Lecture: Megan and Marty Bhatia

Lecture: Megan and Marty Bhatia

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Megan Bhatia
Freelance Learning Facilitator, Engagement Consultant, & Career Coach

 You know that moment that you feel like your world changes through a single experience?  You see yourself differently because you did something you thought was out of reach? Megan Bhatia is on a mission to help people create experiences that do just that.  Megan consults companies and coaches individuals to intentionally create interactive experiences (presentations, meetings, conferences, workshops, retreats) that bring the participants to their own powerful realizations. Her corporate and nonprofit clients report an increased engagement in the workplace, more accountable employees and happier customers. Megan’s individual career coaching clients better understand their strengths/skills and the creative process, learn how to get into action, become empowered to take on new learning curves, and learn the skills to design a life they love. Megan's own experiences have been powerful learning opportunities...as a student in Belgium in Spain, selling real estate in Chicago, a non-profit Director in cross-cultural exchange, an entrepreneur, a speaker/facilitator. Megan's most recent learning curve is being the mom of twin toddlers...yikes that last one is the hardest! 

 Marty Bhatia
Founder and Owner, Digital Ninja Consulting

Marty Bhatia is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BA in communications. He is also a professional trainer and consultant of technology, bridging the gap between business and IT by teaching a language that can be used in everyday business operations. Over the past 10 years he has run his own businesses, with the last 5 years focused on operations consulting within a diverse set of industries, including retail, construction, professional services, and other technology companies. Marty’s expertise includes setting up and training essential business technologies by way of email, calendar, file storage, point of sale, accounting, project management solutions, client relationship management tools (CRMs), and business intelligence dashboards. He has developed custom form tools to help streamline day-to-day operations and help businesses achieve the granularity and insight needed to maximize control and efficiencies. Marty has trained over 1,000 users within 80+ companies in a diversity of industries. He works with businesses that range in size from startups to as many as 200 employees. Aside from Digital Ninja Consulting, Marty was the VP of Education for his Toastmasters Club and the Education Director of his BNI Chapter. Marty is currently working on his first book entitled The Entrepreneur's Guide To Surviving Your 1st Three Years, and offers core training for entrepreneurs via Digital Ninja Academy, which uses many of the technologies that he has developed and used with his clients. Marty has redesigned DigitalNinja.com to be blog centric. He has turned his passion of empowering users public. Digital Ninja has helpful lessons, insights, and information for small to mid-size businesses daily operational challenges and goals.

Lecture: Peter Panagiotaros

Lecture: Peter Panagiotaros

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)

Lecture: Simone Kenkel

Lecture: Simone Kenkel

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Simone Kenkel dedicates her career to championing the built environment by focusing on renewable energy projects at the intersection of infrastructure and sustainability. Currently, she works for her family business, which focuses on emissions control technology targeting decarbonization in the transportation industry, and she is working on the scalable implementation of sustainable fuels in the Brazilian market. She brings more than 11 years of experience in managing 40+ renewable energy power generation projects, totaling over 3,000 MW from feasibility to construction phases both in developing and industrialized countries. She has managed the implementation of power plants with 331MW and coordinated US$650 MM contracts due diligence for the Brazilian energy and infrastructure market. Simone holds a B.Sc.Eng. Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a Master’s of Industrial Technology and Operations, concentration in Industrial Sustainability, from IIT School of Applied Technology, Chicago. She is also a UIC SISE fellow, where she won the First Prize for the collaborative research project in 2018. When not working, her favorite hobby is cooking new recipes, enjoying nature and swimming.


Lecture: Brandon Nolin

Lecture: Brandon Nolin

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Senior Planner
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Brandon Nolin is a Senior Planner specializing in comprehensive planning and community development at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). He uses his background in archaeology, statistics, and market research to develop data-driven plans that are both physically achievable and economically viable.

Over the past 10 years, Brandon has worked in communities of all shapes and sizes. He has created award-winning plans to reposition shrinking cities like Flint MI, revitalize aging commercial areas in Milwaukee, and strengthen small rural towns and emerging suburban communities. Brandon is also actively involved in furthering the planning profession. He co-founded a young planners organization and serves as Director of the American Planning Association’s Chicago Metro Section.

