Ryan LaBar is a Front-End Developer and Producer at Elegant Seagulls, an industry leading creative company based in Marquette, Michigan. Ryan’s primary duty is to take designers’ concepts and build them into responsive websites. His passion lies in the details of creating animations, effects, and interactions that make websites standout. Light design work and project/client management are also part of Ryan’s duties with Elegant Seagulls. Formerly, Ryan worked in San Clemente, California, as Associate Editor of Bike magazine, writing articles and product reviews for its website and print magazine.
Evelyn Helminen is a digital learning coach who empowers students, faculty, and staff to explore online tools and build their technological knowledge base in a fun and mindful way. She works at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) in an office called the Digital Learning Commons, which provides the MIIS community with training opportunities, technological resources, and collaborative spaces to facilitate peer-driven teaching and learning. Her specialties are in website creation, graphic design, and writing—and she has experience in many industries and settings, including as a marketing director in Alaska and a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia.
Sean Fernstrum is the President of R. W. Fernstrum & Company, a commercial marine heat exchanger manufacturer doing business worldwide. In addition to his career evolution including technical writing, sales, engineering and operations, he has been involved in a number of different charities, service organizations and boards, including the Michigan Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.
As the Director of Web and New Media at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Karen’s job is to effectively tell their story, across online and print formats, including their website, alumni magazine, social media and admissions publications. She develops editorial plans, writes articles, designs their website, oversees photo shoots, manages publications, develops the brand identity, and pitches their stories and faculty experts to the media. One of the things she loves about her job is that she gets to keep learning, whether it’s how to code something new for their website, figuring out best practices, or holding a focus group to learn more about our audiences.
Bryant works in the office of development at Michigan Tech, working on building comprehensive annual giving strategies, including, but not limited to, social media integration/management and marketing. He collaborates with his colleagues on comprehensive annual strategies and manages the telefund program. In the next few weeks, he will be starting in a new position as a Business Systems and Data Analyst for the Office of Development where he will function as an interface between Advancement system users and Enterprise Application Services regarding requirements and functionality for both new development and existing production systems in the Advancement area.
Laura Hernandez is the Technical Learning Manager-Engineering at Kiewit Companies. Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations and offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, heavy civil, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. Laura currently designs and manages the technical and operations curricula at Kiewit University in Omaha, NE.
Nick Rosencrans is a usability consultant for the Office of Information Technology at the University of Minnesota. Nick studied communication and computer science while at Michigan Tech. His graduate work at the University of Minnesota focused on scientific and technical communication as well as human factors. Now he puts his skills to use by helping designers identify issues that affect people and their experience with products.