Industrial Management and Applied Engineering Advisory Board

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Our advisory board members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in their respective fields, ensuring that our strategies and decisions are well-informed and aligned with industry best practices.

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Board Members

Jim Akers*

Quality Manager
Woodward, Inc.
5001 North Second Street
P.O. Box 7001
Rockford, IL 61125

Shawn Batka*

Vice President, Supply Chain Operations
1800 Swift Drive
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Nick Baudino*

Quality Manager
Caterpillar, Inc.
835 White Tail Bend
Manteno, IL 60950

Glenn Edwards*

Continuous Improvement Manager
IPG – Intertape Polymer Group
2200 N McRoy Dr
Carbondale, IL 62901

Kent Gouty*

Quality Engineer (retired)
General Motors
2718 Morgan Dr.
Bedford, IN 47421

Chris Krafft*

Plant Manager
1700 Franklin Blvd.
Libertyville, IL 60048

Chuck Kuhn*

Improvement Consultant

Derek Naylor*

Senior Manager, eCommerce Fulfillment Engineering
Sam's Club

Chris Numi*

Continuous Improvement Specialist
Southern Illinois Healthcare
509 South University Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901

Erik Perks*

Plant Director
Prysmian Group
1453 S. Washington St.
DuQuoin, IL 62832

Jim Sheehan*

General Manager
Radiac Abrasives
1015 S College Street
Salem, IL 62881

Gabriel Smith*

Plant Quality Engineering Manager
John Deere
1619 E. Wood Oaks
Springfield, MO 65804

Kyle Snow*

Major Projects Liaison
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
VA St. Louis Health Care System
1 Jefferson Barracks Drive
Saint Louis, Missouri 63125

Bart Welker*

Operational Excellence Manager
Senior Process Architect
Illuminative Strategies Inc.

* Denotes Alumnus