Dr. Cecilia Larsson wins FLATE 2022 Distinguished Manufacturing Post-Secondary Educator-of-the-Year

Dr. Cecilia Larsson, Program Manager and Professor for Engineering Technology at Seminole State College (SSC) Lee Campus in Oviedo, Fla., is the recipient of the 2022 Distinguished Manufacturing Post-Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award. The Award represents a joint effort between FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center), FloridaMakes, and FAITE (Florida Association for Industrial and Technical Educators) to recognize the contributions of educators and industries in advancing technician education and training on a regional and statewide level. Award winners will be recognized at the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education (FACTE) Annual Conference & Trade Show that will be held July 18-20, 2022, at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and at the 2022 MakeMore Manufacturing Summit on October 13th. At the FACTE Conference, winners will serve as panelists for the Best Practice Award Winners Panel to share manufacturing education insights with educators from across the state.

Larsson has been working in manufacturing education for over 25 years. She first taught in the Mechanical Engineering Department in Sweden and has been at Seminole State College since 2014. Since becoming Program Manager in 2019, Larsson has been scheduling all courses at the Seminole State College Engineering Technology program, managing all three manufacturing education pathways:
  • The Bachelor’s degree (BS) with three specializations
    • Mechatronics & Robotics
    • Engineering
    • Project Management
  • Three Associate in Science degrees
    • AS in Engineering Technology
    • AS in Architectural Engineering and Technology
    • AS in Industrial Technology Management
  • Six technical Certificates
    • Mechatronics
    • Engineering Technology Support Specialist
    • Sustainability
    • Automation
    • Associate Project Management, and
    • Project Management
Larsson recently added the Automation certificate, including initiating course curriculum changes following the Florida Department of Education framework, purchasing PLC and Robotics equipment needed for the new courses, overseeing the installation of equipment, and promoting the certificate. She introduced and coordinated the application process for Siemen’s Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) at SSC and helped implement a system so that students participating in the program could continue to attend classes and receive scholarship monies. Since 2015, Larsson has worked with connecting employers with students for potential jobs in mechatronics, manufacturing, design, electrical providers, and team parks. This work includes developing long-term partnerships with these local employers, including hosting two Siemens STEM panel discussions and an Engineering Professionals Round Table Event for students at SSC.

Larsson continues to teach multiple courses in the ET program including:
  • Senior Design Capstone
  • Applied Structural Design
  • Applied Engineering Strengths of Materials
  • Building Systems
  • Selected Studies in Engineering
  • Statics
  • Engineering Analysis –Statics (within DirectConnect to UCF)
  • Materials and Processes for Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Graphics, and
  • Introduction to the Engineering Profession. 

She has given many presentations at international conferences and presented “Learn to Lead” at the 2020 SSC Leadership conference. Larsson has also published nine articles, many in well-known peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Materials Science and Engineering A, Scripta Materialia, and the International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials.

As one of two faculty representatives on the Women Moving Forward Steering Committee, Larsson has encouraged leadership among female employees and female students in underrepresented fields. She has been an active member in the Curriculum Alignment Committee for Direct Connect to UCF, a member of the Endowed Teaching Chair Screening Committee, and Faculty Screening Committees. She participated in the 10th Leadership Academy class at SSC. As a member of the Leadership team for FLATE’s Engineering Technology (ET) Forum, Larsson has helped plan the statewide semi-annual event and hosted in October 2019 at Seminole State College’s Lee campus at Oviedo for the 65 college representatives and 8 vendors who participated. At an ET Forum in Key West, she helped with the presentation of an electric car that SSC students have designed and rebuilt.

For information on the Engineering Technology programs at Seminole State College visit https://www.seminolestate.edu/engineering.

For information on the FLATE Awards visit http://fl-ate.org/programs/flate-awards, or contact Executive Director of FLATE, Ernie Friend at Ernie.Friend@flate.org.

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