Riki Banerjee BSEE ‘00 (MSEE ‘03, PhDEE ‘05, University of Minnesota)
Vice president, R&D, Synchron
Riki is an engineer and visionary leader who has developed and commercialized innovative healthcare technology solutions that improve patient lives.
Jacob Brunsberg BSMS&E ‘09
President and CEO, Sigma Additive Solutions
Jacob is a materials engineer who is a leader in advancing metal additive manufacturing technology, standards and quality and in providing mentorship and educational opportunities to youth in underserved communities.
Zak Koga BSCEE ‘08
Co-founder, Karben4 Brewing
Zak is a civil engineer and entrepreneur who leveraged passion, business acumen and project management skills to found and grow a full-scale brewery in Madison.
Saigopal Nelaturi MSME ‘10, PhDME ‘11 (BEME ‘03, Visvesvaraya Technological University, India; MScME ‘04, University of Bath, United Kingdom)
Director of software research, Carbon
Saigopal is a mechanical engineer whose leadership in research, digital design and technology solutions is shaping the future of modern manufacturing.
Michelle Ranavat BSIE ‘03 (MS ‘04, engineering management, Tufts University)
Founder and CEO, RANAVAT
Michelle is an industrial engineer and entrepreneur who combined her passion for engineering, ancient traditions and personal care to found a luxury beauty products company that also funds education initiatives in rural India.
Kevin Yttre BSChE ‘03 (MBA ‘08, Harvard University)
President, Grace Matthews
Kevin is a chemical engineer and business leader who has improved chemical industry production and operations and successfully managed national and international company mergers and acquisitions.
James Braun MSME ‘80, PhDME ‘88 (BS ‘76, University of Massachusetts)
Herrick Professor of Engineering, Purdue University
James is a mechanical engineer, educator and practitioner whose operations and technology research has revolutionized high-performance buildings, particularly in HVAC&R systems.
Bruce Dale BSEM ‘79, MSEM ‘80
Chief engineer (retired), ExxonMobil
We are honoring Bruce as an engineer who championed game-changing technologies in the oil and gas industry and fostered innovation, creativity and excellence throughout his career.
Marion Gilbert Wells BSMetE ‘81
Founder and managing partner, Human Asset Management
Marion is a metallurgical engineer, entrepreneur and passionate mentor who has driven positive change in manufacturers’ corporate culture, customer relationships and sales, and championed a more diverse STEM talent pipeline.
David Hemker BSChE ‘84 (MSChE ‘85, PhD ‘89, Stanford University)
Senior vice president and chief technology officer (retired), Lam Research Corporation
David is a chemical engineer and technology leader whose numerous innovations have advanced semiconductor processing and thin-film applications.
John Kissinger MSCEE ’83 (BSCE/SE ’79, UW-Milwaukee)
President and CEO, GRAEF
John as an executive who has advanced technology in structural engineering and fostered a work environment that has allowed countless engineers to develop and succeed.
Marie Lotto BSBME ‘02, MSBME ‘03 (MBA ‘14, MIT)
Vice president for business development, Hologic
Marie is a product development and marketing strategies leader in women’s healthcare and the surgical sciences who serves as an example of how future engineers can navigate their careers.
John Mulligan BSECE ‘88 (MBA ‘96, University of Minnesota)
COO, Target Corp.
John is an exemplary corporate leader and expert in large-scale merchandising operations and finance and global supply chain planning and design.
Ernest Nicolas MBA ‘02, MSMSE ‘05, (BSMSE ‘99, Kettering University)
Chief supply chain officer, HP
Ernest is a manufacturing systems engineer and business leader who has established transformative approaches for agile and resilient supply chain management.
Kara Byrne (BSME ’04)
North America Commercial leader, turbomachinery and process solutions-valves, Baker Hughes.
Kara is a technical and strategic leader in energy, valves and turbomachinery whose passion for inspiring women to enter engineering has enabled her to mentor, develop and retain future women leaders in energy industry.
