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AMS Faculty & Staff - Bryan Reaka

Dr. Bryan Reaka

Dr. Bryan Reaka

Associate Professor

Office:  Environmental Science & Tech 105
Phone:  270-745-7032
Email:  bryan.reaka@wku.edu

Bio

Ph.D.   Workforce Education –Southern Illinois University, 2002
M.S.    Technology – Eastern Illinois University, 1997
B.S.     Technology Education – Eastern Illinois University, 1996
A.S.     Water Resource Management- Western Kentucky University 2013
A.S.     Pre Physics - Southwestern Illinois College, 1993

Certifications

OSHA 30 Hour General Industry certification course, May 2007
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Certification Course, November 2006

Organizations

Habitat for Humanity – WKU Campus Chapter Adviser 2003-Present
Association of  Technology Management and Applied Engineering, 1995- present
Publications Chair, Industry Division, 2003-2005
Accreditation Team Member, Kent State University, 2004
National Association of Home Builders 2010-present

Positions

2009- Present  Associate Professor, (Coordinator of Manufacturing and Departmental Recruiting) Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

2003- 2009      Assistant Professor, (Coordinator of Manufacturing) Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

2002-2003       Americorps Volunteer, Glenmary Farm, Vanceburg, KY

Teaching

LABORATORY DEVELOPMENT/SUPERVISION

  • Electronics Lab, Western Kentucky University – Assisted in relocation cleanup, maintaining of equipment and organization of space
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing Facility, Western Kentucky University – Specified, Maintained and learned CNC equipment in lab. Operated and demonstrated rapid prototype machine to students.
  • Hot Metals Laboratory, Western Kentucky University – Cleaned and organized metal storage area.
  • Manufacturing Processes Laboratory, Western Kentucky University - Maintained and repaired equipment in lab. Cleaned and organized the storage area.

Courses Taught/Assisted

COURSES TAUGHT/ ASSISTED Taught

AMS 699 Thesis (3-credit hours)                                                      Individually (WKU)
AMS 120 Basic Electricity (3-credit hours)                                         Individually(WKU)
AMS 140 Intro Occupational Safety (1-credit hour)                             Individually
AMS 365 System Design Operation(3-credit hours)                              Individually(WKU)
AMS 271  Industrial Statistics (3-credit hours)                                   Individually
AMS 210  Introduction to Technology (3-credit hours)                        Individually
AMS 227  Intro to Manufacturing Processes (3-credit hours)                Individually
AMS 310  Ergonomics (3-credit hours)                                             Individually (WKU)
AMS 342  Manufacturing Operations (3-credit hours)                         Individually
AMS 325  Survey of Building Systems (3-credit hours)                       Individually
AMS 327  Manufacturing Processes (4-credit hours)                         Individually
AMS 368 Problem Solving (3-credit hours)                                      Individually
AMS 370  Computer Numerical Control (3-credit hours)                     Individually
AMS 427  Advanced Manufacturing Processes (3-credit hours)          Individually
AMS 480  Computer Integrated Manufacturing (3-credit Hours)         Individually
AMS 475 Print Reading (1-credit hour)                                         Individually
AMS 475 SME Certification (2-credit hour)                                   Individually
AMS 535  Workforce Education (3-credit hours)                           Individually
AMS 690  Graduate Project (variable credit hours)                       Individually
PHYS 304 Machining Practices for Physicists (1-credit hour)          Team
IT 208       Manufacturing Processes (3-credit hours)                  Individually
IT 209       Manufacturing Processes Lab (3-credit hours)            Individually
IT 351       Industrial Metrology (3-credit hours)                        Lab Assistant
IT 440       Manufacturing Policy (3-credit hours)                       Assistant
IT 492       Special Problems in Industry (3-credit hours)             Individually
INT3012    Metrology and Inspection Procedures (2-credit hours)  Lab Assistant
INT4002    Materials Testing (2-credit hours)                            Lab Assistant
INT4853    Polymers (3-credit hours)                                       Lab Assistant

Grants

  • State Farm- $840 HFHI Youth Leadership Conference, registration Grant – 2013
  • Private donation - $7080- International Habitat for Humanity student trip to Trinidad and Tobago – May 2012
  • State Farm- $500 HFHI Youth Leadership Conference, travel Grant – 2011
  • In Kind - $500 HFHI Youth Leadership Conference, Registration Grant- 2011
  • Registration Grant - $375 – HFHI, Student registrations, Youth Leadership Conference- 2011
  • Personal Donation from sponsor -$1100- Student Housing at International Builders Show (Orlando, FL)- 2010
  • National Housing Endowment -$1500 – student travel to International Building Show (Orlando, FL)-2010
  • Blue Waters Foundation - $5500- Travel and Registration fees for Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project 2010 (Annapolis, MD)- 2010
  • Registration Grant - $500 – HFHI, Student registrations, Youth Leadership Conference- 2010
  • NSF Grant $99,731 – unfunded – November 2008

