Member Bios

Membership

CASI is made up of voting members who perform a variety of instructional, research, administrative, student services and other key functions in the College of Engineering. CASI members are elected by staff .

If you are interested in learning more about serving on CASI, please contact Sara Hladilek, the CASI Chair.

Chair of the Committee

Ian Robertson, engr-dean@engr.wisc.edu
Dean of the College of Engineering

Member Term End Job Function Department
Andi Bill 2023 Research & Instruction Civil & Environmental Engineering
Engineering Professional Development
Justin Kyle Bush 2024 Student Services Graduate Student Advising
Marc Class 2024 Research Industrial Refrigeration Consortium
Jackie Cooper 2025 Research Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mary Fitzpatrick 2025 Research IEDE – Dean’s Office
Steve Flaherty 2023 Administration COE Dean’s Office
Sara Hladilek (chair) 2024 Student Services Graduate Student Advising
Nate Jung 2025 Instruction Technical Communication
Mark Malkin 2023 Instruction Engineering Professional Development
Kelly Petersen (co-chair) 2024 University Staff Industrial Systems Engineering
Amanda Rasmussen 2025 Administration Dean’s Office
Zach Smith 2023 Administration Mechanical Engineering

Voting members

Andi Bill

Program Manager, Traffic Safety Engineering Research

Contact: bill@wisc.edu

Ms. Andrea Bill is currently the Traffic Safety Engineering Research Program Manager with the Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory and Program Director with Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis in traffic safety and operations. Her current research incorporates aspects from each of these disciplines, with a specific emphasis on discovering new and innovative ways to analyze traffic crashes. She is actively involved in the Transportation Research Board, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and American Society of Engineering Education

Justin Kyle Bush

Graduate Academic Advisor

Contact: justinkyle.bush@wisc.edu

Justin Kyle Bush is the graduate academic advisor for Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE), Engineering Data Analytics (MEDA), and Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE). Justin supports all aspects of the student life cycle, including recruitment, admissions, new student orientation, academic advising, monitoring of progress towards the degree, course and enrollment management, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, funding, course and program assessment, and academic program review. I look forward to representing COE Academic Staff to enhance our workplace and community. I am interested in serving on CASI to leverage my skills as a listener, effective communicator, and innovative thinker to continuously improve our working environment. I am relatively new to UW-Madison, joining during the pandemic, and will bring a new perspective to the committee. I look forward to networking with other academic staff to understand our areas of improvement and working towards solutions that will keep COE a great place to work.

Marc Class

Research Engineer, Industrial Refrigeration Consortium

Contact: mclaas@wisc.edu

Marc Claas is a staff Research Engineer with the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UW-Madison. He has been in his current role since 2015, engaging in applied research and industry outreach focused on large ammonia refrigeration systems used in the food and beverage industries. His work focuses on making collaborative industry progress regarding the safety, reliability, performance, and efficiency of these systems with a focus on education.

Jackie Cooper

Lab Manager, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Contact: jackie.cooper@wisc.edu

I have been in this position for over 20 years, supporting students and faculty in both CEE and CBE, as well as others across campus who utilize the equipment in my lab. I feel my perspective as someone working in a laboratory, which is often times not reflected in other campus committees, will serve me well on CASI.

Mary Fitzpatrick

Director of Diversity Research and Evaluation, Inclusion, Equity and Diversity in Engineering (IEDE)

Contact: mary.fitzpatrick@wisc.edu

Mary Fitzpatrick is in the unit of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity in Engineering (IEDE) in the role of academic staff scientist and has been with the College since 2013. She earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and was a practicing engineer and program manager for 17 years in the medical device and software industries. She earned a doctorate in Educational Psychology from UW-Milwaukee in 2011. Her current role focuses on providing program evaluation and research related to underrepresented groups in engineering and creating an inclusive culture within the College and UW-Madison.

Steve Flaherty

Research Administrator

Contact: steve.flaherty@wisc.edu

Steve Flaherty is a research administrator with the College of Engineering. In his current role, he supports the CoE research enterprise in a variety of ways, including as the pre-award administrator for CoE’s large-scale proposal team. Prior to his current role, Steve worked in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a pre-award research administrator, and at the University of Washington’s Information School as a pre- and post-award research administrator.

