Advisory Boards

Our Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) is made up of representatives from industry, government agencies, and academia. IPAC advises the department on academic issues, current trends, and future directions in the engineering profession. The council provides a forum for ideas and recommendations, and provides a link between industry and academia.

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2022-2023 IPAC Members

  • IPAC Chair: Ms. Rachel Heidenreich, Retired - VP Quality & Continuous Improvement, Rockwell Automation
  • IPAC Vice Chair: Ms. Grier Wilt, EVA Operations Officer, NASA
  • Mr. John A. Cafeo, Manager - Analytics Research Chief Data and Analytics Office, GM
  • Dr. Robert Carter, Consultant, The Barnes Group Advisors
  • Mr. Michael J. Ducker, Senior Director, New Product Solutions & Operations, Mitsubishi Power America
  • Dr. Jeremy Frank, CEO, KCF Technologies
  • Dr. Marta C. Hatzell, Associate Professor, Woodruff Faculty Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Stanley Kocon, President and CEO, Voith Hyrdo, Inc.
  • Dr. Amy MenschMechanical Engineer, Engineered Fire Safety Group Fire Research Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Mr. Bobby Noble, Program Manager, EPRI
  • Dr. Rafat Shehadeh, Global Head of Construction, Procurement and Essentials, Prologis
  • Mr. Ben Reinert, Pratt & Whitney/UTC Technologies
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