B.S. Plastics Engineering Advisory Committee

The B.S. Plastics Engineering Advisory Committee works to ensure the program continues to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to work in the plastic industry.
In this Section
PLE Advisory Committee 2023

The B.S. Plastics Engineering Advisory Committee members are:

Chris Bendel Associate Dean CSTEMM
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
Gindy Neidermyer Interim Dean CSTEMM
Todd Owens Vice President of Engineering Donatelle
Ann Parsons Associate Dean CSTEMM
Roger  Pavlis Retired 3M
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."