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2019/20 BAE Industry Advisory Board

Janelle Boosi is a Senior Manager as Global Lead for Integrated Project Delivery as part of the Engineering Department at Kellogg Company. She has held roles in Research & Development, Engineering, Operations, and Continuous Improvement within North America and spent 2 years in Europe in Supply Chain Strategy. Janelle holds a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering.

Holly Bowers (Chair-Elect) 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.

Jessica Bruin is a Process Engineer with Nestlé Nutrition – CTCU Fremont.  Jessica has worked for Nestle Nutrition R&D Centers in Fremont, MI starting as an intern in 2011 and full-time since 2013. Jessica supports Nestlé’s 10 global baby food factories with new line installations and technical assistance on existing lines. Her time with Nestlé has also included a 6 month assignment in Konolfingen, Switzerland in 2015 leading the global CIP Community and supporting the infant formula and dairy businesses. Jessica holds She has a B.S. and M.S. in Biosystems Engineering.

Lisa Buchholz is Global Leader of Analytical Regulatory Sciences with Corteva Agriscience.  Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont,  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.

Shelley Crawford is Plant Manager for Chelsea Milling Company manufacturer of Jiffy Mix.  Prior to Chelsea Milling Company, she was with Kellogg Company for 15 years as Group Engineering Manager. Shelley 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.

Laura Doud, PE, is an Environmental Engineer Specialist in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  She works with waste storage facilities, fuel storage, drinking water and irrigation wells, concrete and soils investigations, aquaculture, food processor waste water issues, and the siting of livestock production facilities under the Michigan Right to Farm program. Laura holds a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering.

Cassaundra Edwards (Chair) is Supplier Quality Engineer for Tillamook in Tillamook, OR.  Prior to Tillamook, she was the Production Manager at Bimbo Bakeries.  Cassaundra holds a B.S. in Food Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Gene Ford is (retired) 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 Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's 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.

Andrew Knowles 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.

Nathan (Nate) Wood, PE is manager of the facilities engineering and maintenance team for Perrigo  Allegan, MI, 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).   He started his career in 2003 with Innotec in Zeeland, MI before moving to Perrigo as a production engineer in 2010. Nate holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Rob Yoder, CFPS, (Chair) 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

Fahmi Dwilaksono, Graduate Student Representative

Ron Hendrick, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Leo Kempel, Dean, College of Engineering

Annaliese Marks, Undergraduate Student Representative

Luke Reese, Industry Liaison, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Larry Walker, CANR Alumni Board Representative 

Michael Wozniak, PE, ASABE Michigan Section Representative

Industry Project Evaluators

Mr. Mitch Baldwin, Stryker

Dr. Nirajan Bhusal, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Mr. Keith DeBates, Perrigo

Mr. Sam Effa, Techmark, Inc.

Ms. Sarah Flowers, Trident Biometrics

Mr. Todd Forbush, Techmark, Inc.

Ms. Megan James, Stryker

Ms. Rebecca Jones, Trident Biometrics

Mr. Matt McAlpine, Blake’s Hard Cider Co.

Mr. Jim Molchan, Nestlé Nutrition

Mr. Bill Nash, Treeborn

Mr. Matthew Rycenga, Trident Biometrics

Mr. Luke Stahle, Tillamook Creamery

Mr. Chris Walker,  Cargill


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