What is the Industry Advisory Board?
The OSU Industry Advisory Board comprises a group of dedicated industry representatives—many of them Oregon State alums—who serve in an advisory role in school-related planning and decision making. We seek the board's input on program design, and we look to the board for assistance in strengthening our partnerships with industry.
It's a two-way relationship
Key contributions from Industry Advisory Board members and their organizations include the following:
- Input on programmatic decisions (e.g., software to use in courses) and development of strategic documents (e.g., CBEE mission statement, program educational objectives).
- Evaluation of achievement of the program educational objectives.
- Sponsorship of senior design projects and graduate research.
- Enrichment of the programs, by giving lectures in undergraduate courses and seminars to the student club.
- Employment of our students as interns and our graduates as full-time employees.
- Financial support of the programs, through monetary contributions and donations of equipment.
- Strategies and Support for increasing participation of underrepresented groups in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering.
- Participation in academic and social functions (e.g., senior seminar program, research presentations, student design competitions, annual school awards and picnic, CBEE Commencement).
- Nomination of additional Advisory Board members.
Benefits of board membership include:
- Access to our best students, through screened student recruiting and company internships
- Invitations to participate in engineering career fairs and other recruiting events
- Opportunities to attend department, college-, and university-wide functions and collaboration with CBEE faculty
- Inexpensive research support for your company’s projects, through senior design projects and graduate student sponsorships
- Opportunities for close association with faculty, for example through teaching and research collaborations
- Networking opportunities with other board members
What is the time commitment for Industry Advisory Board membership?
The Advisory Board members are expected to attend meetings approximately twice a year. Further involvement in program activities (such as sponsorship of senior design projects) is welcomed.
How can I get involved?
If you have vision, commitment, and a desire to partner with Oregon State School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering —and to join our drive toward top national ranking for the OSU College of Engineering—consider serving on the OSU CBEE Industry Advisory Board. We welcome your interest and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about board participation. Please contact Jennifer Moore, Office Manager, at email@example.com.
We are grateful to the following individuals who currently serve on the OSU CBEE Industry Advisory Board:
John Baumann is Director of Research and Development in the small molecules business unit at Lonza and works at the Bend, OR site. He currently leads a team responsible for delivering innovative solutions to challenging drug development problems both through enhancement of current technologies and pursuit of new technologies. He has expertise in spray-drying applications with an emphasis on custom equipment design, scale-up and novel processing approaches with a specific emphasis on bioavailability enhancement. He has a variety of patents and publications related to this area. John was nominated to the Oregon State University Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers in 2014 and has served on the Industry Advisory Board for the college of chemical, biological and environmental engineering at OSU since 2017.
Dr. Boubel provides anesthesia care for general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, ENT, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, and obstetrics at a level II trauma center. Dr. Boubel was chairman of St. Joseph's surgical committee from 2008-2010 and is currently the chairman of St. Joseph's strategic planning committee.
Dr Brady has been a member of the Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) since 2013. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1968 at Oregon State University with Dr Charles Wicks as thesis advisor after completing his BSChE at Iowa State University in 1965. He started his industrial experience in 1968 with 3M. In the 30 years with 3M and its spin-off Imation, he was responsible for inventing and developing trade secret processes for water based acrylic adhesives (Scotch Tape ®), solvent based systems like masking tapes, medical tapes and many others. Many of these processes are still being practiced presently, decades later. He worked also in the areas of medical x-ray film systems, traffic sign products and printing products. After retiring from 3M, Dr Brady joined Corning Glass and improved processes for automotive catalytic converter ceramic substrates and medical micro structures. One of the processes invented allowed the development of diesel particulate filers, a new business Corning had tried to develop for over 20 years. Dr Brady retired in 2007 after 8 years but continues to consult with Corning to this day.
Dr Brady was recognized in 2003 by OSU into the Academy of distinguished Engineers and the Hall of Fame in 2013. Iowa State University inducted him into their ChemE Hall of Fame in 2016. He has been a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers since 1965 (54 years), American Chemical Society since 1999 (20 years), and the New York Academy of Sciences since 2006 (13 years).
Rob leads the Manufacturing Science and Technology function at Genentech's manufacturing site for individualized therapies in Hillsboro, Oregon. He has over 20 years of experience in biotechnology and previously held leadership roles in Manufacturing and Process Technical Development. Rob has a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Danko is a chemical and environmental engineer with JACOBS. He has extensive experience developing and implementing new businesses for JACOBS, including participating in the development and startup of a Nondestructive Evaluation/Nondestructive Testing (NDE/NDT) company for JACOBS with Bristol Bay Native Corporation in Alaska, developing and providing senior leadership in growing Jacobs’ total water management business in Alberta, Canada and leading the evaluation and launch of an industrial “zero waste” (byproduct synergy) initiative in JACOBS. Dr. Danko has full service experience from project development through contract operations. He is a senior program manager and his experience spans numerous industries and include waste minimization, energy efficiency, by-product synergy and extensive water treatment and reuse. He led the integration of sustainability in all CH2M’s businesses (now JACOBS) from 2010 through 2012. These projects involved development of Environmental Management Systems, sustainable cities/urban communities, renewable energy applications, climate change assessment, adaptation and mitigation, zero- liquid discharge systems, valuing ecosystem services, facility services and waste-to-energy systems.
