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Advisory Board

External Advisory Board (EAB) Role

The Advisory Board is an external group of industry professionals who support the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho. The Board serves a vital role in linking and aligning the department's strategic objectives and activities with the interests of external industrial and academic stakeholders. The Board is comprised of alumni, engineering professionals, and other experts in their fields who provide guidance to the Department. The Board's makeup is designed to provide ideas, constructive criticism, industry perspective, professional experience and insight, assistance in launching outreach/development initiatives, and serve as ambassadors for the Department, College, and the University. Board actions satisfy an important ABET requirement and thereby help the department maintain its accreditation.

EAB Members

Jonathan Richards
Advisory Board Chairperson
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
Pullman, WA

Amanda Battles
Clearwater Paper Corporation
Spokane, WA

Tim Crawford
Past Chairperson

Sharon Eroshenko
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Boise, ID

Greg Hall

Gene Hamacher
TechHelp - Idaho Manufacturing Specialists
Boise, ID

Alex Hanson
Janicki Industries
Sedro-Woolley, WA

PJ Henscheid
Spokane, WA

Victoria (Tory) Kampfer
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF)
Bremerton, WA

Molly McGee
Hecla Limited - Lucky Friday Mine
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Brown Myles
Boeing Corporation
Chicago, IL

Luke Nelson
Nelson Irrigation
Walla Walla, WA

Caitlin Owsley
Past Chairperson
Janicki Industries
Sedro-Woolley, WA

Tom Pfeiffer
Past Chairperson
Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho Falls, ID

Gabriel Potirniche
ME Department Head
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID

Shawn Riffe
Encoder Products
Sagle, ID

Dan Schneider
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
Pullman, WA

Jamie Slippy
Daher Aircraft Company
Wissous Cedex, France

Jeff Smutny
Past Chairperson
US Army Corps of Engineers
Washington, D.C.

Matt Soden
Blue Origin
Kent, WA

Todd Swanstrom
Past Chairperson
Western Trailer Co.
Spokane Valley, WA

Mike Thompson
Wagstaff, Inc.
Spokane Valley, WA

Contact Us

Engineering Physics Building Rm. 324K

Mailing Address:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Phone: 208-885-6579