Michael C. Bridges - 2014
Michael Bridges' career in the scientific and information security fields spans over 33 years. He is founder and president of Peerless Technologies Corporation, an award-winning, nationally recognized professional services firm serving federal government clients at multiple locations nationwide. Peerless' customers include the Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Michael graduated from Wright State University in 1981 in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Options. He then embarked on a 20-year career in defense contracting, working for firms from San Diego to Washington, D.C., before returning home and starting Peerless in 2000.
Peerless is a three-time winner of the Dayton Business Journal's Best Places to Work award, a two-time winner of the Dayton Metro Area's Top Workplaces award (Dayton Daily News), and one of Inc. Magazine's 2013 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. In addition, Peerless received an Edison Emerging Technology Award from the Governor of Ohio and was the first tenant and graduate of The Entrepreneurs Center, an Ohio Edison Technology Center.
Gov. John Kasich appointed Michael to the WSU Board of Trustees in 2012 where he serves as Vice-Chair. He has served on boards at Aileron and The Entrepreneur Center; he now serves on the Board of Trustees for the Dayton Development Coalition and Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, the Columbus District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) selected Michael as First Runner-Up for their 2011 Small Business Person of the Year Award.
Michael and his wife Marcia reside in nearby Yellow Springs.
Doug Rasor - 2014
'77 B.S. Systems Engineering
Doug Rasor has over 30 years of experience in technology startup and semiconductor businesses. His current company, Rasor Advisors, works with startup companies and venture capital firms to develop marketing and funding strategies. His clients include Grid2Home, Avuli Networks, and OnRampWireless. He holds Board positions at OnRampWireless and Avuli and serves as Chairman of Grid2Home. He is also an Advisor at Ostendo Technologies and LineStream Technologies.
Doug was also past Chairman of BioDFW, a non-profit Dallas/Ft. Worth economic development organization.
Doug retired from Texas Instruments (TI) in 2010, where his last role was Vice President, Emerging Medical Technologies. From 1995-2005, Doug was Vice President of Strategic Marketing, at TI where his organization was responsible for incubating TI's businesses in chipsets for MP3 players, digital cameras, VOIP phones, smartphones, and broadband modems.
His previous experiences include multiple field sales and business unit marketing assignments at TI, as well as sales/marketing management roles at Sierra Semiconductor. Before his entry into the semiconductor industry, Doug was Director of Engineering at SIMUTECH (founded by Dr. James Brandeberry), where he led the development of real-time simulation hardware/software for the avionics network on the F-16 fighter aircraft.
Doug obtained his BS in Systems Engineering from Wright State University Magna Cum Laude in 1977, with postgraduate work in Computer Science.
Doug's personal time is spent exploring new gourmet recipes with his wife Barbara. He also enjoys restoring classic cars and playing guitar in a ‘60s tribute band in Brookville, Ohio, called the NOMADS.
Michael R. Deis - 2013
'82 B.S. Systems Engineering
Michael R. Deis graduated from Wright State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. He received his Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering in 1996 from the University of Florida, and in 2010 received his Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Mike, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Sensors Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). The directorate specializes in developing science and technology for superior Air Force systems in the areas of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, precision engagement, and electronic warfare. The directorate's primary areas of technology investment include radio frequency sensing, net-centric spectrum warfare, electro-optical sensors and countermeasures, automatic target recognition, performance based sensing, and electronic devices. Mike oversees an annual budget of more than $850 million and directs the activities of approximately 1,300 scientists, engineers, and support personnel.
Mike has held numerous technical and leadership positions. He began his civil service career at WPAFB as a controls engineer in the Flight Dynamics Directorate, followed by an assignment in the Air Force Electronic Combat Office. He transferred to the Air Force Development Test Center as a plans and programs engineer, followed by assignments in the 46th Test Wing, Precisions Strike Systems Program Office, and the Air Armament Center Capabilities Integration Directorate.
Mike's career includes more than 25 years of experience in research, development, and test and evaluation of Air Force, Army, Navy, and joint programs. He has supported many major Air Force weapons systems programs in one or more of the acquisition phases: test and evaluation, research and development, acquisition, and sustainment.
