PEAK Presenter's Bios
John Crudden, P.E., Generac Power Systems
John Crudden has twenty-three years of professional experience performing R&D and New Product Development to internal combustion engines. John holds a BSME from Michigan Technological University 1994, and a Masters of Engineering in Engine Systems from UW-Madison 2010. John currently works for Generac Power Systems performing analysis on internal combustion engine components and assemblies. John also worked for Polaris Industries and Synerject in the area of engine development and analysis of watercraft, ATV’s, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and fuel injection systems.
Douglas Ernst, PE, BECxP – Senior Structural Engineer, RCL Engineering LLC
Mr. Ernst has over 20 years of extensive experience in investigation and design of solutions for the building enclosure. He has inspected the facades of over 100 different buildings in Milwaukee including many at Marquette University. He currently serves on the due diligence team for Zilber LTD as their façade and structural engineering consultant and has recently been named the Marcus Corporation’s Structural Engineer of Record.
Dr. Douglas Grabenstetter, Assistant Professor MSOE
Dr. Grabenstetter is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering specializing in Quality and Lean Six Sigma. In addition to his experience in academia, he has over 20 years of manufacturing experience in various industries. Most recently, Doug served as a Continuous Improvement Manger and Master Black Belt at Schneider Electric working highly visible and strategic Continuous Improvement Projects. Previous to this role, he functioned as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt with Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. in West Chicago, Illinois. While there, he also served as Project Manager for the Siemens Starpower Process Excellence Program and has functioned as the Lean Coordinator for the West Chicago’s Lean Manufacturing effort. Doug earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Mississippi State University. His research focus is on improving operations in Engineer to Order firms. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has published several technical papers in scholarly journals.
Martin Hanson, P.E., WSPE President 2018
Martin Hanson, originally from Burnsville Minnesota, obtained his Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree
with a transportation emphasis from the University of Minnesota in 1977. He was awarded a Master's degree in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire in 1998. Hanson is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and six other states. He is an American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow and a National Society of Professional Engineers member.
Mr. Hanson's career has included work for private consultants, local government, and federal government. He recently retired from Ayres Associates in Eau Claire where he held various titles including Manager, Vice President, and Director of Transportation Relations. At Ayres Associates, Mr. Hanson managed large projects including the 2-lane to 4-lane expansion of STH 29 from Abbotsford to Marathon City, including the Abbotsford Bypass in central Wisconsin and the relocation of STH 29 from Elk Mound to Chippewa Falls in West Central Wisconsin; as well as urban and local roadway projects across the state. Hanson served on the Wisconsin State board for professional licensure for eight years, including serving as chairman. Mr. Hanson was appointed to the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission created in the 2011-2013 biennial state budget to study the transportation needs and funding options. Mr. Hanson is also active in the community serving as a Junior Achievement instructor and serving as an officer on several boards in northern Wisconsin.
Dr. Paul Hudec, Associate Professor MSOE
Paul Hudec is an Associate Professor in the Rader School of Business at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. His 16 years of teaching experience covers a breadth of subjects in management, business forecasting, philosophy, ethics, applied ethics, strategic and knowledge management. Paul has worked with many regional companies on various projects as well as serving as PMI Milwaukee, Vice President of Outreach. Paul is a graduate of Marquette University.
Dale Kent, Director of Business Development, RCL Engineering LLC
Dale has over 30 years of experience in sales, design, marketing and business development with specialized expertise in the building enclosure industry. He has a passion for the historic preservation of building exteriors and has gained extensive assessment, project management and project development experience through various historic preservation projects. He has the ability to present highly technical information related to the building enclosure in terms that are easily understood by nontechnical clientele, conversely, he can speak the language of the most technical building enclosure design professional.
Kate Kerrigan, CPMM, ToC, PMP
Kate Kerrigan is an experienced Operations, Maintenance and Reliability Leader. She specializes in maintenance and reliability management and has in –depth experience implementing Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Lean Manufacturing. Maximizing company asses above all is her mission. Through her teaching, coaching and mentoring, Kate has led several industry-leading organizations in
improving their bottom line and increasing their systems’ reliability. She has a diverse background with industry vertical experience in food and beverage, consume products, pulp and paper, oil transportation, and automotive industries. Throughout her career, she has held positions as a Plant Manager, Operations Director, Maintenance Manager, Reliability Leader and Operations Analyst.
Medhat Khalil, Ph.D., MSOE
Director of Professional Education & Research Development at the Applied Technology Center, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, USA. Medhat has constantly been working on his academic development through the years, starting from Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Cairo, Egypt proceeding with his PH.D. in Mechanical Engineering and his Post-Doctoral Industrial Research Fellowship at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has been certified and is a member of many grand name institutions such as: Certified Hydraulic Specialist by the International Fluid Power Society IFPS; Certified Accredited Fluid Power Instructor by the International Fluid Power Society IFPS; Member of Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Engineering Research Center (CCEFP); Listed Fluid Power Consultant by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA); Member of the Board at the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS); President and Technical Director of CompuDraulic; Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Having worked as Director of Professional Education and Research Development at Applied Technology Center, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, USA and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of M.E., Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, US, Medhat has a vast working experience in the field of Mechanical engineering and more specifically hydraulics, having developed and taught fluid power system training courses for industry professionals, being fairly familiar with the technological developments in the field of fluid power and motion control and the production program of the leading fluid power companies. In addition, he has designed several hydraulic systems based on ISO-Standard and developed several analytical and educational software.
Eric Lien, Lien & Company
Eric Lien is a tech savvy sales & marketing executive with fresh and creative ideas who believes in making learning a memorable, engaging and business valuable. While working for companies like GE & Rockwell to smaller companies like PKWARE and AQS including start-ups, he developed strong presentation and marketing skills. He also was successful in teaching and communicating to many different organizational cultures and technical audiences. Mr. Lien has a professional reputation for having an enthusiastic attitude, being a strong communicator and tech savvy leader. He has a BS of Electrical Engineering degree from MSOE and a Masters of Business Administration (Business & Marketing) with honors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Doug Nelson, P.E., Assistant Professor, MSOE
Douglas Nelson, PE is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He specializes in Plumbing and Fire Protection Systems and teaches courses in several Civil Engineering and Construction Management areas. Doug served as a Civil/Municipal Engineer for 12 years, working on many water and wastewater treatment systems in Southeastern Wisconsin. He also served as an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Engineering Department at the State University of New York at Morrisville (now Morrisville State College.) Doug is a graduate of Cornell University.