Alumni Board Members

Executive Committee

  • Donnie Haye, Chair
  • Dave Foulke, Vice Chair
  • Leo Kempel, Dean (Ex-Officio Member)
  • Kaleigh Jaeger-Hale, Executive Secretary (Ex-Officio Member)

Term Ending in 2019

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Louise Hemond-Wilson
BS Computer Science 1986

Louise Hemond-Wilson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM Systems Group Lab Services, a global relationship-based services organization that helps accelerate client adoption of new technology. She has developed many consulting methodologies, including one for which she has filed a patent. In addition to her role as IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, Louise also serves as the Senior Location Executive for IBM in Mid-Michigan.

Louise has over 30 years of IT experience with applied skills in executive and IT consulting, competitive analysis, product marketing, product management, technical support, sales management and product development. Her executive consulting experience includes advising clients in numerous industries worldwide and is built on a foundation of experience in the banking and higher education industries prior to joining IBM. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University (1986) and a Masters in Theology from Loyola University (2008).

Louise has been a guest lecturer for MSU freshman computer science courses for over a decade. She regularly serves as a judge for MSU’s College of Engineering Design Day and as adjudicator for graduate research poster competitions. She is a member of the computer science department’s Strategic Partner Council and regularly speaks to campus organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Computing. She helped create the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing conference and continues her involvement with this group.

Following Louise’s 2013 IT Strategy and Planning work with the government of Rwanda, Louise recruited MSU personnel to help her create and run a technology camp for Rwandan teachers and girls in 2014 and 2015. The camp became a collaborative effort across many organizations including IBM, MSU, the Peace Corps and the Rwanda government. Efforts are underway to expand and perpetuate the camp. Louise's extensive interaction with MSU's Computer Science and Engineering department, including the collaborative work in Rwanda, led to her being named that departments' 2015 Distinguished Alumni award recipient.

Based upon her work with the Peace Corps and girls in Rwanda, Louise was appointed to lead the first collaborative project in a new innovative public-private partnership between IBM and the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps and IBM Corporate Service Corps launched the public-private partnership to allow highly skilled corporate professionals to serve overseas in short-term, high-impact assignments through the Peace Corps Response program. Louise will lead a team of IBM Corporate Services Corps and Peace Corps volunteers in the first collaborative project in Ghana to support the Let Girls Learn initiative, launched by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama earlier in 2015.

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John Kent

BS Chemical Engineering 1980

John P. Kent, ChE 1980, has spent his career managing and leading teams in the design, development and manufacture of Semiconductors. He worked at IBM for 24 years in several locations (US and Europe) and subsequently held executive positions at AMI Semiconductor/ONSEMI; Rambus and KLA-Tencor. John received his original degree in Chemical Engineering from MSU and he subsequently studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont. John received a Certificate in Management and Executive Leadership from the MIT Sloan School in 2012. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, AiChe and is an associate member of the American Chemical Society. John has extensively traveled and worked in Europe, Asia and India over the years.

John founded the management consulting firm Garnet Peak Associates, LLC in 2015 and has opened headquarters in Bozeman, Montana near the campus of the “other” MSU – Montana State University. John is currently on the Foundation Board of Directors of Idahp State University and is Secretary of the ISU Intellectual Property Foundation. John’s company may be viewed at www.garnetpeakassociates.com

John is married to Susan Kent and has two grown daughters.

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Jim Susan
BS Civil Engineering 1975, MS Sanitary Engineering 1977

Jim Susan is the President of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., a consulting engineering, architectural, and environmental firm. Jim has been with the firm for 24 years. Services include civil, municipal, and transportation engineering; water and wastewater treatment engineering; architectural design services; mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering; hazardous waste investigations and remediation, hydrogeological services, air permitting, and regulatory services; and construction management. Jim’s professional experience includes water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and hazardous waste investigations/remediation. Jim has served on the MSU Department of Civil and Environmental Professional Advisory Board and was on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan.

Jim is married to Lawren and resides in Grand Rapids. They have 2 grown daughters.

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Cindy Westerhof
BS Civil Engineering 1979

Cindy Westerhof is a 36 year veteran of Consumers Energy. She joined the company’s energy management department in Kalamazoo, calling on large commercial and industrial customers after graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in civil engineering. Later she became the local economic development coordinator and department superintendent, while completing her MBA from Western Michigan University.

