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Member Bios


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 both elected by academic staff or appointed by the CASI.

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

Chair of the Committee

Ian Robertson,
Dean of the College of Engineering

Member Term End Job Function Department
Vacant 2022 Instruction TBD
Vacant 2022 Research TBD
Vacant 2022 Administration TBD
Angela Pakes 2022 Research & Instruction Grainger Institute for Engineering
Geological Engineering
Steve Flaherty 2023 Administration COE Dean’s Office
Elizabeth Harris 2023 Instruction Collaborative for Engineering Education and Teaching Effectiveness
Mark Malkin 2023 Instruction Engineering Professional Development
Zach Smith Chair
Administration Mechanical Engineering
Andi Bill 2024 Research & Instruction Civil & Environmental Engineering
Engineering Professional Development
Marc Class 2024 Research Industrial Refrigeration Consortium
Sara Hladilek 2024 Student Services Graduate Student Advising
Kelly Petersen 2024 University Staff Industrial Systems Engineering

Voting members

Andi Bill

Program Manager, Traffic Safety Engineering Research


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

Marc Class

Research Engineer, Industrial Refrigeration Consortium


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.

Steve Flaherty

Research Administrator


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.

Elizabeth Harris

Director, Collaborative for Engineering Education and Teaching Effectiveness (CEETE)


Elizabeth Harris has been part of the University of Wisconsin Madison since 2006 and part of the College of Engineering since 2012. She is Director of the Collaborative for Engineering Education and Teaching Effectiveness (CEETE), helps direct the Moodle Service, and often acts as an advocate in campus forums for the CoE’s educational needs.

Elizabeth attended Purdue University for both her Bachelor’s (BS) and Master’s (MS) degrees. Her BS is in Technology, and her Master’s is in Cognitive Engineering- the study of how people think and learn, leveraging cognitive psychology, neurobiology, and systems engineering.

Elizabeth serves on the CoE Educational Innovation Committee, on the CoE CASI, as a member and current chair of the campus Teaching and Learning with Technology Advisory Group (TLTAG), as a member of the Instructional Technologists group, as a member of the campus Project Intake Process cross-tag review committee, and as the CASI representative on the CoE Academic Planning Committee. Externally Elizabeth currently serves as a founding member of the POD STEM SIG (outgoing Chair), and a founding member of the ASEE Faculty Development SIG (incoming Chair).

Sara Hladilek

Senior Student Services Coordinator, Student Services


Jason Jankoski, CASI ex officio member

Assistant Dean for Human Resources

Contact:, (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.

Mark P. Malkin

Program Director, Engineering Professional Development


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.

Angela Pakes

Researcher, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering; Assistant Director for New Technology Directions, Grainger Institute for Engineering


Angela Pakes earned her BS in Geological Engineering with a BS in Geology/Geophysics at UW-Madison in 1996, and her MSE in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1997. She joined the Grainger Institute for Engineering at UW-Madison in August 2016. Prior to that, Angela led two research centers in the College of Engineering, held a leadership position as the external relations manager for the UW Office of Sustainability, and lead the green building design and development of several major building projects for UW-Madison including Union South, the Wisconsin Energy Institute, Human Ecology and the School of Education Building. Prior to joining the UW, Angela was Senior Engineer for Ford Motor Company Land Development Corporation. At Ford, Angela managed construction and engineering aspects of various Ford Motor Company facility projects worldwide utilizing Lean engineering, Six-sigma and LEED design principles and practices. She also led a revitalized branding and marketing design development for retail facilities worldwide. Prior to working at Ford, Angela was the Midwest Regional Director for ENTRIX where she built a consulting operation from the ground up while becoming a well-established expert in environmental due diligence and large facility and infrastructure decommissioning. Since joining UW-Madison, Angela became an adjunct professor of geological engineering where she has developed and led classes as well as supervised student researchers.

Kelly Petersen

Main Office Manager, Industrial and Systems Engineering


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.

Zach Smith, CASI Chair

Research Administrator, Mechanical Engineering


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.