Publications

Publications

DISSERTATION

Reaka, B. (2002) The Professional Development Experiences of Occupational Instructors at Illinois Community Colleges. Doctoral Dissertation, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

PUBLICATIONS

Arbuckle, G., Doggett, M., Reaka, B. (2013). Comparative Analysis of Student Outcomes for a 2+2 Technology Management and Advanced Manufacturing Baccalaureate Program. Technology Interface International Journal. Fall 2013.

Awang, F., Reaka, B. (2007). Civic Engagement in the classroom. Kentucky Business Education Association Journal. Rita Davis, Ed.D., Editor; Spring 2007

MASTERS PROJECTS DIRECTED

Webb, E (2013): Effects of gender stereotypes and biases on women leaders in male-dominated industries. (Thesis) - completed

Purdue, M (2012): Pull replenishment scheduling: Lean implementation at Delta faucet. (Project) – completed

Sales, R (2012): Geospatially accurate field inventory of FRECC. (Project) – completed

Istree, E (2010): Comparison of security features and risk management techniques: Is network security enough? (Project) - completed

 Ringo, C (2008): Implementation of a corrective system. (Project) - completed

Moore, C (2008): MicroSpan: A case study in modeling dynamic systems for parametric design. (Project) - completed

 GRADUATE PROJECTS COMMITTEE

Hepner, M (2012): Comparing the critical thinking skills of undergraduate students at two post-secondary institutions employing different curriculum models. (Doctoral dissertation: Lindenwood College, St Louis, MO) - Completed

Hunt, R (2012): The effects of goal setting in a developmental algebra course. (Thesis) – completed

Combs, R (2012): Lean implementation, unsure of exact title. (Project) – In process

Francois, W (2012): Manufacturing and the application of lean best practices. (Project) – In process

Fulkerson, R (2012): Weld Check Reduction at DSSA (Project) – completed

Wray, L (2011): Waterknife 7X: Waterjet efficiency. (Project) - completed

Feriell, J (2011): Metrology laboratory proposal. (Project) - completed

Molgaard, R (2010): Educational training equipment. (Project)- completed

Plemons, C (2010): Black Falcon games – Business plan. (Project) - completed

Bradley, S (2010): Using CMS as a web business model. (Project)- completed

 

PRESENTATIONS

PRESENTATIONS

  1. Reaka, B. (2014). OSHA, how do you stay in compliance and keep your volunteers safe? Presented at the Alabama State Habitat for Humanity Conference. January 2014. Montgomery, AL.
  2. Reaka, B., Khalafallah, A. (2013). Ethics for Building and Construction. Presented at the 4th Annual Kentucky State Habitat for Humanity Green Building Summit. April 2013. Bowling Green, KY.
  3. Reaka, B., Edwards, J., Logsdon, C. (2012). Where to start?: Tips for successful chapter leadership, Presented at National Habitat for Humanity Youth Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 2012
  4. Reaka, B., Castlen, A., Jones, S. (2012). Collegiate Challenge leadership, Presented at National Habitat for Humanity Youth Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 2012
  5. Arbuckle, G. K., Reaka, B. (2011). Meeting the needs of the American Workforce with 2+2 Programs. Presented ATMAE Conference November 2011. Cleveland, OH.
  6. Reaka, B. (2011) Athens, Alabama (OSHA Training for Habitat for Humanity Affiliate) May -
  7. Reaka, B. (2011) –Invited Speaker- Leadership through doing the right thing. Presented at Final Summary of SIU Leadership Development Program Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL, May 2011
  8. Reaka, B., Dooper, J. (2010). Maintaining Strong Leadership Through Transition. Presented at HFHI Youth Leadership National Conference, Columbus, OH. October 2010.
  9. Reaka, B. (2009). Student Engagement in Alternative Break Activities. Presented at National Youth Leadership National Conference Chicago, IL. October 2009.
  10. Arbuckle, G.K., Reaka, B. (2006). Preparing Students for real life Activities through Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Accepted NAIT Conference November 2006. Cleveland, OH.
  11. Arbuckle, G.K., Reaka, B. (2005). Development of an Online Masters Degree in Technology Management. NAIT Conference November 2005. St Louis, MO.
  12. Reaka, B. (2005). Civic Engagement through Habitat for Humanity. Kentucky Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. May 2005. Lexington, KY.
  13. Reaka, B. (2005) Engaging students across the curriculum through Habitat for Humanity. Engaging the spirit conference. August 2005. Bowling Green, KY.
  14. Arbuckle, G.K., Reaka, B. (2005). Development of an Online Masters Degree in Technology Management. NAIT Conference November 2005. St Louis, MO.