Cindy moved into a new corporate department called corporate performance analysis and worked on cost saving projects for senior management before joining the human resources department and becoming the company’s staffing director in 1990. She has held a variety of roles in human resources ranging from Director of Human Resources at CMS Enterprises to Executive Director of Human Resources for CMS Energy. She is now the Director of People Services & Talent Acquisition.

Cindy is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, served on the Corporate Advisory Board for Institutional Diversity at Michigan Technological University, sits on the Advisory Board of the CoRe Engineering Experience at Michigan State University and on the external advisory board at the University of Michigan’s Center for Engineering Diversity Outreach.

 

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Joe Sopko
BS, MS, PhD
Civil Engineering
1980, 1983, 1990

Dr. Sopko is the Director of Groundfreezing for Moretrench American Corporation and has over 35 years experience in geotechnical engineering, 30 that have been devoted almost entirely to ground freezing and groundwater control.

He received his B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. His doctoral research was based on developing new methods for the design of frozen earth structures.

He has been responsible for the design, construction and operation for ground freezing projects world wide for both the civil construction and mining industry.

He is a retired Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force where he served as a civil engineering officer in the Air National Guard and was activated for both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Dr. Sopko is member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Mining Engineers, Chairman of ASTM Subcommittee D18.19 Testing of Frozen Soils and Rock and the Moles.

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Dave Foulke
BS Applied Engineeering Sciences, 1988

Dave Foulke is the HES and Training Manager of Marketing & Transportation Engineering at Marathon Petroleum Company.

Dave graduated from Michigan State University in 1988 with a BS in Applied Engineering Science and accepted a position with Marathon Petroleum at the company’s Findlay, Ohio headquarters. Dave has served in a number of roles during his 26 years with the company, including assignments in environmental remediation, project financial analysis, project management, environmental permitting, facility management, and operations management. Dave earned an MBA from Bowling Green State University in 1995. In his current role, Dave manages the health, environmental & safety and technical training functions for Marathon’s transportation engineering group. His organization is responsible for personal and process safety associated with construction projects, and the technical, professional and safety leadership development for engineering department staff.

Dave and his wife Wendy have four children ranging in age from 7 to 21.


Term Ending in 2020

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Martha L. Gray

BS Computer Science 1978
Director, Madrid–MIT M+Visión Consortium J. W. Kieckhefer Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering, HST, EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Martha Gray, PhD, Director of the Madrid-MIT M+Vision Consortium has led a multifaceted career in which she has conducted research to better understand and prevent osteoarthritis, led a preeminent academic unit, and served the profession through work with organizations and institutions. Her research has centered over the past 15 years on ways to nondestructively visualize cartilage macromolecules in vivo and in vitro. Many in industry and academia are now using the MR method developed by her group, known as dGEMRIC.

Dr. Gray is the J.W. Kieckhefer Professor and former director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). During and since her 13 year tenure as head of HST, she shepherded its vigorous growth so that now it boasts a community of over 400 students, 65 faculty and nearly 200 affiliated faculty who create a multi- disciplinary and multi-professional environment in classrooms, hospitals and laboratories and seek to advance human health. Most recently her efforts have focused on advising other institutions and governments as they pursue similar efforts.

Dr. Gray was the first woman to lead a science or engineering department at MIT. She is an elected fellow of the AAAS, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE). Sheis associate editor of the Annual Reviews of Biomedical Engineering.

Her training includes a BS in computer sciences from Michigan State University, an MS in electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD in medical engineering from HST, and completed her postdoctoral work at Tufts University and the State University of New York Stony Brook.

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Donnie Haye
Applied Engineering Sciences 1981

Donnie Haye is the Vice President, Client and Channel Enablement, Integrated Supply Chain for IBM. She held many leadership positions in finance, operations, and marketing in multiple IBM businesses, throughout the US, Europe and Asia. She has received numerous IBM awards and has a patent pending.

Donnie also received an MBA in 1983 from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, with concentrations in policy, finance and marketing. She was an FC Austin Scholar while at Northwestern.
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Steven R. Klemm
Chemical Engineering 1979

 


Technical executive with 30 years of experience developing and commercializing innovative controlled release, combination product and process technologies. Managed the successful development and start up of more than 1,000 new products in 7 countries using innovative new technology options and developing strong management teams. With 7 patents issued and 9 pending, these technologies have provided sustainable competitive advantages and created successful new business opportunities in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer product areas. These programs involved creating low capital virtual organizations for start up firms as well as complex development and supply agreements with Fortune 500 companies.

