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Technical writers and auditors with Mortenson, Excel Energy, Cargill, Multifoods, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and Midcontinent Communications

Emerging Leaders, managers, administrative staff with Ryan Companies

Planners, report writers, and administrative staff with the Metropolitan Airport Commission, the Metropolitan Council, and the Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute

Budget analysts with Minnesota Management and Budget, planning officers with the Department of Natural Resources, and administrative staff with the Minnesota State Retirement System, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Employee Relations, and the Department of Human Services

Investigators with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Health care professionals with Mayo Clinics, Medtronic, Prime Therapeutics, DePuy Synthes (a division of Johnson & Johnson), Health One Corporation, LifeSource, Partner’s Consulting Group, United HealthCare Corporation, and the annual conference of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Supervisors, managers, credit examiners, administrative staff with U.S. Bank, TCF, Norwest Bank, Ag Country FCS

Advertising copy writers with Fallon, and marketing representatives and managers with 3M Corporate Marketing Research Division, Connect Computer Company, and Custom Research Inc.

District Court judges at the Annual Conference of Judges, sponsored by the Minnesota Supreme Court Continuing Education Program, participants in the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Oregon State Bar Association, and legal assistants and new associates with the law firms of Dorsey & Whitney and Fredrikson & Byron

Participants in the annual conference of the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association

Development and foundation officers with the Minnesota Chapter of the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives and the McKnight Foundation

Medical technologists associated with the Consortium of Twin Cities Medical Technologies Programs

Electrical engineers with ADC Telecommunications, environmental engineers with Bay West, engineers with Buhler, and technical staff with Katun Corporation

Scientists with the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth, mining engineers on the Iron Range, and engineers at the annual conference of the Minnesota County Highway Engineers Association

Teachers and school administrators with the Alhambra School District in Phoenix and the Princeton School District in Minnesota

Graduate students in Hamline University's Graduate Public Administration Program, in the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management's MBA program, and the U of M's Technological Leadership Institute's Management of Technology program

Graduate students of color with the University of Minnesota's Community of Scholars program and the Multicultural Teacher Development Project

Undergraduates in the University of Minnesota McNair Scholars Program, the Undergraduate Research Experience, and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center's Summer Research Program

Books by Stephen Wilbers

Contact Stephen Wilbers at wilbe004@umn.edu.


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