The MIME Industry Advisory Board (IAB) is a service to Oregon State University undertaken by dedicated  companies and their designated representatives. Member companies receive several benefits, including:

  • Priority relationship development for company research and development projects
  • Facilitated access to School of MIME faculty
  • Coordinated access to School of MIME undergraduate and graduate students
  • School of MIME investment in student internship and recruitment for IAB companies
  • Input on research facilities and asset investment relevant to IAB industries

IAB members convene up to four times a year for business meetings and to support student activities. We rely on IAB members to advise us on curriculum planning and for assistance in strengthening our industry partnerships.

IAB members fulfill three-year terms to ensure that they have ample opportunities to learn the inner workings of the school.

Members support curriculum enrichment through involvement in student development activities that include mentoring, guest lectures, and participation in the school's academic functions and public events. For example, the annual student research expositions and MIME graduation celebration.

We recruit IAB members from our alumni network and through our faculty involvement in business and industry professional networks. We welcome inquiries about IAB membership from any company willing to make the commitment of time, interest, and financial support. Please contact Lynn Ekstedt about membership.

Current IAB Members

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Linda Amedo, Hewlett-Packard

Business Systems Manager, Graphics and Imaging

Linda has 37 years of experience at HP working with management teams in business development, analysis, and operations. She has led strategic business initiatives across many supply organizations, serving as operational start-up program manager, business analysis and modeling manager, fab operations manager, and workforce development manager.

Todd Amundson (PE, CEM, CMVP), Bonneville Power Administration

Energy Efficiency

Todd Amundson is a Washington State Professional Engineer and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional and Instructor.  After graduating from University of Portland, Todd worked as an engineer in the food processing and pulp and paper sectors, and taught engineering courses at Lower Columbia College (in Longview, WA).  For the past 17 years at BPA Todd has primarily focused on industrial strategic energy management, custom project M&V Plans, and development, maintenance, and training for BPA’s M&V Protocols and Guidelines. Todd is currently BPA’s Energy Smart Industrial Program’s Energy Management Engineer.

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Vince Barghigiani, Tektronix Inc.

Manufacturing Engineering, NPI Architect

Vince Barghigiani is the mechanical engineering manager for the Time Domain Business Unit at Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon. Familiar with production in both the United States and China, Vince has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, process design, and new product development.

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Jim Barrett, PCC Structurals Inc.

Materials and Technology Manager

Jim has worked in the investment casting industry for 30 years, starting as a production engineer and moving up the ranks to engineering manager for both production and development groups. In his current role, Jim leads internal R&D and supports technology and problem-solving for the 10 plants of the structurals division. He holds nine patents related to investment castings, including ceramic cores, thermal sizing, non-destructive testing, surface coatings, and welding, and has several new patents in review. Jim received Boeing’s Silver Award for work on airframe development, and the Air Force Defense Manufacturing Award in 2011. He has a BS in metallurgical engineering from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Craig Barton, Anthro Corporation

Manufacturing Engineering Manager 

Craig has held various industrial and manufacturing engineering positions at Oregon companies for 25 years, including roles with NEC, Intel, TriQuint Semiconductor (now Qorvo) and Anthro. He holds a BS in industrial engineering from Oregon State and was a student in the MECOP program.

Henry Chin, Ziba

Executive Account Director 

In Henry’s 28 years at Ziba, he has focused on the leadership of cross-functional corporate teams, including Procter & Gamble products and many other well-known global brands. He is an industry leader in strategic branding and consumer experience design, with expertise that spans product design and manufacturing strategy, as well as marketability of new products and services. Henry holds many patents, both internationally and in US, and is the recipient of numerous awards from the Industrial Designers Society of America. He has a BFA in industrial design from the University of Washington.

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Jason Culp (PE), A-dec

Dental Furniture Engineering Design Manager

Jason has more than 15 years of experience as a mechanical design engineer and engineering manager. He is currently at A-Dec serving as the engineering design manager, leading a team that develops custom dental furniture. He started his career at Gunderson, Inc. as a railcar designer, later moving to ESCO Corporation, serving as a design engineer, lead engineer, product manager and engineering manager. Jason has a BS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University.


Blake Evenhus, Boeing

Engineering Manager

Blake graduated from OSU as an Industrial and Manufacturing Engineer in 2005. Since graduating he has worked for Boeing at their Portland facility in various positions in Management, Engineering, and Project Management. He currently leads a team of engineers who program CNC equipment producing Structural and Actuation components for all models of Boeing commercial aircraft.  Blake also pursued a Masters from Portland State in Engineering and Technology Management.

