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Term Ending in 2018

Members Biography
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Gary Hockstra
Chemical Engineering 1980

Gary Hockstra is the Vice President of Operations, Supply Chain and Discrete Manufacturing, and is a member of the Operations Leadership Team.

Hockstra joined Dow in 1980 in Midland working in R&D in several different areas. In 1983 he moved to pharmaceuticals manufacturing, and in early 1985 moved to Italy to design, build, and run a new pharmaceutical plant on the Garessio site. He returned to Midland in 1989 working in the Pharmaceutical Tech Center. He moved to Global Process Control in 1991 as the Project Manager of the Dow Mod 5 Operator Work Station Project. In 1993 he moved to Terneuzen, The Netherlands, where he worked in the Styron/Tyril plant consolidating the control rooms with the Operator Station system. In 1994 he moved to LHC 1 as the cracker production leader. In 1996 he moved to Texas as the LHC Technology Leader. In 2000 he assumed the additional responsibility of LHC R&D director. Late 2002 he was named Manufacturing Director of Engineering Plastics, and in 2004 he assumed the role of Manufacturing Director for Engineering Polymers (Engineering Plastics plus Polystyrene). In 2007 he was named Vice President and Site Director - Texas Operations in Freeport. Hockstra was named Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering for Advanced Materials in September 2011. In October 2012 Hockstra was named Vice President of Operations, Supply Chain, and Discrete Manufacturing.

Gary is married to Ruth. They have two children, Nicholas and Cristina.


Photo of Keith LandauKeith Landau
Computer Science 1982

Keith Landau is the Chief Product Officer for GENBAND, and is responsible for the Product vision and execution for the company. The functions include Product Management (business), Technology / R&D (product development) and corporate quality.


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Betty Shanahan
BS Electrical Engineering 1978

Betty Shanahan was the executive director and CEO for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) from 2002 through 2013. Prior to joining SWE, Betty spent 24 years in development, engineering management, and marketing for the electronics and software industries.

Betty has earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, a Master of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Betty has served in several forums that advance diversity in the STEM pipeline and engineering profession, including the National Academy of Engineering Project on Changing the Conversation, National Academy of Engineering Workshop on Life-Long Learning, and the Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Advisory Board. In 2012 she was elected president of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. Betty was the first woman to receive the Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award from MSU’s College of Engineering. In 2012 she was named one of STEMConnector’s “100 Women Leaders in STEM and in 2013 she received an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Connecticut.

Betty is a fellow life member of SWE, a Certified Association Executive, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association Forum, and the American Society of Association Executives. She is married to fellow Spartan Engineer Bob Nuber.


Term Ending in 2017

Former Members Biography
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Pandeli "Lee" Durbetaki
PhD Mechanical Engineering 1964

Professor Emeritus
The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia   30332‑0405

Pandeli "Lee" Durbetaki received a B.S.M.E. from Robert College Engineering School, Istanbul, Turkey in 1951, his M.S.(ME) from the University of Rochester in 1954 and his Ph.D.(ME) from Michigan State University in 1964. He served on the faculty of both the University of Rochester (1954 1960) and Michigan State University (1960 1964) before joining the faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

Professor Durbetaki has taught courses both at the graduate and the undergraduate level. These courses ranged from the basic subjects of thermodynamics (classical, statistical and irreversible) and transport phenomena to combustion, internal combustion engines, jet engines, rockets and experimental engineering. Professor Durbetaki has conducted research primarily in the fields of stratified charge operation of spark ignition engines, irreversible thermodynamics, combustion and homogeneous and heterogeneous ignition of fuels. He has consulted on problems related to the flammability of carpets, injury from tar explosion, fire hazard criteria for noise control products in underground coal mines, manufacture of roofing material and design and testing of traction type transmission.

As research and faculty advisor he has directed the research of fifty four M.S. and Ph.D. students. He has authored and co authored more than one-hundred journal publications, conference papers and research reports. Dr. Durbetaki was a member of the team at Georgia Tech that engineered the 1996 Olympic relay torch.