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Roy Link

Mechanical Engineering 1967
Chairman & CEO of Link Engineering Company and Link Testing Laboratories (www.linkeng.com) Designer and manufacturer of test systems to simulate actual in-service performance of vehicle components in the laboratory including Brakes, Transmissions, Wheels, Tires, Clutches, Axles, Bearings, etc.

Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, with offices located throughout the U.S. including Detroit, Dearborn, Plymouth, Indian River, Ohio, Arizona, and California. International offices located in Germany, France, China, Korea, Japan, India and Brazil to support our international equipment sales and support and execution of both Vehicle and Laboratory testing services.

Link Test Systems are utilized in a wide array of industries including automotive, aerospace, railway, electric motor, and others. Link systems are a recognized worldwide standard for a variety of international test procedures as well as reproducing actual in-service conditions. Link is continually involved with the latest technologies to more closely replicate in-service conditions and monitor test results.

Link systems and testing services are utilized by the principal OEM vehicle manufacturers throughout the world and by their supply base.

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Patrick Miller

BS Math 1957, MS 1960 and PhD Mechanics 1966

Dr. Patrick M. Miller, President
MGA Research Corporation
Education: BS (’57), MS (’60) and PhD (’66) all from Michigan State University

After receiving the PhD, Patrick worked at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (now Calspan Corporation) in Buffalo, New York. There he was responsible for basic research related to crashworthiness of automotive structures. Much of this work was widely recognized as a result of an article on Automobile Structural Crashworthiness that he published in the February 1973 issue of the Scientific American. Today, structural crashworthiness design is fundamental to the development of all motor vehicles.

In 1977, he, with two other engineers, founded MGA Research Corporation. From an initial capital investment of $1000, this company has grown to be the premier North American automotive safety testing organization. Testing facilities are located in seven states and Canada. Although well past normal retirement age, he continues to lead the company. His greatest satisfaction, as a result of establishing the company, is the opportunity to work with young people as they begin their pursuit of a successful career.

Having received three degrees and the Distinguished Alumni Award from MSU, he will always believe the best thing that happened to him there was meeting and falling in love with his wife, Dee. These two Spartans have a family of 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. For almost 60 years, they have always supported each other in their pursuit of successful, professional careers.

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Asif Naseem
MS & Ph.D. Electrical Engineering 1980, 1984

Dr. Asif Naseem currently serves as the Executive Operating Partner at Mason Wells, a Private Equity firm. Dr. Naseem most recently served as Vice President, Communications Global Business Unit at Oracle. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of GoAhead Software, a telecommunications software platform company that was recently acquired by Oracle Corporation. ?Dr. Naseem’s prior experience includes executive management roles at AT&T, Motorola and Iospan Wireless. In addition to operational experience, Dr. Naseem has successfully led several M&A activities nationally and internationally.? Within the Mason Wells portfolio of companies, Dr. Naseem is focusing on optimizing technological resources and aligning human resources to create more customer value, and strengthen the competitive position of each business. Dr. Naseem is an Adjunct Professor of ECE, Michigan State University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Dedicated Computing, Inc., a Mason Wells portfolio company.

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Term Ending 2021

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Monte Falcoff
Engineering Arts 1986

Mr. Falcoff's is a principal and registered patent attorney at the law firm of Harness Dickey in Troy, Michigan. Mr. Falcoff’s primary areas of practice include intellectual property portfolio management, client counseling and opinion preparation, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, trademark prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and licensing. He is also an adjunct professor of various IP law classes at the Michigan State University College of Law.

Prior to joining Harness Dickey, Mr. Falcoff was a manager of marketing program development with United Technologies Automotive, where he was responsible for developing, selling, and licensing new technology. As part of this job, he was the patent and trademark coordinator for the business unit. Furthermore, he worked as a systems engineer at United Technologies Automotive for the modular headliner programs from which he had ten U.S. Patents issued. Mr. Falcoff also worked at Modern Engineering Service Co. as a senior project engineer, prior to employment at United Technologies Automotive.

