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Graduate Engineering Advisory Board
DANIEL BARULLI, FedEx
Danny Barulli is currently a Program Manager at FedEx TechConnect. He is implementing a Contact Center that will provide hardware and software repairs for customers. Leveraging the existing logistic networks for shipping and packaging, FedEx TechConnect will provide a unique service for personal electronic devices. Danny graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1988 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, from Harding Theological Seminary in 1998 with a Master of Divinity and Christian Brothers University in 2004 with a Master of Engineering Management. He is an adjunct professor at Mid-South Christian College and serves as an elder at his home church in Southaven, MS. He has been married for over 21 years to his wife Wendy and together they have four children.
MICHAEL BELK, Flextronics
Michael S. Belk is a Senior IT Manager at Flextronics and is responsible for all IT at the Memphis facility. Michael has a wide-ranging career that includes 13 years in the Military and has managed computer operations, computer training, and software testing groups. In addition, he has a wealth of experience in IT contract negotiations/management, vendor relationship management, financial and systems analysis, internal IT auditing, and over 10 years of project/program management experience.
He has a B.S. (BSET ’96) from the University of Memphis and a Master of Engineering Management (MEM ‘03) from Christian Brothers University. Michael also holds several certifications, such as the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). He previously held the Certified Enterprise Integrator (CEI) & Certified Engineering Manager (CEM) certifications from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
Starting in 2015, Michael will become an Adjunct Professor at Christian Brothers University and will teach the following Graduate Engineering courses: ENGM 612 Technical Project Management (Spring) & ENGM 600 Theory and Applications in Engineering Management (Fall).
DR. SACHIN P. BUDHABHATTI, Smith & Nephew
Sachin Budhabhatti is currently a Product Development Manager, Emerging and International Markets for Smith & Nephew Orthopedics. In that role, Sachin integrates technical, business, and marketing skills to drive profitability through strategy and execution. He also provides effective leadership, team development, and cross-functional collaboration across cultural boundaries that drive product excellence and capital efficient projects through market release.
Sachin holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Cleveland State / Cleveland Clinic and an EMBA from University of Memphis. He has a wide range of experience in medical device industry ranging from R&D, marketing alliance, and project management.
JEANICE HAYSLETT, International Paper
Jeanice Hayslett is Process Information Manager Consultant at International Paper in the Global Supply Chain Deliver/Mfg process area. She focuses her efforts on standardizing and simplifying the overall IT application portfolio in the Deliver/Mfg area to translate partner strategies and opportunities into IT projects, for process improvements, new or enhanced functionality and other cost reduction projects to support IP’s business. Jeanice has earned her Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Masters of Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University.
LORELEI HUDSPETH, AutoZone
Lorelei Hudspeth, PMP is a seasoned engineer with 15 years of experience in manufacturing and retail. For the past 9 years, Ms. Hudspeth has held positions at AutoZone first as a Continuous Improvement Manager in Merchandising followed by Senior Project Manager in Store Operations. During this time she completed an outline for new department structure; traveled to China, India, Mexico, Canada and various parts of the US to audit factory practices.
Prior to her time at AutoZone Ms. Hudspeth successfully lead the transition process following the merger of two major manufacturing companies. She completed evaluations of value and non-value added labor, analyzed plant layouts and made recommendations for more effective, efficient processes.
Ms. Hudspeth is a Christian Brothers University alumnus, graduating with Epsilon Mu Eta honors in 2008. Her Masters in Engineering Management from CBU compliments her education from both University of Memphis (1999) and Southwest Community College (1992). She is a member of the Memphis chapter of Project Management Institute.
Ms. Hudspeth enjoys a challenge. She lives in Memphis, TN. When she is not working, she enjoys restoring houses, sports fishing, and playing golf.
DR. NEAL JACKSON, CBU (Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Jackson, Professor Emeritus, was Professor of Engineering Management and Director of the Graduate Engineering Programs at Christian Brothers University until his retirement in 2011. He received his Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management from the University of Mississippi. In his academic career of over twenty years, he has held both administrative and teaching positions. Dr. Jackson also has twelve years of experience in manufacturing and production management. He was a production supervisor in machining at the International Harvester Company – Memphis Plant, a production manager for Quartrol Corporation in Birmingham, AL, and a quality assurance manager for Layne and Bowler, Inc., in Memphis.
