Engineering Advisory Council
MSU's Engineering Advisory Council (EAC) provides an industry perspective to the College in its strategic planning with a goal of improving the quality of the academic and research programs; enhancing the effectiveness of its graduates; encouraging life-long learning and assisting in the mobilization of new financial resources to support the development of innovative programs of excellence.
Specifically, EAC will be responsible for evaluating the mission and goals of the College; assisting in the development and implementation of the College's strategic plan; helping to expand multi-disciplinary and teamwork initiatives; advising on the relevance of curriculum requirements and course offerings from the standpoint of technology, current industrial needs, general employment and future trends.
Secondly, EAC will provide input on new and evolving strategic objectives; assist in developing corporate relations to foster greater opportunities for COE students and programs, both before and after graduation.
Thirdly, EAC will help promote the programs and graduates of the College; assist the Dean and Development Officer in the identification and acquisition of new avenues and sources of financial support.
Benefits to EAC Members
You have the opportunity and personal satisfaction of helping to provide a superlative engineering education to future generations of MSU students.
You have unique networking opportunities with other influential business figures and distinguished leaders of the University.
EAC Members are invited to serve three year terms. Meetings are held once during the academic year. Members are expected to attend and actively participate in the initiatives undertaken by EAC.
Members will help support the mission and goals of the College by assisting in the development of new contacts and sources of support for the College.
Current EAC members
Karen M. Arnold
Norman H. Asbjornson, P.E.
|Robert (Jesse) Jesperson, P.E.
Evergreen Caissons, Inc.
3M Industrial Business Group
American Computer Museum
Seagate Technology (retired)
|Wesley (Wes) Kremer
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Malcolm (Mack) Long
The Boeing Company
Great West Engineering
|G. Ray Webb
Raytheon Missile Systems (retired)
Mary Jane McGarity
Huron Consulting Group
|Helene M. Michael
The Boeing Company (retired)
Current EAC member bios
Vice President Quality
The Boeing Company
Lindsay Anderson is vice president of Quality for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this capacity, he is responsible for Quality functional excellence within Commercial Airplanes. The organization assures quality throughout the value stream, including external suppliers, through a focus on common processes, tools and people development. Anderson has led this organization since April 2011.
Previously, Anderson served as vice president of the Field Operations and Delivery
for the 737 Program. In this capacity, he was responsible for the activities required
to prepare and test 737 aircraft prior to delivery to our airline customers. Included
in this operation were Renton Preflight, the Commercial Delivery Center and the Exterior
Prior to his role on the 737 Program, he was the managing director of Hawker de Havilland (HdH); currently known as Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA). Anderson's career at Boeing began in 1985 as an engineer at the Renton Division.
Anderson is a member of the Montana State University Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for Seattle Theater Group.
He is a graduate of the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned Master of Science degrees in Management and Materials Sciences and Engineering. In addition, Anderson received a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 1983.
Co-founder and CEO
Karen Arnold co-founded Nanocopoeia after serving as founder and CEO of Education Platform Group (SchoolExtra). With an extensive track record of growing technology businesses and moving products and technologies into commercial scale operations, Ms. Arnold is an expert in turn-around consulting, business development, corporate partnering, technology commercialization, corporate finance, strategy planning and implementation, operations development and start-up, research and engineering. Ms. Arnold has worked with technology businesses in industries as diverse as medical devices, biotechnology, information technology and industrial manufacturing. She holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and master's degrees in business administration and manufacturing operations.
Chief Executive Officer
Born and reared in Winifred, Mont., Norman (Norm) Asbjornson became an entrepreneur at the age of 10 as a garbage hauler for residents of his small town. Asbjornson enrolled at MSU in 1953, but a year later his education was delayed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Korea. He returned to MSU and earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1960. He began his career with American Standard Industrial Division, a manufacturer of heating and air conditioning products. He spent more than two decades in the heating and air conditioning business before founding his own company, AAON, Inc., in 1988. The publicly-traded company is a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge heating and air conditioning products and is on the 2009 “Fortune 40: Best stocks to retire on.” MSU awarded Asbjornson an honorary doctorate in 2004 for his notable career and community service. Norm resides in Tulsa.