Brandon has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Michigan State University and two graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago: a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy and a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Geography.

Lecture: Kim Moon

Lecture: Kim Moon

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Lecturer in Managerial Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago

Kim Moon, Lecturer in Managerial Studies, built a dual professional career in Sales & Marketing and teaching. Her 15 years in academia is complemented by global business experience in Innovation and Brand Management. Kim, has worked for various Fortune 200 companies throughout her career: Whirlpool Corporation, S.C. Johnson Wax & Sons, Inc., American Express, Pillsbury and Abbott Laboratories. Kim, leverages her corporate experience in such courses as  Marketing Management, Global Marketing, Advertising & Promotions, Consumer Behavior, Brand Management, New Product Development and Business to Business Marketing. When Kim isn’t teaching, she serves as Faculty Advisor for the Product Development Management Association, Mentor for the Business Scholar Program and Fellow for the Honors College. She has taught at U.I.C. since the Fall of 2008.

Activity: Community Gardening

Activity: Community Gardening

Location #1: Groups #1-3 will go to the MLK District Garden (South 16th Str./Ridgeway) for weeding, moving soil, planting, cutting back plants

Location #2: Groups #4-9 will go to the garden at Homan St./Harrison Ave. for moving gravel, soil, wood chips, and (if there’s time) planting pollinator plants, shrubs, and watering; YMCA Green Creation Crew will be at this site as well.


Working with the NLCCC Green Subcommittee, SISE Fellows and youth from the YMCA Metro program will weed, mow, plant, etc. at several community gardens. Gardening will be led by Annamaria Leon.

NOTE: Bring 1-2 thermoses filled with water + snacks.

NOTE: Individuals will head to/from North Lawndale on their own

Activity: Tour of North Lawndale

Activity: Tour of North Lawndale

Location: Meet at The Green Tomato (3750 West Ogden Ave.) by 9:00AM


Tour of North Lawndale is a walking tour by My Block, My Hood, My City, which will include:

  • Welcome by MBMHMC team

  • Tour Stop #1: The Green Tomato

  • Tour Stop #2: Legacy Apartment

  • Tour Stop #3: Stone Temple Church

  • Tour Stop #4: One Straw Garden

  • Tour Stop #6: Sal’s

  • Tour Stop #5: Douglas Park Statue

  • Tour Stop #6: Boulevard System History Tour Stop #7: Collins Academy High School

  • Tour Stop #8: Farm on Ogden

NOTE: Please bring 1-2 thermoses filled with water + snacks for the road.

NOTE: Arrive on your own to location; a bus deliver us back to UIC

YMCA Youth Program Outreach

YMCA Youth Program Outreach

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Working with youth from Pilsen and Hyde Park through the YMCA Metro Green Creation Crew — which was started by SISE alumnus Tim Benedict in 2014 —SISE Fellows will spend the afternoon working on special youth-centered and youth-led projects.

Facilitated Group Discussion

Facilitated Group Discussion

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


SISE Fellows will meet as a group to discuss their North Lawndale projects, facilitated by George Crabtree.

Lecture: Cindy Klein-Banai

Lecture: Cindy Klein-Banai

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
University of Illinois at Chicago

Ten years ago, Dr. Cynthia Klein-Banai founded the UIC Office of Sustainability where her team promotes sustainability as part of our campus culture and enhances UIC’s mission of student success, improving public health, and serving the communities of Chicago. The Office promotes the UIC Climate Commitments of Carbon Neutral Campus, Zero Waste Campus, Net Zero Water Campus, and Biodiverse Campus. She has developed applied learning and research opportunities for students through internships, volunteer opportunities, and special projects. Dr. Klein-Banai has a Ph.D. in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment within the School of Public Health. She received her MS in Environmental Science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and BA in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. When she’s not trying to save the world she practices yoga, raises hens, works in her garden, or visits with her three adult daughters.