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Todd Gerlach, Blount International Inc.

Engineering and Product Development Manager

Todd currently leads engineering and product development for the Concrete Cutting & Finishing (CCF) Division of Blount International, focused on developing diamond tools and equipment for the construction and infrastructure markets. He has more than 15 years of experience ranging from mechanical design and new product development to cross-functional team leadership and talent development. Prior to Blount, he started his career at CBW Automation, a custom automation solution provider, where he quickly moved up the ranks from field service engineer, to design engineer, then onto lead engineer. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State.

Rosa Grabos, Hood Technology

Manufacturing Engineer

Rosa Grabos is a manufacturing engineer for Hood Technology, a company that designs and manufactures imaging systems for manned and unmanned aircrafts. She has spent the past 9 years streamlining manufacturing processes for start-ups and small companies, where efficiency, organization and agility are critical to producing quality products in a fast-paced environment. Rosa holds a BS in Chemistry from University of Washington.

Carrie Harris, Master. HP Inc.

Consumer and Office Ink Supplies Engineering

Carrie Harris has been with HP Inc for 23 yrs. She is currently a Inkjet System Architect within the Advanced Technology and Products Solution organization in Corvallis, Oregon. In this role she provides technical leadership to multiple engineering teams focused on new inkjet printing systems for print solutions covering the consumer, office and enterprise markets. Previous roles include leadership in New Product Introduction where she developed new processes and tooling for inkjet printheads. Carrie graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1995 and is a Professional Engineer in the state of Oregon.

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Elizabeth Hammack, Medtronic Inc.

Chair, VP Manufacturing and Operations, AF Solutions

Liz has used her industrial engineering education to commercialize medical technology for novel new cardiovascular and vascular products across the globe. In her current role at Medtronic, Liz guided the operations integration of two AF acquisitions. She is responsible for the ongoing operations of supply chain and manufacturing and engineering in the Montreal and Carlsbad facilities. She received the Medtronic Wallin Award in 2003. Liz previously held leadership roles at Heartport, Conceptus and ACS/Guidance. Liz has a BS in industrial engineering from Oregon State, where in 2013, she was named to the Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

Andrew Hill, Microsoft Surface

Senior Director Engineering

Andrew leads a team which delivers the mechanical, thermal, and system engineering that makes products real. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California Berkeley.

Rudy Kellner, PFriem Family Brewers


Rudy Kellner is an experienced Portland-area technology senior executive who has recently transitioned into a leadership role at pFriem Family Brewers, in Hood River, Oregon, which he co-founded with 2 other partners in 2012. Prior to entering the Oregon beer scene, Rudy was most recently at FEI in Hillsboro, prior to it’s acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2017. While at FEI for 13 years, Rudy rose through the ranks to become the VP & GM of the Industry Business Group, a more than $500M annual revenue operating unit which develops, and sells electron microscope based scientific instrumentation and software. 

Tricia Lee, Honeywell Sensing and Control

Medical Strategic Area Manager - Western States

Tricia has been with Honeywell for almost a decade and is the western leader for the Medical Strategic Team focusing on medical device design. Prior to joining Honeywell, she spent ten years as a field engineer and sales manager for PCB Piezotronics and National Instruments. In 2014, Tricia was awarded membership to the sought-after Honeywell President’s Club for her outstanding performance. Tricia has a BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an MS in bioengineering from the University of Utah.

Chris Milan (PE, CEM), Bonneville Power Administration

Industrial Business Lead
Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Amber Nyssen, Tillamook

Manager, Project Management

Amber recently joined Climax to fill a unique role developed to take advantage of her expertise across supply chain and quality management. Before that she held a number of director roles at Curtiss-Wright and Williams Control as in-house expert in corrective actions and demand planning, including high-stakes projects in company plant transitions in India and China. Amber was named to the OSU Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers in 2014. She has a BS in industrial engineering from Oregon State and an MBA from Portland State University.

Ahmed Omer, Intel

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Ronald Sarazin, Olympic Performance, Inc.

Vice-Chair, President

Ron is passionate about helping managers and leaders make a difference for their organization and their careers. He has completed hundreds of engagements in a wide variety of business settings, coaching and supporting strategic planning and project management teams to help improve the results of their organizations and their personal impact. Before starting Olympic in 1991, Ron held leadership positions with the Aluminum Company of America, PACCAR, PGE and Mutual Health Systems. Ron is an adjunct instructor of management at Portland State and Marylhurst Universities and completed an executive management program at Stanford. Ron holds a BS in industrial engineering from Oregon State.