Paul Dauenhauer (BSChE ’04)
Lanny and Charlotte Schmidt Professor, chemical engineering and materials science, University of Minnesota
Paul is a chemical engineer whose ingenious catalytic processes have revolutionized biomass use and led to three startup companies that put his inventions into practice.
Daniel R. Grice (BSMS&E ’09)
Senior materials engineer, Materials Evaluation and Engineering, Inc.
Dan is a materials engineer who has significantly advanced the diagnosis and remediation of material failures, provided exemplary professional society leadership, and promoted careers in STEM.
Benjamin W. Longmier (BSEP/physics ’04, MSEP ’05, PhDEP ’07)
CTO and co-founder, Swarm Technologies
Ben is a nuclear engineer whose expertise in aerospace engineering has enabled him to found three companies focused on high-altitude/low-earth-orbit communications to accelerate the Internet of Things.
Bjorn Krogh Borgen (BSME ’62)
Chairman, Borgen Investment Group
Bjorn is a leading financial manager and entrepreneur whose success has enabled him to support educational, athletic and cultural causes that have benefited people across the United States and in his home country of Norway.
David Ira Epstein (BSECE ’76, MSECE ’78)
Executive Director, Susilo Institute for Ethics in a Global Economy, Boston University; venture advisor, investor and management consultant, Epstein Advisors
David is an exemplary entrepreneur and executive in cleantech, semiconductors and healthcare who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social responsibility and ethics in engineering and business.
Moo Hwan Kim (PhDNE ’86)
President, Pohang University of Science and Technology
Moo Hwan is a nuclear engineer and academic leader who has made innovations that significantly improve fundamental understanding of two-phase flow and heat transfer as applied to nuclear energy systems.
Brian E. Luedtke (BSChE ’85)
Vice president, Asia Pacific region, global corporate communications and clinical education, Hollister Inc.
Brian is a chemical engineer and executive who has improved life for patients with chronic conditions by supporting innovative technology development, effective partnerships with healthcare providers, and sustained community engagement.
Stephanie M. Whitehorse (BSMS&E ’96)
Director of intellectual property, physical sciences, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Stephanie is an engineer and patent agent who has applied her expertise to evaluating, patenting and commercializing more than 1,500 UW-Madison inventions, which have generated more than $100 million of royalty income and formed the basis of 45 startup companies.
Subbu Rama (MSECE ’05)
Founder, Accio Ventures
Subbu is a visionary and entrepreneurial leader in technology innovation, including pioneering virtualization of hardware accelerated devices.
Karien J. Rodríguez (PhDBME ’10)
Research technical strategist-life sciences, global research & engineering, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Karien is a biomedical engineer who is shaping the personal care industry through her creative and innovative research.
James Tamplin (BSIE ’06, MSIE ’07)
Founder partner, Founder Collective
James is a systems engineer and entrepreneur who has fundamentally transformed and greatly simplified mobile and web applications development.
Michael F. Conway (BSChE ’78)
Retired president, Shell Trading, Royal Dutch Shell
Michael is a chemical engineer who rose to the top of the international oil trading business while serving as an exemplar for management practices that reflect his values of integrity and civic responsibility.
Steven R. Erbstoesser (BSMineE ’74, MSMineE ’75)
Owner, Global Operations and Management Advisors LLC; retired, ExxonMobil
Steven is an engineer, scientist and executive who, through caring and vision, has transformed organizations and led global teams to achieve world-class safety, operational and business performance in oil and gas operations.
Peter Holsten (BSME ’72)
President and managing broker, Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation
Peter is a mechanical engineer and humanitarian who is devoted to the principle that everyone deserves affordable, quality housing and who strives to build and maintain healthy communities.
Todd Kelsey (BSEE ’87, MSEE ’89)
President and CEO, Plexus Corp.
Todd is an exemplary leader of a Wisconsin‐based global company who demonstrates commitment to creating new technologies and products that build a better world.
Laurie Lindborg Parsons (MSCEE ’87)
Water Resources Division Director, Ramboll US
Laurie is a respected civil and environmental engineer, leader and advocate for clean water who has been a role model for women in STEM.