Lecture: George Crabtree

Lecture: George Crabtree

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Director, Energy Initiative
Distinguished Professor, Physics and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research
Argonne National Laboratory

George Crabtree is Director of the UIC Energy Initiative and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago and Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Argonne National Laboratory. He has won numerous awards for his research, including the Kamerlingh Onnes Prize for his work on vortices in high temperature superconductors.  This prestigious prize is awarded once every three years; Dr. Crabtree is its second recipient.  He has won the University of Chicago Award for Distinguished Performance at Argonne twice, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times, a notable accomplishment.  He has an R&D 100 Award for his pioneering development of Magnetic Flux Imaging Systems.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a charter member of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers in Physics, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Crabtree has served as Director of the Materials Science Division at Argonne, as Chairman of the Division of Condensed Matter of the American Physical Society, as a Founding Editor of the scientific journal Physica C, as Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters, as Chair of advisory committees for DOE and NSF research centers and as Editor of several review issues of Physica C devoted to superconductivity.  He has published more than 400 papers in leading scientific journals, has collected over 16,000 career citations, and has given over 100 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences.  His research interests include next generation battery materials, sustainable energy, energy policy, materials science, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, and highly correlated electrons in metals. He co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s Applied Energy Programs.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

Lecture: Deborah Moore

Lecture: Deborah Moore

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Director, Neighborhood Strategy and Planning
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

Deborah Moore became Director of Neighborhood Strategy and Planning in October of 2010. A long time asset to the organization, Ms. Moore first began serving NHS in 1996 as Director of the West Englewood office, and became Director of the Auburn Gresham/Englewood Office in 2000.  As the Director of Neighborhood Strategy and Planning, Moore directs and develops neighborhood program resources and oversees the staff for the six partnership initiatives (Chatham, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, North Lawndale, West Humboldt and Woodlawn).  Additionally, she administers the implementation of both national and local community development initiatives in the neighborhoods, including NHS’ involvement in the City of Chicago’s Micro-Market Recovery Program and in various NeighborWorks® programs. Her role also includes orchestrating the beneficial relationships between the Neighborhood Strategy office and other programs and divisions within the organization. Deborah values local and resident partnerships as a necessary tool in neighborhood revitalization and community engagement evidenced through implementation of successful initiatives resulting in new homeowners, vacant buildings reclaimed and model blocks. Ms. Moore was awarded the Community Hero Award by the Greater Auburn Gresham Community Development Corporation’s New Community’s Program in 2007 for her innovative work in and continued commitment to the Auburn Gresham community. She received her Master’s degree in Human Services Administration, with a curricular concentration in Affordable Housing Development at Spertus College.

Group Think Tank

Group Think Tank

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


SISE Fellows will meet as a group to discuss their North Lawndale projects, facilitated by George Crabtree.

Activity: Tour of Argonne National Laboratory

Activity: Tour of Argonne National Laboratory

Pickup Location: Meet at UIC Student Center East (750 S Halsted St.) on Halsted side for pickup.

ANL Location: When not on tours, we’ll be in Bldg. 240 (TCS conf. center) Rooms 1406/1407


Activity: Delta Institute Site Visit + Mentoring

Location: 35 E Wacker Dr, #1200


SISE Fellows will visit the Delta Institute — a “nonprofit based in Chicago that thinks like a business to build both a resilient environment and economy through sustainable solutions” — where they will talk with expert staff about their projects.

Lecture: Bob Anderson

Lecture: Bob Anderson

Location: IIT Kaplan Institute (3137 S Federal St.)


Lecturer
Illinois Institute of Technology

President
Robert F. Anderson and Associates, Inc.

Bob Anderson is a retired vice president of marketing for UOP LLC, the world’s largest provider of licensed technology to the global oil refining and petrochemicals industry. Prior to that, he was vice president of quality and productivity. During 37 years at UOP, he received 28 US patents, earned a master’s degree in management at Northwestern, and served as managing director of subsidiaries in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is president of Robert F. Anderson and Associates, Inc. and a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois.
 
Bob returned to his alma mater, Illinois Institute of Technology, seventeen years ago to start a technology transfer and intellectual property office. He worked with faculty and students for 14 years as an entrepreneurship mentor while serving as investor, officer, director, or consultant to startups in areas including thermal management of large lithium ion batteries, hybrid and plug-in hybrid conversion of vehicles from SUV’s to school buses and city buses, solar energy, and digital motor drives. He was involved in the early stages of IIT’s business incubator development. After retirement from his IIT day job, he throttled back to teaching three classes a week and managing or advising four startup companies.
 