Professor Durbetaki was awarded two National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellowships and received the Monie A. Ferst Memorial Sigma Xi Research Award as Master's Degree Graduate Student Thesis Advisor. Selected as one of the Top Ten Profs at Georgia Tech. Professor Durbetaki was also awarded the ASEE / AT&T Foundation Award for excellence in instruction of engineering students and the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. He was named Engineer of the Year in Education by Metro Atlanta Engineers' Week. Received the Dedicated Service Award from ASME, the Distinguished Alumni Award from MSU Mechanical Engineering and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is Life Fellow of ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers).

His affiliation with Michigan State University has been three-fold: (1) Doctoral Student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (1960-1964), Instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (1960-1964), and (3) Member of the Board of Visitors in Mechanical Engineering.

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Fritz Klingler
BS, MS Civil Engineering

Fritz Klingler graduated from Michigan State University, with B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Civil Engineering, and an emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering. Mr. Klingler has authored numerous technical papers and articles on deep foundations, tunnels, and shafts, and was recently named "Engineer of the Year" by the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is a Past President of the Detroit Metro Chapter of Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE), past Vice President of MSPE in charge of the Southeastern Region, past President of the Southeastern Michigan Branch of ASCE, past chairman of the Michigan State University College of Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Board, and current President of the Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP) division of MSPE. He is also currently chairman of the fundraising effort to establish a permanent scholarship endowment for the MSU chapter of Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society. Mr. Klingler lives in Troy, Michigan, and is married with four children in elementary school.


Matthew Ply
BS Mechanical Engineering 

Matthew Ply has worked for General Motors since graduating BSME in 1997. He has held positions in Vehicle Engineering, Noise and Vibration, Product Development and Cost Reduction. After launching the 2010 Cadillac SRX, he started his current assignment as Exterior Lighting Quality Lead. He is also the Product Development Functional Recruiting Leader for Michigan State University. He received his MBA from the University of Michigan in 2001. Mr. Ply is also a registered DFSS Green Belt and has a patent registered with the US Patent office.
Contact information: matthew.m.ply@gm.com
(586) 907-0914 (work cell)


Term Ending in 2016

Former Members Biography
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Phil Fioravante
Applied Engineering Sciences 1984

Phil Fioravante is currently employed by Walsh College (Troy, MI) as an Associate Professor - Marketing as well as an Operating Executive at Industrial Opportunity Partners, a private equity firm with specialization in industrial manufacturing and distribution companies. In addition, he is the Senior Managing Partner at both Strategy Development Group, LLC (a business advisory firm) and GreenRock Capital (a private equity micro-fund). He is currently an active member in SAE, a Fellow at the Chartered Institute - Marketing (London, UK) and also sits on several privately-owned company Board of Directors. Dr. Fioravante received his Ph.D from Capella University. 

Term Ending in 2015

Former Members Biography
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Bellandra Foster
BS Civil & Environmental Engineering 1983,
PhD 1999

Bellandra Foster is president and principal engineer of BBF Engineering Services, PC, specializing in road- and bridge-related construction engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, utility and permit coordination and project management. BBF was profiled in Black Enterprise magazine and in Essence magazine and has been highlighted in Michigan Contractor and Builder magazine, Jet magazine and the Detroit Free Press. Dr. Foster has delivered commencement addresses at the engineering schools of the University of Notre Dame and Wayne State University. She has also authored a book titled, "For Love and Money: Seven Guidelines for Achieving Success in Your Home and Business."


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Brian Green
BS Mechanical Engineering 1999

Brian R. Green is a 1999 graduate of the Mechanical Engineering program at Michigan State University and holds a Masters and Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University.  He has been working at GE Aviation – Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio for 15 years in various positions ranging from aeromechanics to mechanical design to filed service and currently is back in aeromechanics working on advanced engine concepts for the next generation of aviation gas turbine engines.  Brian is still actively engaged in recruiting efforts with Michigan State University loves the opportunity to return to East Lansing where is engineering career started.


Term Ending in 2014

Former Members Biography
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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

Former Members Biography
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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.


 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

Former Members Biography
Photo of Deepak AdvaniDeepak 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.


Photo of Joe ColucciJoseph 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.
Photo of Joseph GentileJoseph 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.


Photo of Brian GreenBrian 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.


Photo of John NathanJohn 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.