Instructor Profiles

Brian Amkraut received a BA from Columbia University and a PhD from New York University. Amkraut is the founding executive director of the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve. Amkraut served on the faculty of Jewish history at Oberlin College and Siegal College. Amkraut’s published articles address the impact of changing technologies on contemporary Jewish life.

Michael L. Chan is an expert in Lean Enterprise, Six Sigma and Process Optimization. Mike Chan has over 39 years of experience serving in various roles in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. He has served as Lean Manufacturing Master at Nissan North America Lift Truck Corporation, Director Lean Education at AlliedSignal Aerospace (Honeywell), Director of Lean Enterprise at Rockwell Automation Inc., VP of Manufacturing at Sino Swearingen, President and owner of Lean Focus LLC, Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma Expert at World Wide Deployments for 20 years and has 19 years of management and engineering experience.

Harold Connamacher earned a B.A. in Computer Science from Oberlin College, an M.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.  Connamacher is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Case Western Reserve. Prior to entering academia, Connamacher spent a decade in industry as a software engineer and project manager with both startup companies and Fortune 500 firms.

Donald Deptowicz is an expert in Lean Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing. Don Deptowicz has over39 years of experience serving in various roles in Aerospace and Automotive, as Director of Technical Excellence at PCC Airfoils, LLC, General Director of Customer Satisfaction at Delphi Electronics and Safety, Chief Engineer/lean Sensei at Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems Division, Corporate Director of Technical Excellence at AlliedSignal, Product Center Engineering Manager at Pratt & Whitney, F119 Engine Hot section Program Manager at Pratt & Whitney, and Manager of Engineering and Technology Integration at Pratt & Whitney.

Sarah de Swart holds a BA from Harvard University, a Master's degree in Theatre and a PhD in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve. De Swart is Interim Director of University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) at Case Western Reserve. She works as an organizational and communications consultant, individual coach, and team facilitator with more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of personal and professional development.

William Doll is a lawyer with a doctorate in sociology and a former feature writer and theater critic for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. For over 20 years he has lead his own communications, research and speechwriting firm. Since 2007 he has been a Presidential fellow in Case Western Reserve’s SAGES program, teaching courses in public speaking and the media, public relations and American culture. 

Monica Dumitriu  serves as Project Director, Professional Education for The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program and is a continuing professional studies faculty member at Case Western Reserve University.  Dumitriu holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Masters of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.  Monica has over 15 years of experience as an analyst and management advisor with a proven track record and in-depth industry experience at manufacturing and aerospace companies in North America.

Elena Fernandez earned a B.A and M.A in Spanish from Cleveland State University. She teaches Elementary and Intermediate Spanish courses as well as Advance Conversation, Composition, Spanish for Health Care Workers and Spanish for Business.

Mario Garcia-Sanz is the Director of the Control and Energy Systems Center at Case Western Reserve University. In 2009 Mario came to Case Western Reserve as the Inaugural Milton and Tamar Maltz Endowed Chair Professor in Energy Innovation. He has over 25 years of experience working with industry, defense and space agencies he has developed many patents, papers and best-selling books about advanced commercial control solutions, including the design of multi-megawatt wind turbines, satellites with flexible structures and flying in formation, large radio telescopes, waste-water treatment plants and power systems.  Full Bio:

Michael Goldberg earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Michael Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.  Full Bio:

Michael Heil is an experienced aerospace engineer and research and development leader.  In his over 40-year career, he served as President of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, on the faculties of the Air Force Academy and Air Force Institute of Technology, and in leadership roles at two Air Force acquisition centers, four defense laboratories, a test center, a major command staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

Anthony Ian Jack earned a BS in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford University, a PhD in Experimental Psychology from University College London and trained in Neuroscience at Washington University in St Louis Medical School. He has been Principal Investigator of the Brain, Mind and Consciousness Laboratory since 2007 and Research Director at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence since 2014.

Uziel Landau is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Professor Landau’s area of expertise is Electrochemical Engineering with focus on electroplating and batteries research. He holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and BS and MS degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

John Orlock is the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities. After joining the Case Western Reserve faculty in 1989, Professor Orlock served ten years as the head of the Department of Theater and Dance, during which time he was instrumental in establishing the successful MFA graduate program collaboration with the Cleveland Play House. Professor Orlock’s plays have been produced at such major regional theaters as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Cleveland Play House; Alley Theatre, Houston; Cricket Theatre, Minneapolis; Arizona Repertory Theatre; the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.

Dave Schiraldi is the Peter A. Asseff Professor and Chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering at Case Western Reserve. Dave earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Oregon (with Richard Finke) in 1982 and his B.A. in Chemistry, University of California in San Diego in 1978.

Paul Schroeder is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Case Western Reserve.  Paul brings a remarkable blend of practical experience, academic training, and wisdom into the classroom. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State in Chinese Politics in 1987, writing his dissertation on regional power in the Chinese political system. Before embarking on his Ph.D. studies, he was a journalist covering police, city, county and state government for several Ohio newspapers. While doing his dissertation research, Paul represented the State of Ohio Department of Development in Wuhan, China. He then joined the staff of the National Committee on U.S. ― China Relations in New York, managing programs in law and economics.

Mark Sniderman is an Executive in Residence, Adjunct Professor, Economics at CZWRU. Mark earned his PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974, and his BA, Case Western Reserve University in 1972.  Mark Sniderman’s academic and professional interests are focused on macroeconomics and financial regulation, especially the roles played by central banks. He is currently studying the unconventional monetary policies being employed by central banks in the wake of the global financial crisis, as well as their newer responsibilities for promoting financial stability.  Sniderman came to Case after a career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, culminating in his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer.

Christine Tovee graduated from the school of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering, and then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics. She has 15 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries in Europe and North America both in engineering project management and in research in innovation.