Previous Advisory Council Members

The department thanks the following alumni for their time, support and expertise during their term on the Advisory Council.

If you are interested in being on the ISE Advisory Council, please e-mail Abby Barlok at aeb213-at-lehigh-dot-edu.


Autumn Bayles ’92

Served on the council from August 2010 to October 2011

Autumn Bayles

Autumn received her degree in 1992 and is currently senior vice president of Tastykake in Philadelphia. The Tasty Baking Company just recently moved to a new green bakery on the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Autumn was responsible for managing the project and working with the numerous partners and employees to execute it. She has been at the company for seven years. Originally Autumn joined the company as the chief information officer and implemented a multiyear technology-platform overhaul including an SAP Implementation, before being promoted to senior vice president.


Jen Bodenstab ’08

Served on the council from September 2010 to August 2013

Jen Bodenstab

Jen graduated with her Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Leadership in 2008. She is currently an Associate in PricewaterhouseCooper's Mergers & Acquisitions practice, where she focuses on improvement and assessment of Information Technology, back office, and supply chain processes. She also performs buy-side due diligence to help identify key pre-deal issues and post-deal opportunities. Jen joined the Board in Fall 2010 and looks forward to providing input on how students can best prepare themselves to enter today's job market.


Thomas Cassidy ’87

Served on the council from August 2009 to August 2011

Thomas Cassidy

Tom is currently the Director in the PRO Office for Bayada Nurses in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Bayada, Tom worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, UPS, Answerthink and Alliance Consulting. Tom graduated from the ISE Department in 1987 and received his Master’s of Engineering from Penn State.


Katherine Drewes ’06

Served on the council from April 2008 to August 2010

Katherine Drewes

Katie is currently a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory in Virginia. As a Management Consultant with PwC, she helps companies anticipate, create, and manage change. Her recent projects include helping companies develop and implement sustainable cost reduction initiatives to improve their business processes while enhancing their overall financial position. Katie joined the board in spring 2008 and wanted to be able to provide her input on how the program can help make today's students be the most successful after their first few years out of school.


Andrew Duffy ’98

Served on the council from April 2008 to August 2010

Andrew Duffy

Andy started his career at UPS as a co-op in the Philadelphia area during his junior and senior year at Lehigh. He is currently an Operations Business Manager for all pick-up and delivery operations in the southern New Jersey. He graduated from the department in 1998 and received his M.B.A. from Temple in General and Strategic Management in 2006. Andy decided to join the board in 2006, because he wanted to help the department and to have UPS stay connected to Lehigh.


Deborah Halkins ’83G

Served on the council from April 2008 to August 2010

Deborah Halkins

Deborah is Director of Management Engineering Lehigh Valley Health Network in Bethlehem. She is responsible for developing recommendations to produce operational improvements and increase cost effectiveness of hospital activities applying industrial engineering and business management techniques to problem-solving efforts. Deborah received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Penn State and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. from Lehigh.


Keith Krenz '79

Advisory Council Past-Chair

KkrenDuring the early stages of his career after graduating in 1979, Mr. Krenz focused on applying computer simulation, planning, and optimization technology to traditional industrial production environments. In 1983 Mr. Krenz joined Lehigh University to develop and lead its Manufacturing Systems Engineering research initiatives. In early 1987, Mr. Krenz founded an independent industrial engineering firm (Technology Systems Corporation - TSC) that took on challenging business issue in the automotive, pharmaceutical, construction equipment, aerospace, consumer appliance, light metals, plastics, and industrial electronics sectors throughout North America, Europe and South America. Under Mr. Krenz’s leadership, TSC grew to over 200 engineers focusing on multi-year projects involving such issues as supply and value chain design, product portfolio planning and management, and advance product development process design. Mr. Krenz retired from active management of his firm in 2001 while staying on as vice chairman and member of the board of directors through 2004. One of the results of his seventeen years at TSC was his development of an advanced management methodology know as Market-Cash-Capacity-Speed or MCCS. Since retiring from TSC Mr. Krenz has helped launch a radio frequency identification (RFID) company, supported various company acquisition and divestiture efforts, is an active member of the board of directors and advisory boards of various companies, and remains active in new venture development projects.


Karen LaRochelle ’88

Served on the council from August 2008 to August 2011

Karen LaRochelle

Karen is currently the Executive Director of the Strategic Transactions Group for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Co.. Her job focus is on focus on biopharmaceutical collaborations on products and mergers and acquisition of new businesses. This includes valuation and negotiation of strategic collaborations, out-licenses and acquisitions across our disease areas of oncology, antivirals, neuroscience and cardiovascular. Karen has also lead post-execution alliance management on two strategic partnerships.

She joined the Advisory Board in 2007 and hopes to provide a voice on behalf of the student’s education and a link for the students and department to the business world. Karen would also hope to see the ISE department grow in the number of interested undergrad students and strengthen its leadership within the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and Lehigh. With her given pharmaceutical background, she also hopes to influence an increased healthcare focus within the ISE program.