Mr. Danko served as Global Managing Director for the Urban Environments & Sports (UES) group at CH2M from 2012 through 2017. In this role, he oversaw urban development projects, programs and strategic master planning for cities and major sports agencies around the world. This included planning and development of special enterprise zones, new urban cities and revitalization of existing cities, as well as major sporting events such as the Dubai 2020 World Expo, Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup and RIO 2016 Olympics– all of which involve preserving the local culture while developing infrastructure and services that will improve quality of life and benefit local communities for years to come.
Debra is a Senior Manager in Systems Engineering Research and Development at Thermo Fisher Scientific and leads a team that develops life sciences benchtop instruments. Debra earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University. In 2019, Debra was an Oregon State University Oregon Stater Award recipient for the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers for her contributions to the engineering profession.
Colette is an Associate Scientist at Landau Associates, Inc., with over eleven years of environmental consulting work experience with a focus on environmental remediation design, compliance support, storm water, and source investigations. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 2008. In addition to her project experience, she has served on the Board of Directors for Landau Associates, Inc. since 2016. In 2018, Colette was an Oregon State University Oregon Stater Award recipient for the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers for her contributions to the engineering profession.
Kyle has over 29 years experience in the Biotechnology sector, leading R&D teams in the development of reagents and instrumentation that further basic and applied life sciences research. After earning a B.S. in Chemistry from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Indiana University, he entered the life sciences arena witha post-doc in medicinal chemistry & drug discovery at the University of Oregon. Starting at Molecular Probes, Inc. in Eugene, Kyle began working on fluorescence-based products to enable biochemical and cellular analysis. He led R&D teams with increasing responsibility as the company was incorporated into increasingly large organizations, culminating with Thermo Fisher Scientific. Kyle is an inventor on dozens of U.S. and foreign patents, and is currently working with the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI).
After obtaining his OSU Chemical Engineering degree in 2009, Alex accepted a job in Longview, WA doing process control and optimization in the paper industry. His role allowed him to perform a wide variety of technical work, including process control design and development, process optimization, troubleshooting, and project management. Alex has had the opportunity to work on a variety of diverse processes, to implement major process upgrades and rebuilds, and to continue learning new things every day. Over time he has assumed more of a leadership role, mentoring a small team of engineers and balancing their workload with the needs of the facility, but is still able to spend the majority of his time on direct technical work. He currently works as a Process Control Lead engineer at Westrock.
Brad Hermanson has been working in the consulting engineering industry for over 35 years. He started at CH2M HILL when they were looking for technical support for their recently won national Superfund contract, and has been providing process engineering, project management, and program management leadership in the consulting field ever since. Brad has been a regional and company director and corporate officer for several consulting engineering firms. Brad graduated from Oregon State University with a BS with High Scholarship in Chemical Engineering in 1979 and an MS in Civil/Environmental Engineering in 1990. He also has an MBA in General Business from the University of Oregon (Oregon Executive MBA). Brad is a Professional Engineer in Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the state of Oregon, and a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.
Jason Hower graduated from OSU Chemical Engineering and continued his education, earning a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Jason started his career as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. In 2011, the Hower family took an opportunity to move back to Corvallis for family reasons and Jason joined HP working as a system integration engineer in R&D working on high speed digital printing. Jason drove dryer design and many projects to understand ink-media interactions for improved print quality and durability. In 2017, Jason joined 3D printing where he lead technology development in HP’s 3D MetalJet business. In 2020 Jason returned to industrial 2D printing to help HP focus on leading technology development to bring novel printing technologies to commercial printing applications.
As the Vice President, Treasurer, at Lam, Adam is responsible for the management of $5B in cash and investments, foreign exchange, insurance and risk management, debt, credit & collections, and treasury operations. He has over 20-years of leadership experience in finance and accounting roles at Intel, Novellus Systems, and Lam. Prior to his finance experience, he was a process design and operations engineer at ARCO Products Company for 4-years. Adam has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State and was named to the OSU Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers in 2009. He also has an MBA from Yale University and a CPA license from the state of California.
