The purpose of the College of Engineering Advisory and Advancement Board is to provide support for the Dean and the College to help improve the quality of the academic, research and outreach programs. Members of the board advise the College, advocate for the College and advance the College.
Board Member Resources
President and CEO - Ackerman-Estvold
Ryan Ackerman is the President and CEO of Ackerman-Estvold. He has over fifteen years of experience including project management, design and construction engineering and land surveying. Ryan's technical expertise and passion lies in the area of water resources. Most notably, Ryan has led the Ackerman-Estvold team members involved in the large scale Mouse River Flood Protection Plan project. He also serves as the local public communications spokesperson, all to help his community, and the communities he serves, recover from the devastating 2011 flood. In 2010, Ryan was acknowledged by Business Watch Magazine as one of the Top 40 Professionals Under 40 in the state of North Dakota.
CEO - KLJ
Dean Anagnost is the CEO at KLJ. Prior to becoming CEO in 2017, Dean served as KLJ’s Chief Financial Officer, playing an influential role on the company’s executive team. He started at the company in 1991 as an electrical engineer. Dean is a registered professional engineer and a graduate of the electrical engineering program at NDSU. He has also completed post-graduate work in business and finance at UND. Dean is a Fellow of the Senior Executive Institute of ACEC/Advanced Management Institute and a member of the 2016-2017 ACEC North Dakota Executive Committee.
Chairman of the Board - Appareo Systems
Barry Batcheller serves as Chairman of the Board at Appareo Systems, LLC. Barry earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from NDSU in 1977. Following graduation, Barry joined Steiger Tractor, Inc. as an electronics design engineer. In 1983, he founded Integrated Technical Systems Corporation in Valley City, ND on behalf of Steiger and was their COO. In 1987, he founded Phoenix International Corporation and served as President and CEO. After the sale of Phoenix to John Deere in 1999, Barry was appointed John Deere’s Director of Technology Growth. Barry retired from John Deere in 2005 and founded Appareo. He served as Appareo’s President and CEO until 2017. He received an honorary doctorate degree from NDSU in 2010, was awarded the NDSU Alumni Achievement Award in 2012 and received the NDSU Heritage Award in 2018.
Retired - Operating Vice President - Eaton Corporation
Spencer Duin worked in the electrical industry for 37 years, retiring from Eaton Corp. in 2000 as an Operating Vice President. Spencer has served on several non-profit boards, including a hospital board in Pennsylvania, Habitat for Humanity and his local church. In addition, he remains connected to NDSU through volunteer service to the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, as well as service on the board for the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association. Spencer graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from NDSU in 1966. He later attended the Stanford University Executive Program. Spencer served the U.S. Army and spent 18 months in Turkey.
President - Comquest Corporation
Robert Gaffaney operates a consulting practice in suburban Chicago specializing in the development of software applications and services. Through this firm, he has worked for the Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratories, as well as IBM, Motorola and others. In recent years, his focus has been developing control system communication software for the Building Technologies subsidiary of Siemens AG. Robert was born and raised in Fargo, where he attended St. Anthony’s Grade School, Shanley High School and NDSU. At NDSU he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering.
President and CEO - MDU Resources Group
David Goodin is the President and CEO and a Director of MDU Resources Group, Inc. He joined Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. as an electrical engineer in 1983 and moved to the General Office in Bismarck, ND in 1993, where he oversaw the electric system operations. Dave was named Vice President of Operations in 2000, and in 2007 was promoted to President of Cascade Natural Gas Corporation. In 2008, he assumed his responsibilities as President of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., Great Plains Natural Gas Corporation and Intermountain Gas Company. Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from NDSU in 1983. He has an MBA from UND and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard. Dave is a Registered Professional Engineer in North Dakota.
Project Manager - Metropolitan Airports Commission
Jennifer Gora is a Project Manager at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) in Minneapolis. Prior to joining MAC in 2016, she was in consulting practice where her career focused on aviation/transportation design and construction. She has worked on projects for general aviation, reliever and commercial airports at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, Louisville International Airport and St. Paul Downtown Airport. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in environmental engineering from NDSU. She is a Professional Engineer registered in MN, IN, and KY. She has also been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on local boards and Society level committees.
Vice President of Global Innovation - Doosan Bobcat
Joel Honeyman is the Vice President of Global Innovation for Doosan Bobcat Inc. In his innovation role, he is responsible for driving a culture of innovation in order to research, pilot, and apply new technologies that can create new products, processes and businesses. Joel joined Bobcat Company in 1997 in the marketing and training group and has worked with customers and dealers in various staff positions as a National Accounts Manager, Regional Sales Manager and Vice President of North American Sales. He graduated from NDSU with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree agricultural and applied economics.
