Meet the Mechanical Engineering 2009 Industrial Advisory Board
Richard Anderson (BS ’76) retired in 2008 from his position as president of Wheel to Wheel, Inc., an automotive supplier based in Madison Heights, Michigan. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he went on to work as an engineer for Ford Motor Company, followed by positions at Auto-Fab Inc., and TDM Technologies Inc., before he co-founded Wheel to Wheel in 1995. He is affiliated with SAE, ASME and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was a contributor to the Mechanical Engineering Building project.
Brian Haas (BS ’86) is a division vice president and general manager at KLA-Tencor and has previously served as an engineering director and general manager at Applied Materials. He launched his career as a research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center. Along with his engineering degree, Haas earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UW-Madison. He went on to receive his master’s degree and PhD in aeronautics and astronautics in 1987 and 1991, respectively, from Stanford University. He holds 10 patents.
Daniel Laird (MS ’93, PhD ’96) is a project manager and principal member of technical staff in the wind energy technology department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He conducts research in design and analysis codes, manufacturing processes, and power system integration. He also leads Sandia’s internal energy systems education program in addition to holding multiple leadership positions in professional organizations. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1990.
Luis Marrero Jr. (BS ’91) is director of global marketing for Rockwell Automation. Marrero’s global responsibilities include all processes and planning associated with marketing, business and global market analytics, and budgetary duties. He obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1998. He also sits on the board of directors for the Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Paul Papke (BS ’79) is the vice president of sales and marketing for UGN Inc., an industrial automotive original equipment and acoustical component supplier. He directs and coordinates the marketing objectives and long-term strategic initiatives for UGN, which provides products to Japanese automotive manufacturers operating in North America. After graduating from UW-Madison, he went on to receive his MBA from the University of Akron, Ohio, in 1987.
Monte Parker (BS ’89) is the solutions director for GE Healthcare Technologies. He manages the division that consults with hospitals and other healthcare facilities, such as surgery centers or individual service lines, in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, region. Parker advises these businesses on how to efficiently grow via best practices and operational processes used in conjunction with technology. He earned an MBA in 1996 from the University of Michigan. He is a certified purchasing manager through the Institute for Supply Management. He is also affiliated with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is active in the North Texas chapter of the UW Alumni Association.
Brian Rauch is vice president of engineering for the John Deere construction and forestry equipment division. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UW-Platteville in 1986 and his master’s and PhD degrees in engineering mechanics from UW-Madison in 1990 and 1993, respectively. In 2000, he also completed an executive MBA from UW-Madison. Rauch has held many engineering leadership positions at John Deere. In addition to serving on the UW-Madison IAB, he has served on advisory boards at UW-Platteville and the University of Iowa.
Andrew Rensink (BS ’79) is the president and chief operating officer for Tapemark Inc. As president and COO, he is responsible for helping Tapemark restore profitability, foster a continuing improvement culture and regain national prominence in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing field. He received his MBA equivalent from the GE manufacturing management program in 1981.
Christine (Chris) Schyvinck (BS ’89) is executive vice president of global marketing and sales at Shure Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Schyvinck is the second highest-ranking female executive at Shure and is one of very few women in an executive management position within the professional audio industry. She completed a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Northwestern University. She has worked for Shure for 19 years.
Vicki Slavik (BS ’86) is a director of quality for Consolidated Container Co., a supplier of blow molded plastic packaging with 65 plants across the United States and Mexico. Slavik has more than 20 years experience in the quality area working in various manufacturing companies including Weyerhaeuser, Ingersoll-Rand and Federal Mogul.
Darrell Sterzinger is retired from his position as general manager of chassis design for Toyota Motor Co. Sterzinger obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics from UW-Madison in 1970. He then earned his master’s degrees in physics and materials science and engineering in 1971 and 1972, respectively. Sterzinger is stepping down from the Industrial Advisory Board in summer 2009. He says he has thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Industrial Advisory Board for more than seven years.