2016 News - MSU BAE Industry Advisory Board 2015_16

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2015/16 MSU BAE Industry Advisory Board

Kevin Blue (Chair-Elect) is Director, Manufacturing Engineering with Meijer®. Meijer® is a family-owned company that began during the Great Depression when Hendrik Meijer, and his 14-year-old son, Fred, fulfilled a need in the community. Together, they evolved the small grocery store into a one-stop shopping experience for customers. Meijer® employs 65,000 team members in six states.   Kevin holds a B.Sc. in Engineering, a M.Sc.in Engineering Management and is working on a M.Sc. in Business.

Holly Bowers is Executive Director of Geospatial and Gas Asset Management at Consumers Energy. Holly is responsible for the engineering, system improvements, enhancements, and integrity for over 27,000 miles of distribution lines and 2,467 miles of transmission pipelines that serve 1.6 million customers in Michigan. Holly holds a B.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering and a M.A.in Business Administration.

Lisa Buchholz is Global Leader of Analytical Regulatory Sciences with Dow AgroSciences®.  Dow AgroSciences® LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, is a global leader in providing pest management and biotechnology products that improve the quality and quantity of the earth's food supply and contribute to the health and quality of life of the world's growing population. Lisa holds a B.Sc in Biological Sciences.

Michelle Crook, PE, is Senior Project Engineer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. She provides engineering project management and oversight for DNR projects.  Michelle holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering.

Cassaundra Edwards is Production Manager for Bimbo Bakeries, USA® in Beaverton, OR.  Prior to Bimbo Bakeries®, she was the Research and Development Manager at ConAgra Foods®.  Cassaundra holds a B.S. in Food Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Bryce Feighner, PE is Chief of the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection 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 R&D, Head of PTC Fremont, 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.

Ashley Julien, EIT, is an Environmental Engineer in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Environmental Stewardship Division. She supports the MAEAP program with determining appropriate solutions for engineering challenges including wastewater management, manure and fuel storage, and chemical safety. Ashley holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Biosystems Engineering.

Andrew Knowles (Chair) is Stein & Freezer Applications/Sales Support Manager at JBT FoodTech®, a leading supplier of integrated food processing solutions. Andrew holds a B.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering and a Masters in Applied Statistics.

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.

Mitch Miller (Past-Chair) 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.

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, PE, 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.

Kirk Walter is VP of Michigan Tablet Operations  at Perrigo® Company plc, a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription (Rx) pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API)  Kirk holds B.Sc. in Manufacturing Administration and MBA degrees.

Richard (Rick) Woodford, PE is State Conservation Engineer for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. He provides technical assistance in the field of soil and water conservation, implements NRCS’engineering policy and procedures for establishing technical engineering standards throughout Michigan. Rick holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering.

Rob Yoder, CFPS, is Southeast Region Fluid Power Specialist for BDI®, Inc. a large industrial Distribution Company based in Cleveland, OH. Rob provides Fluid Power technical solutions to BDI® customers, and Fluid Power product sales support to all local branch sales personnel in the southeast region of the U.S. Rob holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology.


Hannah Brodhead, Undergraduate Advisor, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Alexandra Darrow, Undergraduate Student Representative

Darrell Donahue, Chair, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Ron Hendrick, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Leo Kempel, Dean, College of Engineering

Luke Reese, Industry Liaison, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Jason Smith, Graduate Student Representative

Vacant, CANR Alumni Board Representative 

Photo of 2015_16 Board Members at BE Showcase April Meeting

2015_16 Industry Advisory Board Members

Photo of Spring 2016 & BE Showcase April Meeting

Spring 2016 & BE Showcase April Meeting