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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 Affiliation
Brian Allen CEO, ATS Automation
Ash Awad Chief Marketing Officer, McKinstry Co., LLC
Jon Battles Director, Robotics & AI Strategy, Amazon
Anders Brown Managing Director, Tegria Inc.
Justin Brynestad Director of New Shepard Production, Blue Origin
Tracy Daly Director, Production Engineering, Boeing
Bijan Dorri Advisor, Medical Technologies, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology, and Research)
Dan Ervin Executive VP, Varius Inc.
MJ Harbert M.D. Neonatal Neurologist, Director of Neonatal and Perinatal Neurology, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns
Allison Headlee Director, Programs-Engineering Services, LMI Aerospace
Ben Hempstead Chief of Staff, Electroimpact
Brian Horman VP Facilities & Engineering, Just Biotherapeutics
Jason Johnson Director of Aftermarket, PACCAR Inc.
Mekonnen Kassa Senior Director, Cloud Security Engineering, Microsoft
David Kim Director of iPhone Manufacturing Design Engineering, Apple
Sun Kim Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Colleen McClure Enterprise EHS Engineering Integration Senior Manager, The Boeing Company
External Advisory Board Chair
Nyle Miyamoto Senior Director, Airplane Level Integration, The Boeing Company
Boeing Executive Focal for UW ME
Gil Wootton Managing Director, Accenture
Jon Yourkoski Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co., Investment Banking