UNIVERSITY

  • Judge for First Lego Competition, January 2010
  • Curriculum Committee OCSE, Western Kentucky University, 2003-2009
  • Invited Speaker for the Leadership Programs certificate “Lead Chat” Session – talk about Leadership and Habitat for Humanity Spring 2006
  • Invited Speaker Staff Leadership Institute (Division of Extended Learning and Outreach) – discussed staff involvement with Habitat for Humanity Fall 2006
  • Judge for Southern Kentucky regional Science Fair, Spring 2005
  • Judge for KY State Science Olympiad Sponsored by OCSE 2004, 2005
  • Attended American Democracy Project Conference in ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Summer 2004
  • Attended NAIT National Conference, Louisville, KY, Fall 2004
  • Ogden College of Science Representative on University Curriculum Committee, 2004- 2006
  • Judge for Block and Bridle Club Pork Chop Cook-off, 2004
  • Quality Enhancement Committee, Western Kentucky University, 2004-2006
  • Publications Chair NAIT Industry Division, 2003- Present
  • Campus Chapter Habitat for Humanity, WKU, Advisor, 2003-Present
  • Attend NAIT Conference, Nashville, TN, Fall 2003
  • Assisted the Block and Bridal Club (Department of Agriculture) on building of a shed for storage, Spring 2004

DEPARTMENTAL

  • Advisor for Campus Chapter Habitat for Humanity 2003-Present
  • Advisor for Student Chapter of NAHB 2010-Present
  • Advisor for Student Chapter of ATMAE 2011-2013
  • Chair of AMS Department recruiting committee Spring 2009 -Present
  • Attended Focus on Western representing WKU/ AMS Department Fall 2005-Present
  • Program Coordinator for Advanced Manufacturing 2003-present
  • Recruiting trip Louisville, KY (Ford Motor Company) Nov 2008
  • Lead group of students on a trip to various manufacturing facilities in Illinois Fall 2006
  • Attended Spring Preview minority recruiting day representing AMS department Spring 2006- present
  • Recruiting trips to Glasgow, Owensboro and Barren Co. Spring 2005
  • Worked on gathering information for Departmental Brochures for AMS Department
  • Supervised development of AMS Departmental Web page, 2004
  • Assisted in the standardizing of AMS Departmental Curriculum Sheets, 2003
  • Assisted with Technology Students Association Competition, 2004 -2005
  • Supervising student workers in AMSI and Manufacturing Processes Lab, 2003-present
  • Attended Focus on Western representing AMS Department, 2004-2005

COMMUNITY

  • Campus Chapter Habitat for Humanity, Western Kentucky University, Co-Advisor 2003-Present
  • Summers (Mid May- June) at Camp Ondessonk, Youth Camp volunteer as Counselor/ Maintenance 2008- Present
  • Volunteer – Meals Inc. Food Kitchen, Select Saturdays 2012-present
  • Present OSHA Alabama Alabama State Habitat for Humanity Conference. Montgomery, AL, January 2014.
  • Alternative Winter Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) Winston-Salem, NC 2014
  • Alternative Winter Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) White Sulfur Springs, WV 2013
  • Attended National Habitat for Humanity Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. November 2013
  • Alternative Fall Break Trip, West Liberty, KY October 2013
  • Group leader to World Youth Day activities Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2013
  • Alternative Summer Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) Taos, NM 2013
  • Alternative Spring Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) Benton, AR 2013
  • Alternative Winter Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) Meridian, MS 2013
  • Alternative Winter Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) Lucedale, MS 2012
  • Attended National Habitat for Humanity Youth Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 2012
  • Alternative Fall Break Trip, West Liberty, KY October 2012
  • Counselor at Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp and Retreat Center, Bowling Green, KY, June 2012
  • Lead International Global Village Trip to Trinidad and Tobago, May 2012
  • Alternative Spring Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) Independence, MO 2012
  • Alternative Winter Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) Eastman, GA 2012
  • Attended National Habitat for Humanity Youth Leadership Conference Indianapolis, IN, November 2011
  • Alternative Fall Break Trip, Rainsville, AL 2011
  • International Global Village Habitat for Humanity trip to Fiji, July 2011
  • Counselor at Camp Habitat, Franklin, KY, June 2011
  • Alternative Summer Break Advisor  (Collegiate Challenge) Kalispell, MT 201

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