Managing Partner - Crescendo Capital Partners
Jennifer Hopkins is a Managing Partner at Crescendo Capital Partners LLC., a private investment company. Crescendo invests in businesses that present an opportunity to accelerate growth and enhance profitability. She is currently CEO of one of Crescendo’s portfolio companies, American Medical. Prior to forming Crescendo, Jennifer was employed at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. She is currently on the board of SpectraLogic Corporation, a manufacturer of tape storage devices, and Sartori Cheese. She is active in several nonprofit organizations including Craig Hospital Foundation, Busted Halo and the NDSU Development Foundation. Hopkins holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from NDSU and master's degree from Stanford University.
President and CEO - Mortenson
Dan Johnson is the President and CEO of Mortenson. He joined Mortenson in 1986 and has served many roles including estimating, operations, business development and senior leadership. Dan is active on several Boards including Fastenal, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the ACE Mentor Program. He is also a member of the Construction Industry Roundtable (CIRT) and the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative (CIECI). Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from NDSU.
Vice President - Tenaska Inc.
Todd Jonas is the Sr. Vice President of Operations & Asset Management for Tenaska, Inc. Tenaska, Inc. provides energy development services. It operates through its subsidiaries which offer energy marketing, power generation, private equity, gas exploration and production services. The company was founded by Howard L. Hawks and Thomas E. Hendricks in 1987 and is headquartered in Omaha, NE. Todd graduated from NDSU in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
CEO and Co-Founder - Myriad Mobile
Jake Joraanstad is the co-founder and CEO of Myriad Mobile, a mobile software development company headquartered in Fargo. Jake and his team of developers, designers and strategists have worked on nearly 300 projects and helped businesses of all sizes solve problems through inventive technologies. Jake is heavily involved in the region’s entrepreneurial community. He is a co-founder of Emerging Prairie and enjoys helping with local startup events including Startup Weekend Fargo and 1 Million Cups Fargo. He serves as a board member and technology advisor for BogoBrush, an ecologically sound and socially engaged toothbrush company. Recognized as one of Prairie Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, Jake is passionate about helping others succeed in business and utterly obsessed with technology that makes life simpler. You can follow Jake on Twitter at @jakefromfargo
Advanced Technology Manager - John Deere Electronic Solutions
Adrian Kallis is the Advanced Technology Manager at John Deere Electronic Solutions (JDES). As a supporting business within John Deere, JDES develops reliable and rugged electronic components and systems, that function under the most extreme conditions. Adrian joined the company in 1990 and has held various positions including Software Design Engineer, Design Engineering Manager, Manager of Project Management and Manager of Business & Information Systems. Adrian has been in his current role as Manager of Advanced Technology since 2013. Adrian is the recipient of five patent awards, and was responsible for leading the development team designing the first John Deere electronic engine controllers. Adrian received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from NDSU in 1988.
David M. King
Senior Vice President of Operations at SAIC
David M. King currently serves as a Senior Vice President of Operations in the Civilian Markets Customer Group within SAIC, a $6.5B Federal Engineering and IT services firm. He has over 35 years of professional experience, the past 20 with SAIC, in major program management, complex business operations, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business development and marketing. In his current position he is responsible for the successful delivery of a $5B portfolio of complex, broad-based engineering and IT services contracts supporting multiple Federal agencies, both domestically and abroad. King is a former Naval Officer, concluding his service as an Engineering Duty Officer following tours as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Cruiser/Destroyer fleet. He holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Naval Post Graduate School as well as a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from NDSU.
President and CEO - Oceaneering
Roderick A. Larson is the President and CEO of Oceaneering International, Inc., a global provider of engineered services and products to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deep-water applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense and aerospace industries. Oceaneering has approximately 9,300 employees working in locations around the world. Rod joined Oceaneering in May 2012 after 22 years with Baker Hughes, Inc., most recently as President, Latin America. He received his MBA from Rice University in 2007 and his bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from NDSU in 1990.
Executive Vice President - Black & Veatch
Roger P. Lenertz is an Executive Vice President in Black & Veatch’s power business. He is responsible for all aspects of the Power Generation Services and Renewable Energy profit and loss (P&L) centers, including business strategies, business development, sales, project execution, technology leadership, client management, business operations, industry technology leadership and P&L results. These two business P&Ls have hundreds of ongoing projects employing over 1,000 full time engineers. Lenertz has extensive experience in the power industry on domestic and international projects and he has led the design and implementation of the Six Sigma program in Black & Veatch's business operations.
