The Advisory Board of the Department of Mechanical Engineering provides assistance in facilitating the highest quality of mechanical education at Michigan State. The Board reports to the Chair of Mechanical Engineering and makes appropriate recommendations.

The Board

  • Acts as an advisory group to the Department Chair on specific issues.
  • Advises the Department to ensure that educational, research and outreach programs stay attuned to the needs of Department stakeholders such as industry (private and public corporations), governmental bodies, academic institutions, non-profits and the community. 
  • Advises on the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the Department.
  • Advises and assist the Department on ways to raise resources from Department stakeholders.
  • Serves as an advocate to represent the Department’s interests to Department stakeholders and to the Administration of the University.

The 2022-2023 Advisory Board

Nick Bofferding Meritor Royal Oak, MI
Jeff Brown General Motors Detroit, MI
Dr. Laura Hudy GE Customer Applications Schenectady, NY
Matthew M. Jorge  Marshall,Gerstein & Borun LLP Chicago, IL
Adam Kotrba  Tenneco Jackson, MI
Brad Kruchten Eastman Kodak Pittsford, NY
Marcia Lampela Discovery Partners Institute Chicago, IL
Adam Nohel Unifrax LLC Sylvania, OH
Todd Pleiness Mahle Detroit, MI
Jeffrey F. (Jeff) Rhoads Notre Dame South Bend, IN
Dr. Tom Shih School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Purdue University West Lafayette, IN
Lisa Sparrow Utilities, Inc. Vacouver, Canada
Margaret White

GM North America Product Development (retired)

Tom Wielenga Engineering Insight LLC Hollywood,FL
Jennifer Wightman Mahle Commerce Twp.MI