Introducing Dr. Mark Watson and Robin Crane the Center for Technology Innovation’s New Program Directors
Lackawanna College’s newly-established Center for Technology Innovation (CTI) has appointed directors for two of its programs. Dr. Mark Watson of Honesdale, PA will head the Advanced Automotive Design Program, while Scranton resident Robin K. Crane will oversee the Robotics and Integration Program.
The CTI’s executive director, Dalton, PA resident Marc Gonzalez, also serves as director of the Cyber Security Program.
“Combining academics with technical, hands-on learning, the CTI will prepare students for future-proof careers,” says Lackawanna College President and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Jill Murray. “So, it’s essential our directors have real-world expertise in their respective fields, which both Robin and Mark certainly do. That they each were able to step right in and begin directing their programs speaks to why the CTI is such a compelling educational opportunity for residents of northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond.”
Watson holds a doctorate in Training and Development in Workforce Education and Development and a master’s in Workforce Education and Development, both from Penn State. In addition to his responsibilities related to the CTI, he’s employed by Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, PA as instructor of the nationally-recognized automotive technology program.
A U.S. Army veteran, Crane earned an associate degree in Electric Engineering Technology from Williamsport Area Community College, and continuing educational credits in the Electrical Engineering Technology program at Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined the CTI in 2021 following a multi-faceted robotics and integration career that encompassed such sectors as nuclear, automotive, textile, and paper. His specific roles varied, and included positions in development, programming, sales, and installation.
Slated to launch in spring 2023, the CTI is now accepting enrollment in programs that will lead to careers in industries such as transportation and logistics, warehousing and distribution, industrial automation, and technology and communication. It will offer undergraduate degrees, corporate training, and short-term, stackable certificates. Additional details are available at Lackawanna.edu.