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

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Brett Gunnink

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Lindsay Anderson
The Boeing Company

 

Chris Nelson
Zoot Enterprises

Norman H. Asbjornson, P.E.
AAON, Inc.

 

Ryan Parker
Intel Corporation

David P. Bartz
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

 

John David Pickering, Sr.
Dell

Wayne Coursey, CLS
PAM Teknology

 

Rod Ray
Bend Research, Inc.
Klein Gilhousen

 

Michael P. Sanderson
Sanderson Stewart

George Keremedjiev
American Computer Museum

 

Mike Stears

Malcolm (Mack) Long
CMG Construction Inc.

Jean Sweeney
3M

Michael McCormick
Cascade Financial Management, Inc.

 

Bob Testut

Helene M. Michael
The Boeing Company (retired)

 

G. Ray Webb
Raytheon Missile Systems
Margaret Mitchell
American Express
  Gary Whitney
Click Commerce, Inc.

Norm Asbjornson
Chief Executive Officer
AAON, Inc.

 

Norm Asbjornson
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.

Lindsay Anderson
Vice President Field Operations
   and Delivery
737 Programs
The Boeing Company

 

Lindsay Anderson
Lindsay Anderson is Vice President of Field Operations and Delivery for the 737 Programs. He is responsible for the activities required to prepare and test model 737 aircraft prior to delivery to our airline customers. Previously, Lindsay served as the Managing Director of Hawker de Havilland; a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. HdH is an aerostructures manufacturing and design firm serving the commercial and military aerospace market. Anderson is a 1983 graduate in chemical engineering from Montana State University - Bozeman. He is a graduate of the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned master’s degrees in management and materials sciences and engineering.

David P. Bartz
Vice President
Chief Operations Office
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

 

David P. Bartz
David Bartz is Vice President, Chief Operations Office of Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. He has 20 plus years of operational experience between the Wichita and Seattle plants. Mr. Bartz has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Montana State University (1985). Mr. Bartz has three sons. They enjoy school, sports, boating, and other outdoor activities.

Wayne Coursey, CLS
Lubrication Engineering Consultant
PAM Teknology

 

Lindsay Anderson
Wayne Coursey is almost retired from his consulting business, PAM Teknology (PT). He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MSU in 1957. After graduation he accepted a job at the John Deere Dubuque Works and subsequently became the Senior Engineer responsible for lubricant selection and development. After 29 years at Deere he accepted a retirement program. He founded PT in 1986 and in 1987 became Manager of Process Development for Rock Valley Oil and Chemical in Rockford, Illinois. He spent the next 10 years developing oil recycling programs and a design for the expansion of RVOC’s research and manufacturing facilities. In 1967 he joined the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, served 17 years on the Board of Directors, and was elected President of the Society in 1984. He was elected a Fellow in 1989 and presented the P.M. Ku award in 1998. He was the first committee chairman to develop an examination program to certify candidates as Lubrication Specialists. It went into practice in 1994. Wayne lives with his wife Eileen and a dachshund named Klara in Dubuque, Iowa.

Klein Gilhousen
Co-founder and Senior Vice President for Technology
QUALCOMM, Inc.

 

Klein Gilhousen
Klein Gilhousen is a co-founder and Senior Vice President for Technology of QUALCOMM, Inc. He is a named inventor of 64 U.S. patents, many of which relate to his invention of a novel approach to increase the capacity of spread-spectrum code division multiple access (CDMA) techniques for application to both cellular telephone and mobile satellite communications. Mr. Gilhousen is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Society for Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by Montana State University in 2001 for his contributions to telecommunications. He and his wife Karen have founded the Gilhousen Telecommunications Chair in the College of Engineering.

George Keremedjiev
Director
American Computer Museum

 

George Keremedjiev
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.

Mack Long
Director, Operations
CMG Construction Inc.

 

Mack Long
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. 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.
Michael McCormick
Wealth Advisor
Cascade Financial Management, Inc.
  Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick helps people pursue their financial goals with customized strategies. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Michael had successful management careers in the energy, technology, and development sectors. Michael holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an M.E. in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.


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Helene M. Michael

 

Helene Michael

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 is married to Tom Michael and they live in rural Montana. They both enjoy the outdoors and playing golf as well as spending time with their three beautiful dogs.


Margaret Mitchell
Technology Operations and Strategy
Vice President of Information Management
American Express

 

Margaret Mitchell

Margaret Mitchell has worked for more than 21 years in the information technologies industry. She began her career developing operating systems software for Bull Information Systems. In 1994, she joined American Express as a Senior Software Engineer and has held a variety of positions with American Express Technologies, including being part of the team that launched the first American Express website. She is currently leading a global team of Database Administrators and Data Architects that are responsible for the Data Architecture and Strategy and Database development of American Express’ database. 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. In 2005, she was awarded U.S. Patent 6941376 for inventing System and Methods for Integrating Public and Private data. She has a beautiful daughter who inspires her to enjoy life every day.


Chris Nelson
CEO
Zoot Enterprises, Inc.
Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson, CEO and founder of Zoot Enterprises, has more than 20 years of experience in the software and financial service industries. He formed Zoot when he saw a need to improve the quality and efficiency of the credit decisioning process. Zoot lets financial institutions access multiple credit repositories’ information and easily customize reporting and scoring. Zoot employs approximately 270 people and processes on average 600,000 applications daily. Prior to founding Zoot, Nelson worked for CFI Banker Services Group, where he worked on interfaces between CFI’s Laser Pro Loan Document program and their clients’ main frame systems. Nelson left CFI to develop Zoot’s instant credit decision engine. Before joining CFI, Nelson worked for First Bank Systems as a Systems Analyst, where he automated many of its departmental functions. Nelson has two undergraduate degrees, one in Accounting and the other in Information Systems from MSU Billings (formerly Eastern Montana College).

