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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
School of Ocean & Earth Science and Technology
Graduate Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa

School of Engineering and Technology

Team RCS senior project
The members of the Industrial Advisory Board have a major impact on the curriculum of our engineering and technology programs. Several member companies have also sponsored senior projects and contributed to the Charlie Snyder Memorial Engineering Scholarship.

IAB Members: Are you able to assist at a MACRAO night? Contact Trevor Swenson for details. Need materials? Contact Jeanne at 906-635-2597, or jmshibly@lssu.edu

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Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is comprised of engineering professionals who actively participate in the development and promotion of Lake Superior State University's engineering and engineering technology programs, faculty, staff and students.

The School appreciates the time and effort of the members and the difference they make.

 

News
  • 2014 Summer Camps are concluded.
  • Resources: Check out our resources for program and camp brochures, and the employer survey. Printed copies can be provided by contacting Jeanne Shibley.

 

Schedule & Events
  • The fall 2014 meeting on campus is in the planning stages. It will either be the Friday of Great Lake State Weekend (Oct. 24th) or the usual first Friday in November (Nov. 7th).
Role Statement & Expectations

IAB Role Statement:

IAB members guide, nurture and assure that the School of Engineering and Technology produces engineers with skills that will not only fulfill today's industrial needs, but will foresee the requirements of tomorrow in a global economy. IAB members provide a "real time" interface with both faculty members and students bringing today's industrial technology to LSSU "today." 

IAB members are expected to:

  • Evaluate and critique engineering programs by providing professional experience and direction.
  • Be able to provide technical support such as; teaching materials, information on equipment, donation of equipment, funding.
  • Promote LSSU engineering curriculum to young people by participating in regional recruitment seminars and invite students for industrial tours.
  • Attend Industrial Advisory Board meetings.
  • Support the senior project program with ideas or equipment and/or materials.
  • Encourage professional development of the faculty by providing summer employment and sponsoring sabbaticals.
  • Provide assistance with job placement for students both full-time and summer internships.
  • Participate on subcommittees.
  • Vote during IAB meetings on issues relative to the Role Statement.
Active Members
Ray Adams

Ray Adams

Dean emeritus - ret.
Lake Superior State University
College of Engineering & Technology
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Dave Allison

Dave Allison

Engineer
Wayne Wire
Kalkaska, Mich.

Bob Andersen

Bob Andersen

Supervisor, Instrumentation - ret.
Continental Automotive
Auburn Hills, Mich.

 

Tim Bennett

Senior Process Engineer
Nexteer Automotive
Saginaw, Mich.

 

Paul Blackford

Robotics, ret.
Pinckney High School
Pinckney, Mich.

Fred Berg

Fred Berg

Assistant Engineering Manager, Columns & Control/Electrical
Nexteer Steering Solutions Services Corp.
Saginaw, Mich.

George Bielis

George Bielis

Vice President of Product Engineering-Machining/Vehicle Group
Affinia Group
McHenry, Ill.

Nathan Callaghan

Nathan Callaghan

Senior Project Engineer - Infotainment
General Motors
Milford, Mich.

Darryl Dinel

Darryl Dinel

Director of Manufacturing R&D Automation
Nike
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Prof. Paul Duesing

Paul Duesing

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, ret.
Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Lynnette Eding

Lynnette Eding - Secretary

Quality Manager
Blu Perspective
Zeeland, Mich.

Jim Gibbs

Jim Gibbs

Primary Designer-Starter Motor
Ford Motor Company
Ypsilanti, Mich.

Dan Goodrich

Dan Goodrich

Engineer
Continental Automotive
Auburn Hills, Mich.

 

Gerry Grosskopf

Electrical Engineer
Industrial Magnetics
Boyne City, Mich.

 

Diane Haig

Diane Haig

Manager, Manager Human Resources & Information Technology
Applied Manufacturing Technologies
Orion, Mich.

Steve Kars

Steve Kars - Chair

Proprietor/Engineer
CanAm Underwater Hockey Gear
Rapid River, Mich.

Ralph Larsen

Ralph Larsen

Engineer
Michigan Scientific Corporation
Charlevoix, Mich.

Ernie Maas\

Ernie Maas

Director, Engineering & Operations
Cloverland Electric Cooperative
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Jeff Menosky

Jeff Menosky

Engineer
Michigan Scientific Corporation
Charlevoix, Mich.

 

Elio Principe, P.Eng.

Director/Project Engineer
MGP Architects, Engineer Inc.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada

Ralph Shoberg

Ralph Shoberg

President
RS Technologies,
Division of Piezotronics PCB Load & Torque
Farmington Hills, Mich.

Don Stephanic

Don Stephanic

President
Western Engineered Products
Clarkson, Mich.

 

Trevor Swenson

Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Blackberry
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Brian Theriault

Brian Theriault

Controls Engineer/Proprietor
Tempest Enterprises, LLC
Gaylord, Mich.

 

John Tillotson

Technical Fellow
Honeywell International
Boyne City, Mich.

John Truckey

John Truckey

President
Precision Edge Surgical Instruments
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Marty Zoerner

Marty Zoener

Mechanical Engineer,
Automation Control Systems
Honeywell
Boyne City, Mich.

Resources
Meeting Archives & Downloads

To view files from previous meetings, please contact Jeanne Shibley at 906-635-2597 or jmshibly@lssu.edu

The Spring 2014 meeting was held on the LSSU campus on May 2. Election for secretary: unanimous vote for Lynnette Eding to continue her responsibilities. Following are downloadable files for the agenda and meeting presentation. Minutes to come.


The Fall 2013 meeting was held at the LSSU campus in Sault Ste. Marie on Nov. 1.


The Spring 2013 meeting was held on the LSSU campus on April 26th. Elections results: Steve Kars - chair, Lynnette Eding - secretary.


The Fall 2012 meeting was held at the LSSU Regional Center in Gaylord on November 2, 2012.


The Spring 2012 meeting was on the LSSU campus on April 27th. Chris Conklin announced his retirement from the IAB - our best wishes to him as he spends some quality time with his grandkids! He will be greatly missed.


The Fall 2011 meeting was held at the LSSU Regional Center in Gaylord on November 4th. Congratulations to Steve Kars for re-election to secretary and Welcome! to our new members: Trevor Swenson of Research In Motion in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Tim Bennett of Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Mich.; and John Tillotson of Honeywell International in Boyne City, Mich.


The Spring 2011 meeting was held on the LSSU campus on April 29. Congratulations to Nathan Callagan on his election to chair, and to Steve Kars on his election to Secretary. Welcome! to our newest member: Adil Shafi of Advenovation, Inc in Brighton, Mich., and best wishes to Charile Litzner on his retirement from Cloverland Cooperative and the IAB.


The Fall 2010 meeting was held at the LSSU Regional Center in Gaylord on November 5th.


The Spring 2010 meeting was held on the LSSU campus on April 30. Congratulations to Nathan Callaghan for being voted in as the new IAB secretary.


Our Fall 2009 meeting was held on Nov. 6 at Michigan Scientific in Charlevoix. Our thanks to Ralph Larsen for his sponsorship.


Spring 2009 - hosted at the LSSU Campus on May 1.


Fall 2008 - hosted by Bob Andersen at Museum Bronze in Auburn Hills on November 7.


Spring 2008 - hosted at the LSSU campus on May 2.


Fall 2007 - hosted by Ralph Larsen at Michigan Scientific in Charlevoix on Nov. 2.


Spring 2007 - hosted at the campus of LSSU on May 4.


Fall 2006 - hosted by Lynnette (Utecht) Eding at Johnson Controls in Holland on Nov. 3.

To view files from previous meetings, please contact Jeanne Shibley at 906-635-2597 or jmshibly@lssu.edu

 

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