Advisory Council

Purpose

The purpose of the ISE Advisory Council is to provide input and support for the department. This includes advising faculty and the department chair about all of its programs, students, projects and centers and providing contributions to the department.

Advisory Council Operating Procedures

If you are interested in being on the ISE Advisory Council, please e-mail Kathy Rambo at kgr0-at-lehigh-dot-edu.


Ray Glemser ’83, ’84 Ph.D. - Advisory Council Chair

Ray Glemser

Ray graduated with his Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering in 1983 and his Ph.D. from the department in 1984. He is President of Glemser Technologies, which is an IT consulting services firm with broad experience in all aspects of effectively automating business processes to ensure regulatory compliance, increase productivity and reduce operational costs for the Life Sciences industry (pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies).


Anthony Hillman ’01 - Past Chair

Anthony Hillman

Anthony is a Director at MetaPharm, a consulting firm specializing in sales and marketing in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. In 2010, Anthony co-founded Lumad Medical Systems, an Electronic Medical Records software company, with three other Lehigh Alumni. Anthony has previously worked at PHARMAnalysts, marketRx, General Motors, and Accenture.

 


Richard Holtz ’67

Richard Holtz is President of InfiniSys Inc., an Electronic Architecture and Consulting firm founded in 1989. The firm uses the Principal’s broad operations and senior management background, which included significant Multi-National client exposure, to create award-winning designs and continue to develop an award winning Team.

Richard has been instrumental in developing and implementing the concept of the NetworkedApartment™. The Post branded implementation known as PostSmart™ continues to be rolled out at all of their new properties. Roseland Properties has won national acclaim for its InfiniSys developed RoseLink™ offering. JPI, FirstWorthing, and Roseland are standardized in the use of the InfiniSys branded NetworkedApartment Gateway™. Richard has been repeatedly named to the top 25 list of most influential individuals in multi-family technology (the latest in 2011). Richard and his Team at InfiniSys have won 4 prestigious CEA Mark of Excellence awards for technology deployments over the past years. Richard and his Team have actively participated in the development of such standards as: BACNet, TIA-568/570, HERS (DOE), Canada 525 and other IEC/IEC standards relating to Home and Building Control/Infrastructure.

Richard is a Board member of Onepath Networks (Foxcom); and serves on the advisory boards of several entrepreneurial companies in North America. He and his Team are active in BICSI, CABA, CEA, CEDIA, NAA, NAHB, NMHC and SCTE. He is frequently invited to lecture and teach courses that center on the business opportunities afforded by Integrated Home Systems - Networks and has authored many articles on the subject.

He has both Industrial Engineering and MBA degrees from Lehigh. He is the immediate past President of Temple Beth-El in Ormond Beach, FL, and has been on their Executive Committee for the last 10 years. Additionally, Richard is a national board member of the URJ and is a Vice Chair of the URJ’s South District and MUM Lead for North Florida. Richard holds active membership in the URJ’s Technology, Communications, and Budget Committees. Richard is a recipient of the Paul Harris medal awarded by his local Rotary Club. Mr. Holtz spent 20 years as a Volunteer Fire Department Officer and was a nationally licensed paramedic and heart association instructor-trainer.


Ray Hoving ’69, ’71G

Ray graduated from Lehigh with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1969 and a MS in Management Science in 1971. He is retired from a 40 year career in Information Technology leadership. His last assignment was as Senior Vice President – Talent Management Solutions for the Bernard Hodes Group, which is part of Omnicom, a $16B marketing and media giant.

Prior to joining Hodes in 2008, Ray was an independent IT management consultant for 10 years. He specialized in aligning IT with business strategy, applications and infrastructure management best practices, and IT project excellence. In addition, he provided educational services to clients in areas such as project management, IT leadership, and executive education.

He had over 25 years of IT management experience, mostly with Air Products and Chemicals Inc, a global Fortune 250 manufacturer. His assignments included heading applications development, emerging technologies, and IT infrastructure services for the corporation. He served as CIO for a multi-billion dollar division of the company.

