Stephan Turnipseed to deliver E-Expo Keynote Address
Engineering-Expo chairperson Cristina Heisler has announced that Stephan Turnipseed will deliver the keynote address on Saturday, March 2.
Stephan Turnipseed is the president of LEGO Education, North America, a joint venture company The LEGO Group, based in Billund, Denmark and Pitsco Inc., based in Pittsburg, Kansas. LEGO Education has a 30-year history in developing educational resources and solutions that make learning engaging, challenging and fun for all learners.
Turnipseed has led LEGO Education North America for the past 13 years. During this time, he has been responsible for helping to transform LEGO Education for a product sales company to an educational resource leader, working with educators, industry experts and academia to help inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. Turnipseed is passionate about inspiring children through education and is a proponent of hands-on learning.
As part of the global LEGO Education leadership team, he helps to establish the strategic direction of the company. Prior to and concurrently with his role at LEGO Education, Turnipseed handles acquisitions, international business oversight, and business development for Pitsco, Inc., LEGO Education's partner in North America since 1997. He serves as Vice Chair for The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. He also sits on the Board of F1 in Schools LTD, non-profit focused on the F1 event as a vehicle for engaging students in Design and Technology using automotive design. Turnipseed currently serves on the corporate advisory council of the Tourette Syndrome Association and is a past board member ad president.
Before joining Pitsco, Turnipseed owned his own leadership consultancy practice, focused on strategic and tactical planning and leadership skills development. He also previously managed business units for Schlumberger Limited, an oilfield service company. Turnipseed is a veteran of the United States Air Force and is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in electrical engineering. He is the author of two books and numerous published articles. He holds two patents for the design of the Textrix Robotic System.
He resides in Pike Road, Alabama, with his wife, Joyce, and is the proud father to one adult son. When not working with educators, Stephan enjoys pursuing his and his wife's dream of expanding a green space they created on his ancestral land for children to appreciate the importance of agriculture and the environment.