Gehring, Molczan recognized for outstanding research efforts

Gehring, Molczan recognized for outstanding research efforts

Glenn Gehring has been named UW-Stout's Outstanding Researcher, and Julene Molczan received the Nelva G. Runnalls Research Support Recognition Award.

Gehring was chosen by a vote of the graduate faculty and principal investigators of extramurally funded projects during the past fiscal year. The Outstanding Researcher Award recognizes individuals for leadership and contributions to research and scholarly activities.

Molczan, grant and contract accountant in UW-Stout's Business and Financial Services Office, received the Nelva G. Runnalls Research Support Recognition Award in recognition of her support, recognition and resources in helping colleagues pursue their research and scholarly activities. Gehring is a professor in UW-Stout's technology department and a member of the Stout Technology Transfer Institute, where he serves as director of the Center for Innovation and Development. He is also the assessment coordinator for the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center (NWMOC).

In 1987, Gehring became project manager for the 20-month UW-Stout/SNE Enterprises project in Wausau. He assisted with modernizing window and door manufacturing operations, and in researching and planning a new 635,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

After SNE, Gehring continued teaching and began working with the newly developed Manufacturing Technology Transfer program. In 1990, he left the formal classroom when he assumed directorship of the CID. In that position, he participated in a 12-month project with John Deere and Phillips Plastics to develop a returnable containers system for use at John Deere's Horicon plant.

Gehring's varied research activities provide a hands-on, minds-on approach to improving the learning and comprehension of UW-Stout students, and have contributed to the evolution of the university's industry and technology programs. He served on the committee that developed the applied technology program and later was one of its co-directors. At the present time, he continues curriculum work as a member of the manufacturing engineering degree program committee.

Molczan started her career in the business office as a Limited Term Employee doing student and miscellaneous accounts receivable activities, then progressed to responsibilities in the accounts payable and general ledger department. Her permanent position began in general ledger in 1975.

As grant and contract activities increased on campus, her position became more specific to the issues surrounding the fiscal management of these extramural funds. Her responsibilities now include monitoring and maintaining fiscal policies and procedures; and providing oversight for operations and controls of all extramural support programs necessary for satisfying the requirements of the granting agency, the university, and the state. She provides fiscal administration of inter-institutional agreements and UW Extension agreements; maintains cash management systems; performs accounting activities for federal financial aid programs; and assists the budget office with account monitoring and FTE activities.

Molczan has assisted numerous principal investigators andproject directors and their staffs through the fiscal and post-award aspects of grant and contract management. She has worked closely with federal and agency auditors to keep principal investigators informed of current issues.

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