Engineering and Supply Chain Management Industry Advisory Board

As our programs grow, having an Industry Advisory Board (IAB) allows us to tap into industry expertise to seek advice on curriculum and strengthen the connection to a diverse group of successful business leaders in specific fields related to the majors.  This IAB will primary support the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management and Bachelor of Science in Management with concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management. The reason these two programs are linked together is because of the overlap in some of the job opportunities available to students.

The objectives of this IAB are to:

  • Tap the expertise of the members to advise the faculty and staff on current industry trends and skills needed by graduates to position them to be successful in their careers;
  • Increase exposure of Engineering Management and Supply Chain and Operations Management to STEM students;
  • Connect with specific companies;
  • Raise the level of awareness about these programs;
  • Promote the mission and strategy of the College;
  • Provide a critical link between business education within the College and practice within the business community to promote academic excellence and curriculum changes through continuous improvement efforts;
  • Suggest and identify opportunities for students to interact with businesses, public, and nonprofit organizations that will enhance their knowledge, provide internships, provide employment, or enrich their education through other experiential learning endeavors;
  • Provide access to the business community for the Dean and our faculty;
  • Interface with the Dean’s Advisory Council; and
  • Become financial self-sustaining.

Any questions, please contact Ulrich Schmelzle, schmelzle@mtu.edu

Current Members

Thomas Bryant, P.E.
President/CEO at Team Sundance LLC

Tom graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1979 with a degree in civil engineering-structural, and then went on to earn an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1984. He has Professional Engineering licenses in Michigan as well as Nationally. After graduation, Tom held several leadership/executive positions at General Motors Corporation.

This international supply chain expert has over 40 years of broad experience in enterprise scale purchasing. Tom was proactive co-architect of a full-scale Worldwide Purchasing process for GM, and was also involved in subsequent process improvements. Tom has automotive experience in manufacturing, engineering, product development, operations, cost engineering, and supplier development.

He has specialized in Supply Chain Management buying and/or approving the purchase of parts and services in the automobile industry and has overseen the purchase of $5.6 billion per year in vehicle electrical/electronic and powertrain parts. He spent time in Brazil as Director for General Motors do Brasil Worldwide Purchasing with responsibilities over Machinery and Equipment, Indirect Materials, and Services covering Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East (LAAM) and focused on growth in those regions.

Tom is extremely familiar with the automotive industry’s top 100 suppliers and has reviewed, negotiated, and implemented supplier contracts, calculated damages upon contract termination, and visited supplier facilities globally. In Materials Management and Logistics, he has initiated “cost based pricing” to identify future reductions while maintaining supplier profit margins and negotiated contracts that include risk reward clauses. Tom directed the cross-functional Delphi Automotive Focus Team for Global Sourcing and Advance Purchasing.

Since retiring from General Motors, Tom has started two businesses and is President/CEO at Team Sundance LLC that specializes in engineering/consulting and Six Degrees Pro specializing in an expert witness. These businesses located in Eagle River, MI interface with the leadership at Michigan Tech.


Michael Hauswirth
Executive VP – COO Superior National Bank

As Chief Operating Officer of Superior National Bank Mike provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure that the bank has the proper operational controls, administrative procedures and people systems in place to effectively grow the bank, and to ensure continued financial strength.

Prior to his current role, Mike was the CEO of Aspirus Keweenaw and Ontonagon hospitals.  Mike was responsible for the overall performance and stability of two Aspirus Hospitals and their six clinic locations in the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Michigan Technological University.  He lives in Hancock, Michigan and is an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors of numerous community-based organizations.


Heath A. Nunnemacher
Program Manager with Milwaukee Tool Corporation, and Owner/Managing Director of Galland Henning Nopak, Inc.

Milwaukee Tool Corporation is an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, accessories, and hand tools for professional users worldwide, where he is responsible for strategy development and execution of new product categories. Previously at Apple, Inc., he managed global product quality within the desktop (Mac) operations group. Previous experience also includes Charter Automotive, where he managed global product engineering and led new product launches across manufacturing facilities in the U.S., U.K., and China.

Heath has lived as an expat in both China and Germany. Galland Henning Nopak, Inc. is a privately-held manufacturer of high-density balers and hydraulic and pneumatic valves and cylinders. Mr. Nunnemacher holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA from Michigan Technological University and lives with his wife Amy in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.


