Mechanical and Materials Engineering External Advisory Board

The purpose of the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) External Advisory Board (EAB) is to:

  • Support continuous improvement of MME undergraduate curriculum ensuring sensitivity to industry needs and ABET accreditation requirements
  • Serve as an “extended staff” resource for MME encouraging faculty and staff to solicit EAB support for their needs
  • Support recruitment of diverse set of brightest and best high school students to MME programs
  • Provide a connect point for industry with MME faculty and students
  • Leadership Committee -- Chair, Vice Chair, Department Head, Facilitator -- monitor/manage EAB organization structure, membership development including unrepresented industries (e.g. Medical/Pharmaceuticals, Medical/Devices, Auto Parts), organize semiannual meetings, manage budget.
  • Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee--focuses on identifying gaps in capabilities of new graduates compared with needs and expectation of employers thereby identifying curriculum changes needed, provides industry guest lectures providing relevance of classwork to industry problems, supports formal curriculum improvement process by supporting faculty ME ABET and MET ABET work. Works with the MME department recruiting team to help develop methods for getting the brightest and best high school students into MME programs and works with the Development Office to build an aggressive scholarship funding campaign to support these students
  • Research and Centers of Expertise Committee--focuses on identifying research needs from industry that MME is uniquely positioned to address and on exposing current research efforts broadly to industry with the goal of developing sustainable centers in MME supported by in-kind software donations from technology suppliers and funded projects from technology users.

Board Members

Bill Carrelli headshot

Software Industry Contractor
Retired Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Siemens PLM Software

Phone: (513) 295-1894 (mobile)

Interests:  My personal interests are in golf and in playing guitar and piano as well as trying to keep up with my grandkids.  I am a graduate of U.C. in Aerospace Engineering and I have worked in the PLM market for over 40 years in various capacities from engineering to sales and marketing.  I was the executive in charge of marketing for SDRC prior to being acquired by EDS in 2001 and have been a part of the Siemens strategy team since 2007.

Dan Tolle headshot

Director, Systems Engineering and Simulation Consulting Practice CIMdata

Phone: (513) 295-3641 (mobile)

Hans Hjort headshot

EAB Immediate Past Chair
Product Planning & Development Consultant, Hans Hjort Consulting

Phone: (513) 910-2687
Hans' LinkedIn Profile  

Interests: The occasional game of golf, Mechanical Engineering (machine tools) and product development consulting. For the last 25 years, I've been the Vice President and Owner of engineering consulting firm(s).

Stephen Bashada headshot

Senior Vice President, Cloud Services & Big Data, Siemens PLM

Phone: (513) 576-2453
Stephen's LinkedIn Profile

Interests: In 2011, Bashada was appointed SVP Industries with the task of delivering a strategy for all Siemens PLM Software products within the context of the Industries we serve. As a result we launched The Industry Catalyst Series offerings consist of pre-packaged combinations of industry best practice guides, templates and software aimed at accelerating PLM deployment and tailoring the system to the needs of specific industries. In 2009, Bashada was awarded the prestigious Top Innovator Award from Siemens for his development and deployment of the Unified Teamcenter Architecture.

Senior Associate, Medical Devices and Drug Delivery

Phone: 513-336-6701 (office); (513 )478-4715 (mobile)

John Calder headshot

Retired CEO, Dorsey-Alexander, Inc. and Cincinnati Controls Inc.

Phone: (513) 478-7775 (mobile)
John's LinkedIn Profile

Interests:  John currently serves on the UC CEAS Dean’s Advisory Council and has served as the Vice Chair of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors. John recently set up a scholarship which supports under privileged students from the Upper Peninsula and Minnesota to attend MTU. John and Joan have also established the ME-EM Calder Systems and Controls Laboratory. John is active with the Boy Scouts as a Citizenship merit badge counselor and advisor. In the past he was a Webelo’s leader, Cub Master, and Committee Chair of both the local Pack and Troop. He is an avid hunter and gardener, and enjoys fishing. John and Joan have two children and live in Cincinnati, OH.