He was President of the Society for Information Management. SIM is the leading professional association for CIO’s and other key IT leaders with over 4000 members worldwide.

Ray is currently an Executive on Grounds for the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He was an Adjunct Professor for the MBA programs of Temple and Lehigh Universities, and has taught in the Wharton, MIT, Babson, UCLA, and UVA Executive Education programs.


Lane Jorgensen '64, '65G

ljorgLane Jorgensen has over 30 years of experience in leading, transitioning and building global technology-based businesses.

He is President and founder of the Stonebridge Group, LLC that has provided strategic, operational and business development consulting services to senior management for global technology-based companies, including the IBM Corporation.

His executive experience includes being the Chief Executive Officer for Schrodinger, a global software leader focused on delivering leading drug discovery and materials science to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and materials marketplace.

Previously, he was a senior executive at the IBM Corporation, responsible for helping to build several product, software and services businesses. In his last position with IBM, he was a General Manager, IBM Global Services, which included geographic responsibility for strategic outsourcing, managed and internet services, and IT delivery, before retiring.  Prior, Lane was a founding executive of IBM Global Services (ISSC), today a $50B business, responsible for worldwide market operations and strategy. Earlier in his career in product management leadership positions, he launched several multi-billion dollar product lines within IBM’s enterprise software and product business areas. His line and client management experience includes the industrial, financial services, technology and healthcare sectors. Lane started his 30-year IBM career as a Systems Engineer in Bethlehem, PA.

Mr. Jorgensen earned M.S. in Management Science (’65) and B.S. in Industrial Engineering (’64) degrees from Lehigh University. He has held visiting instructor and adjunct professor positions at Lehigh University Graduate Business School and Northampton College, respectively. He also serves on non-profit and local boards and committees.


Ravi Kulasekaran '88G

Ravi Kulasekaran Ravi is a serial entrepreneur based out of Silicon Valley, California. With over 20 years of industry experience, he is passionate about building technology startup companies and motivated teams. Currently he is working in the capacity of founder and CEO of Colabus and Stridus. Other companies that he had founded and run include Adtvworld, Appshop and Simplify.

Ravi was founder and CEO of Appshop, a highly successful ASP for Oracle Applications that was acquired by AT&T. Ravi also founded Simplify Inc.; a turnkey systems integrator for ERP deployments.

Ravi also worked at Oracle Corporation in their consulting and applications development division, as well as served as an instructor for the Oracle Consulting boot camps. At Valisys Corp. he worked as an Applications Engineer providing CIM and concurrent engineering solutions for major aerospace, defense, and automotive companies.

Ravi holds a M.S in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh Univeristy, Bethlehem, PA and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering, India.

Apart from work, Ravi enjoys music, watching football, playing table tennis, travel, tutoring math and science for high school kids, advising budding entrepreneurs and conjuring up new ideas for future startups.


Barry Levine ’81

Barry Levine

Barry Levine graduated from Lehigh in 1981 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was recruited by Arthur Andersen to work in their consulting division, where he worked until 1984. He worked with Andersen clients on using technology to improve communications between the shop floor and management. During that time, Barry joined a task force to explore personal computers as a new business area for Andersen. In 1984, Barry and two other senior people from Arthur Andersen formed Microcomputer Consulting Group, Inc (MCG). The company focuses on helping small/medium businesses by developing custom, personal computer software and utilizing small computers cost effectively throughout the firm across many industries. Although the technology has changed, the company’s focus has stayed the same to this day. Barry continues to be a principle in the New York City-based firm.

During the start of the Internet craze, MCG opened a web development firm in 1994 called Image 9, where Barry was President. During that time they successfully implemented early concepts of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and early techniques for doing online Business-to-Consumer catalog sales for firms such as Brookstone.

Today, Barry works with companies to implement MCG’s unique proactive outsourced technology service they branded a ‘Computer HMO’, which has become very popular among professional services companies all over the NY tri-state area.

