Keynote Speakers

Robert Gleichman

Keynote Speaker

Director of Innovation for Flint Hills Resources

Keynote Speaker, Robert Gleichman

Robert Gleichman is the Director of Innovation for Flint Hills Resources (FHR), a subsidiary of Koch Industries, a petrochemical and refining business that produces a diverse range of fuels and ingredient products for many household goods worldwide.

Robert is an alumnus of the OSU system, having earned an Associate in Applied Science in Diesel & Heavy Equipment from OSUIT and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from OSU Stillwater. Robert began his professional career in 1988 at Dow Chemical in Plaquemine, Louisiana, where he held progressing roles in maintenance, reliability, projects and operations at Dow Chemical’s Louisiana operations.

Since rejoining Koch in 2008 as the Reliability Manager for FHR, Robert has been busy originating and building FHR’s Center of Reliability Excellence (CORE) group located in Friendswood, Texas. The CORE group is responsible for leading FHR’s discipline technology and promoting Koch’s Market-Based Management® framework.

Throughout his career, Robert has authored several technical papers for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, has presented at several industry conferences, and most recently was a keynote speaker at the 2018 Downstream Conference in Galveston, Texas. Robert holds one US patent.


Dallas Pickle

2:00 Student Respondent

Associate in Science, School of Arts and Sciences

Student Respondent, Dallas Pickle

Dallas Pickle is graduating from the School of Arts & Sciences with an Associate in Science in Pre-Professional Studies with a pre-nursing concentration. From Morris, Oklahoma, Pickle chose to go to OSUIT not only because of proximity to her hometown but also because of the classroom sizes, quality of teachers and great reviews from her peers. Pickle said for her, “it was the right fit.” 

Pickle is the president of Phi Theta Kappa, where she and her peers volunteer time at the day care facility on campus, reading books to children every week.

Pickle currently works for Mays Housecall Home Health where she is an on-site health care provider for Okmulgee residents. During her time on campus, she received the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Presidents’ Tuition Waiver Award.

Next April, Pickle will graduate from OSUIT with an Associate in Applied Science in Registered Nursing. She hopes to work in the emergency room of a major metropolitan hospital, preferably in the Tulsa area. She said she loves to be in the middle of trauma and drama.


Aileen Collins

7:00 Student Respondent

Associate in Applied Science, School of Diesel & Heavy Equipment

Student Respondent, Aileen Collins

Aileen Collins is graduating from the Komatsu-ACT Program with an Associate in Applied Science in Diesel & Heavy Equipment. Collins is from Claremore, Oklahoma, and attended Northeast Tech’s Diesel & Heavy Equipment Program her senior year.

Collins is the first female to graduate from the Komatsu program, now in its 20th year at OSUIT. She is an AED Certified Technician and also has received a Komatsu Advance Technician Certification.

Collins credits her success to the faculty at OSUIT and their ongoing commitment to making every student succeed in the program. When Collins graduates this summer, her plans are to stay close to home and work locally for Komatsu. However, Collins knows that her future is limitless, and she is open to international travel and taking on supervisory roles.