Board Members Archive

Term Ending in 2014

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Vandy Johnson

Computer Science 1982

Vandy Johnson was named Vice President, Global IT Infrastructure in January 2007. He has responsibility for leading the development, implementation and support of a global IT infrastructure that will help support and sustain Medtronic's business strategy.  Mr. Johnson is also a member of Medtronic's Global Technology Council. Mr. Johnson joined Medtronic from General Mills, Inc. where he held numerous roles of increasing responsibility in IT, most recently as the Senior Director, Information Systems Operations.
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Brian Kent
Electrical Engineering 1980

Dr. Brian M. Kent is a Consultant in Aerospace, Science, and Technology, and an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering with Michigan State University's Department of Electrical Engineering.

Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer of Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he served as AFRL’s principal scientific and technical expert for a 6,500 person organization while overseeing a $2.2B+ research portfolio. He is an internationally recognized scientific expert, and provides technical advice to AFRL management and the professional staff. He has significant experience in engineering education, radar, radar signature, and other radio frequency technologies.

Dr. Kent received a NSF Fellowship while simultaneously working at the Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories and the Ohio State University Electroscience Laboratory until completing his doctorate. Dr. Kent made pioneering contributions to the areas of signature measurement technology, and successfully established international standards for performing radar signature testing. He was a member of the Technical Staff of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, where he provided expert public testimony about an orbital debris source that separated from Columbia in orbit, which was later shown to be directly related to accident root cause. He remained assigned to NASA for 4 additional years where he lead an AFRL-NASA team to develop the NASA “Ascent Debris Radar System”, which was used for all remaining 22 Shuttle missions to the ISS and the final Hubble Telescope repair mission. He personally was on the NASA debris radar console for STS Missions 114, 116, 121, and 115.

Dr. Kent is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and an international distinguished lecturer for the Antenna and Propagation Society. He is also a Fellow of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association and of the Air Force Research Laboratory.
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Steven H. Noll

Electrical Engineering 1974

Steven Noll is a partner in the Chicago firm of Schiff Hardin LLP. Noll counsels clients in all areas of intellectual property focusing primarily on patents. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, the Eighth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including the Trial Bar. Noll is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Claims Court and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Noll is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Term Ending in 2013

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Louis H. Johnson, Jr.

Applied Engineering Sciences 1996

Louis Johnson graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Applied Engineering Sciences (then Engineering Arts) in 1996. His term on the Alumni Board is from 2006 to 2009.

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 Kabe VanderBaan
Computer Science 2000

Kabe VanderBaan graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Computer Science in 2000, and began working for Motorola Inc. in February 2001. Kabe is now a distinguished member of the technical staff, managing team performance of technical research into new software technologies and applying them to current and future Motorola Products.

Kabe has also been a client of the Michigan State University Computer Science and Engineering department Capstone course for the past 13 semesters, and a member of the CSE Department Strategic Partners Council and the MATRIX advisory board since 2004. He has also been a client for a software engineering design course (CSE491) with Dr. Betty Cheng, and involved with multiple CSE research proposals with Drs. Betty Cheng and Phil McKinley.

As many of the CSE faculty and staff can attest, Kabe has spent countless hours mentoring students through the Capstone course, tracking down real world use cases for doctoral students, and finding collaborations between Motorola and MSU.


Term Ending in 2012

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Deepak M. Advani
Computer Science 1986

Deepak Advani is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Lenovo, and was Vice President, Marketing and Strategy of IBM's Personal Computing Division. He was responsible for running the High End Intel Server business for IBM and was also a member of the Senior Leadership Team which is comprised of the top 300 worldwide executives within IBM. Previously, Mr. Advani was the Director of the Scalable Parallel (SP) system software development organization.
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Joseph M. Colucci
Mechanical Engineering 1958

Joseph Colucci is President of Automotive Fuels Consulting, Inc., providing consulting services related to automotive fuels. He was Executive Director, Materials Research at GM R&D. Prior to that he had been Department Head, Fuels and Lubricants leading GM's efforts to improve commercial fuel and lubricant quality for better vehicle performance and reduced vehicle emissions. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the College of Engineering's Claud R. Erickson Award.

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Joseph F. Gentile
Chemical Engineering 1964, 1966

Joseph Gentile retired in 2000 after a 34 year career in information technology with Amoco Corporation in Chicago, and with Diamond Shamrock Corporation in Cleveland and Dallas. He is chair of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department Alumni Advisory Board and a proud three-time "graduate" of Grandparents University. He resides in Plainwell, Michigan. 
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Brian R. Green
Mechanical Engineering 1999

Brian Green is working on advanced military inlet and exhaust systems. He also serves as the campus recruit leader for MSU at GE, completed the Edison Engineering Development Program in 2002, and worked as an Aeromechanics Engineer before moving to Aircraft Engines.  Brian is currently enrolled in the mechanical engineering doctoral program at The Ohio State University.
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John F. Nathan
Electrical Engineering 1992

John Nathan is currently employed with Lear Corporation, a fortune 500 company that provides Automotive OEMs world wide with total interior solutions.  He has been in the automotive industry for the past 12 years and employed with Lear Corporation for the past 11 years. John has been awarded or is pending award of approximately 22 plus patents for new innovations. In addition, John enjoys supporting the Southfield High School Students each year during the annual First Robotics National Competition.
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