Dr. Mark Bernhard, associate provost for Outreach and Engagement at the University of Southern Indiana, has named Daniela Vidal the director of USI’s Center for Applied Research (CAR).
As director, Vidal will be responsible for developing and leading the implementation of USI’s applied research and economic development mission to engage the intellectual and physical assets of the University. She will support the diverse needs of businesses in southwestern Indiana and beyond by conducting high-impact applied research, economic development, consulting, and student engagement.
“Daniela brings tremendous expertise in advanced manufacturing, lean management, and facilitation to this position,” said Bernhard. “I’m confident she will take our applied research and economic development agenda to new heights.”
Vidal came to USI in 2009 as an instructor and coordinator of advanced manufacturing and industrial supervision in the Department of Engineering. She has taught courses in robotics, advanced manufacturing principles, engineering materials, engineering economics, and statistics and safety in manufacturing.
Before coming to USI, Vidal founded AGITO Consulting to offer training, facilitation, and consulting to companies to assist with setting value in motion. She was a corporate training and development manager at Berry Plastics Corporation, a product research scientist at Mead Johnson Nutritionals, and a project engineer for Procter & Gamble in Caracus, Venezuela.
"I am very grateful and excited about this new opportunity, and I look forward to working with the Outreach and Engagement team in promoting USI's vision and mission,” said Vidal. “The role of director embodies what I am most passionate about, enhancing the economic outlook for our region while applying my skills in driving value, creating processes, and connecting people with opportunities."
Recently, Vidal received the 2012 Sydney L. and Sadelle Berger Faculty Community Service Award at USI in recognition of developmental support to a variety of service organizations in the community. She is a founding member and officer of Hospitality and Outreach for Latin Americans (HOLA), a not-for-profit organization that enhances appreciation of cultural diversity and promotes the successful inclusion of Latinos in the community. Vidal also serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society and on the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s school-community steering committee.
Vidal holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracus, Venezuela, and a Master of Business Administration degree from USI. She will begin a doctoral program at the University of Louisville in the fall.