Sara Hladilek, CASI Chair

Senior Student Services Coordinator, Student Services

Contact: shladilek@wisc.edu

Jason Jankoski, CASI ex officio member

Assistant Dean for Human Resources

Contact: jpjankoski@wisc.edu, (608) 890-0921

As assistant dean for human resources, payroll and benefits, Jason Jankoski provides leadership in human resource, payroll and benefits systems administration throughout the College of Engineering. He oversees, directs and collaborates with the college’s decentralized departmental human resource, payroll and administrative staff members, and provides leadership and guidance to achieve excellence in these areas. Additionally, he is the college liaison to human resources at the UW-Madison and UW System levels.

Jankoski joined the College of Engineering as assistant dean in 2014. Previously, he spent five years as assistant dean for human resources in the Wisconsin School of Business, and has held human resources positions elsewhere at UW-Madison and at the State of Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor of arts in human resources management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Nate Jung

Teaching Faculty, Technical Communications

Contact: najung@wisc.edu

As a faculty member of the Technical Communications Program, I teach engineering communications courses to students from all areas of the College of Engineering. This interdisciplinary and student-facing role allows me to interact with a wide variety of faculty, administrators, and STEM writing professionals to ensure that our students can integrate all aspects of their engineering education into a cohesive professional identity that reflects the values of the UW-Madison College of Engineering. My direct contact with students in the classroom and my position in a program that interfaces with so many different elements of the College provide me with a uniquely collaborative perspective that I look forward to contributing to CASI. My service experience will also prove beneficial; in addition to the work I do for the Technical Communications Program, I am currently a member of the TTC Appeals Panel, and recently served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Policy and Process Regarding Access to Electronic Records. Previously, I taught courses in engineering communication, health science writing, and business writing at UW-Milwaukee, and I was appointed to multiple-year terms on their university-wide Ombuds Council and the English department’s Grievance Committee.

Mark P. Malkin

Program Director, Engineering Professional Development

Contact: mmalkin@wisc.edu

Mark P. Malkin returned to the College of Engineering in 2016 as a Program Director in Engineering Professional Development (EPD). He develops and teaches non-credit continuing education courses in the engineering and architectural disciplines related to building design, construction and operation. Mark is a registered Professional Engineer, with over 25 years of combined experience in University construction project management, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) design. Mark received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Madison, with research in the Solar Energy Lab.

His Building Systems course offerings in the Facilities practice area of EPD include an Introduction to Science Labs, Data Centers, Fundamentals of HVAC, Understanding Plumbing Systems, Coordinated Fire Protection, and Environmental Controls in Museums and Libraries. His courses within Design and Construction focus on understanding and applying various codes and standards including Property Maintenance and the International Building Code, building envelope components of Low Slope and Metal Roofing, and subjects of particular interest including Acoustics and Vibration, and Budgets and Cost Estimates.

Kelly Petersen, CASI Co-Chair

Main Office Manager, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Contact: kmpetersen2@wisc.edu

Kelly joined the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the summer of 2019. She acts as the Main Office Manager for Industrial and Systems Engineering, doing a little bit of everything to support the Faculty, Staff, and Instructors of her department. She also currently serves on a variety of committees throughout the college.

Kelly received her BS in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and worked in the education field for 5 years before moving into an administrative role in higher education.

Amanda Rasmussen

Executive Assistant to the Office of the Dean

Contact: arasmussen4@wisc.edu

Hi there, my name is Amanda Rasmussen. You may have seen me if you ever had a need to go to the Dean’s Office here in the College of Engineering. I’m an Executive Assistant in the Office of the Dean. Primarily I assist David Noyce, Executive Associate Dean and Chris Castro, Associate Dean for Inclusion, Equity and Diversity in Engineering. I also help out with our research group and Academic Affairs when needed. It’s a team effort here! I’m excited to be nominated for CASI so that I can be involved more involved in decisions in our college, and as a chance to meet other people throughout the Engineering campus. I think that my position in the Dean’s Office would make me a good liaison for CASI and I look forward to being more involved in college policies and procedures.

Zach Smith

Research Administrator, Mechanical Engineering

Contact: rsmith48@wisc.edu

Zach Smith is a research administrator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and has been in the College of Engineering since 2017. Prior to moving to the CCE, he worked as a Business Operations Manager within the International Division and came to UW-Madison from the University of Iowa where he worked in International Programs as a Sr. Advisor and Program Coordinator. His primary interests have been in refining systems and processes, and fostering effective models of communication. He enjoys detail-oriented work and maintaining systems-wide perspectives. He currently serves as an Academic Staff Assembly representative and is a member of the CASI team for the CoE.