Sara has been with Micron Technology for 9 years working across three different process areas in a variety of roles: shift process engineer, process owner and now engineering manager. In addition to her daily role she works with the Micron Foundation team supporting STEM activities including job shadowing, mentoring, high school lunch forums and Girls Going Tech. Her primary focus at Micron has been around the DRAM technology and emerging memory projects. Prior to joining Micron she worked for Georgia Pacific as a process engineer, Chemical Process Safety Manager and a product development mill liaison. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering that she received at Oregon State University following her time in the United States Navy working as an Aviation Electronics Technician.
Steve is the US President for SLR, a global firm focusing on environmental, advisory, and sustainable infrastructure services with offices in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Africa. He has more than 30 years of consulting experience following an industry background in refining, organic and inorganic chemical, and pulp and paper. Steve has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State and registrations in Chemical Manufacturing, and Environmental Engineering. He was named a member of the Oregon State Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2013.
Wendy has more than 20 years of experience in multiple engineering areas, including water, wastewater, civil, planning, and oil and gas in both the public and private sectors. She has worked on a range of projects, including large diameter water lines in Texas, municipal wastewater programs in Louisiana and Texas, master planning for oil and gas operations in West Africa, as well as the management of technical interfaces on a multi-billion dollar, deepwater gas development in Southeast Asia. Wendy is currently working for CDM Smith as a senior project manager in Houston, Texas.
Walt Pebley is VP of Technical Innovation for OFD Foods LLC, the largest, diversified freeze dryer in North America. While his company, also known as Oregon Freeze Dry, has built its business by producing freeze-dried cereals, meals for the military, outdoor adventures, and emergency preparedness since the 1960s, Pebley has been working on expanding the broader applications of the science. Through years of interdisciplinary exploration in adapting the technology to the stabilization of compounds, cells, and inorganics, he’s developed a skillset that has led to proprietary, patented, and scalable solutions. Currently, he is working with Oregon State researchers to investigate how freeze-dry techniques can be used to improve gut microbiome health and gut-brain access to nutrient-dense, functional foods for applications in sports performance and recovery, and for use by the United States military. Pebley is also passionate about perfecting the fusion of food and medicine as a personalized delivery system to treat and control chronic disease.
After graduating from Oregon State University in 2002 with his BS in Chemical Engineering and obtaining his MS in Chemistry from University of Oregon, he spent 4 years in the high tech industry at LSI Logic in Gresham as a plasma process engineer. After moving to Nike in 2006, he spent time in process/product engineering, finance, and product creation. He also received his MBA from the University of Portland in 2012. In May of 2021, Jeff started a new role as a Management Consultant at The Gunter Group. Jeff was named to the Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers in 2019.
Monica has over 27 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering in Corning Incorporated. Corning is known for combining its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics with deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop life-changing innovations and products. In her current role, Monica is the Corporate Process Engineering champion responsible for growing and setting direction for this key corporate capability. She leads a group of 50 corporate engineers engaged in assessing, selecting and scaling novel manufacturing processes. Monica has a BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University.
Charla Triplett is Founder and President of Catalyze, a Consulting Collective, bringing together expertise in Research, Design and Strategy with a focus on Medical Device and Digital Health. For over 20 years, Charla has worked with entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, marketing and business teams, inside companies (large and small), nonprofits, and universities. In addition to recent Business Development and Product Development roles, Charla spent over 15 years of her career focused on connecting industry and academia in the area of Biomedical Engineering, including founding and running a non-profit with this mission and working with over 60 Universities nationwide. She holds an M.S. in Bioengineering (Bioresource) from Oregon State University, a B.S. in Microbiology from Washington State University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University.
Teresa has been with HP for 25 years. She is currently the program manager leading R&D teams to design, develop and deliver a new category of consumer ink jet printing for the Home Printing Solutions organization in Vancouver, Washington. Previously she has been a fluidic architect designing ink jet printheads, and has spent much of her career at HP as a writing systems engineer in the R&D labs, designing how ink jet printers put ink on the page to meet customer expectations for speed and print quality. Outside of her “day-job” Teresa is also very involved in diversity and inclusion efforts at the HP Vancouver site and serves as an officer on the Global Women’s Impact Network team. Teresa graduated from OSU with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1999.
Tsai-Chen Wang is an alumnus of Oregon State University where he received his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. Tsai-Chen has worked at WaferTech, a subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world leader in semiconductor foundry technology and capacity, for the past 21 years. WaferTech is one of six TSMC manufacturing sites located around the world. During his tenure at WaferTech, he has served in variety of positions in the Engineering groups responsible for technology transfer and development, as well as the implementation of quality systems. He has extensive experience in improving manufacturing processes, organizational efficiencies and driving zero defects. Tsai-Chen Wang currently leads the Etch engineering group at WaferTech.
IAB Members Not Pictured:
Brian Konen, West Linn Paper Co. and Port Hawkesbury Paper
Dr. Marie Krysak