Dr. Les Flemming
Les Flemming is an assistant professor for the department of Integrated Engineering at Minnesota State University - Mankato (MNSU). He joined MNSU in August 2011 to serve as one the mechanical engineering instructors and project mentors for the Iron Range Engineering program in Virginia, MN. His emphasis is in mechanical systems, controls, instrumentation and robotics. Flemming received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University, a B.S in both mechanical engineering and engineering physics from South Dakota State University.
Dr. Elizabeth Pluskwik
Elizabeth Pluskwik leads the Engineering Economics, Entrepreneurial, and business related competencies at Iron Range Engineering and Twin Cities Engineering, two project-based engineering education programs of Minnesota State University, Mankato. She taught accounting courses at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA before joining IRE in 2012. Elizabeth has also been the Controller with MSI Mold Builders in Cedar Rapids, IA, and an Auditor/Tax Accountant for McGladrey & Pullen, CPAs, in Cedar Rapids, IA. Her Ph.D. in Organization and Management is from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys exploring and photographing the natural beauty of northern Minnesota’s wilderness with her family and friends.
Ron Ulseth, P.E. is the director of Iron Range Engineering. He teaches thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, statics, dynamics and physics in IRE's upper and lower division programs. Ulseth has been teaching engineering since 1989. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and he is in the final stages of earning his Ph.D. in Project Based Learning from Aalborg University.
Andy Lillesve is an EIT who joined Iron Range Engineering as a Project Mentor in January 2011. In addition to mentoring roles, Andy has had ownership over the material science, heat transfer, entrepreneurship and engineering economics technical competencies. In Summer 2010, along with Ron Ulseth, Andy began on IRE preparations for ABET accreditation. He began his engineering education at Itasca Community College later transferring to Michigan Technological University. There he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. From there, he received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University with summa cum laude honors.