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External Advisory Board

Composed of distinguished alumni and friends of the Department, the Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board provides counsel to faculty, mentoring to students, volunteer leadership in experiential-learning programs, advocacy for the Department and vital connections to industry.

External Advisory Board members are appointed to a term of up to 3 years by the ME Department Chair. Upon completion of the term, a member may be reappointed at the discretion of the ME department Chair.

Current board members

Name Grad. Year Affiliation
Brian Allen '78 B.S. CEO, ATS Automation
Ash Awad '94 M.S. Chief Marketing Officer, McKinstry Co., LLC
David Barr   Director - Boeing Programs, Hexcel
Rebekah Bastian '02 B.S. VP of Community and Culture, Zillow Group
Jon Battles Director WW Fulfillment Advance Technology, Amazon
Anders Brown '92 B.S., '94 M.S. President, Valence Group Inc.
External Advisory Board Chair
Justin Brynestad '03 B.S. Director of New Shepard Production, Blue Origin
Steve Chisholm '86 B.S. VP, Structures Senior Chief Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Bijan Dorri '82 Ph.D. Advisor, Medical Technologies, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology, and Research)
Dan Ervin '80 B.S. Executive VP, Varius Inc.
Allison Headlee '04 B.S. Director, Programs-Engineering Services, LMI Aerospace
Ben Hempstead '94 B.S. Chief of Staff, Electroimpact
Brian Horman '77 B.S. VP Facilities & Engineering, Just Biotherapeutics
Peter W. Janicki '89 M.S. President and CEO, Janicki Industries, Inc.
David Kim '94 B.S.,
'96 M.S.
Sr. Mgr Manufacturing Design, Apple
Sun Kim '84 B.S. Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Paul Leonard   Product Design Innovator, Leonard Consulting, LLC
Tom Loutzenheiser '83 B.S. Executive Vice President of Business Development, PRECO Electronics
Colleen McClure '86 B.S., '05 MBA Enterprise EHS Engineering Integration Senior Manager, The Boeing Company
Ron Prosser '70 B.S. CEO, The Prosser Group
John T. Slattery   Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education, UW School of Medicine
Gil Wootton '89 B.S. Managing Director, Accenture
John Yourkoski '96 B.S. Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. Financial Services, Investment Office