Advisory Board Prospectus
The Engineering Technology Advisory Board is a select group of leaders from industry, government agencies, academia and the profession representing our stakeholders. This board as an advisory body for the department on matters of curricular enhancement to adapt to current trends in engineering technology education, performance assessment and accreditation, strategic direction of the department, research initiatives, national/international visibility, and fund raising activities.
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide guidance and support as the department fulfills its mission to be the recognized leader and program of choice in engineering technology at the local, state, and national levels.
The Advisory Board shall be composed of no less than 10 active voting members representing a broad spectrum of backgrounds. The individuals will be strong advocates of the department and strive to satisfy its mission and achieve its strategic goals. They should occupy positions which give them global vision of their industries such that they can assist the department in understanding how engineering technology can serve the broad context of their enterprise. A mix of individuals from the manufacturing industry (OEM, and suppliers), service industry, consulting companies, health care industry, education, and other engineering technology programs who could provide advice to the department on long range development, emerging technologies, and skills and knowledge required in the profession is desired.
Member Selection Process and Duration of Terms
Each department faculty member, a current board member or an alumni of the department
can nominate successful individuals with a strong technical background with in complementary
disciplines of the department, to become members of the board for a two-year term
with possible reappointments. A staggered rotation of the membership of the Board
will be established such that half of the new members will begin their term on the
board each year. The advisory board will meet twice a year, once in the spring and
once in the fall.
The advisory board is expected to:
- be a strong advocate of the department,
- assist in promoting program/industry interactions including plant tours, coop opportunities, senior design projects, class projects,
- identify/assist in ways to create more scholarships for undergraduate students,
- assist the department in recruitment and placement of students,
- be a supportive voice for the department with the university administration,
- be actively involved with the assessment/accreditation process,
- assist in making the alumni and employer survey better,
- provide feedback on the self-study report,
- be involved during the ABET accreditation process,
- review and provide feedback on the assessment results,
- be actively involved with the long term continuous improvement process of the department,
- be involved with long term program development,
- help with making program curriculum a more effective, current and dynamic one that responds to the general needs of the industry,
- identify/propose emerging areas or areas of great need by the industry.
Mr. Randall Atkeisson - Retired from Textron Aviation
Mr. Enkhsaikhan Boldsaikhan - Wichita Area Technology College
Mr. Brian Clothier - TSI Technologies, LLC
Mr. Norm Delay - Manhattan Area Technical College
Mr. Bruce Fritz - Wichita Area Technical College
Mr. Ryan Hampl - Salina Area Technical College
Mr. Stephan Hecht - Viega
Dr. John Huffman - Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Mr. Josh Huston - Textron Aviation
Mr. Farris Jibril - Retired from Westar Energy
Mr. Andrew Jones - Assystems, US
Mr. Jeff Nangle - Airbus Americas Engineering
Mr. Curtis Richardson - Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Ms. Michelle Ruder - Butler Community College
Mr. Brent Trimpe - Butler Community College
Mr. Ron Weddle - Wichita Manufacturers Association
Mr. Mel Whiteside - Butler Community College