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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2018-2019 IPAC Members

  • IPAC Chair: Ms. Patricia Stevens, Senior Manager, Boeing Advanced Vertical Lift, The Boeing Company
  • IPAC Vice Chair: Mr. Ben Reinert, Pratt & Whitney/UTC Technologies
  • Mr. James Barth, Exxon Mobil
  • Mr. Paul Garbett, Head of Large Gas Turbine Engineering, Siemens Energy, Inc.
  • Ms. Rachel Heidenreich, Vice President of Quality & Continuous Improvement, Rockwell Automation
  • Mr. Paul Garbett, Head of Large Gas Turbine Engineering, Siemens Energy, Inc.
  • Dr. Jay Gore, Reilly University Chair Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Mr. Timothy Suder, Director, New Product Development, Powertrain Engineering, Group Truck Technology, Volvo
  • Dr. John A. Cafeo, Manager - Analytics Research, General Motors
  • Dr. Robert Carter, Consultant, The Barnes Group Advisors
  • Mr. Stanley Kocon, President and CEO, Voith Hydro, Inc.
  • Mr. Rick Riegel, CEO, Phlexglobal
  • Mr. Michael J. Ducker, Senior Director, New Product Solutions & Operations
  • Dr. Amy Mensch, Mechanical Engineer, Engineered Fire Safety Group, National Institutes of Standards and Technology
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