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Dr. Park has a blend of experience in both industry and academia. He spent 16 years working in various management positions for both large and small manufacturing companies; including the 3M Company, where he managed a research and development laboratory, and, the M. C. Miller Company, a manufacturer of electronic instruments and survey equipment utilized by corrosion control engineers and technicians.
He held various positions at M. C. Miller, including Director of Research and, ultimately, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In addition to his administrative duties as CEO, he also managed manufacturing-related direct reports in an operations management capacity.
On the academia side; in addition to his current administrative position as Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute at MSU Denver, Dr. Park spent 10 years as a tenured professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, where he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the electronic materials concentration area. During his tenure at UF, he spent 6 years as Graduate Program Director and was responsible for the development and introduction of a new graduate curriculum, as well as graduate student recruitment and advising. He managed a sponsored research program at UF and received over $1.5M in funding from both federal agencies and industry partners.
He has published extensively in his field of research, namely, semiconductor materials and devices, with over 70 papers published in peer-reviewed journals. His publications have been cited over 2,100 times, to-date. He has a “h” citation index of 21, as well as an ”i10-index” of 40 (Author: RM Park).
Dr. Park is the recipient of several awards, including the following:
- The 3M Company’s “Circle of Technical Excellence and Innovation Award”.
- The “National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award”.
- The “Rank Prize for Optoelectronics”, for outstanding research in the field of Optoelectronics [rankprize.org/index.php/prizes/optoelectronics/optoelectronics] (1993 Prize)
- The University of Florida, “Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award”.
- The University of Florida “Faculty Excellence Award” (for dedication to the Graduate Program)
He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow (Scotland).
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Courtney Matsumoto earned Bachelor’s degrees in Ethnic Studies and Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice/Criminology from Colorado State University in May 2013. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in May 2015. For the past two years, she served as the Program Coordinator for the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to her time at MSU Denver, she worked as the Graduate Assistant for UNC’s César Chávez Cultural Center and the Interim Assistant Director for UNC’s Asian/Pacific American Student Services.
Courtney’s current research focuses on leadership in higher education and student affairs from a critical perspective. She is currently a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Courtney is a Colorado native, but hates the cold. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and partner, reading, watching the Broncos, attending festivals, taking naps, doing DIY crafts, painting, and baking. She recently adopted Newt, the cutest Havapoo (Havanese and Mini Poodle) puppy you have ever seen.
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