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Presenter Biographies for Two-Hour Educational Classes


Matthew J. Chynoweth, PE
Matthew Chynoweth is a Deputy Metro Region Engineer at the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Matt has been with MDOT for 12 years, recently completing the Zilwaukee bridge bearing replacement project, after two years of design and two years of construction.  He has worked as the Engineer of Bridge Field Services, responsible for bridge construction, maintenance, fabrication, inspection and emergency response. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University and a master's degree in structural engineering from Wayne State University.  Matt is an adjunct professor teaching structural engineering at Lawrence Technological University.  He is a member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, serving on the Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, and the American Segmental Bridge Institute.

Thomas M. Doran, PE, FESD
Thomas Doran has worked on water projects in the U.S., Latin America, and Canada for 40 years.  He will explore common misconceptions concerning water and insights into how we arrived at where we are today with our water resources.  Drinking water, wastewater, groundwater, and stormwater will be addressed, including some surprise information that isn't often heard.

Bill Gaines
Bill Gaines is a Principal Engineer with Ford Motor Company, Environmental Quality Office, in Dearborn, Michi­gan. He has a BS in Chemical Engi­neering from the University of Michigan, and has over 35 years of experience in industrial process control and waste­water facilities operation. Bill has published over 30 papers on water and wastewater treatment. He is responsible for the design, construc­tion, and launch of Fords' wastewater facilities worldwide and has designed or modified over 50 WWTPs at a cost in excess of $130,000,000.

Dr. John H. Hartig
Dr. John Hartig is trained as a limnologist with 30 years of experience in Great Lakes science and currently serves as Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.  John has received a number of awards for his work, including the 2015 Conservationist of the Year Award from the John Muir Association and the 2013 Conservation Advocate of the Year Award from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.  He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications on the environment, including four books: Bringing Conservation to Cities; Burning Rivers; Honoring Our Detroit River, Caring for Our Home; and Under RAPs: Toward Grassroots Ecological Democracy in the Great Lakes Basin.  John's most recent book titled Bringing Conservation to Cities won a Gold Medal from the Nonfiction Authors Association in the "Sustainable Living" category and a bronze medal from the Living Now Book Awards in the "Green Living" category.

Dr. Donald D. Price, PE
Dr. Donald Price leads the United States Technical Advisory Group for ISO Automotive Electrical Specifications.  In this role, he oversees the US effort to globally standardize automotive specifications for electronic hardware (wire, fuses and connectors, electronic modules, etc.), automotive functional safety, and automotive cyber security.

Dr. Price has worked in various technical and management positions in various industries.  He has worked at IBM Microelectronics, United Technologies Automotive, Lear Corp., and Ford Motor Company.  He recently retired from Ford now leads the EWCAP group at USCAR, a collaborative research and development company owned by Ford, GM, and FCA. He is the author of several technical papers and holds six US patents.  He has a Ph.D. in Advanced Technology from Binghamton University and BSME and MSME degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Dinesh C. Seksaria, PE
Dinesh Seksaria is a consultant specializing in light weighting of mechanical/structural components and systems. He is a licensed PE and mechanical engineer with over 50 years of related industry experience. His expertise is in mechanical design and material sciences. After earning an MSE from the University of Michigan, Dinesh spent his career in industry reducing vehicle and component's weight while developing these systems/subsystems. He has practiced design, analysis and testing and has earned more than 35 U.S. and international patents, as well as published and presented more than 15 technical papers in the U.S. and internationally. He has worked on various research and development activities related to materials and for mechanical/ structural subsystems of vehicles from airplanes to construction cranes, military vehicles, cars and commercial and industrial trucks.

Michael J. Vinarcik, PE, FESD
Michael J. Vinarcik is a Senior Lead Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton and an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has over twenty years of automotive and defense engineering experience. He received a BS (Metallurgical Engineering) from the Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an MS (Product Development) from the University of Detroit Mercy. Mr. Vinarcik has presented at NDIA Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposia, INCOSE and American Society for Engineering Education regional conferences, and a tutorial at the 2010 INCOSE International Symposium. He contributed chapters to Industrial Applications of X-ray Diffraction, Taguchi's Quality Engineering Handbook, and Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Complex Systems Engineering; he also contributed a case study to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). Mr. Vinarcik is a licensed Professional Engineer (Michigan) and holds INCOSE ESEP-Acq, OCSMP: Model Builder – Advanced, Booz Allen Hamilton Systems Engineering Expert Belt, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, and ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer certifications. He is a Fellow of The Engineering Society of Detroit, chaired the 2010-2011 INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conferences, and was the 2012 President of the INCOSE Michigan Chapter. He currently co-leads INCOSE's Model Based Conceptual Design Working Group and is the President and Founder of Sigma Theta Mu, the systems honor society.



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