Differential Tuition

Differential Tuition Faculty Enhancements within ETID

Mr. Norm Clark, Instructional Associate Professor

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Norm Clark has been with the Industrial Distribution (ID) Program since 2001 as a part-time lecturer and associate director of the Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education. With differential tuition funding he has now joined the ID program as a full-time senior lecturer and he currently teaches IDIS 330 (Sales Engineering) and IDIS 340 (Manufacturer Distributor Relations). Mr. Clark brings value to his undergraduate students with industry experience, industry contacts, and student internship and employment opportunities from working with such companies as ExxonMobil, NOV-Wilson Supply, SRS Distribution, Hydraquip Distribution, CANRIG, Hill Country Electric Supply, McJunkin Red Man Corporation, Johnson Supply and Gexpro.

Mr. Clark worked in industry for an oil and gas well servicing contractor in both operations and sales for 10 years. This gave him a good understanding of industry processes and procedures from the standpoint of what happens during day to day operations. This experience helped him to bring information to the classroom that is relevant to what graduates will need to know when they enter the work place. He was also a sales trainer in industry for six years developing and delivering sales and communication programs for both manufacturers and distributors throughout North America. During this time he enhanced his industry knowledge, made industry contacts and developed interactive teaching methodologies to engage participants in a classroom situation.

The contacts that Mr. Clark has and continues to make in industry provide the Industrial Distribution Program both financial and human resources to support our classroom activities, our student organization, Professional Association for Industrial Distribution (PAID), and our research and professional development activities.

 

Mr. Evan Vestal, Industry Projects Coordinator and Lecturer

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Evan Vestal is a graduate of the Industrial Distribution (ID) program at Texas A&M and has over 12 years of experience in industry working for companies such as LoneStar, Edamerica, and Nelnet. His experience brings sales engineering and financial logistics information to the classroom that is relevant to what graduates will need to know when they enter the work place. His past role as Industrial Distribution's senior academic advisor allowed him to formulate relationships with industry that enhances the learning experience for students in IDIS 240 (Introduction to Industrial Distribution).

In his new roles as Industry Projects Coordinator and Lecturer, the contacts Mr. Vestal has made and continues to make in industry will provide the ID program with human resources to support classroom activities, industry projects and the Professional Association for Industrial Distribution (PAID) student organization. His industry relationships and contacts allow him to provide information on career opportunities to students and places him in a position to mentor students on career tracks and companies that may match their professional interest. With an understanding of the value that these students bring to companies, Mr. Vestal is able to help the students to be prepared for interviews and negotiations with potential employers.

 

Mr. Jay Johnson, Lecturer

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Jay Johnson has been associated with the Industrial Distribution Program since 1996.  He is a graduate of the program and has a MBA from Texas A&M.  His last role before being appointed to this full-time differential tuition lecturer position was as associate director of the Thomas & Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education.  He is teaching IDIS 424 (Purchasing) and IDIS 464 (Profitability).

Mr. Johnson brings value to his undergraduate students in three areas; industry experience, industry contacts and student internship and employment opportunities. He has over 15 years of experience in industries that hire students from the Industrial Distribution Program. He has worked for companies such as Applied Industrial Technologies, Hope Lumber, and Crawford Electric. This experience enables him to bring information to the classroom that is relevant to what graduates will need to know when they enter the work place. He continues to advise companies in these industries, which keeps the information he brings to the class current and relevant. Mr. Johnson's contacts provide the Industrial Distribution Program with both financial and human resources to support our classroom activities, our student organization, Professional Association for Industrial Distribution (PAID), and our research and professional development activities.

His industry experience and contacts allow him to provide information on career opportunities to students, and advise students on career tracks and companies that may match their professional interest. With an understanding of the value that these students bring to companies, he is able to help students be prepared for interviews and negotiations with potential employers.

 

Mr. Scott Butler, Lecturer

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Scott Butler joined the Manufacturing and Mechanical ET (MMET) program this fall as a half time lecturer. Mr. Butler has served with public school systems as a technical educator for over 30 years in the areas of welding processes, agricultural mechanics, and mechanical shop. He is a lab instructor for ENTC 181 (Manufacturing and Assembly Processes I) and ENTC 313 (Industrial Welding Processes). His experience and technical background contributes to the student's understanding of welding processes and practices in a very positive way. Since joining the department this fall, Mr. Butler has already made significant enhancements to the laboratory operations and course material.

 

Differential Tuition Enhancements to the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Program

Differential tuition funds were utilized in Fall 2012 to completely renovate the manufacturing processes laboratories in Thompson Hall. The renovations included new equipment to better enhance machining processes, welding processes, assembly processes, and metrology. The new laboratory layout resembles a modern industrial environment which allows students to fabricate different components and then assemble them into a real product. Differential tuition funds have been leveraged with generous donations from equipment and instrument companies to obtain the equipment for the lab. The new facility, the Manufacturing Excellence Laboratory (MEL), not only provides exciting and relevant exercises to approximately 500 students attending classes each year, but also promotes collaborations with other departments and projects a very positive image to prospective students and visitors.

Differential Tuition Enhancements to the Industrial Distribution Laboratories

IDIS 300 and IDIS 400, Rockwell Laboratory

IDIS 300, Industrial Electricity, relates to the use of electrical concepts such as voltage, current, power generation and transmission, DC and AC motors. Differential Tuition (DT) funds have provided enhancement to laboratory operation, allowing students to increase the number of hands-on experiments to complement the lectures and get them better prepared in the topics of industrial electricity and motors. Ten laboratory stations are now available with two students per station. This has resulted in an increase in the number of labs experiments performed by students.

IDIS 400, Industrial Automation, relates to the use of Allen Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers. This equipment and software are used by students to prepare for industrial automation applications and expose them to the most current technology. The course includes topics such as automation languages, sensors, actuators, control systems, networking, topologies and protocols. DT funds were used to upgrade the 12 laboratory stations and touch-screen monitors are in the process of being incorporated into each station.

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Partial view of Motor-Generator and Oscilloscope unit purchased with Differential Tuition funds.

For more information, please contact Roger Lorenzo at lorenzo@tamu.edu.