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

Title: Software Industry Contractor
Retired Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Siemens PLM Software
Leadership Committee
Research and Centers of Expertise Committee

Email: wcarrelli@hotmail.com
Phone: 513.295.1894
Term: Fall 2020

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.

Don Tolle headshot

Title: CIMdata, Director, Simulation-Driven Systems Development Practice,
Leadership Committee
Research and Centers of Expertise Committee

Email: donaldtolle@gmail.com
Phone: 513.295.3641
Additional Contact Info: Don's LinkedIn Profile
Term: Fall 2020

Interests: My personal interests are fine wine (primarily reds), great food and sports of all kinds, especially college football and men’s basketball.  I am a long time member of UCATS and a season ticket holder for men’s basketball, football and baseball.  

I am graduate of UC in Mechanical Engineering (BS) and Business Administration (MBA) and have worked in the engineering software and services industry for over 35 years, including many years with PLM software industry leaders and fellow EAB members Bill Carrelli, Al Klosterman, Bill Meredith and Steve Bashada at SDRC and Siemens PLM.  In my current position at CIMdata, I am focused on assisting organizations in understanding and adopting the latest technologies and best practices for model-based systems engineering and systems modeling and simulation.

Hans Hjort headshot

Title: Board Member 10+ yrs
Product Planning & Development Consultant, Hans Hjort Consulting
Leadership Committee
Research and Centers of Expertise Committee

Email: hhjort@cinci.rr.com
Additional Contact Info: Hans' LinkedIn Profile  
Phone: 513.910.2687
Term: Spring 2020

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).

Title: Analysis Section Leader, Belcan Corporation
MME EAB Committee

Email: dbaker@belcan.com      
Phone: 513.985.7565 (office), 859.653.1812 (mobile)
Term: Fall 2019

Stephen Bashada headshot

Title: Senior Vice President, Cloud Services & Big Data, Siemens PLM, EVP Mindsphere
Research and Centers of Expertise Committee

Email: stephen.bashada@siemens.com
Additional Contact Info: Stephen's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.576.2453
Term: Fall 2020

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.

Title: COO, Cincinnati Incorporated
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee

Email: jim.bossart@e-ci.com
Additional Contact Info: Jim's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.367.7405

John Calder headshot

Title: Retired CEO, Dorsey-Alexander, Inc. and Cincinnati Controls Inc.
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee, Co-Chair

Email: JFCalder@aol.com
Additional Contact Info: John's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.478.7775
Term: Fall 2020

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

Title: Retired President, TechSolve
Research and Centers of Expertise Committee

Email: Conley31249@icloud.com
Additional Contact Info: Gary's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.479.2887
Term: Fall 2019

Larry Davis headshot

Title: Manager Project Management & Speciality Steel Applications, AK Steel Corporation Research & Innovation Center
MME EAB Committee

Email: larry.davis@aksteel.com
Additional Contact Info: Larry's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.594.9753
Term: Spring 2020

Debra Evans headshot

Title: Director, Manufacturing Engineering and NPI Ferno

Email: debra.evans@ferno.com
Additional Contct Info: Debra's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.602.8030
Term: Fall 2021

John Glenski headshot

Title: President, Automation Plus
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee

Email: jglenski@processplus.com
Additional Contact Info: John's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.827.1960
Term: Fall 2021

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.

Title: Siemens PLM Software

Email: robert.haubrock@siemens.com
Term: Spring 2022

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

Email: jhibner@its.jnj.com
Phone: 513.337.3028
Term: Spring 2022

Title: Belcan Corporation 

Email: jfhill@belcan.com
Phone: 513.479.5588
Term: Spring 2022

Jeremy Jarrett headshot

Title: Vice President, Kinetic Vision
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee

Email: jj@kinetic-vision.com
Additional Contact Info: Jeremy's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.729.6979
Term: Spring 2022

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". 

Al Klosterman headshot

Title: Queen City Angels & Siemens
Research and Centers of Expertise Committee

Email: al.klosterman@gmail.com 
Additional Contact Info: Al's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 904.430.3760
Term: Fall 2019

Interests: Research interests include; CAD Solid Modeling using Variational Geometry, CAE Simulation Based Design, Additive Manufacturing and Modal Analysis with CAT (Computer Aided Testing). Business expertise includes; Senior V.P. Chief Technical Office at SDRC managing the development of CAD, CAE, CAM, CAT, and PLM software.