Bob teaches classes at IIT in creativity, project management, ethics, presentation skills, entrepreneurship and intellectual property, as well as a globally distributed course entitled energy, environment, and economics aimed at graduate students in disciplines from architecture to engineering, science, and business. For several years he served as a senior faculty member at Keller Graduate School of Management where he taught a course in management of organizational change.
 
He is a regular speaker to groups interested in energy alternatives and has presented short courses in energy and the environment around the world.

Lecture: Kimberly Wasserman

Lecture: Kimberly Wasserman

Location: IIT Kaplan Institute (3137 S Federal St.)


Executive Director
Leadership Development for the Sustainable Self-Determination of Little Village

Kim is the Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), where she has worked since 1998. Kim joined LVEJO as an organizer and helped to organize community leaders to successfully build a new playground, community gardens, remodel of a local school park and force a local polluter to upgrade their facilities to meet current laws. As Executive Director of LVEJO, she has worked with organizers to reinstate a job access bus line, build on the recent victory of a new 23 acre park to be built in Little Village, and continue the 10 plus year campaign that won the closure of the two local coal power plants to fight for remediation and redevelopment of the sites. Mrs. Wasserman is Chair of the Illinois Commission on Environmental Justice. In 2013, Mrs. Wasserman was the recipient of the Goldman Prize for North America. Her biggest accomplishment to date is raising three-community organizers aged 18, 11, and 8.

Activity: Mentor Speed Dating

Activity: Mentor Speed Dating

Location: IIT Kaplan Institute (3137 S Federal St.)


SISE Fellows will meet with local academics, business professionals, and North Lawndale residents to discuss and tweak their projects.

Activity: Sinai Youth Mentoring Outreach

Activity: Sinai Youth Mentoring Outreach

Location: Sinai Health System (1500 S. Fairfield Ave., Glasser B)


Working with youth from Sinai Health System’s Youth Career Development Center, SISE Fellows will meet in small groups to discuss college, growing up, and careers with neighborhood youth. They will also spend the afternoon working on special youth-centered and youth-led projects.

Lecture: Katherine Yoshida

Lecture: Katherine Yoshida

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Program Coordinator, Grants & Development
UIC Office of Sustainability

Kate Yoshida's role in the UIC Office of Sustainability focuses on identifying funding opportunities, proposal preparation, grant administration and program development. She completed her Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC with concentrations in environmental planning and economic development. She has BSGS in economics from Northwestern University. Kate worked as a commercial real estate underwriter and documentation analyst at a large commercial bank before staying at home with her two sons. Kate also teaches Kundalini yoga and meditation and loves weaving and knitting.

Lecture: H. Peter Steeves

Lecture: H. Peter Steeves

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Director, Humanities Center
DePaul University

H. Peter Steeves is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center at DePaul University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University, and he specializes in phenomenology, ethics, and philosophy of science.  Steeves is the author of several books, including: Founding Community: A Phenomenological-Ethical Inquiry (Kluwer, 1998); Animal Others: On Ethics, Ontology, and Animal Life (SUNY Press, 1999); The Things Themselves: Phenomenology and the Return to the Everyday (SUNY Press, 2006); Beautiful, Bright, and Blinding: Phenomenological Aesthetics and the Life of Art (SUNY Press 2017); and the forthcoming Being and Showtime (2020) and Political Animal(s): By Nature and Culture (2021). He has published more than 130 book chapters and journal articles, and has presented more than 190 public and academic professional lectures. Steeves has also been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and an NEH grant, has been a Fellow at Princeton and Stanford, and was a member of an astrobiology research group at NASA Ames. He was chosen in 2011 by Rate My Professor as one of the “Top 15 Best Professors in the United States.” His current research focuses primarily on cosmology and astrobiology—on the origin events of both the cosmos and life.

Survey / Think Tank

Survey / Think Tank

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)


Activity: Canadian Consulate Reception/BBQ

Activity: Canadian Consulate Reception/BBQ

Location: The Buckingham (360 East Randolph – Party Room)


Reception for SISE Fellows hosted by the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago.

Consulate General John Cruickshank will host.

Presentations

Presentations

Location: UIC Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470 (801 S. Morgan St.)