Mr. Falcoff graduated from MSU with an Applied Engineering Sciences (fka Engineering Arts) degree in 1986. Additionally, he was in the Spartan Marching Band for five years and earned his varsity letter on the Fencing team, as a student. Mr. Falcoff has continuously had MSU season football tickets since he graduated and proudly attended the Rose Bowl in 2014.
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Steven Kiefer
BS Mechanical Engineering 1986
Steve Kiefer is senior vice president, GM Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, a position he has held since November 2014. Kiefer is a member of the GM Executive Leadership Team.

Kiefer is responsible for the strategic direction of GM’s worldwide purchasing, supply chain and logistics operations. Drawing on extensive technical expertise and first-hand experience as a supplier, he is focused on collaborating with suppliers to deliver exceptional vehicle quality, innovation and value to GM customers.

Kiefer returned to GM in September 2013 as Vice President, Global Powertrain, after more than a decade of senior leadership roles with the automotive supplier Delphi.  

He began his career in 1983 as a college cooperative student with GM North American Car Group. He has held various leadership roles within GM and Delphi throughout his career, including Senior Vice President of Delphi and president of Delphi Powertrain Systems.
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Keith Sultana

BS Mechanical Engineering 1992
Keith Sultana was appointed senior vice president of global operations and integrated supply chain and member of Ingersoll Rand’s enterprise leadership team in October 2015. Ingersoll Rand’s family of brands includes Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®.

The global integrated supply chain (GISC) team under Keith’s leadership has responsibility for Operational Excellence; Global Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) & Materials Management; Global Procurement; Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) & Quality; and Environmental, Health & Safety.

Keith began his Ingersoll Rand career in November 2008 as vice president, GISC for Industrial Technologies. His career progressed to include vice president, GISC for Climate Solutions, vice president, GISC for Trane North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and vice president, Global Procurement.

Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Keith was with General Electric for 17 years where he held various operations and distribution leadership roles.
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Robert Thomas

BS Civil Engineering 1959

Mr. Thomas has over fifty years of extensive domestic and international experience in the areas of water resources, water pollution control, resource recovery and environmental engineering, with emphasis in areas of water treatment, water pollution and industrial wastewater control and treatment.

Since 1972, as President of Innovative Consultants Incorporated, Mr. Thomas has been involved in significant industrial water treatment and water pollution control investigations and projects for many of the nation's largest corporations and industries. Innovative Consultants Incorporated works exclusively for the private sector of the economy. Work in this area includes monitoring and evaluation of discharges to receiving waters, local POTWs and sanitary facilities; industrial wastewater investigations and source control evaluations; permitting of new and existing process discharges; upstream waste characterization and minimization of wastewater discharges; wastewater neutralization, pH control and pretreatment of discharges to the POTW; investigation for organizations having compliance or regulation difficulties; process development and resource recovery from waste products; and design of wastewater treatment, water reclamation and water reuse facilities. Many of the projects undertaken by Innovative Consultants Incorporated have resulted in an integrated solution with a by-product recovered or developed from the wastewater treatment and water reuse processes. Mr. Thomas has developed proprietary resource recovery, water treatment and wastewater reuse processes for which patents have been granted and/or patents are pending.

Mr. Thomas is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers (Life), American Water Works Association (Life), and Water Environment Federation (Life).

Term Ending 2022

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Beth Burns
BS Computer
Science 1986

Beth A. Burns was born and raised in Detroit, MI.  Beth’s career began in Engineering and then shifted to Sales.  While in Sales, Beth obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.  After obtaining her MBA, Beth’s career transitioned to the capital markets.  She has held roles in mergers & acquisitions, investor relations, portfolio management and investment management.  Beth is currently an Associate Partner with Aon, Corporation serving as Consultant on OCIO (Outsourced CIO) mandates.  In 2012, Beth launched a business the (er) factor to fulfilling her personal passion of helping others.  The mission of the (er) factor is to engage with women as a  speaker and coach to reveal practical behaviors that can be incorporate into daily life to be happi(er) and more financially empow(er)ed.  In 2017 Beth became an author with the release of her first book Inner Strength, Outer Success-Practical Strategies to being happi(er), healthi(er), strong(er) and wis(er).   In 2018, Beth released her second book Inner Strength, Outer Success-A savvy gal’s guide to financial empow(er)ment.  In this book, Beth highlights her financial successes and pitfalls to share with women strategies to be more financially empow(er)ed.  Beth resides in Chicago, IL.