Mike spoke as the College's Distinguished Speaker in May of 2012, and has continued to foster the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s strong partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory. In 2002, 2003, and 2005, he received the Exemplary Civilian Service Award from the Air Force; in 2004, Mike received the Volunteer Excellence Award. In 2009 and 2010, he was the recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.
Gerald L. Freisthler - 2012
'79 B.S. Systems Administration
Gerald L. Freisthler graduated from Wright State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. In 1994, he received a Master's of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton.
Gerry, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director of Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC), Air Force Materiel Command, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio. As the center's senior civilian, he assists the ASC commander and program executive officer for aircraft procurement and modernization in leading the Air Force's Center of Excellence for Development and Acquisition of Aeronautical Systems. The center is responsible for the management of more than 556 Air Force, joint, and international programs; executes an annual budget of $23 billion; and employs a work force of approximately 10,000 people located at WPAFB and 38 other locations worldwide.
Gerry started his career in 1976 working for General Motors. After six years of engineering and production supervisory positions at GM, he entered federal service at WPAFB. He first served as Program Manager in the Maverick and Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile System Program offices. In 1988, he was promoted and transferred to the Propulsion SPO, where he held various mid-level to senior management positions for nearly 10 years.
In October 1997, Gerry was selected as Deputy Program Director for the $70 billion F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter Program, leading the program from development into production. He transferred to the Pentagon in 2001 where he served as Deputy Program Executive Officer for airlift and trainers, and then as Chief of Execution and Financial Management.
In 2002, Gerry was appointed to the SES and transferred to Eglin AFB, Florida, first serving as the SPO director for joint air-to-surface standoff missile and small diameter bomb, then becoming the first director of the 308th Air-to-Ground Munitions Systems Wing. His final assignment held at Eglin was as Air Armament Center's Director of Engineering and Acquisition Excellence. Prior to his current assignment, he was also Director of the ASC Engineering Directorate.
Katherine Stevens - 2011
'80 B.S. Materials Science & Engineering
Katherine A. Stevens, Ph.D., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). She is responsible for planning and executing the Air Force's advanced materials, processes, and manufacturing technology programs to support all elements of Air Force acquisition and sustainment. Kathy is also responsible for interfacing these areas throughout the corporate Air Force and Department of Defense. She oversees an annual budget of more than $450 million and directs the activities of approximately 1,200 scientists, engineers, and support personnel at five different geographic locations.
Kathy graduated from Wright State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering. In 1987, she received her Master of Science degree from the Ohio State University, and, in 2002, she received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree, also from the Ohio State University.
Kathy began her career with the Air Force in 1979 at the Air Force Materials Laboratory, WPAFB, researching high-temperature materials for advanced turbine engine applications. During her more than 20 years developing, transitioning, and consulting on materials and manufacturing, she worked on a number of key materials and processes, primarily for advanced and legacy turbine engines, including those powering the F-22 and F-35. She later influenced a much broader array of materials and processes developments and applications from key Materials and Manufacturing Directorate leadership positions.
Kathy received the 2000 Vincent J. Russo Award for Leadership Excellence, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory; the 2002 Reserve Supervisor of the Year Award, Air Force Research Laboratory; and the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Engineering, the Ohio State University.
William S. Marras - 2010
'76 B.S. Human Factors Engineering
William Marras graduated from Wright State University in 1976 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Factors Engineering. William can tell you a lot about how your back functions and what happens when things go wrong.
As the Honda Endowed Chair in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at the Ohio State University, he directs research on the back and wrist. His work centers on occupational biomechanics issues, including workplace biomechanical epidemiologic studies, laboratory biomechanic studies, and mathematical modeling.
William holds a variety of positions that address this research field. He is Director of the Biodynamics Laboratory and the Center for Occupational Health in Automobile Manufacturing and Executive Director of the Institute for Ergonomics. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Physical Medicine, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Research by this Wright State graduate has been published in nearly 200 peer reviewed journal articles and numerous books and book chapters, including a recent book titled The Working Back: A Systems View.
William is a two-time winner (1993 and 2002) of the prestigious Swedish Volvo Award for Low Back Pain Research as well as Austria's Vienna Award for Physical Medicine and the Liberty Mutual Prize for Injury Prevention Research. William was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo for his work on the biomechanics of low back disorders.
William has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Ergonomics Society, and the International Ergonomics Association. He currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Human Systems Integration at the National Research Council, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Human Factors. In 2009, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Susan A.H. Benysh - 2009
'91 B.S. Human Factors Engineering
Susan A.H. Benysh, Ph.D., graduated from Wright State University in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Factors Engineering. Susan has focused her career on customer collaboration to develop products that are user-centered and satisfy customers' expectations. She has received two patents and completed three patent publications.
Susan is a human factors engineering practitioner, working with external and IBM internal customers in the Systems and Technology Group. She is responsible for the consolidation effort of three different tools into one for IBM customers to report their software service requests. This is scheduled for release worldwide by the end of 2007. Both management and her peers have recognized her contributions to IBM with individual and group innovation awards.
Prior to this position, Susan was the iSeries team lead in Hardware Human Factors Engineering for two years. Her ability to develop effective relationships with IBM's hardware and mechanical designers resulted in a concentrated, shared focus to create a better customer experience. One example of this is when she worked with the i570 mechanical engineers and system architects to simplify the cabling of the computer cards in the rear of the server. This allowed access to service the power supplies without powering off the entire server and removing all of the cables associated with the computer cards; it saved the customers stress, money, and down-time. Her innovation and design guidance has also enabled IBM to save millions of dollars in warranty and service costs.
Before moving into hardware usability, Susan was the lead for the Mid-Range Server Division's human factors team at IBM. She was the first usability expert to be hired in this division and was immediately tasked with creating and leading a full time and fully-qualified group of human factors and usability experts to support IBM's products throughout their development. During her tenure as the team lead, she quadrupled the full-time staff while mentoring four graduate interns. Dr. Benysh worked with corporate usability leads to develop business processes that are still in use today.
She received her Ph.D. in human factors engineering from Purdue University. While there, she taught engineering classes for non-engineers for two-and-a-half years. These classes included general lecture and a weekly lab. With a beginning enrollment of 50 students ending in 175 students by her final semester, she was a popular lecturer who was considered fair and open minded.
Susan enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She is an avid runner, completing her first marathon in January 2006. She has been recognized for her community work with Aldrich Memorial Nursery School and Women in Technology at IBM. She has provided leadership to National Engineers Week and has been actively involved with the United Way and IBM's Employee Charitable Contributions Campaign. Susan has received special recognition from President George W. Bush for her community work.
John L. Sloan - 2008
'80 B.S. & '83 M.S. Computer Science
John L. Sloan is the 2008 College Outstanding Alumni Award winner from the College of Engineering and Computer Science. John graduated from Wright State with Bachelors of Science in Computer Science in 1980 and a Masters in computer science in 1983. John is a consulting technologist with the Digital Aggregates Corporation, a firm he founded in 1995. Since 1976, he has worked in research, product development, and information technology.
Prior to founding the Digital Aggregates Corporation, John was at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, where he headed the section responsible for that national lab's supercomputers, mainframe mass storage system, and UNIX server farm. At Bell Laboratories and later Avaya Labs, Sloan worked as a firmware and software engineer on teams to develop and ship six different successful commercial products and major features, working on some products for as many as six release cycles.
Over the years, John has published an article in the Proceedings of the IEEE, a non-profit that works for the advancement of technology; written an entry in the Encyclopedia of Computer Science; and authored conference papers and technical reports. He is the inventor of two patents, has served on both industry and academic advisory panels, and has taught university courses in real-time and embedded software design at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, he has been invited to speak and participate on panels at conferences in his field, and has served as a visiting scientist and consultant both nationally and internationally.
Stephen J. Solch - 2007
'81 B.S. and M.S. Systems Engineering
Stephen Solch graduated from Wright State with both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Systems Engineering. Stephen co-founded Digital Concepts Incorporated (DCI) with his partner Richard Wegmann in 1984. DCI was founded to provide computer system architecture, design and application development services to the Department of Defense, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Today, DCI also supports city and county governments with their public safety systems, implementing jail management, court records, and police and fire computing systems. For commercial companies, DCI is focused on providing collaborative computing solutions to business problems requiring close coordination between groups of people. DCI's first collaborative computing software product, RecruitPro, was announced in April 1996. RecruitPro uses the Lotus Notes collaborative computing environment to manage the recruiting process. The system implements workflow using e-mail and is completely paperless with electronic resumes, management approvals, and automated letter generation. DCI is a Lotus Business Partner, a Microsoft Solutions Provider, and an IBM BEST Team Member. DCI was started with $800 pocket money and today enjoys sales topping $3,000,000 per year and is debt free. DCI opened a new facility in Apple Valley Research Park in late 1995 to accommodate its growing staff of forty employees.
Stephen also has post graduate courses toward a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional in Microsoft's Windows operating system. He received an award from the Wright State University College of Engineering and Computer Science for Outstanding Business Achievements in 1989.
Stephen also received an award for his vision and insight in development and implementation of Montgomery County Public Schools Student-Business Mentorship Program in the summer of 1990. The Dayton Area Technology Network Achievement Award was received by Stephen in 1992 for innovations in computer technology. He is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Society of Logistic Engineers, the Electronics Engineering and Manufacturer's Group. the Planetary Society, the Miami Valley Astronomical Society, the Dayton MS-DOS User's Group, and he is a long-time member of the Engineer's Club of Dayton.
Jeffery J. Davison - 2006
'89 B.S. Computer Engineering
Jeffrey J. Davison, Managing Director of the Gasper Division of NCR, is the 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award winner from the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Jeffrey graduated from Wright State in 1989 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering. His duties at NCR include the day-to-day operations and management of Gasper Corporation, a software company that specializes in the management of availability and performance of ATM systems and their service teams.
Gasper Corporation's software products manage the people side of servicing ATMs, such as first and second line service teams and cash providers. In addition, Gasper products use automation and software expertise to manage ATMs automatically. Currently over 200,000 self-service devices worldwide are managed by Gasper Self-Service Management Solutions.
Jeffrey started his career in 1989 as a software developer for Gasper's Automon (ATM Management) and AutoSAM (Cash Management) products. From 1995 to 1999, while serving as Vice President of Development, Jeffrey successfully formalized and managed the support, professional services, and quality assurance departments at Gasper. After serving two years as Executive Vice President of Development, Jeffrey was named Executive Vice President of Marketing and Development in 2001 and launched the company's current flagship product, "Gasper Vantage." He is also on the External Advisory Board for the Wright State University College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Randy E. Phillips - 2005
'82 B.S. Computer Science/Systems
Randy Phillips is Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) -- the world's largest independent IT Services company -- located at the company's Falls Church, Virginia, headquarters near Washington, D.C. In this position, he is responsible for all strategic development initiatives, including strategic business planning and mergers & acquisitions, across the corporation. He joined the company in December 2007.
Prior to joining CSC, Randy was President, China Corporate Development, for Alcoa Inc., located in Beijing, China. In this position, he was responsible for growth in all businesses for Alcoa in China with a focus on joint ventures, acquisitions, and strategic investments. He joined Alcoa in January 2003 in the company's New York headquarters as Director of Corporate Development, responsible for mergers, acquisitions, joint venture development, and divestitures across a range of global businesses for the company – including initiatives in the U.S., Europe, Russia, Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining Alcoa, Randy was Vice President, Corporate Development, for TRW Inc. at the company's executive offices in Cleveland. In this capacity, from 1996 to 2002, he was responsible for the analysis and oversight of strategic business development initiatives across TRW's automotive, aerospace, and information systems global businesses. Prior to his assignment in Cleveland, he held a range of engineering and management positions with the company in Dayton, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego focused principally in the space and defense sector of the company.
A native of Ohio, Randy received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Systems from Wright State University in 1982. In 1996 he completed the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. He is a 1997 graduate of the Tuck Executive Program, the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wright State University Foundation.
David A. Strobhar - 2004
'80 B.S. Human Factors
David Strobhar is Founder and President of Beville Engineering, Inc., which is the leading supplier of human factors engineering services to the oil and chemical processing industries. Beville specializes in the analysis of operator performance issues, consulting for such companies as BP, Shell, and ExxonMobil throughout North America and Australia. David oversees both corporate direction and project performance.
He is the author of "Intelligent Alarm Management" in The Instrument Engineers Handbook: Process Software and Digital Networks (CRC Press). Prior to founding Beville 30 year ago, David began the human factors department at GPU Nuclear, whose Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant had just suffered a six billion dollar accident as a result of poor human factors design.
David graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelors of Science in Human Factors Engineering in 1980 and has done graduate work at Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of Dayton. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio.
Annette K. Clayton - 2003
'86 B.S. Human Factors Engineering
Annette Clayton serves as Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain, and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Schneider Electric. She is responsible for a 12 billion euro supply chain operation comprised of 80,000 employees and that encompasses more than 250 manufacturing factories and 100+ distribution centers in nearly 50 countries. Annette’s scope also includes overseeing the company's Customer Satisfaction and Safety, Environment & Real Estate organizations. Under her leadership, Global Supply Chain is tasked with creating supply chains that are tailored to customers' dominant buying behaviors, while increasing their overall satisfaction and improving Schneider Electric's financial performance. Annette is based in Hong Kong and is a member of the company's Executive Committee.
Before joining Schneider Electric in 2011, Annette served as the Vice President, Global Operations, for Dell, and led the transformation of its global supply chain and fulfillment model aimed at providing the lowest cost and best value of products for the company's wide array of customers. She previously served as the Vice President, Dell Americas Operations, and oversaw the manufacturing and fulfillment operations in the Americas region. She was also responsible for the commercial order management and customer care operations for the region's 20 sites in 16 countries.
From 1983 to 2006 Annette worked at General Motors Corporation in senior management roles, including the President of Saturn Corporation. In this capacity she oversaw its strategic direction, financial accountability, and profit and loss responsibility. She was also a member of the company's North American Strategy Board and served as the Vice President of Quality, among other production, engineering, and management positions.
Annette currently serves on the Board of Directors for Polaris Industries and is a member of the technology committee and the compensation committee. She graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelors of Science in General Engineering and also obtained a masters degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton. Ms. Clayton also completed the London Business School executive development program.
Annette brings to Schneider Electric years of experience in manufacturing, engineering operations, quality and productivity improvements, business process and strategic development, operational planning, budgeting and cost controls, labor relations and strategic partnerships.
Curtis B. Schacker - 2002
'85 B.S. Computer Science
Curt Schacker was appointed Vice President of Professional Services at Real-Time Innovations (RTI), based in Sunnyville, California, in January of 2009. RTI provides high-performance infrastructure solutions for the development, deployment, and integration of real time, data-driven applications. Curt is responsible for increasing the value of RTI's customer relationships by driving product design wins in the aerospace, defense and financial services markets; expanding RTI's intellectual property portfolio and domain expertise; and leveraging his technical and professional services experience to translate customer and partner challenges into product requirements that advance RTI's solutions.
Prior to this appointment, Curt served as President for Toroki Communications, a provider of software and services to Network Equipment Manufacturers. At Toroki, Curt was responsible for sales, marketing, and business development. Before Toroki, Curt was the Co-Founder of Embedded Solution Partners, a value-added provider of best-in-class embedded software products and services.
Before founding Embedded Solution Partners, Curt was Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development at Wind River Systems of Alameda, California. Wind River is the leader in software for embedded devices, and Curt was responsible for corporate strategy, product planning, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate marketing. Previously at Wind River, Curt was Regional Sales Director for the Northwestern United States, including Silicon Valley. Curt joined Wind River in 1990 as a Field Applications Engineer, providing technical support for pre-sales activities. Prior to joining Wind River, Curt was a Technical Marketing Manager for Ready Systems, one of the first embedded software companies. Prior to Ready Systems, Curt was a Senior Software Engineer at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, where he developed flight software for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope. Curt received a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University in 1985.
