Board of Visitors

Working with Dean Farshad Fotouhi and other College of Engineering leaders, the Board of Visitors is tasked with implementing strategies to increase student recruitment and retention, deepen student learning outcomes, broaden the impact of faculty research, and cultivate a more robust connection with the alumni community and the college's network of corporate partners. 

2021 Executive Committee

  • Jim Anderson, Chair of BOV, BSCE '67, MSCE '70, President and CEO, Urban Science
  • Olga Alavanou, BSEE '88, (Retired) Vice President of Global Sales, Lear Corporation
  • Robert Brown, EMMP '95, (Retired) Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • Yousif Ghafari, MSChE '81, Chairman, Ghafari Associates LLC
  • Avinash Rachmale, MSCE '89, Chairman, Lakeshore Global Corporation
  • Gulay Serhatkulu, Post doc at WSU, Senior Vice President Performance Materials, BASF Corporation

2021 Members at-large

  • Larry Achram, BSME '82, MSME '84, Chief Engineer, Rivian Automotive
  • Doug Burcicki, BSEE '93, Automotive Director, Mentor, A Siemens Business
  • Joi Harris, BSIE '06, MBA '11, Vice President, Gas Operations, DTE Gas
  • Bruce Hettle, MSEM '87, Group Vice President, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company
  • Sandeep Johri, MSIE '86, CEO, Tricentis
  • Nanda Kumar, MSME '92, President, Eaton Aerospace Group
  • Chris O'Connor, President and CEO, Humanetics Innovative Solutions
  • Krish Panu, BSCE '81, MBA '84, Managing Partner and Co-founder, PointGuard Ventures
  • Mina Patel Sooch, BSChE '89, CEO and Founder, Ocuphire Pharma, Inc.
  • Nancy Philippart, BSIE '80, PhDIEG '14, President, NLP Solutions LLC
  • Nabil Raad, Ph.D. IE '19, Vice President of Data Science, General Motors Company
  • Randy Rogers, BSCE '80, MSCE '84, Senior Vice President, North America Unit Chief Operating Officer, CDM Smith
  • John Shinska, BSME '98, MSME '01, Global Chief Engineer Body Systems / CAD, Ford Motor Company
  • Earl Shipp, BSChE '81, (Retired) Vice President, Operations, Dow Chemical
  • Nanua Singh, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, RGBSI
  • Edwin Tatem, MSCE '90, Chairman, Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan
  • Deming Xiao, BSME '83, President, MPS Asia Operations, Monolithic Power Systems Inc.
  • Jeffrey A. Yanssens, BSME '83, Chief Engineer, General Motors Company