Brad Schrick, Insitu Inc.

Patent Agent
Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Kevin Stangeland (PE), ESCO Corporation

Director of Engineering, Construction and Industrial

Kevin started with ESCO in 1998 as a gage engineer. He spent seven years with the Construction Expendables team, working his way up to lead engineering, moving to lead a major NPD project for the Nemisys Cast Lip System which won Mining Magazine’s most Innovative Product for Surface Mining Award in 2012. He moved on to be director of engineering for the construction & industrial division before taking on his current position where he is in charge of six engineering teams that design products for various global mining markets. Kevin has a BS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State, and he was named to the Oregon Stater Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers in 2014.

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Dave Tence, Xerox

Jetting Development Manager

Dave has 23 years of experience in all aspects of ink jet print head design and manufacturing and holds five US patents with others pending. He is responsible for leading a technical team and developing a business that works with OEM customers to evaluate and integrate Xerox ink jet print heads. Services include technical feasibility through commercial implementation. Dave also leads the R&D group responsible for the fluidic architecture of Xerox’s ink jet print heads from design through manufacturing. He has a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State.

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Jeremy Tyger, Daimler

Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Systems Manager

Jeremy has been at Daimler Trucks North America for 14 years. He has experience with new product introductions, Greenfield plant development, lean production implementations, and logistics optimization for heavy-duty truck operations. As a workforce manager, Jeremy strongly believes in the value of the MECOP program and the value it has for both students and local industries. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Washington State University, and a BA in engineering physics from Westmont College.

Leonard Weitman, ASM America

VP Technical Operations

Leonard’s titles have included VP Technical Operations, Project Director, Director of Operations and Manufacturing Manager at companies including Tektronix, Applied Materials, Mentor Graphics, and Bend Broadband. Currently, he is the northwest region site manager for ASM, an international supplier of manufacturing equipment, processes and services to the semiconductor manufacturing industry. He has also worked as a manufacturing consultant in various sectors.  His experiences include working and managing in the UK, Ireland, France, India, Egypt, Japan, and China. Leonard holds a BS in industrial engineering from Oregon State and an MS in Engineering Management from Portland State University. He was named a member of the Oregon State Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2012.

Ian Wendler, WARN Automotive, LLC

VP, General Manager

Ian has more than a decade of experience leading research and development in the vehicle accessory industry at Warn, earning recognition as best-in-class manufacturing of premium brands. Responsible for managing high performing teams and integrating major internal business initiatives with marketing strategy, Ian has driven revenue and margin gains with recognition inside his company and among engineering peers. Prior experience includes time at RadiSys Corporation leading teams for product development across global manufacturing sites and with global brands. He has served as the MECOP board chair and is an Oregon registered engineer. Ian was named to the Oregon State Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers in 2012. He has a BSIME from Oregon State and an MBA from George Fox University.

Randall A. Worsech, Boeing

Business Architect

Jerry Young, Porvair Filtration Group

General Manager

Jerry is the current General Manager for Porvair Filtration Group’s Microelectronics Division.  Jerry leads  all operations, engineering, and new product development for this growing division.  Jerry began his  career as a mechanical engineer in the pulp and paper industry, moving into engineering and operating  power plants throughout the west, including the largest molten salt solar power tower ever constructed.   He has held various senior engineering and management positions at Hewlett Packard and Micron  Technology.  Jerry is a certified Six Sigma and Lean Sigma Black Belt, and also holds certifications related  to intellectual property and medicine.  Jerry has presented various papers on reliability engineering and  thermal 3D modeling, and holds several patents.  Jerry is a true Beaver Believer, having completed his BS  in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University.  He was also a member of the infamous “Bushnell  Baja Team” during his tenure at OSU. 

Honorary Members

Eric Beyer, Insitu Inc.

Simulation Engineer

Lewis Danielson, Crimson Trace Corporation

CEO and Chairman

Kate Jackson (PhD), RTI International Metals Inc.

Chief Technology Officer

Don Hendrickson, Boeing Portland

SR Manager, Finance and Business Operations, Commercial Airplanes

Barry Rahimian, Teamtechnik Corporation, SY Technology


Jake VanderZanden, DW Fritz Automation Inc.

VP of Corporate Development