During his time at Lehigh, Barry was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and played on the lacrosse team for 3 years.

Barry lives on Long Island with his wife Susan of 24 years and 3 children Max 21 (senior at Penn State), Jacob 17 and Brenna 15.


Sunil Misser ’88G

Sunil Misser

Sunil (Sunny) A. Misser is the Chief Executive Officer of AccountAbility. Previously, Mr. Misser served as Chairman of AccountAbility, and led its Advisory Services arm. Prior to joining AccountAbility, Mr. Misser was Global Managing Partner of the Sustainability Advisory Business at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Before that, he was Global Strategy Leader for PwC's Assurance and Business Advisory Services -- the firm's accounting, risk management, and consulting operation. He also served as the New York Metro leader for the Governance, Risk and Compliance practice. During his career, Mr. Misser has been a strategic business advisor to CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 companies and multi-lateral organizations (MLOs).

Mr. Misser has extensive experience working with global clients, developing and implementing solutions in the areas of strategy, structure, process, people, and systems; improving the efficiency and effectiveness of global value chains; designing and implementing enterprise-wide performance improvement solutions; and managing complex business transformations. His clients have included: Abbott Laboratories, Merck, Pfizer, Nestle, Anheuser Busch, UBS, Citigroup, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, ConocoPhillips, Cinergy Duke, Saudi Aramco, Kodak, Seagram, Microsoft, Mobily, International Copper Association, National Institute of Standards and Technology, World Economic Forum, and The United Nations.

Previously, Mr. Misser worked in industry in operations and advanced manufacturing with Mars, Inc. and Honeywell. He holds an M.S. in Management from the MIT/Sloan School of Management with a concentration in International Business and Technology. He also has an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University in India. Mr. Misser served on the advisory board of E-Business at MIT/Sloan and the advisory board for Innovation and Corporate Responsibility at MIT/Sloan. In addition, he has served as an advisor on the strategy and consulting track at the MIT Sloan School of Management. During his career at PwC, Mr. Misser led a team that published the book: Corporate Responsibility – Strategy, Management and Value. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is often quoted in media such as Fortune, Financial Times, New York Times, New York Stock Exchange Quarterly, Forbes, Dow Jones Interactive, Global Finance and Internal Auditor's Magazine.


Deborah Nagel ’98

dnagelDeb earned her bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. She currently works for General Motors as a Senior Buyer and Global Creativity Team Leader and resides in West Bloomfield, MI. Deb started her career at GM in 2001 as a supplier development engineer. In this role, she quickly made an impact on the organization through her extensive knowledge of lean manufacturing, running numerous workshops. She even assisted suppliers with new manufacturing line design.  Deb’s knowledge of manufacturing processes and interpersonal skills brought her to Lordstown, OH for about a year.  Deb is a unique asset to GM, as she is the only engineer out of 18 buyers. She successfully negotiated the construction of a new assembly plant within close proximity to the GM plant that expects to save GM $20M per year!  Deb continues to create and run training programs at GM and is responsible for resourcing parts for 5 different product lines.


Scott Nestler ’89

snestlerBorn and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Scott T. Nestler graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1989, and was commissioned as a United States Army officer.  He spent eight years assigned to PATRIOT missile units, including deployment to Southwest Asia (SWA) for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and two years in the Republic of Korea.  In 1997 he became an Operations Research / Systems Analyst, and earned a MS in Applied Mathematics (Operations Research) in 1999 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  He taught in the Mathematical Sciences department at West Point and worked as a Force Structure Analyst, at Headquarters, Department of the Army.  After completing a PhD in Management Science and Finance in 2007, in the Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies department, R.H. Smith School of BusinessUniversity of Maryland, he put his studies into action back at West Point as a Research Analyst in the Operations Research Center (ORCEN), Department of Systems Engineering; and as the Director of the Center for Data Analysis and Statistics (CDAS).  In 2009, he deployed overseas as Chief of Strategic Assessments for Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I).  From 2010-2012, Dr. Nestler was an Assistant Professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School.  In 2013, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, with a Master of Strategic Studies degree.  Most recently, he has served as at the Center for Army Analysis. 


raypress Ray Pressburger ’05

Ray is an executive at Accenture aligned with the Life Sciences practice working primarily with Commercial organizations to evolve and adapt their models in support of the changing healthcare landscape.

