MechSE Alumni Board

The MechSE Alumni Board serves as a representative group of MechSE alumni who have a vested interest in the development of the department. The purpose of the board is to connect with fellow alumni and encourage their involvement to support the department and the university.

Officers:

President: Thomas Donovan
Occupation: Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1982

Vice President: Marina Tharayil
Occupation: Research Competency Manager and Program Manager, Xerox Research Center
Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1999
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MSME 2001
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PHD ME 2005

Current Board Members:

2014-2018 Term:

  • Krishna Jonnalagadda
    Occupation: GM, Lifecycle Growth, GE Aviation
    Degrees: Banara Hindu University, B. Tech Mechanical Engineering 1991
    University of Kentucky, MS Engineering Mechanics 1993
    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, PhD TAM 1997
    Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, MBA 2003

  • Zachary M. Kaplan
    Occupation: Founder and CEO, Inventables
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 2001

  • Michael Kessler
    Occupation: Professor and Director of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University

    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS TAM 1998
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD TAM 2002

  • Robert M. Kipp
    Occupation: Senior Technologist, Single Buoy Moorings

    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1973
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS TAM 1975
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD TAM 1978

  • Thomas McCarthy
    Occupation: Chief Engineer of Research and Advanced Powertrain Engineering, Ford Motor Company

    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1987
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MSME 1989
    University of Michigan, MBA

  • Sue Shimoyama
    Occupation: Vice President of Global Sales, Rockwell Automation

    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1984

  • Marina Tharayil
    Occupation: Research Competency Manager and Program Manager, Xerox Research Center

    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1999
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MSME 2001
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD ME 2005

  • Mark Woodmansee
    Occupation: Technical Director, Halliburton Energy Services

    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1994
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MSME 1997
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD ME 1999

  • Jamal S. Yagoobi
    Occupation: George I. Alden Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Degrees: Sharif University of Technology at Tehran, Iran, BEME 1978
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MSME 1981
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD ME 1984

  • Rong Zhang
    Occupation: Strategic Marketing Manager, Deere & Company

    Degrees: Tsinghua University, BSME 1996
    Tsinghua University, MSME 1998
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD ME 2002

2013-2017 Term:

  • Hugh A. Abrams
    Occupation: Partner, Sidley Austin
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1981
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, JD 1984

  • Brian W. Beaird
    Occupation: Principal, Beaird Group
    Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1978

  • Eric N. Brown
    Occupation: Group Leader P-23 Neutron Science and Technology, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1998
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS TAM 2001
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD TAM 2003

  • Walter E. Lohmanna
    Occupation: Former Manager, Champaign Simulation Center, Caterpillar Inc.
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSEM 1973
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS TAM 1974

  • Patrick M. McAuliffe
    Occupation: Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Skil Power Tools North America, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1987
    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, MSME 1996

  • Michael R. Mitchell
    Occupation: Owner, Mechanics and Materials Consulting
    Degrees: Lawrence Technological University, BSME 1963
    Wayne State University, MS Metallurgical Engineering 1969
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD TAM 1976

  • Karen A. Thole
    Occupation: Department Head, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1982
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MSME 1984
    University of Texas at Austin, PhD 1992

  • Raymond Viskanta
    Occupation: Professor Emeritus, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1955
    Purdue University, MSME 1956
    Purdue University, PhD ME 1960

  • David M. Wright
    Occupation: Senior Vice President, Sargent & Lundy
    Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSME 1982

2012-2016 Term:

  • Robert E. Miller
    Occupation: Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSAE 1954
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS TAM 1955
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD TAM 1959

  • Maureen J. Murray
    Occupation: Engineering Manager, Navistar Inc
    Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSEM 1982
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS TAM 1984

 

Contact Info

Meg Graybill
Coordinator of Corporate and Alumni Relations
149 MEB
1206 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 300-2518
mgbillatillinois [dot] edu