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Rachel Hutter
BS Electrical Engineering 1993

Rachel is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Safety Professional.  Her early career included a wide diversity of roles such as: medical research with the Veteran’s Administration, Facilities and Construction Management at General Motors, Controls Engineering at General Mills and Technical Support for Allen-Bradley.

Rachel joined Walt Disney World in 1997.  She has worked in many different roles including: being part of the team that built and then opened Disney’s Animal Kingdom; leading Technical Services for Walt Disney World; starting Attractions Engineering Services and Quality Assurance, leading a team focused on Maintenance Consistency for Disney theme parks worldwide, leading Engineering Services for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Region, leading the teams responsible for ensuring the safety, operability and maintainability of new Disney resorts around the world and leading safety and health efforts at Disney Parks & Resorts worldwide.

Rachel is currently the Senior Vice President of International Facilities and Operations Services, Worldwide Safety and Health, and Engineering. In addition to her global Safety and Health responsibilities, Rachel leads the facilities, project management, horticulture and distribution teams at Disneyland Resort Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland. She also leads the engineering teams at those resorts as well as Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Rachel and her teams are responsible for the safety and health of the hundreds of thousands of Cast Members around the world and the millions of Guests who visit Disney each year.  They are also responsible for the ride, attraction and show technology and structural, mechanical and architectural sustainment of the amazing Disney Parks & Resorts throughout the world. 

Rachel holds US and European patents for a ride safety system she created in 2003.

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Alexa Jones
BS Biosystems Engineering 2014

Alexa Jones is the Founder and CEO of TheraB Medical, a healthcare startup commercializing pediatric products. She is a graduate of the Honors College at Michigan State University with a degree in Biosystems Engineering.  During her senior year at MSU, she and 2 other students invented “Snuglit”, a wearable treatment for infant jaundice that keeps baby in the arms of their mother. In 2016, Alexa became the full-time CEO of TheraB, focusing on finding venture capital backing, managing development and manufacturing, and regulatory oversight for SnugLit.

Alexa previously worked as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Foreign Exchange and the Equities Short Sale businesses. She also spent time in R&D at DePuy Synthes in the Knee Replacement group, as well as orthopedic research experience at the University of Wisconsin's Biomechanics Lab. At Michigan State, Alexa was an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, acting as an Executive Board member for 4 years. She was also heavily involved within the College of Engineering in both recruiting and career services. Now, Alexa stays active in the community as a member of the Junior League of Lansing, and as an Alumni Board member for CORE, the residential program in Engineering at MSU. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with family and her beloved black lab, Harvey.

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Ivan J. LaHaie
BS Electrical Engineering 1976 

Ivan J. LaHaie received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in 1976, and his MS and Ph. D. degrees, also in electrical engineering, from the University of Michigan in 1977 and 1981, respectively. He joined the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) in 1980 and worked there for 30 years during its various incarnations as ERIM International, Veridian Systems, and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.   He joined Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI) in 2010, where he is currently a Principal Scientist in the Sensors and Analysis Sector.  Dr. LaHaie’s interests lie in the application of electromagnetics, inverse scattering, and signal processing techniques to problems in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems and phenomenology, unconventional RF and optical imaging, and radar cross-section (RCS) modeling, analysis, and measurements.  He is a nationally-recognized authority in the development of techniques for RCS measurement error mitigation, near field-to-far field RCS transformations, LO signature diagnostics, and RCS uncertainty analysis, and has participated in several government advisory and technical evaluation panels.

Dr. LaHaie is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) and a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA).  In 1991, he received the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Radar Systems Panel Award for his contributions to synthetic aperture systems and electromagnetic modeling.  The award is given annually to the nation’s leading radar engineer under 40 years of age.  He received the AMTA Distinguished Achievement award in 2004 for his pioneering work in the development of automated radar signature imaging technology, radar cross-section (RCS) measurement technology and standards, the design and evaluation of electromagnetic interference and error source mitigation techniques, and for his contributions to the field of radar signature target support interaction modeling.

Contact Info:
Integrity Applications Inc. (IAI)
900 Victors Way
Suite 220
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Email: ijlahaie@ieee.org

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Eva Reiter
 BS Mechanical
Engineering 2009,
MS Management, Strategy, and Leadership 2016

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Martin Toomajian
Chemical Engineering 1991

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