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CA2VES Exceeds Expectations in Year Two

NVC Meeting, 2013

The 2013 National Visiting Committee (NVC)meeting for the Center for Aviation and Automotive Technology Education Using Virtual E-Schools [CA2VES] was held in Greenville, SC on May 15-16. The first day’s discussions at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Greenville were kicked off by Dr. Gerhard Salinger, Program Officer at National Science Foundation, followed by a welcome for new members by Al Schwabenbauer, NVC chair.

The NVC heard about the progress of the CA2VES team during Year Two, which included:

  • 17 fully developed online learning modules
  • Content development for 36 modules
  • Development of 6 virtual reality tools
  • Development of 2 virtual reality environments for safety education scenarios
  • Evaluation of 2 online learning modules and 3 virtual reality tools
  • Development of high school lesson plan
  • Development of learning management system to house online learning modules

Day two of the NVC meeting was held at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Bryan Dods, Executive Manufacturing Technology Leader at GE Power & Water provided the day’s industry perspective. Additional discussions revolved around synergistic efforts that have been made possible through the networks and foundations that CA2VES provides. These include new funding opportunities through two Department of Labor grants and a gift by the Duke Energy Foundation in support of workforce development initiatives.

Overall, the NVC was pleased with the progress of CA2VES including accolades like being “extremely impressed with the fast start-up of the CA2VES Center and especially the progress made” and “the NVC all agreed that the quality of the finished product [modules] from an instructional design perspective was excellent” and “the initial pilot testing to evaluate the impact of pedagogical effectiveness of e-learning was extremely well done.”

The CA2VES team members would like to thank the NVC for their time, advice, guidance, and continued support that they provide throughout the year. CA2VES will strive to meet and exceed the NVC’s expectations during the next and future years.


NVC Members

NVC Chair

  • Al Schwabenbauer

NVC Members

  • Serita Acker, Director, Clemson University Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
  • Frank Botdorf, Director of Business Development, EON Reality, Inc.
  • Bryan Dods, Executive Manufacturing Technology Leader, GE Power & Water
  • Werner Eikenbusch, Manager Apprenticeship & Associate Training, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC
  • Charles Farrell, Director, South Carolina Aerospace Task Force under the Department of Commerce
  • Jeff Hunt, Dean of Technologies, Spartanburg Community College
  • Burriss Nelson, Director, Economic Development Division, Anderson County Economic Development
  • Hope E. Rivers, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs, SC Technical College System
  • Carl Roberts, Organizational Training Manager (RFO), Michelin North America
  • Melanie Sudduth, Regional Vice President, SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Zach Wartell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science, University of North Carolina Charlotte

External Evaluator

  • Pete Saflund, The Saflund Institute

Principal Investigators

  • Carey Castle, Associate Vice President for Academics, Greenville Technical College
  • Elaine L. Craft, Director, SC Advanced Technological Center of Excellence
  • Dale Doty, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Barry Franco, Ph.D., Dean of Aeronautical Studies, Trident Technical College
  • Anand K. Gramopadhye, Ph.D., Director, CA2VES & CUCWD



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