Industry Advisory Board

Board By Laws

BE Industry Advisory Board (2013/14)

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

Scott Millsap (Chair Elect) is Freezer Operations Manager at JBT FoodTech, a leading supplier of integrated food processing solutions. Scott holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biosystems Engineering and a MBA degree.

Gene Ford (Past Chair) 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.

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 Environmental Assistance 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.

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.

Juanita McCann, P.E., is Agricultural Engineer for USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service.  She works with landowners in the design and installation of animal waste storage facilities, agrichemical handling facilities, mortality composting facilities, waterways, and grade stabilization structures.  Juanita holds a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering. 

Valerie Novaes, is Project Engineer in the Water Resources Department for Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services world-wide.  Valerie holds a B.Sc. degree in Biosystems Engineering and is currently completing a M.Sc. degree.

Mitch Miller, 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.

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. degree 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. 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 ac-tive in the decentralized wastewater treatment industry in Michigan on both the regulatory and the private sides for nearly his entire career.

Muluken Tilahun, 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.


Ex-Officio Board Members

Andrew H. Granskog - CANR Alumni Board Rep., USDA-Rural Development
Charlsey Hoehn - Undergraduate Student Representative (2013/14)
Leo Kempel - Acting Dean, College of Engineering
Dan King - BAE Academic Advisor
Fred Poston - Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Luke Reese - Industry Liaison, MSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Ajit Srivastava, Prof. and Chairperson, MSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
Xiaoqing Wang - Graduate Student Representative (2013/14)


Industry Advisory Board Spring 2013