Specialties: Sales strategy assessment, selling model design, sales force effectiveness (selling methodology, sales enablement, sales talent management), sales operations effectiveness, multichannel selling, commercial analytics, commercial operations, patient engagement and patient services, cross healthcare collaborations, customer value proposition design, go to market strategy


Charles Searight ’73

csearightCharles is founder and Managing Partner of Vector Growth Partners, a management consultancy specializing in growth and innovation.  His prior roles have included: Managing Director of Blue Ridge Partners, focused on value creation through growth for private equity firm portfolio companies, CEO of Canopy International, a B2B infrastructure consulting company, Managing Partner Network Integration at AT&T Solutions, with global responsibility for building innovative, leading-edge data/voice communications solutions, Group VP and Managing Principal, Information Services at Unisys, responsible for all strategy, consulting and systems integration services in the Americas andPartner at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where over a 20-year career he held global leadership roles in the industrial and consumer product industries and with the firm’s enterprise software products

He has extensive international experience, having started a consulting practice in Europe and been directly responsible for businesses in Latin America and Asia in addition to North America.  He has founded, managed, and advised several technology startup ventures in addition to consulting to the world’s largest corporations.  Charles received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and has been certified at the Fellow level (CFPIM) by APICS.


George Snow ’81

George graduated with his Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering in 1981 and received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1985. He is currently Executive Vice President at Full Circle Systems, an Enterprise Software/SaaS technology company focused on automating business processes to increase productivity and reduce costs for the Oil & Gas Industry. Previously, George held leadership positions at Honeywell, McCormack and Dodge, Micro Decsionware and Sybase with expertise in Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise System Integration, and Business Intelligence.


Kathleen Taylor '87

Kathleen Taylor graduated from Lehigh in 1987 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.  She has had a 27 year career with Johnson and Johnson, beginning as a  manufacturing supervisor in Somerville, NJ.  Kathleen gained experience through a variety of manufacturing and engineering roles in Somerville, NJ,  Albuquerque, NM, and Cincinnati, OH.    In addition to working in several US locations, she has worked in Mexico as a Plant Manager in Ciudad Juarez and as  the Managing Director in Neuchatel,  Switzerland.   Following 23 years in the medical device sector of J&J she returned to the US as the Vice President of the Chemical API Global Platform for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical sector where she was responsible for 6 sites across the US, Europe, and Australia. 

Currently she is the Vice President of the Johnson & Johnson Production System.  Her team is responsible for developing and deploying standard supply chain practices and business processes across the Johnson & Johnson manufacturing sites.

During her time at Lehigh Kathleen was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and  played both Lacrosse and Softball as well as Powder-Puff Football.  

Kathleen currently resides in Solebury, PA with her husband and two sons.


Ray Trakimas ’76, ’77 MBA

Ray is Vice President of Enterprise Initiatives at IBM’s Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, New York. He is responsible for defining the cloud computing growth strategy, go to market approach, service offerings and field enablement.

Prior to working with IBM, Ray was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers management consulting practice. Overall, his experience includes consulting work for a variety of multinational corporations including media/entertainment, telecommunication, public utility, hospitality/leisure and consumer product companies.

He has held key leadership roles such as Global Relationship Partner, Practice Area Leader, Industry Leader and Global Sales Leader. His consulting work has involved cross-geo, cross-brand services, and engagement leadership.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and has developed extensive thought leadership regarding financial information system management. He is also a Certified Management Consultant.


Previous Advisory Council Members