Montana State University

College of Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

Tel: (406) 994-2272
Fax: (406) 994-6665
E-mail: engrinfo@coe.montana.edu
Location: 212 Roberts Hall

Dean and Director:

Brett Gunnink

Academy of Distinguished Alumni

2013 Class of Distinguished Alumni

Margaret Mitchell
Vice President of Information Management
and Vice President of Technologies
American Express

Biography

Margaret Mitchell
   

Ryan Parker
Director of Cloud Planning for Intel's Datacenter Group
Intel

Biography

Ryan Parker
   

Bryan Robertus, P.E.
President
Advanced Electronic Designs (AED)

Biography

Bryan Robertus
   

Michael Sanderson, P.E., PTOE, LEED Accredited Professional
President and CEO
Sanderson Stewart

Biography

Michael Sanderson
   

Jean Sweeney
Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety
3M

Biography

Jean Sweeney

Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell is Vice President of Information Management and of Technologies at American Express. She has worked for more than 24 years in the information technologies industry. She began her career developing operating systems software for Honeywell and Bull Information Systems. In 1994, she joined American Express as a Senior Software Engineer and has held a variety of positions within American Express Technologies, including being part of the team that launched the first American Express website. She is currently leading a global team in the migration of the 600+ mid-range databases and associated storage to American Express’ new data center. In 1999, she received a Master’s in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). In 1988, she received her bachelor’s of science degree in Computer Science from Montana State University. She holds two U.S. Patents for inventions developed at American Express. She is a member on the Arizona State University’s Department of Information Systems Professional Advisory Board, the Engineering Advisory Council for MSU, and the sponsor of the Arizona Chapter of Women in Technologies for American Express.

Ryan Parker

Ryan Parker is Director of Cloud Planning for Intel's Datacenter Group. In this role, he leads Intel's long-term cloud strategy and solutions roadmap. Ryan regularly guides his clients and customers to create innovative solutions in an effort to realize the flexibility and economies of scale derived from the cloud. He began his career at Intel as an industrial engineer, implementing its factory capacity planning system and managing the development of complex software projects. He quickly gained responsibility in strategically determining target market segments for business investment and managing product planning teams. Ryan joined Intel’s Ericsson account team in Sweden, and then returned to Arizona to lead the Embedded Computing Division’s marketing department, which consisted of segment marketing, product marketing, silicon design, platform architecture and application engineering. In service to MSU, Ryan has served the College of Engineering for a number of years as a member of the Engineering Advisory Council. Recently, he has been an advocate and consultant for the newly proposed bachelor’s of science degree in Financial Engineering. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Money Magazine, Business Week, and Wired, among others. He is a W.P. Carey MBA Distinguished Speaker.

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Bryan Robertus

Bryan Robertus has distinguished himself as a successful entrepreneur, inventor, and longtime member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s external advisory council. Bryan founded his company, Advanced Electronic Designs (AED), here in Bozeman in 1994. Since then he has grown the business to a dozen employees, with ten being MSU EE alumni. AED is a company representing the best achievements of MSU alumni. In addition to hiring many MSU College of Engineering alumni, Bryan has been a highly influential member of the ECE Department's External Advisory Council for more than ten years. He has also volunteered as an advisor for senior design projects and has hosted many tours and talks regarding his engineering design and entrepreneurial work. In recent years Bryan has received national attention for his company's work in designing large LED display units in New York's Times Square, which is an astonishing accomplishment for a small company located in Bozeman. What's more, he and his team designed the large new LED video display screen in MSU's renovated scoreboard for Bobcat Stadium, along with the incredible audio sound system that is also part of the scoreboard.

Michael Sanderson

Michael Sanderson is President and CEO of Sanderson Stewart, a regional engineering and planning firm with offices in Montana, North Dakota and Colorado. In this role, Michael oversees business operations for the firm and all of its offices. In addition to his executive role, Michael is actively engaged in project management on a variety of transportation and land development projects. His expertise is in planning and designing transportation facilities that promote non-motorized connections and enhance community sustainability. His past project experience includes working on complex and sometimes controversial projects with diverse constituencies. Michael is particularly recognized for his effective communication and consensus building. He is a Fellow in the Institute of Transportation Engineers and currently serves on its International Board of Direction, the first Montanan to hold this distinction. He is a licensed professional engineer (PE), a certified professional traffic operations engineer (PTOE) a LEED Accredited Professional, and a National Course Instructor certified by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Michael is an active MSU alumnus who serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Council, the Museum of the Rockies Board of Trustees, the MSU President’s Advisory Council and the MSU Planning Council.

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Jean Sweeney

In 1976, Jean Sweeney was among the first women to graduate from Montana State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, Jean started working for 3M as a process engineer, and her early success led to a number of promotions and new opportunities at 3M. In 1993 she was appointed the International Manufacturing Manager for Post-it Products and in 1996 she moved to 3M Australia where she was the Manufacturing Director. Today, Jean is the Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety at 3M. Jean has been very active in serving communities where she has lived. While living in Taipei, Taiwan, she volunteered as a Management Committee Member for the Community Services Center. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Jean has been an extraordinary contributor to Montana State University and has served on the Chemical Engineering Advisory Board from 1996 to 2004 and is currently serving on the College of Engineering Advisory Council. She also serves on the Board of Governors for the Montana State University Alumni Foundation.