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2017/18 BAE Industry Advisory Board

Kevin Blue (Chair) 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.S. in Engineering, a 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.S. in Biosystems Engineering and a MBA 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.S in Biological Sciences.

Matthew (Matt) Burtt  is Assistant Director Clinical Quality Assurance with AbbVie®.  AbbVie's 29,000 employees are scientists, researchers, communicators, manufacturing specialists and regulatory experts located around the globe. Matt holds a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering and a MBA.

Shelly Crawford is Group Engineering Manager for Global Pringles® and Pop-tarts® at Kellogg® Company, the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods.  Shelly holds a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering and a MBA in Marketing.

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.S. 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.

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 B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural Engineering and an Executive M.S. degree.

Jeremy Hoeh, PE, is Environmental Health Programs Unit Supervisor in the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division.  He has a broad range of education and experience across DEQ programs.  Jeremy holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Eric Iversen, PE, is Senior Project Manager with LSG Engineers and Surveyors in Lansing, MI.  Eric is well versed in local and state regulatory agency procedures regarding site planning, permitting, SRF public financing, floodplain and wetland permits, storm water management and treatment, ground and surface water discharge permits, sanitary sewers, water, onsite wastewater (drainfields), wastewater lagoons and well systems, etc. including the standards and requirements of MDOT, MDEQ, MDTMB, and MDLARA. Eric holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Ashley Julien, PE, 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 (Past Chair) is Stein & Freezer Applications/Sales Support Manager at JBT FoodTech®, a leading supplier of integrated food processing solutions. Andrew holds a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering and a M.S. in Applied Statistics.

Kevin Kowalk, PE (MI and WI), is a Project Manager and Senior Engineer for Water and Natural Resources and Site Characterization and Remediation Divisions for EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., PLC.  Kevin holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biosystems Engineering.

Jeffrey Mathews, PhD, is the R &D Director 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 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.S. and M.S. degrees in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering.

Eric Van Middendorp is a Biomedical Engineer at Spectrum Health Innovations where he leads the design and development of FDA Class I and II medical devices. Eric works with the 25,000+ physicians and staff members across the Spectrum Health system to drive development of healthcare products and technologies.  Eric holds a  B.S. Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering  and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Chad Volkmann is is Site Leader and Manager – Chemistry Operations for Covance® Food Solutions in Battle Creek, MI.  Chad manages the chemistry operations and is responsible for a 44,000 ft2 laboratory that conducts nutritional chemistry testing for food and supplement clients. Chad holds a  B.A. in Biology.

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.S. 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.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering.

Rob Yoder, CFPS, (Chair-Elect) 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

Darrell Donahue, Chair, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Gina Haylett, Graduate Student Representative

Ron Hendrick, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Leo Kempel, Dean, College of Engineering

Monika Michalik, Undergraduate Student Representative

Luke Reese, Industry Liaison, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Larry Walker, CANR Alumni Board Representative 

Vacant, ASABE Section Representative


Industry Project Evaluators

Dylan Comer
JBT FoodTech

Dave Cotton

Laura Doud, PE

Denae Friedheim
MSU Student Organic Farm

Eric Gordon
Covance Laboratories Inc.

Adrian Harrell

John Heiser

Seth Herbst

Louis Nelson

Brian Roth, PhD
MSU Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife

Brittany Tomlin

Steve Urda

Jim Vinoski

Photo of BAE 2016_17 Industry Advisory Board from Spring Meeting April 27, 2017

Photo of BAE 2016_17 Industry Advisory Board from Spring Meeting April 27, 2017