Art Koehler headshot

Title: Associate Director of Computer Aided Engineering, Procter & Gamble
Research and Centers of Expertise Committee

Email: koehler.aj@pg.com 
Additional Contact Info: Art's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.884.7994
Term: Fall 2021

Chris Kroger headshot

Title: Lead Engineer, Advanced Technology FastWorks, GE Aviation
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee, Co-Chair

Email: christopher.kroger@ge.com 
Additional Contact Info: Chris' LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.618.5288
Term: Fall 2020

Chuck Libourel headshot

Title: Managing Director, HNP
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee

Email: chuck.libourel@hellonewproducts.com
Additional Contact Info: Chuck's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.378.6901
Term: Spring 2022

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.

Title: Retired, Siemens PLM Software
Research and Centers of Expertise Committee, Chair

Email: will_meredith@msn.com
Additional Contact Info: LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.833.1198
Term: Fall 2019

Title: Cryocooler Engineer Specialist, L3 Space & Sensors Cincinnati Electronics - Imaging & Detection Sensors

Email: matthew.perrella@l3t.com
Phone: 513.204.7104
Term: Spring 2022

Scott Plymale headshot

Title: Manager of Fleet Operations, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee  

Email: splymale@firstenergycorp.com
Additional Contact Info: Scott's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.436.1396
Term: Fall 2020

Valencia Rucker headshot

Title: Market Manager, Parker Hannifin

Email: valencia.rucker@parker.com
Phone: 216.246.6806
Term: Spring 2022

Title: Assistant Director/Chief Engineering Pampers Premium, Procter & Gamble

Email: schneider.u.2@pg.com
Phone: 513.238.2044
Term: Spring 2022

Title: Technology Leader of Global Baby Care Modeling & Simulation, Procter & Gamble
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee 

Email: stenger.d.2@pg.com
Additional Contact Info: Doug's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.945.0258
Term: Fall 2019

Title: Chief Consulting Engineer – Structures, GE Aviation
Undergraduate Curriculum, Recruiting, Scholarships Committee, Co-Chair

Email: james_thompson@ge.com
Phone: 513.243.5885
Term: Fall 2020

Title: Vice President Engineering, Kinetic Vision

Email: jtopich@kinetic-vision.com
Term: Spring 2022

Douglas Yerkeson headshot

Title: Patent Attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels
MME EAB Committee   

Email: doug.yerkeson@faegrebd.com
Additional Contact Info: Douglas' LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.237.8692

Faculty Representatives

Jay Kim headshot

Title: Department Head of Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Director of Occupational Safety and Health Engineering Program (OSHE) of the UC-NIOSH ERC; Leadership Committee;
Undergraduate Curriculum; Recruiting; Scholarships Committee; Faculty- Representative; ABET ME; Research and Centers of Expertise Committee; Faculty Representative

Email: Jay.Kim@uc.edu
Phone: 513.556.6300

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

Title: Professor, Department Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Faculty-Representative

Email: miling.jog@uc.edu
Phone: 513.556.3390
Term: Fall 2020

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

Email: sarah.watzman@uc.edu
Phone: 513.556.2960
Term: Fall 2020

Ahmed Elgafy headshot

Title: Associate Professor Educator, Department Mechanical and Materials Engineering;
Undergraduate Curriculum; Recruiting; Scholarships Committee; Faculty-Representative ABET MET

Email: elgafya@ucmail.uc.edu
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.

Amy Frame headshot

Title: Assistant Professor Educator, Department Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Undergraduate Curriculum; Recruiting; Scholarships Committee; Faculty-Representative ABET ME

Email: aimee.frame@uc.edu
Phone: 513.556.4380

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

Tom Huston headshot

Title: Associate Professor, Department Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Undergraduate Curriculum; Recruiting; Scholarships Committee; Lead-Faculty Representative

Email: tom.huston@uc.edu
Phone: 513.556.2645

Research Interests: Safety engineering, human factors engineering, manufacturing engineering.

Facilitator

Paul Vollbracht headshot

Title: Principal, Legume Technologies
Leadership Committee

Email: paul.vollbracht@legumetech.com
Additional Contact Info: Paul's LinkedIn Profile
Phone: 513.382.5964

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.