CAROL JONES, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
MARIA LENSING, AT&T
LINDA LOCKE, Smith & Nephew
JOE M. POLK, JR., P.E., Retired Manager-Construction Administration, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Joe joined the Authority in Feb 1996 and retired at the end of May 2014. During that time, he was intimately involved with planning, design, and construction management of 4 primary runways and all their supporting taxiways, plus numerous bridge, roadway, and vertical construction projects within Memphis International Airport’s ongoing capital construction program.
Before joining the Authority, Joe spent 27 years working a variety of engineering and construction jobs in the Upper Mid-West, the Mid-South, and the Deep South, serving variously as technical services engineer, materials quality control manager, prestressed concrete plant manager, ready-mix concrete plant manager, contractor’s quality control representative, and senior construction inspector.
Joe earned BS in Civil Engineering from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1969 and Master of Engineering Management Degree from Christian Brothers University in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee, and he is a Life Member of American Society of Civil Engineers.
Since 2007 he has served as Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering at The University of Memphis teaching “Airport Planning and Design”, “Construction Engineering”, and “Professional Practices in Civil Engineering”.
In 2011, Joe co-founded the Robert A. Beesley Memorial Scholarship in Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis to honor of his former boss and mentor at the Authority. Working without a “deep-pockets” sponsor and in less than six months, Joe’s team endowed the scholarship with $47,000 in initial contributions, far exceeding the University’s expectations. The endowment now exceeds $65,000.
Joe is an avid communicator who likes nothing better than to challenge conventional thinking. His personal and professional philosophy of life can be summed up in one phrase…”There Ain’t No Such Thing As ‘Good Enough’”.
ABHIJIT RAVAL, Medtronic Spinal & Biologics
Abhijit Raval is currently a Program Director in Program Management Office at Medtronic Spinal & Biologics in Memphis TN. He is currently responsible for managing project/program execution on all new product development projects in TL and Cervical spine. He has a team of Program Managers and Program Analysts reporting into him. He and his team help lead cross-functional teams comprising of Product Development, Marketing, Quality Engg, Manufacturing Engg, Regulatory Affairs, Procurement, Supply Chain Planning, etc as we develop new products and therapies from concept development to full commercial release.
Before joining Medtronic, Abhijit worked as a Quality Engg and Product Development Engg at Energy Conversion Systems (tier two automotive supplier). He has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from South Gujarat University in India, Masters in Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering from N.C. State University in Raleigh and Masters in Business Administration from University of Memphis.
CHRISTINE SCIFERT, Memphis Regulatory Consulting, LLC
Christine has been a managing partner with Memphis Regulatory Consulting, LLC for over 5 years and supports large and small medical device companies related to regulatory, quality and clinical activities. Prior to consulting, Christine spent 9 years at Medtronic Spinal and Biologics directing the regulatory department of 22 people. As Senior Director of the group, she set regulatory strategy, oversaw global submissions, developed a design control process, interfaced with FDA and notified bodies, oversaw modification and implementation of procedures to maintain regulatory compliance and performed due diligence activities for potential acquisitions. Prior to Medtronic, she performed evaluations of injury mechanisms associated with automobile collisions, slip and falls, and sport/recreation accidents.
Christine received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Hamline University and a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from University of Iowa. She also completed a Masters in Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University.
MARK YERGER, FedEx
Since joining Federal Express in 1989, Mark Yerger has held a number of aviation-related positions, and is currently serving as the Vice President of Aircraft Engineering and Technical Planning for FedEx. In that role, he manages the engineering, configuration control, reliability, and technical publications activities needed to support the on-time operation of one of the world’s largest airlines.
In addition to his work at FedEx, Mark is a member of the Airlines for America (A4A) Engineering, Maintenance, and Material Council, the airline group that manages national EM&M policy issues with the FAA, the manufacturers, and other aviation stakeholders. He also is the airline co-chair of the FAA-sponsored Airworthiness Assurance Working Group, which has worked since the Aloha Airlines accident of 1988 to address and solve the issues surrounding the operation of large aircraft as they age.
Mark began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as an engineer based at Kelly Air Force base in San Antonio. After leaving the Air Force, he worked as an engineer with Boeing before coming to FedEx.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech (1982), and a Master of Engineering Management degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis Tennessee (1992).