Skip Lewandoski - Business
I grew up in Lorain and attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana majoring in Civil Engineering and Computer Science. I worked at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis analyzing fighter aircraft using computer “war games”. I also worked for General Dynamics in Detroit and did similar work with combat tanks. I left the “real world” to obtain my doctorate in Industrial Engineering at CSU. I stayed on as an engineering professor until I, once again, entered the real world with General Motors in Warren, Ohio where I headed the Operations Research group. I re-entered the academic world as director of engineering at LCCC. While there, I was fortunate enough to serve as the VP of Academic Affairs and director of Distance Learning.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
The students have the best attitudes of any I have seen.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I was fortunate enough to have the best profs. in the world as my role models. I only hope that I can be half as good as they were.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
My hope is to give them the sense that mathematical and computer models can be fun. I know that sounds about as nerdy as it gets, but it’s true. I hope a few of them pick up my enthusiasm for this stuff so that I can direct them to my friends who would love nothing better than to hire my students.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I’d be a nerd in the “real world” surrounded by other nerds.
What do students like best about your class?:
It’s a “math party” everyday and we laugh a lot!