Vice President of Engineering, CRHF - Medtronic
Bill Plombon is a Vice President of Engineering at Medtronic and is responsible for leading an R&D engineering team of over 230 engineers. Bill started at Medtronic in 1989 and helped develop one of Medtronic’s first commercialized implantable defibrillators. Over the last 29 years, he’s played an increasingly larger role in product development of Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators, Implantable Pacemakers, Implantable Cardiac Monitors and Instrument Systems. Named a Medtronic Technical Fellow Bill has been recognized with several of Medtronic’s highest technical leadership awards. Prior to Medtronic he worked at Rosemount Aero Space and Honeywell Defense Systems. He graduated from NDSU in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering.
Founder and CEO - Suitsoft, Inc.
ND Reddy is the founder and CEO of Sutisoft, Inc. and has been driving the company’s strategy and execution since its launch in 2000. A passionate technology entrepreneur, under ND's guidance Sutisoft has launched over 30 innovative software solutions, ranging from expense management to advanced biometric authentication. As an entrepreneur, ND invests and sits on the board of a number of fast growing startup companies. His areas of interest include software, semiconductors and consumer electronics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Osmania University, a masters from NDSU and an MBA from Santa Clara University. In the past, he has received significant industry recognition including an “Entrepreneur of the Year” award by a consortium of Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch.
Director of Signal Engineering - BNSF
Jerry Specht is the Director of Signal Engineering for BNSF Railway Company. Jerry was born in Bismarck, ND and raised in Center, ND. He graduated from NDSU in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, he worked at Hutchinson Technologies as a Controls Engineer. Later in 1999, he was hired at BNSF Railway Company as a Corporate Management Trainee. Jerry has held various positions at BNSF including Signal Supervisor, General Construction Supervisor, Manager of Special Projects, General Signal Supervisor, Assistant Division Engineer, Manager of Signals and is currently the Director of Signal Engineering. He is also on the Communication & Signals Board of Directors for the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association.
CEO and Chairman of the Board - Steffes, LLC
Paul Steffes is CEO and Chairman of the Board at Steffes, LLC. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NDSU in 1973 and founded the company in Dickinson, ND that same year. Steffes has grown from 2 employees then to about 400 today. His dedication to a strong company culture, quality work and entrepreneurial spirit has propelled him to lead Steffes to be one of the largest and most diverse manufacturing companies in the region. Steffes, LLC. strives to reinvent itself every 5 years and their vision is “To inspire and empower people to create innovative products solutions that revolutionize the industry.”
Vice President - Vareberg Engineering
Emmy L. Vareberg, PE, is the Vice President of Vareberg Engineering, Ltd., a consulting engineering firm based in Fargo. She has served in this position since joining the company in 1999. In this role, she provides the financial management, business operations and development and personnel management for the company. Prior to working at Vareberg, Emmy was employed at a consulting engineering firm as an industrial engineer. She graduated from NDSU in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management. After graduation, she spent several years working for Iowa Health Systems as a management engineer performing quality analysis, process improvement and space studies. Emmy has served on the Industrial & Manufacturing Advisory Board for over 20 years and is also a member of the FM Engineers Club.
CEO - Moore Engineering
Jeff Volk, PE, is the CEO of Moore Engineering. Jeff has worked at Moore Engineering since graduating from NDSU 40 years ago. As a leader, he has guided Moore Engineering through a period of historic growth. As a water resources engineer, he has played a leading role in some of the largest and most important projects in the region, including the Sheyenne River Diversion, the Maple River Dam and the Red River Diversion. Jeff is a devoted NDSU Bison supporter and serves on several boards, including the FMWF Chamber, the Greater FM Economic Development Corporation and the NDSU Development Foundation. He is passionate about ensuring Moore Engineering remains a sustainable organization that creates opportunities for employees who seek a company culture that values family, expects excellence and rewards results.
Retired - Director - Hess Corporation
Warren Walhaug retired from Shell Oil in 2013 and from Hess Corporation in 2017, with broad engineering and leadership positions in domestic and international assignments. Warren earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from NDSU and his MBA from Tulane University (New Orleans) and Institute for Management Development (Switzerland). He has over 41 years of experience in the petroleum industry and major consulting engineering companies. He is presently enjoying ranching in ND, grandchildren in AL, skiing in Montana and global sailing competitions.
President - Welch Engineering
Tim Welch is the President of Welch Engineering. He specializes in consulting civil engineering with experience in planning, design, construction, project management and contract administration. His experience encompasses many fields of design with his primary focus in land development projects. Tim’s diverse construction background includes general construction experience in the single family area and commercial and retail area, working as a Construction General Manager on projects throughout the country. In addition, he brings his effective experience in local and state government. Currently, Tim is serving his fifth term as city councilman for the city of North Richland Hills.