Senior UX Researcher
Robert (Jesse) Jesperson grew up in the Ekalaka area of eastern Montana. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University in 1971. He moved to Colorado upon graduation and began a career in the foundation drilling business, working all of the Western U.S. and based out of Denver. He partnered with a utility company in 1984 and engaged in the construction of high voltage transmission lines. After three years in this field and a stint in Israel as a foundation consultant to the Israeli government on the Maor David Generating Station, he founded Evergreen Caissons. Evergreen is primarily engaged in the construction of foundations for high voltage transmission lines and substations. The firm designs and fabricates many of their own tools and has performed extensive modifications to standard equipment to adapt to construction in rugged terrain.
His wife, Sylvia, and daughters are also actively involved in the company. Jesse and Sylvia have their principal residence in Denver, but spend much of their summer at their property north of Whitefish, Mont.
Director, American Computer Museum
George Keremedjiev is the founder and Director of the oldest continually operating museum in the world dedicated to the history of the Information Age, the American Computer Museum in Bozeman, Montana (www.compustory.com). He is also an international management and manufacturing technology consultant through Tecknow Education Services, Inc. (www.mfgadvice.com) His expertise spans over 25 years with the error proofing of metalforming and assembly operations through the use of digital and analog sensors for Poka-Yoke (Error-Proofing) applications.
Air & Missile Defense Sytems Product Line
Raytheon Missile Systems
Wesley (Wes) Kremer is Vice President, Air & Missile Defense Systems Product Line at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz. In this role he has profit / loss responsibility for the Standard Missile programs including SM-3 and SM-6. His portfolio also includes the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle and the Israeli Cooperative programs.
Prior to his current role, Wes was the Director of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Program. In this role he was responsible for the development, testing and production of all variants of the SM-3 missile portfolio. Wes was also the Director of the Systems Design and Performance Engineering Directorate for Missile Systems. Wes led an organization of over 1,700 engineers responsible for the systems engineering (SE), modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A), guidance, navigation and control (GNC), and signal processing (SP) design for all Missile Systems programs.
Before joining Raytheon Missile Systems, Wes was the General Manager of Raytheon’s Advanced Products Center (APC) in Dallas, Tex. He was responsible for the execution of internal Raytheon business including the design and production of innovative RF technology solutions, AESA sensors, antennas, composite radomes, and high-temperature composite structures.
Wes joined Raytheon in 2003. He was a recipient of the SAS President’s Award in 2008 and a Raytheon Program Leadership Award in 2006. Wes served 11 years in the US Air Force as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) flying the F-111 and F-15E. Wes was ranked #1 of 411 graduates and named as the Air Training Command Navigator of the Year for 1989. Wes has over 1,500 hours of flight time in fighter aircraft including over 90 combat sorties in Iraq and Bosnia.
Wes left the Air Force in 1999 and became the Vice President and General Manager of a software company providing electronic data capture in support of clinical drug trials. He was named to Who’s Who Among Young Executives in 2001.
Wes received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University and an MBA in Engineering Technology Management from City University. Wes earned numerous Air Force medals and was a Distinguished Graduate of Air Force ROTC, Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, and Squadron Officer School.
Mack Long received his first degree from MSU in business management and earned a second bachelor’s in construction engineering technology in 1992. He holds an MBA from the University of Montana.
After graduating from MSU, Mack went to work for Kiewitt Construction, then returned
to Montana to work for the family business, JTL Group. Although JTL was sold to Knife
River Construction, a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., Mack attained the position
of President of JTL after the sale. He recently bought Dale Weaver, Inc., a construction
company that provides services to the oil industry.
Mack and his wife, Karen, are active in the Billings community. Mack served as Vice President of the Montana Contractors Association in 2008. The Longs have two children and focus much of their time on activities with their extended family.
MSU Alumni Foundation
Mary Jane McGarity is the Vice President for Development at the Montana State University Alumni Foundation supervising a large team of professionals responsible for major and planned gifts to the University and its academic units. McGarity brings over thirty years of experience developing and managing projects for private and public clients in the non-profit and engineering fields.
McGarity earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 1982 from the Montana School of Engineering in Butte. She began her career with Boeing, and served as an engineering consultant to industry, negotiating long term contracts and managing environmental projects with clients in several key market sectors including petrochemical, aerospace, semiconductor, and government (Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and Defense). Her project work addressed air, water, and waste issues and required a technical understanding of federal, state, and local regulations, environmental engineering, and air and water quality sciences. She started the Pacific Northwest Office of Radian International, LLC in 1990 to provide environmental and engineering consulting services to industry and government. She has been a speaker at various professional conferences including American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Air and Waste Management Association.
