Industry Advisory Board


Board By Laws


Cassaundra Edwards (Chair) is the Research and Development Manager at ConAgra Foods®.ConAgra Foods® are found in 97 percent of America’s house-holds, and 25 of them are ranked first or second in their category.  Cassaundra holds a B.Sc. in Food Engineering and a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

Mitch Miller (Chair-Elect) is the Senior Processing System Engineer for the General Mills-Yoplait Plant, Reed City, Michigan. General Mills is among the world’s largest food companies with U.S. shoppers on average placing at least one General Mills product into their shopping cart each time they visit the grocery store.  Mitch holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering.

Michelle Crook, P.E. is an Engineering Specialist in the Environmental Stewardship Division of the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Michelle provides engineering assistance to the livestock and food processing industry and holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering.

Bryce Feighner, P.E. is Chief of the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection in the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  He has a broad range of education and experience across DEQ programs.  Bryce holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering and a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering.

Andrew Knowles is Stein & Freezer Applications/Sales Support Manager at JBT Food Tech, a leading supplier of integrated food processing solutions. Andrew holds a B.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering and a Masters in Applied Statistics.

Jeffrey Mathews is Principal Engineer for PepsiCo Beverages.  Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC) handles approximately 75 percent of PepsiCo’s North America beverage volume. Its diverse portfolio includes some of the world’s most widely recognized beverage brands, including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, Aquafina, Gatorade, SoBe, Lipton, and Amp Energy. Jeffrey holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering/Paper Science and Engineering.

Richard (Rick)Woodford, P.E. is State Conservation Engineer for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. He provides technical assistance in the field of soil and water conservation, implements NRCS’engineering policy and procedures for establishing technical engineering standards throughout Michigan. Rick holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering.

Ashley Julien, E.I.T. is a Water/Wastewater Engineer for TetraTech, a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services world-wide.  Ashley holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering.

Gene Ford is Vice President of global technology management, R&D, at Nestlé Nutrition in Fremont, Michigan. He has more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international product development, manufacturing, logistics, and sales within the consumer food industry. Gene holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural Engineering and an Executive M.Sc. degree.

Dave Prouty is President of Heat Transfer International which manufactures custom designed process equipment, specializing in biomass gasification/electric power generation systems that convert solid and semisolid biomass into a combustible syngas. Dave holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. 

Steve Richey is Director, Morning Foods, Process Engineering at Kellogg Company, the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods.  Steve holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural Engineering.

Steve Steffes, P.E. is Vice President Operations New York with Perrigo, the world’s largest manufacturer of over-the-counter store brand pharmaceutical products.  Steve was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Steve holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and German and a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering.

Larry Stephens, P.E.  is owner of Stephens Consulting Services, P.C., a 30+ year old engineering firm located in Haslett, MI.  Larry holds a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering. Larry has been very active in the decentralized wastewater treatment industry in Michigan on both the regulatory and the private sides for nearly his entire career.

MulukenTilahun is Associate Principal Engineer at Kraft Foods, the world’s second largest food company with annual revenues of $49.2 billion and 127,000 diverse employees around the world.  Muluken holds a B.Sc. degree in Engineering and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Andrew Granskog, P.E. (ex-officio) is State Engineer for USDA Rural Development Community Programs which finances $50 million in rural water and sewer infrastructure projects per year in Michigan.  Andrew has been at USDA for twelve years, was in private consulting for ten years prior and holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural Engineering.



Leo Kempel, Dean, College of Engineering

Dan King, Undergraduate Advisor, Biosystems &Agricultural Engineering

Fred Poston, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Luke Reese, Industry Liaison, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Ajit Srivastava, Professor, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Kyle Guyer, Undergraduate Student Representative

Rebecca Bender, Graduate Student Representative