panel, and recently served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Policy and Process Regarding Access to Electronic Records. Previously, I taught courses in engineering communication, health science writing, and business writing at UW-Milwaukee, and I was appointed to multiple-year terms on their university-wide Ombuds Council and the English department’s Grievance Committee.
 
Amit Nimunkar, Teaching Faculty, BME (Instruction)
I participate and have participated in Biomedical Engineering department level committees related to development of department policies and procedures. I believe my background will be valuable for CASI in its responsibilities with formulating/reviewing policies, developing connections and opportunities for COE staff members. This position will provide me an opportunity to work at the college level and to learn more about campus policies and procedures governing academic and university staff. I’m currently a member of BME’s Scholarship Committee, BME’s Strategic Planning Committee, BME’s Assessment Committee and an Advisor for Madison’s Chapter of Engineering World Health. 
 
Amanda Rasmussen, Executive Assistant to the Office of the Dean (Administration)
Hi there, my name is Amanda Rasmussen.  You may have seen me if you ever had a need to go to the Dean’s Office here in the College of Engineering.  I’m an Executive Assistant in the Office of the Dean.  Primarily I assist David Noyce, Executive Associate Dean and Chris Castro, Associate Dean for Inclusion, Equity and Diversity in Engineering.  I also help out with our research group and Academic Affairs when needed.  It’s a team effort here!  I’m excited to be nominated for CASI so that I can be involved more involved in decisions in our college, and as a chance to meet other people throughout the Engineering campus.  I think that my position in the Dean’s Office would make me a good liaison for CASI and I look forward to being more involved in college policies and procedures.