Dianne Appell   Dean C. Backer   Sarah Lynne Brownhill   Charles Chang   Amish Desai   Michael Field  
                         
  Class of 1992 Oregon Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science, Manufacturing Engineering Technology   Class of 1988 University at Albany Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration   Class of 2004 The University of Toledo B.S., Bioengineering   Class of 1995 Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing   Class of 2003 Drexel University BS, Business Administration, LeBow College of Business   Class of 1986 Rochester Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering  
                         
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. Nagi Naganathan President Oregon Institute of Technology
  NOMINATED BY
Debra Gelinas Assistant Vice Provost, Experiential Learning University at Albany
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. T. Michael Toole, PE Dean of the College of Engineering The University of Toledo
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. Peter Keller Vice President, Academic and Provost Simon Fraser University
  NOMINATED BY
President John A. Fry Drexel University
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. David Munson Jr. President Rochester Institute of Technology
 
                         
  Dianne Appell leads a diverse team of engineers and operations personnel in the design and implementation of the 777 Future Production System as a Boeing Company Program Manager. Over her 25 year career, Dianne has led multiple cross-functional teams with responsibility for production system design, manufacturing execution system design, business process development and functional skill development. She views her role mentoring future leaders as an essential investment. Dianne is the Boeing Executive Focal to Oregon Tech, partnering with academia to develop curricula for graduates that meet emerging industry needs as well as relevant continuing education opportunities for current Boeing employees.   Dean Backer began his first and only internship, at Kidder Peabody, on an ominous date, October 19, 1987, Black Monday. The worldwide stock market crash did not deter him, and only strengthened his attraction to finance. After beginning his career at Andersen Consulting, Backer joined Goldman Sachs, an Andersen client. As a Managing Director and Partner, Backer oversees and serves as global head of sales and capital introduction in the global securities service business. He supports the University at Albany through the Dean C. Backer ‘88 Scholarship, membership on the Dean’s Advisory Board and mentoring students.   Sarah Brownhill, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Development for Foot and Ankle at Zimmer Biomet. Sarah graduated with a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Toledo, and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. As a development engineer, Sarah designed the orthopedic industry’s first patient-specific total ankle instruments at Wright Medical Technology, a surgical helmet at CoorsTek Medical, and a total ankle arthroplasty system at Zimmer Biomet. Sarah has managed development engineers, published 7 literature articles, received a Young Investigator Award, contributed to over 25 conference proceeding abstracts, posters and presentations, and has 3 issued patents.   Charles Chang is a born entrepreneur with a passion for innovation, active living and mentoring. While at SFU, he completed four Co-op work terms and even met his wife on his first Co-op work term. He is currently the President and Founder of Lyra Growth Partners, which provides smart private capital and brand-savvy coaching to emerging consumer brands. Prior to starting Lyra Growth Partners, Charles was the President and Founder of Vega until it sold in 2015 for US$550 million. In 2016, he donated $10 million to the SFU Beedie School of Business to establish the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship.   Mr. Desai is the Founder and Portfolio Manager of Red Spruce Capital, a registered investment advisory firm. He has extensive portfolio management experience and has worked in a variety of institutional settings, conducting fundamental research and due diligence on a wide variety of investments for clients’ portfolios. Previously, he was an Equity Research Analyst for Gardner Lewis Asset Management. His co-op experience with Susquehanna International Group led to a full-time position with the Group as a Portfolio Manager. He completed two other co-ops including one at Towers Watson (previously Towers Perrin), where he worked managing pension and benefit obligations, and another at Verizon Communications, where he worked managing SEC reporting statistics.   Michael Field is Chief Executive Officer for The Raymond Corporation, including the operations, sales and marketing, engineering and administrative functions. Previously, Field served as the president of operations and engineering, and vice president of engineering. Field is a member of the Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) executive team. He is also chairman and director on the Board of New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, Inc., and is a board member of the New York State Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). Additionally, he is a board member of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA).