- BS Chemical Engineering 1969
A native of Escanaba, Michigan, Mr. Meinz was awarded his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1969. He then began what is now a 37-year career with the WPS Resources Corporation, serving as a power plant engineer and an engineer for the Kewaunee, Wisconsin nuclear plant start-up. From 1974-1986 he held the position of Director of Environmental Services, and in 1986 was named Director of Power System Regulatory Projects. In 1989 he became Director and President of the Wisconsin River Power Company, which owns and operates the Castle Rock and Petenwell flowages with the Wisconsin Power and Light Company.
In 1996 he added the title of Director and Vice President of the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company, which regulates the Wisconsin River watershed. Since 2000, Tom has become Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for WPS, and Chairman of the Upper Peninsula Power Company, which provides electricity to a 4,500 square mile area in the U.P. Additionally, he serves as Director of WPS Services and Director and Vice President of the charitable WPS Resources Foundation, and holds Directorships of Michigan Gas Utilities and Minnesota Energy Resources.
His community activities include service on the Board of Advisors of the Greater Green Bay Salvation Army and as Commissioner of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District. In 2003 he served as director of a company that among other responsibilities manages the Resch Center in Green Bay and the Brown County Arena. Married to his wife Susan for 38 years, the couple have two daughters, Jen, a chemical engineer, and Sara, a physician.
From 2006 Induction to the Department of Chemical Engineering Academy