Ryan Parker
Director of Marketing and Architecture
Embedded & Communications Group
Intel Corporation

 

Ryan Parker

Ryan Parker is the Director of Marketing and Architecture for Intel Corporation’s Embedded & Communications Group. Recently, Ryan has been responsible for developing and growing the Retail, Gaming, Medical, Government, Energy, and Third Party Board Vendor market segments. Additionally, he is responsible for Eco-Technology, Scalable, and Low Power product line support for all the embedded market segments. In previous roles, he was responsible for defining next generation processor/chipset architectures, identifying key technology trends in computing, and assisted in developing future wafer fabrication facilities. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Money Magazine, Business Week, and Wired, amongst others. Ryan has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Montana State University and an MBA from Arizona State University. He started with Intel in 1996 in engineering and has worked in all aspects of the semiconductor business including product development, manufacturing, sales, and marketing.


John David Pickering Sr., Ph.D.
Vice President
Dell

 

John David Pickering Sr.
Pickering sold his company, Technical Systems Integrators, LLC, to Dell. TSI was a national service provider of technology to Fortune 100 companies like Dell, HP, MicroSoft, and Intel. Pickering began his career in the United States Navy as a nuclear electronic technician and reactor operator. He spent six years in the U.S. Navy and 14 years as a Reserve Officer in the US Army Military Intelligence as a OV-1 Mohawk pilot. Pickering has worked in Telecommunications for Southern Bell, Bell South, US West and Qwest. He has also worked for Delta Airlines as a regional Director and in Education and business as a Chief Information Officer. He holds four degrees in the following fields: BS in Business Administration, MS in Educational Administration, an MBA with an emphasis in Computer Science and a PhD in Educational Administration.

Rod Ray
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bend Research, Inc.

 

Rod Ray
Rod Ray is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Bend Research Inc., where he has worked since 1983. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Oregon.
Dr. Ray has held numerous positions at Bend Research, specializing in the development and commercialization of membrane products and process development for pharmaceutical dosage forms. Dr. Ray holds 16 U.S. patents and has nearly 40 publications.

Michael P. Sanderson
Principal/Managing Director
Sanderson Stewart

 

Michael Sanderson

Michael Sanderson is Principal and Managing Director of Sanderson Stewart, a regional engineering, planning and surveying firm, with offices in Montana and Wyoming, providing services in land development, transportation, water resources, community planning and landscape architecture. As Managing Director, Mr. Sanderson oversees business operations for the firm and all of its offices. In addition to his executive role, he remains actively involved as a project manager on a variety of transportation and land development projects. He is an officer of the Western District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers , and he is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE), one of only about 2000 worldwide. He serves on the board of directors of the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of the Rockies. Mr. Sanderson and his wife Sara live in Billings with their two kids, Quinn Rose and North Henry.


Jean B. Sweeney
Vice President for Environmental, Health & Safety Operations
3M

 

Jean Sweeney
Jean Sweeney is Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety Operations of 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota. Born and raised in Montana, she is a graduate of Montana State University with a B.A. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn. Jean joined 3M upon graduation from MSU and has had a diversity of assignments with 3M including product development, plant management, and marketing. Prior to attaining her current title in 2007, she was General Manager of 3M’s Visual Systems Department. She has had two international assignments including Manufacturing Director for 3M Australia in Sydney and Managing Director of 3M Taiwan in Taipei. Jean is involved in nonprofit organizations as a volunteer to feed the homeless and board member of Any Baby Can serving young children in need.

Bob Testut
General Manager
Montana Operations
Advanced Acoustic Concepts LLC

 

Bob Testut
Bob Testut is General Manager for Advanced Acoustic Concepts (AAC), Montana Operations. AAC is an engineering firm in the fields of advanced sonar systems, training systems and knowledge management systems. He has 30 years of direct experience in the development, prototyping, product support and program management of Navy underwater systems and associated sensors. Starting in 2003, Mr. Testut opened the AAC Montana office and established a partnership with MSU’s College of Engineering. Since then, he has led the design team on AAC’s Navy effort to bring commercial high-speed, long-range wireless technology to Navy applications. This effort consists of WiMAX commercial technology, RF design, specialized array antenna design, antenna beamforming, search algorithm development, mechanical environmental packaging and complex electronics design and integration.

G. Ray Webb
Director, Program Management
Raytheon Missile Systems

 

Ray Webb
Ray Webb, a Montana native, has more than 32 years of experience in the aerospace and defense sector while working on avionics, missile, missile defense, unmanned system, and technology programs. 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 is presently the principal architect of an application that provides a 360 degree view of sixty years of company technical and cost data. Ray has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University (1978) and an MA in Management, Human Relations, and Organizational Behavior. In 2008, Ray was awarded patent 7,338,010, "Air-Launchable Aircraft and Method of Use."

Gary Whitney
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
ClickCommerce

 

 
Gary is a co-founder of Click Commerce’s “.com” predecessor, Webridge, an enterprise web-based solutions startup. He has held multiple senior management positions, including Vice President of Business Development and General Manager. A recognized authority on electronic research administration (eRA) and compliance systems, he is a frequent seminar and conference speaker, and has worked with numerous 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 Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University.