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SPIE Student Chapter Seminar: "Career Planning: An Academic Leader's Perspective" by Daniel M. Litynski

Friday, May 4, 2018 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
CREOL Room 103

Daniel M. Litynski
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI


Where will we be in five, ten or twenty years? What do we want to do (Vision), where do we want to go (Mission), and how do we get there (The Plan)? Will we be in industry, government, academia, or an entrepreneur (or do more than one)? Will we lead, follow, make a difference…? What are decision makers looking for when they hire someone? Dr. Dan Litynski will share his perspective and experience of over forty years as a leader in university and government organizations responsible for hiring, managing, and evaluating hundreds of personnel and for budgets worth millions of dollars.


Daniel M. Litynski is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western Michigan University (WMU) where he recently completed seven years as the Vice President for Research. Litynski previously served three years with the National Science Foundation (NSF) as Program Director (Physics) and Acting Division Director for Undergraduate Education (DUE) with a research budget of over $150 million. He has served as Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and President (interim) at WMU. WMU is a national Doctoral Research Extensive University with over 270 programs and almost 30,000 students during his time of service. In the latter positions, he was responsible for about 800/1500 tenured/total faculty. As Dean, the college grew from approximately 2300 to 3200 students, several new programs were initiated and/or accredited, plans for a new 270 acre Parkview Campus for Engineering & Applied Sciences were done, construction neared completion (finished while Provost at approximately $100 million), an included Business Technology & Research Park was implemented, and a strategic planning process was initiated and completed. Brigadier General (retired) Dan Litynski served with Armor and Ordnance units from platoon through battalion level in Vietnam and Germany. He worked with research and development organizations including The Armor and Engineer Test Board, the Ballistics Research Laboratory, and the Harry Diamond Laboratory. He served as Research Officer and Assistant Professor of Physics, then Associate Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 1990, he was appointed a Professor of the US Military Academy and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, which he reorganized and expanded. Litynski has taught over twenty different courses in optics, physics, electrical engineering, and computer science; his research in these areas and in educational pedagogy is presented in over 50 conference proceedings, journals, book chapters, and a patent. He is Past President of the IEEE Education Society. He has received civilian and military awards from US and international organizations. Dan has PhD and BS degrees in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), an MS in Optics from the University of Rochester, and is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces of the National Defense University.

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