Gary Conley headshot

Retired President, TechSolve


Phone: (513) 479-2887 (mobile)

Larry Davis headshot

Manager Project Management & Speciality Steel Applications, AK Steel Corporation Research & Innovation Center

Phone: (513) 594-9753 (mobile)
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Debra Evans headshot

Vice President Continuous Improvement & Program Management, 80 Acres Farm

Phone: (513) 602-8030 (mobile)
Debra's LinkedIn Profile

John Glenski headshot

President, Automation Plus

Phone: (513) 827-1960
John's LinkedIn Profile

Interests:  Engaging and personable, Glenski represents the next generation of leaders in professional consulting services. A degreed Electrical Engineer , Glenski presides over Automation Plus, providing complete, turnkey, automation and system integration services to the manufacturing industry. Glenski is an active member of his neighborhood, community and church. His passions and interests revolve around helping those less fortunate, championing the cause for greater STEM related education of today's youth, and civic involvement. He focuses specifically in and around the University of Cincinnati and within the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Siemens PLM Software


Sr. Principal Design Engineer, R&D Ethicon Inc. a Johnson & Johnson Company

Phone: 513.337.3028 (office); 513.253.9265 (mobile)

Belcan Corporation 

Phone: 513.479.5588

Jeremy Jarrett headshot

Executive Vice President, Kinetic Vision
Jeremy's LinkedIn Profile

Interests:  Jeremy Jarrett is the Vice President of Kinetic Vision, located in Evendale Ohio.  Kinetic Vision is a commercial research and development lab and repeat recipient of the Cincinnati Enquirer Top Workplaces award.  When asked about Kinetic Vision, Jeremy's reply is, "we are a team of curious and creative people who are passionate about using technology to help our clients and our community". 

Art Koehler headshot

Procter & Gamble (Retired)

Phone: (513) 884-7994 (mobile)
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Chris Kroger headshot

Staff Engineer, Emerging Systems Engineering, GE Aviation

Phone: (513) 618-5288 (office); (513) 233-1595 (mobile)
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Chuck Libourel headshot

Managing Director, HNP

Phone: (513) 378-6901 (mobile)
Chuck's LinkedIn Profile

Interests: Education: BSMET – Metropolitan State University of Denver w/emphasis on Energy Mechanics; Career expertise: Industrial automation systems; Business expertise:  New product development across a broad spectrum of markets, products, technologies, materials, mfg processes, distribution channels, and supply chains.

Retired, Siemens PLM Software

Phone: (513) 833-1198 (mobile)
Bill's LinkedIn Profile

Scott Plymale headshot

Manager of Fleet Operations, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company 

Phone: 330.436.1396 (work); (419) 707-2240 (mobile)
Scott's LinkedIn Profile

Valencia Rucker headshot

Market Manager, Parker Hannifin

Phone: (216) 246-6806

Associate Director / Chief Engineer Baby Care, Procter & Gamble

Phone: (513) 238-2044

Technology Leader of Global Baby Care Modeling & Simulation, Procter & Gamble

Phone: (513) 945-0258 (office)
Doug's LinkedIn Profile

Chief Consulting Engineer – Structure & Test, GE Aviation

Phone: (513) 243-5885 (office); (513) 218-5278 (mobile)

Topich headshot

Senior Vice President, Kinetic Vision


Douglas Yerkeson headshot

Patent Attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels   

Phone: 513.237.8692 (office); (317) 459-0070)
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Faculty Representatives

Jay Kim headshot

Department Head of Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Director of Occupational Safety and Health Engineering Program (OSHE) of the UC-NIOSH ERC

Phone: (513) 556-6300

Research Interests: Noise induced hearing loss, hand-arm vibration, vibrations of shells and plates, noise control, signal analysis, applied mechanics.

Professor, Department Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Faculty-Representative

Phone: (513) 556-3390

Assistant Professor, Department Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Faculty-Representative

Phone: (513) 556-2960

Amy Frame headshot

Associate Professor Educator, Department Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Phone: (513) 556-4380

Research Interests: Dynamics, controls, mechanics, education pedagogy, and student advising.

Ahmed Elgafy headshot

Associate Professor Educator, Department Mechanical and Materials Engineering;

Phone: (513) 556-4015

Research Interests: Nanocomposites (solid & liquid), advanced materials, and new generation of superior carbon foams for thermal management and energy conversion/storage systems, health monitoring structure.


Paul Vollbracht headshot

Principal, Legume Technologies
Leadership Committee

Phone: (513) 382-5964 (mobile)
Additional Contact Info: Paul's LinkedIn Profile

Interests:  As facilitator for the Mechanical and Materials Engineering External Advisory Board (MME EAB) I strive to enable the EAB to provide high value to MME Faculty, Staff, and Students.  My company, Legume Technologies, is developer and advocate for the Legume Method enabling the creation of webBooks for organizing and presenting information and developing ideas.