Helene Michael retired from Boeing as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for the Boeing 737 Program responsible for Wings and Final Assembly Manufacturing, Materials Management, Industrial Engineering, Tooling and Equipment Services.
Mrs. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Montana State University (1985) and attended the University of Virginia Darden Executive Program in 2001.
Helene has been on the Engineering Advisory Council since 2007. She has also been engaged with the Women in Engineering student chapter and was the keynote dinner speaker in 2005 and 2011.
In 2013 Helene received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Montana State University
(MSU) and has for the past two years actively mentored students participating in the
MSU Mentoring Program.
In 2014 Dr. Michael became a new member of the MSU Alumni Foundation Board of Governors and accepted an invitation to join the Building Commitee for the Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center.
Helene is married to Tom Michael and they live in rural Montana, where she in 2014 joined the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) Board of Directors to contribute and learn more about the local area and the history of Swan Valley. The Michaels enjoy the outdoors and playing golf as well as spending time with their three beautiful dogs.
Vice President of PAYBACK Data and Analytics
Margaret Mitchell is Vice President of PAYBACK Data and Analytics at American Express. She has worked for more than 26 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 with increasing responsibly, including migration of American Express Data Center and Disaster Recovery Center, Database and Data Architecture Development, BI & Data warehousing, Interactive Development including being part of the team that launched the first American Express website. She is currently leading a global team developing Business Intelligence, Big Data, and Analytics solutions for the Global PAYBACK loyalty product for American Express. 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 of Science in Computer Science Engineering from Montana State University. She holds three U.S. Patents (8504474, 6941376, 7783566) for inventions developed at American Express. She is a member of 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. When she is not working, Margaret enjoys running, reading, and enjoying time with her daughter and husband.
Memory Solutions Group
Ryan Parker serves as a General Manager of Memory Solutions within Intel’s Datacenter Group. In this role, he is responsible for business leadership across development, enabling, and sales for all datacenter memory products. Ryan regularly guides his clients and customers to create innovative solutions in an effort to realize flexibility and economies of scale necessary for their businesses.
Ryan began his career at Intel as an industrial engineer, implementing Intel’s 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 traveled back to Arizona to lead the Embedded Computing Division’s marketing department consisting of segment marketing, product marketing, silicon design, platform architecture and application engineering.
Ryan graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Management Engineering. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University. Ryan is currently an Engineering Advisory Board Member, in addition to a W.P. Carey MBA Distinguished Speaker.
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Bend Research, Inc. (retired)
Canyon Mountain Consulting, Consultant
Dr. Ray is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Bend Research, Inc., where he began working in 1983. After Bend Research’s sale to Capsugel in October 2013, Dr. Ray was appointed to their Scientific and Business Advisory Board.
During his time at Bend Research, Dr. Ray held numerous positions specializing in the development and commercialization of a wide range of products. He was instrumental in directing the management of large-scale programs to advance pharmaceutical compounds through the development process to commercialization, and served as the primary management contact for client companies. In addition to his expertise in advancing pharmaceutical processes and products, Dr. Ray has extensive experience in commercializing diverse products for the electronics, energy, medical, agricultural, and space industries.
Dr. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado - Boulder. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado and Oregon. Dr. Ray holds 24 U.S. patents and has 41 scientific publications.
President & CEO, Purvin & Gertz, Inc. (retired)
Sr. Advisor, IHS Inc.
Bill Sanderson has spent 40 years in the global petroleum industry. He currently acts as a senior advisor to IHS, the global information and energy research firm. He has held a variety of senior management positions, including Vice President of IHS Energy, President and CEO of Purvin & Gertz, Inc., and management positions in Champlain Petroleum, now Valero Energy.
In addition to being a business leader at IHS and Purvin & Gertz, Bill has directed each firm’s crude oil valuation and market analysis services, provided expert testimony in a wide range of legal and regulatory matters, and provided merger and acquisition assistance for petroleum-related businesses. Bill is a 1976 Chemical Engineering graduate from Montana State University. He is a native of Miles City, Mont., and currently lives in the Flathead Valley.