Ronald D. Bullock - 2001
'70 B.S. Systems Engineering
Ronald Bullock is Chairman and CEO of Bison Gear and Engineering, a manufacturer of electric motors, gear motors, and reducers in St. Charles, Illinois. Ron has been with Bison since 1981, and his career in the power transmission industry encompasses positions in R& D, engineering, marketing, operations, and general management. After acquiring Bison in 1987, Ron initiated Bison's entry into the European market, expanded the product line, added new distribution channels and established a Research and Development facility, all of which has helped Bison's new growth and delivered value to its customers. That growth led to the requirement to build a state of the art headquarters in 1997 to consolidate operations and provide for future expansion.
Bison is recognized as an innovative company. It is currently completing groundbreaking research to develop a high efficiency motor under a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. Ron also has served on the Industry Advisory Council on Electric Motors at Underwriters Laboratories, is a past director of the American Gear Manufacturers Association, led a research team for the Instrumented Factory for Gears (INFAC) at Illinois Institute of Technology funded by the Defense Logistics Agency, and has served as President and Trustee on AGMA's cooperative venture with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in the Gear Research Institute. He is a past President of the Small Motor Manufacturers Association and founding President of their Electric Motor Education and Research Foundation. A graduate of Wright State University, he contributed to the establishment of the Wright Center of Innovation for High Performance Computing.
Ron plays a leadership role in numerous industry associations. He has served as Vice Chairman of the National Division for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), representing its 10,000+ small manufacturers. He currently represents NAM SME's on trade issues in the Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue and serves as Vice Chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers Association.
An advocate for reform of the legal system, Ron has testified for N.A.M. on health care reform before the House of Representatives Small Business Committee, and has published papers on tort reform, product liability law, and other issues of public and business concern. He has also published technical papers on motor and gearmotor design.
Greatly concerned with the quality of secondary education, he developed numerous pilot programs at Bison Gear with the Downers Grove High School as a model of cooperation between industry and local school systems, served as Chairman of the DuPage County Education to Careers program and is a Board Member of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Testimony delivered before the National Science Board on K-16 STEM education in December of 2005 led to an invitation to serve on NSB's Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Ron is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Systems Analysis. He was honored as an Outstanding Alumni in 2001 and serves on the Advisory Council of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He was elected an Eminent Engineer by Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honorary Society, in 2004.
Michael A. DiFlora - 2000
'72 B.S. Systems Engineering
Michael A. DifFlora is a past Senior Vice President of Engineering for Tecumseh Products Company, located in Tecumseh, Michigan. Tecumseh Products is a manufacturer of compressors for the refrigeration and air conditioning industries with engineering departments in North America, South America, Europe, and India. In twenty-five years in the refrigeration/air conditioning industry, Michael also contributed at a senior management level at the York International Bristol Compressors division and the Emerson Electric Copeland Compressor Subsidiary.
Michael's fourteen domestic and seven foreign patents are designed into refrigerant compressors used for ice cream machines, ice makers, refrigerators, freezers, vending machines, store display cases, store reach in coolers, room air conditioners, central air conditioners, chillers, driers, etc. in over 100 million products in over 50 countries. Michael received his BS in Systems Engineering from Wright State in 1972 and did post graduate work at Ohio State University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Phoenix.
Michael is a two-time winner of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers' New Product award and 2003 recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer award. Michael serves as Chair of the Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees, serves on the Tau Beta Pi Trust Advisory Committee, serves on the Greater Dayton Real Estate Investors Association Board of Directors, and serves on the College of Engineering & Computer Science External Advisory Committee. Michael has received honors for service to Purdue University Herrick Labs, Calhoun Community College, the American Refrigeration Institute, the Tecumseh Products Company World Engineering Committee, York International Alternative Refrigerants Committee, WSU College of Engineering and Computer Science Leadership Institute, Copeland Corporation Management Association, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Scroll Compressor Engineering Advisory Committee.