The B.S. Plastics Engineering Advisory Committee members are:
|Jon||Benusa||New Product Introduction Mgr||Intek Plastics|
|Joel||Beskar||Engineering Manager||SMC Ltd|
|Joseph||Elmquist||Product Development Engineer||Vitrex|
|Jeremy||Fossum||Senior Director of Extrusion and Lineal Management||Andersen Corporation|
|Paul||Gramann||President, Partner||The Madison Group|
|Karl||Hoppe||Senior Product Development Engineer||RTP Company|
|Charlie||Jansen||Design Engineering Specialist||3M|
|Dave||Johnson||Engineering Manager||Advanced Molding Technologies|
|Alex||Jordan||Assistant Professor||CSTEMM, Engineering & Technology Dept.|
|Pete||Koenig||Engineering Manager||Nolato Contour|
|Adam||Kramschuster||Professor||CSTEMM, Engineering & Technology Dept.|
|Tom||Lacksonen||Professor||CSTEMM, Operations & Management Dept.|
|Randy||Larson||Director Manufacturing Technology||Phillips Medisize|
|Andrea||Loppnow||Vice President - Engineering||Portage Plastics Corporation|
|Eric||Malmgren||Engineering Services Manager||SMC|
|Laryssa||Meyer||UW-Stout Plastics Engineering Student|
|Todd||Owens||Vice President of Engineering||Donatelle|
|Steve||Piltz||VP Rapid Prototyping||Five Star Plastics|
|Heidi||Rabeneck||Outreach Program Manager||Discovery Center|
|Matt||Ray||Associate Professor||CSTEMM, Chemistry Department|
|Stacha||Reed||Technical Leader II, Advanced Innovation||Andersen Corporation|
|Dan||Sawyer||Business Development Leader||NatureWorks LLC|
|Scott||Smith||Business Unit Director||Nordson Extrusion Dies Industries|
|Mark||Stephenson||Manufacturing Technology Engineer – Extrusion||3M|
|Raghu||Vadlamudi||Chief Research & Technology Director||Donatelle|
|Wei||Zheng||Program Director||CSTEMM, Engineering & Technology Dept.|
Advisory Committee Testimonials
Testimonials from June 2017 B.S. Plastics Engineering Advisory Committee
- "A more interactive approach to learning about the plastics industry. Strong industry connections. Dedicated faculty who are truly focused on quality graduates to meet industry needs and student learning."
- "Excellent laboratory. the faculty and their commitment to students. This combined with the strong influence of industry partners and the advisory committee make this a unique program, preparing students for real-world experience."
- "The major strength is the program is closely tied to industry and with the ties to industry via the advisory committee, the program continues to provide students to the industry that are prepared when they graduate."
- "Exceptional labs. Students have a good balance of theoretical and hands-on strengths. Students have hands-on experience as well as industry experience when they graduate. I have been very impressed with the abilities of the students when they review their capstone projects at each advisory committee meeting."
- "The hands-on learning in the labs, especially related to injection molding. The students are able to operate state-of-the-art injection molding machines. Stout has always preached about being a hands-on teaching college and this program is a perfect example of how this can work to the benefit of students and prepare them for engineering jobs in plastics processing. Also, the faculty in the program have a very good understanding of plastics processing and testing and are passionate about sharing their knowledge with the students."
- "Exposing students to multiple technologies for plastics and teaching students how to process plastics for the multiple technologies, then process improvement for each of the technologies to get the desired results. Level of exposure of students to some employers."
- "Good hands-on work with plastics equipment and materials. The program is recognized as a center of excellence for plastics."
- "I think one of the biggest strengths of this program is that it is more specialized in the area of plastics than other mechanical/manufacturing engineering programs. This specialization factor allows the students to learn more in-depth knowledge on the subject they plan to work on after graduation which makes them more valuable to the prospective companies they go out to work for."
- "Provides a good forum for leaders to provide input to the needs of industry and allows the university a vehicle to receive input to assist in structuring the program/curriculum. Aids in strengthening the internship program."
- "The program concentrates on the needs of the plastics industry. The students that come out of this program are knowledgeable in plastics processing operations and the tools available for the engineers in the industry."
- "Very active plastics manufacturing personnel on the board, many decision makers. The members are willing to donate time, talent, and resources (materials, tools, equipment) as available and needed. Instructors with industrial processing experience."