Mike Stears retired as Vice President, Supply Chain at Exabyte Corp., where he was responsible for driving efficiencies in Exabyte’s supply chain, which included improving product development processes, spearheading cost reduction initiatives, and improving time to market for Exabyte products. Stears re-engineered how Exabyte works with suppliers and contract manufacturers to maximize productivity and cost efficiency. Stears also oversaw a review of internal operations.
Prior to joining Exabyte, he was a senior executive at Seagate, where he was responsible for key areas of its disk drive operations. Mr. Stears’ most recent position at Seagate was Senior Vice President of Asia-Pacific Disc Drive Operations in Singapore. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Mobile Drive Development at Seagate and was responsible for developing leading-edge technology products and successfully qualifying them with major OEMs. During his tenure at Seagate, Stears also served as Senior Vice President of Product Launches as well as Launch General Manager. He started his career with product director and engineering positions at MiniScribe and StorageTek. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MSU and earned a Certificate in Executive Management through the rigorous executive training program offered by Stanford and the National University of Singapore.
Vice President for Environmenl, Health, Safety and Sustainability Operations
Jean Sweeney is Vice President for Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Operations at 3M. She has held a diversity of positions with 3M including product development, manufacturing management, business general manager, and two international assignments as Manufacturing Director for 3M Australia in Sydney and Managing Director of 3M Taiwan in Taipei. In her current position, Ms. Sweeney is responsible for 3M's global environment, health, safety, and sustainability programs. This includes technical and regulatory expertise in environment, safety, ergonomics and industrial hygiene, and 3M's strategies for environmental footprint reductions. Ms. Sweeney is vice chair of the Montana State University Alumni Foundation. She is a graduate of MSU College of Engineering with a BS in chemical engineering and holds an MBA from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Vice President Manufacturing Technology Integration
Boeing Research & Technology
The Boeing Compan
John Tubbesing is vice president of Manufacturing Technology Integration, and leads the Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T) Research Center in Washington State.
The organization is part of BR&T, Boeing’s advanced central research and development
unit. BR&T provides innovative technologies that enable the development of future
aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance
of existing Boeing products and services.
Tubbesing leads a team of engineers, scientists, technologists, and technicians who are responsible for developing and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies and processes into the production systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
Prior to this assignment Tubbesing was director of BCA Production Engineering, where he led the development, implementation and optimization of the BCA build plan and was responsible for the functional excellence of Manufacturing, Tooling and Liaison Engineering.
Since starting his career at Boeing in 1987 Tubbesing has served in a number of key leadership roles, including director of Payloads Engineering, with responsibility for overseeing safety and product integrity, the integration of the functional requirements and aesthetics within the airplane payload to deliver value for airline customers and for Boeing. He was also responsible for executing functional excellence across the Payloads skill and leading the flammability compliance system. Tubbesing has also served as chief engineer for 747/767/777 Interiors.
Tubbesing earned a bachelor of science in engineering from Montana State University, and certificates in aerospace operations management and business administration from the University of Washington and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.
Ray Webb, a Montana native, retired in 2013 after 35 years working in the aerospace and defense sector on avionics, missile, missile defense, unmanned system, and technology programs. Ray founded Broadwater Enterprise Solutions, LLC, in 2000 and continues to help clients develop customer solutions. Ray is known as a leader who can ignite innovation in teams to provide technology, products, and services quickly. Ray has worked in all phases of product development from concept development, detailed design, production, and directly on the flight line with the warfighter. Ray has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University (1978) and an MA in Management, Human Relations, and Organizational Behavior.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Huron Consulting Group
Gary was a co-founder of Webridge, an enterprise web-based software startup, which was acquired by Huron Consulting Group. A recognized authority on electronic research administration (eRA) and compliance systems, he frequently speaks at seminars and conferences and has worked with numerous research institutions formulating their eRA strategies. Formerly, Gary was Director of Consumer Marketing and co-founder of The Palace, the industry-leading Internet virtual worlds company formed by Intel and Time Warner. He held a number of marketing management positions at Sequent Computer Systems after starting his career at Hewlett Packard, where he managed a group of software application developers creating some of the first electronic data interchange (EDI) applications used in the electronics industry. Gary has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University.
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