Scott Raffaelli
Vice President and General Manager, Pettibone Traverse Lift

Scott Raffaelli is the Vice President and General Manager of Pettibone Traverse Lift, headquartered in Baraga, MI.

Scott joined Pettibone in 2010 as the General Manager for the Pettibone Traverse Facility in Baraga.  Since then, he was promoted to the Director of Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement, and eventually the Vice President of Operations for the Pettibone Heavy Equipment Group, prior to his current role.  This group has manufacturing facilities located in Superior, WI and Baraga, MI, producing heavy equipment for the forestry, construction, and oil and gas industries.       

Scott began his career at Tyco International, working in their fire protection products division as a Manufacturing Engineer and Project Engineer, and eventually moved into Production Management, which included Six Sigma certification.  In 2004, he was hired at Terex Corporation as a Lean Promotions Manager in their Aerial Work Platform division.  The primary focus of this role was to utilize the tools of the Toyota Production System to facilitate continuous improvement activities, which included deployment of Kaizen events over a variety of product lines.  Scott was promoted to Operations Manager in 2007, with responsibility for the Baraga, MI facility. 

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, with emphasis on manufacturing.


Ron Staley
Senior Vice President, The Christman Company

Ron has been with the organization for 33 years and is currently leading the reestablishment of a new construction management and general contracting office in the City of Detroit.   He founded Christman’s Historic Preservation Group in 1992 providing construction services for high profile national historic landmarks across the US and foreign countries.

Ron earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Industrial Management) and Associate of Applied Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Michigan Technological University.

He is on the Board of Directors of The Christman Company and multiple non-profit boards, and honored as a Fellow in the Association for Preservation Technology International and Honorary Affiliate of the Michigan Chapter American Institute of Architects.  


Paul Stinson
Chief Growth Officer, Sunquest Information Systems

Stinson is an accomplished, seasoned executive with 35 years of experience in the field of Healthcare Information Technology. He has delivered hundreds of global products and services to the healthcare community from conception to commercialization. After completing his bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan Tech in 1984, Stinson went on to hold multiple VP and C-suite positions at leading healthcare IT companies, including Sunquest, Sage and MediQuest. As a key member of the senior leadership team at Sunquest, he has implemented AGILE development techniques to improve product time to market, and delivered order intake above expectations and quota for eight straight quarters. Stinson is currently a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society,  Product Development and Management Association and Dean's Advisory Council.


Andy Storm
President and CEO of Eckhart, Inc

Andy has been with the company since 2015 and is responsible for helping the world’s largest industrial companies adopt Industry 4.0 by accelerating the integration and use of advanced manufacturing solutions that include autonomous guided vehicles, collaborative robots, additive manufacturing, micro sensor/spatial positioning systems, and highly engineered ergonomic lift-assist and secure tools.

Andy earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration (Industrial Management) and Mechanical Engineering Technology from Michigan Technological University and as a Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Systems from the MIT School of Engineering.

He is on the Board of Directors of Eckhart Holdings Company and serves on multiple boards in the southeast Michigan area. 


Michael Tomko
Vice President of Human Resources for Challenge Manufacturing

Michael is responsible for providing leadership, vision and strategy for all aspects of the human capital management process to ensure that the needs of internal and external customers are meet with quality services.  Prior to joining Challenge Manufacturing, he was Vice President of Operations and member of Hastings Manufacturing Company, LLC where he was responsible for all aspects of the international manufacturing company.

Michael has a masters certificate in Human Resource Management from Michigan State University, he earned a 6-Sigma Black Belt from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Harvard Business Schools’ program for leadership development. 

Michael has served on several boards including Chairman of the brownfield redevelopment authority (BRA) and the land development finance authority (LDFA) for the City of Hastings, Michigan. 


Aaron Troschinetz
General Manager, North America for Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA)

Aaron has over (20) years of various Operations, Quality and Program Management direct experiences supporting the Automotive-related industry. He has successfully managed implementations with ISO 9001/14001 and ISO/TS 16949 while in industry. In addition, he has directly led Automotive, Aerospace, Quality, Environmental and other 3rd party certification programs in both Technical and Operational leadership roles within the Certification Body (CB) industry.

Lastly, Aaron is an active Certified Quality Manager/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) as well as Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) through the American Society of Quality (ASQ).