Kurt J. Lesker III ’71

Served on the council from August 2010 to August 2013

Kurt J. Lesker III

Kurt grew up in Pittsburgh Pa, and attended Lehigh from Sept 1967 till graduation June 1971 with his bachelors in Industrial Engineering. He joined the Navy as an Officer thru OCS. Served on Destroyers while in the Navy and had excellent training in management. Kurt completed tour of duty in August of 1974 and then attended the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, receiving my MBA in June of 1976. He later joined Rockwell International from 1976 thru 1979 working in finance at both the corporate headquarters and in a truck axle plant in Newark Ohio. In 1979, he joined the Kurt J. Lesker Company and became its President that year. The company grew from $4 million in sales and a regional market to over $70 million in sales with Global presents in North America, Europe and Asia. The Kurt J. Lesker Company grew from a regional distributor of High and Ultra High Vacuum Products to a global supplier with not only distribution, but also Engineering, Assembly and Machining.

Kurt joined the advisory board, because he believes that this is a critical time in the country for manufacturing. "In order for the USA to compete, we need leadership and institutions, like Lehigh, to teach students how to be a competitive manufacturer in a global economy."


Scott McKay ’78

Served on the council from August 2010 to October 2011

Scott earned his bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the department. He is a retired consultant from Accenture.


Michael Seiden ’63

Served on the council from August 2010 to August 2013

Michael Seiden

Michael J. Seiden was President and CEO of Western International University since 1995, having retired from that position in April 2009. He has more than 20 years experience in adult education, serving as an adjunct faculty member with Regis University, University of Phoenix and Western International University. He served as Executive Director/Program Chair, Technology Programs Department, Univ. of Phoenix and Senior Faculty for that institution. Mr. Seiden also has 25 years of experience in industry, as Director, Information Systems with Johns-Manville Corp. and Managing Consultant at Berger & Co., a regional information management consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Seiden holds Bachelor of Arts in Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degrees from Lehigh University and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from Rutgers University. He has written various articles in professional and trade journals and has presented papers at conferences and seminars throughout the U. S., Canada and Japan. His international experience includes the management of data centers in Canada and France, as well as international educational partnerships in India, the United Arab Emirates and China. Mike joined the Advisory Board because he felt that his experience in industry and education provides a good base for supporting the ISE department in identifying and defining future opportunities for growth and advancement.

"I am looking forward to being able to provide input on new programs and curriculum as well as various delivery methods for the Department's programs (i.e. online education). I am also looking forward to meeting with the faculty and the other Board members and having stimulating discussion sessions."


Stephen Senkowski ’73

Served on the council from August 2009 to August 2013

Stephen Senkowski

Steve received his Bachelor’s in ISE in 1973, and just recently retired from Armstrong Industries this past April. He was Executive Vice-President of AWI, and President and CEO of Armstrong Building Products and Asia-Pacific Operations. Steve was responsible for Armstrong's Ceiling business and all Asian businesses. As an advisory board member, he hopes to bring an understanding of opportunity to apply IE principles and tools to manufacturing.


Barry Wexler ’91

Served on the council from April 2008 to August 2010

Barry Wexler

Barry has over 20 years of experience in various organizational arenas. He is currently a project engineer with Lockheed Martin-Commercial Space Systems, supporting Operations as a Lean Manufacturing Facilitator. He graduated from the department in 1991 and received his Master’s degree in Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology.


Dr. Gary Whitehouse ’60, ’62G

Served on the council from August 2009 to August 2012

Dr. Gary Whitehouse

Gary served as Chair of the University of Central Florida's Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department and Dean of UCF's College of Engineering. His interests include applied operations research, simulation, and computer applications. He has received a number of awards, including recognition as a Fellow from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), the Florida Engineering Society (FES) and the outstanding IIE Publication-of-the-Year Award for his book dealing with computer applications for the industrial engineering field. He has served in a number of leadership roles for the IIE, the FES, INFORMS, and the American Society of Engineering Educators. He is the first recipient of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department’s 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award for achievements in academia.


Dr. Wilson Yale ’73, ’76G, ’78Ph.D.

Served on the council from August 2009 to August 2012

Wilson Yale

Wilson received a BS in Engineering Science with a major in Mathematics in 1973, an MS in Management Science with a concentration in Finance in 1976, a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a Major in Operations Research and a Minor in Information Systems in 1978. He currently works for Morgan Stanley as a Senior Institutional Consultant focusing in preparing written Investment Policy Statements, performing Investment Manager Searches, and providing Investment Performance Monitoring to help fiduciaries avoid Personal Pension Liability and to help individuals manage their retirement assets. Wilson’s goal on the advisory board is to assist with keeping the Senior Project Course and Analytical Finance Programs as viable training platforms.