Jeffrey J. Rotsch (BSIE ’72)
Retired president, worldwide sales, General Mills
Jeffrey is an industrial engineer and visionary leader who drove global business success in the consumer foods industry.
Oscar Marcelo Suárez (MSMetE ’93, PhDMetE ’00)
Professor and coordinator of the materials science and engineering program, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
Oscar is a metallurgical engineer who has led innovations in university education, promoted STEM, and advanced research on composite materials and nanotechnology.
Amy Warner (BSEM ’91)
Vice president and general manager of IT digital business solutions and corporate director of accessibility, Intel Corp.
Amy is an IT leader whose professional adaptability and commitment to empowering those of all abilities make her an example for future engineers.
Experimental scientist, 3M
BSChE and Chem ’05, UW-Madison (MSChE ’07, PhDChE ’11, MIT)
We are honoring Amanda for the outstanding technical and creative contributions she has made in synthesizing novel polymeric materials for antimicrobial applications and delivering bioactive compounds.
Co-Founder and CEO StudyBlue/Flash Tools Chegg Inc.
BSBME ’05, BSCS ’05, UW-Madison
We are honoring Chris as a visionary entrepreneur who capitalized on the intersection of trends and technology to found a company now used by millions of students to learn collaboratively.
Product and technology leader
MSECE ’03, UW-Madison (BSEngr. ’01, College of Engineering at Pune, India; MBA ’13, University of Southern California)
We are honoring Navrina as an exemplary technological innovator who has built innovative software and silicon products, promoted a strong startup ecosystem, and is an inspiring and passionate leader in STEM education, particularly for women and underrepresented minorities.
President, BCP Transportation
BSIE ’99, MBA ’06, UW-Madison
We are honoring Nancy as an inspiring industrial engineer and entrepreneur who is driving success in the trucking industry through continuous improvement and systems thinking.
Founder and CEO, AHEAD LLC
BSME ’97, UW-Madison
We are honoring Dan as an entrepreneur whose focus on strategy, solutions and technical expertise in enterprise information technology has enabled his company’s success.
Vice president of engineering and product development, Kitchen and Bath Americas, Kohler Co.
BSEE ’83, UW-Madison
We are honoring Cynthia as a respected industry leader whose optimism and positivity are infectious and inspiring.
Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
BSNE ’96, UW-Madison
We are honoring Annie as a leader whose policy work and dedication make a difference nationally and inspire young engineers.
Vice president, treasurer and director (retired) Strand Associates Inc.
BSCE ’62, UW-Madison
We are honoring Rod as a respected civil engineer, visionary leader and mentor who is a passionate advocate for diversity in engineering.
Senior technical staff member, IBM Systems
BSMetE ’83, MSMetE ’85, PhDMetE ’90, UW-Madison
We are honoring Mark for his expertise and leadership in physical metallurgy, which have led to significant innovations in microelectronic devices in areas that include materials design, assembly, packaging and manufacturing.
Sunny H.K. Lo
Chairman, Café de Coral Holdings Ltd.
BSChE ’77, UW-Madison (MSChE ’78, Stanford University)
We are honoring Sunny as an entrepreneur who has helped change business models and China and proudly serves as an ambassador for UW-Madison in Asia.
President and CEO, Valiant Exploration LLC
BSMineE ’71, UW-Madison
We are honoring Duane as a respected mining engineer and corporate leader who has been an innovator in the oil and gas industry throughout his career.
Chairman and CEO, SunPower Corp.
BSIE ’82, UW-Madison (BSEE ’86, Marquette University; MBA ’95, George Washington University)
We are honoring Tom for innovations in solar technology that have transformed the global energy industry.
