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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2023-2024 IPAC Members

  • IPAC Chair: Ms. Grier Wilt, EVA Operations Officer, NASA
  • IPAC Vice Chair: Mr. Bobby Noble, Program Manager, EPRI
  • Scott Augustine, Senior Director, Hot Section Engineering
  • Michele Beisler, Deputy Program Manager, NASA Rocket Propulsion Test Program
  • 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, SVP, Head of Hydrogen Infrastructure, Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc.
  • 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
  • Greg Mensch, Director, Fleet Support and Naval Training, Naval Nuclear Laboratory
  • Dr. Rafat Shehadeh, Global Head of Construction, Procurement and Essentials, Prologis
  • Dr. Mary Frecker, Department Head, Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering
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