Jeff Grabill, a graduate of Illinois Valley Community College, was awarded a scholarship to attend and participate in a conference in Washington D.C. sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Grabill gave a presentation about his experiences in the Making Industry Meaningful In College (MIMIC) project at IVCC. The project is partially funded by an NSF grant. The Advanced Technology Education Principal Investigators Conference, Oct. 18 –20, brought together representatives from government and industry, NSF grant recipients, and students or alumni of grant programs.
Grabill, who is from Princeton, participated in a MIMIC team in spring 2006. He is an FMS Technician at Ingersoll-Rand LCN Closers in Princeton, where he has been employed since 1979.
Grabill was selected for the conference on the basis of an essay outlining his goals for attending the conference and the impact the MIMIC project had on him. Grabill was on a MIMIC team with electronics students, business students, and another engineering design student. The team simulated an industrial company, working together to design, manufacture, market and sell a product.