BSCMPE ’09, BSCS ’09, UW-Madison
Director, Point72 Asset Management
Staff Advisor, SparkCognition
BSME ’07, American University of Beirut
MSME ’09, UW-Madison
PhDME ’11, University of Maryland
Chief Technology Officer, PerBlue
BSCMPE ’09, BSCS ’09, UW-Madison
Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor and Pruitt Family Term Fellow, University of Florida
BSChE ’04, Illinois Institute of Technology
MSBME ’06, PhDBME ’10, UW-Madison
Executive Director, DIL
BEME ’99, College of Engineering-Pune, India
MSMSE ’01, PhDIE ’05, UW-Madison
Chief Operating Officer, PerBlue
BSCMPE ’09, BSCS ’09, UW-Madison
COO and GM, Commercial Operations, GE Healthcare
BSECE ’90, MBA ’99, UW-Madison
Robert J. Heideman
Senior vice president and chief technology officer
A.O. Smith Corp.
BSMetE ’88, PhDMatE ’15, UW-Madison
MSMetE ’92, Purdue University
CEO, PDS Technology
BSME ’67, BBA ’67, UW-Madison
W. Kent Lorenz
Chairman and CEO (retired), Acieta LLC
BSEM ’84, UW-Madison
William S. Monfre
BSChE ’85, UW-Madison
Engineering and Manufacturing Management, Procter & Gamble (1985-2008)
President/Owner, Quality Insulators Inc. and Asbestos Removal Inc. (2008-current)
BSCEE ’77, JD ’80, UW-Madison
Partner, Axley Brynelson LLP
MSEE ’06 (PhDCompSci ’08)
President, Phoenix Nuclear Labs
BSNE ’03, MSNEEP ’04, PhDNEEP ’07
Director, Sector 67 Inc.
BSME ’08, MSME ’10
President and Co-Founder,
Cambridge Polymer Group
BSChE ’88 (PhDChE ’93, MIT)
Retired President, Power Line Systems
MSCEE ’66, PhDCEE ’68
Engineering Fellow, CalTech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Chief Engineer, Mars 2020 Project
(BSME ’90, UC-Davis; MS applied mechanics ’91, Caltech)
Board member, Petroleum GeoServices
Vice President, Sempra Energy
BSIE ’88 (MBA Harvard)
Director of Process Integration, Quora Technology Inc.
MSNE ’83, MSMatSci ’85, PhDMatSci ’89
(BS physics ’81, Nebraska Wesleyan University)
(MBA engineering management ’99, Northwestern University)
Co-founder and CEO
BSBME ’08, MSBME ’10
Chief of Staff for Global Manufacturing and Refining
BSChE ’00, BS Biochemistry ’00, BS Molecular Biology ’00
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MSISyE ’04, PhDISyE ’07 (BSIE ’03, University of Iowa)
Vice President of Industrial Applications
Groom Energy Solutions
BSMSE ’00 (MBA ’13, Babson College)
Stephen H. Siegele
Chief Executive and Consultant
BSCE ’68, MSCE ’69, PhDCE ’73
Shanghai Dajun Technologies
MSECE ’83, PhDECE ’90 (BSEE ’82, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
BSNE ’79 (MBA ’81, Cornell University; post-master’s degree, computer applications ’84, New York University)
Director of Product Management,
Optum Solutions and Technology
BSISyE ’81 (MBA ’88, University of Minnesota)
Vice President of Technology
Alcoa Power and Propulsion
MSMetE ’83, PhDMetE ’86 (BSMetE ’82, Michigan Technological University)
Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group; Director, Global Systems Supply Chain and Technology Enabling
MSMSE ’92 (BSME ’89, University of Illinois; MBA ’07, Northwestern University)
Senior Product Line Manager, reforming and isomeriation technologies
Western Springs, Illinois
CEO and founder
SHINE Medical Technologies, Inc.
BSEE ’99, MSNEEP ’04,
Member of Strategic Operating Committee
Great Oaks Venture Capital
New York, New York
MTS Systems Corporation
MSMetE ’85, PhDMetE ’87
Deputy General Manager
Mindray Medical International
San Francisco, California
Co-founder and Principal
Founder and General Partner
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Head of Sales
BSNE ’82, MSNE ’84
Bahram (Barry) Siadat
Founder, President and Managing Director
SK Capital Partners
Miami Beach, Florida
President of Bits and Advanced Technologies