Industry Advisory Board

Board By Laws

BE Industry Advisory Board (2014/15)

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.

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.

Lisa Buchholz is the Global Leader of Analytical Regulatory Sciences for Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to joining Dow AgroSciences, Lisa was the Associate Director of Bioanalytical Study Management for Covance in Madison, WI. and spent 11 years prioor with Pfizer Global Research & Development. Lisa has a B.S. in Biological Sciences.

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.

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.

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.

Ashley Julien is Water/Wastewater Engineer for Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services world-wide.  Ashley holds a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering and a  M.Sc. degree in Biosystems Engineering.

Andrew Knowles  is Sales Support/Applications Manager at JBT FoodTech, a leading supplier of integrated food processing solutions. Andrew holds a B.Sc. degree in Biosystems Engineering.

Jeffrey Mathews, PhD, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Richard 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 by providing the design and oversight of construction projects for flood control and grade stabilization, stream and wetland restoration, storm water management, best management practices for construction sites and urbanizing areas, soil erosion and sediment control, and agricultural waste management practices.  Richard holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering.


Ex-Officio Board Members

Rebecca Bender - Graduate Student Representative (2014/15)
Kyle Guyer - Undergraduate Student Representative (2014/15)
Leo Kempel - 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


Industry Advisory Board Spring 2013

2012/2013 Board