ME Undergraduate Seminar Series

Sponsored by GTI

In Fall 2016, the Mechanical Engineering Department established the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Seminar Series to provide information to our mechanical engineering students about different career paths in mechanical engineering and help them to set their career goals. The ME Undergraduate Seminar Series was established with the strong support of the ME Advisory Board.


In Spring 2019, with a generous donation from the Gas Technology Institute, an endowment was established to support the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Seminar Series.  The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) Endowment was established in honor to Edward “Eddie” Johnston, who graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MSU in 1992.  GTI is a leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future.  For more than 75 years, GTI has been providing economic value to the natural gas industry and energy markets by developing technology-based solutions for industry, government, and consumers.  The department would like to extend its appreciation to GTI for their generous support of this series.

Here is the list of previous speakers:

FALL 2019

Essity

McSwain Engineering, Inc.

  • Eric L. Van Iderstine
    • Consulting Mechanical Engineer and Director of Mechanical Engineering
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1996
Essity

Essity

  • Randy Riddell
    • Reliability Manager 
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1991
North Inc.

GTI

  • Paula Gant
    • Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Innovation
    • B.S., McNeese State University
    • Ph.D., Auburn University
  • Kristine Wiley 
    • R&D Director, Environmental, Risk and Integrity Management program
    • B.A., University of Chicago
    • MBA,University of Chicago

SPRING 2019

North Inc.

North Inc.

  • Adenike Adebiyi
    • Patent Agent & Patent Portfolio Specialist 
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1993
    • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
CFD Research Corporation

CFD Research Corporation

  • Steve Cayson 
    • Chief Operating Officer & Vice President
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1987
Corbett Legge and Associates

Corbett Legge and Associates

  • Kimberly Jeffares 
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2007

FALL 2018

PACCAR

PACCAR Engine Company

  • Lance Walters 
    • Plant Manager 
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati
    • MBA in Operation Management, University of North Texas

Southern Company

  • Karen D. Fili 
    • Retired Nuclear Executive
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1985

Milwaukee Tool

  • Bailey Dillinger
    • Manufacturing Engineer
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2018
  • Matthew Waldrop
    • Sr. Manufacturing Engineer
    • MBA, Mississippi State University, 2017.
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2013

SPRING 2018

Chevron

  • Austin Cooley
    • Retail Business Consultant
    • MBA, Mississippi State University, 2014
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2008
  • Wil Harris
    • Design Engineer
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2011

Taylor Machine Works, Inc.

  • Matt Hillyer
    • Director of Engineering
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1995

Seemann Composites

  • Joshua Mosteller
    • Senior Technical Program Manager
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2008

FALL 2017

Steel Dynamics, Inc.

  • Andrew Howard
    • Area Mechanical Engineer - Coating Department
    • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2007
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2004

Mesa Associates, Inc.

  • Stephen Wren
    • Mechanical Engineer 
    • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2016
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2011

NTA, Inc.

  • Anna Hueffed
    • Systems Engineer
    • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2010
    • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2007
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2006

SPRING 2017

Graduate School Opportunities

  • Dr. Kari Babski-Reeves
  • Dr. Shanti Bhushan
  • Dr. Matthew Priddy
  • Dr. Yucheng Liu

Goodnight Midstream

  • Tommy Thompson
    • VP, Engineering
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2005

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

  • Morgan Abney
    • Space Systems Engineer
    • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2007
    • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2003

FALL 2016

Elevator Technology

  • Jonathan Rudd
    • Fiber Composite Specialist in thyssenkrupp's global R&D
    • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2014
    • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2013
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2009

FTI Consulting

  • Ronnie Martin
    • Senior Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Energy Practice
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1969

Ewing & Kessler

  • Chris Ewing
    • President
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1994