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.

STAUNCH SUPPORTERS: 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 in addition to equipment acquisition and internships..

IAB Members: Are you able to assist at a College Night event? Contact for details. Need materials? Contact Jeanne at 906-635-2597, or

Schedule & Events

Welcome to our new members:

  • David Clingen, General Manager, Engineering & Facility Planner, Essar Steel Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Tony DeMerle, Senior Account Manager, Kawasaki Robotics (USA) Inc., Wixom, Mich.
  • Jeff Johnston, Product Development Engineer, Pre-tec (a Willamette Valley Company), Eugene, Oregon
  • Brad LeBouef, Executive Vice President, Systems Control, Iron Mountain, Mich.
  • The spring 2016 meeting will be held on campus, Friday, April 29th. Morning session will be held in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Cisler Center. Senior project presentations & demonstrations will begin at 1:15 pm in CAS. Presentations will all be held in CAS 123. So far, all demonstrations will be on the first floor; two are still to be determined.
  • FIRST Robotics District Event will take place in the Cooper Gym, Norris Center March 31-April 2.

Role Statement & Expectations

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 Role Statement:

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

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.

Fred Berg Fred Berg

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

George Bielis George Bielis

Product Director, Driveline and Ridecontrol
Federal Mogul Motorparts
Southfield, Mich.

Ted Clark

Vice President of Engineering
Superior Fabrication Company LLC
Kincheloe, Mich.

David Clingen

General Manager, Engineering & Facility Planner
Essar Steel Algoma
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont..

Tony DeMerle

Senior Account Manager
Kawasaki Robotics (USA) Inc.
Wixom, Mich.

Prof. Paul Duesing Paul Duesing

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

Lynnette Eding Lynnette Eding – Secretary

Supplier Quality and Development
Tennant Company
Holland, Mich.

Jim Gibbs Jim Gibbs

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

Dan Goodrich Dan Goodrich

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.

Jeff Johnston

Production Development Engineer
Eugene, Ore.

Steve Kars Steve Kars – Chair

Kars Enterprises, LL
Rapid River, Mich.

James Kucher

Maintenance Engineering & Energy Management
Tenaris Algoma Tubes
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Ralph Larsen Ralph Larsen

Michigan Scientific Corporation
Charlevoix, Mich.

Brad LeBouef

Executive Vice President
Systems Control
Iron Mountain, Mich.

Ernie Maas Ernie Maas

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

Jeff Menosky Jeff Menosky

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

Don Stephanic Don Stephanic

Western Engineered Products
Clarkson, Mich.

Trevor Swenson

Senior Infrastructure Engineer
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.

Jerry Timm

Senior Engineer
Michigan Scientific Corporation
Charlevoix, Mich.

John Truckey John Truckey

Precision Edge Surgical Instruments
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Marty Zoerner Marty Zoener

Mechanical Engineer,
Automation Control Systems
Boyne City, Mich.

Meeting Archives & Downloads

Fall 2015

The Fall 2015 meeting was held on November 6 beginning at 8 am at the Continental in Brimley. The group reconvened at the LSSU campus in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Cisler Center.

Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 meeting was held at the LSSU campus on May 1 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Cisler Center. Senior project presentations and demonstrations followed lunch..

Fall 2014

The Fall 2014 meeting was held on Friday, November 1st beginning at 8 am with breakfast at Precision Edge Surgical Products in Sault Ste. Marie. The group moved to LSSU’s campus for lunch and the afternoon portion of the meeting.

Spring 2014

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.

Fall 2013

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

Spring 2013

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

Fall 2012

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

Spring 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.

Fall 2011

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.

Spring 2011

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.

Fall 2010

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

Spring 2010

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.

Fall 2009

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

Spring 2009

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

Fall 2008

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

Spring 2008

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

Fall 2007

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

Spring 2007

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

Fall 2006

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

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