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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for the Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering department provides an important connection to the activities, innovations, and issues present in industry. With input from Board members, the department evaluates curriculum and works to stay relevant to the needs our students will face as they enter the work force.

Cecilia M. Cheng – MotivePower, Inc.
Engineering Systems Manager
Cecilia has over 20 years in Engineering, Construction, and Manufacturing working in the heavy-duty truck, forest products, and locomotive markets. Her project engineering management background include design and build of new or refurbishing forest products facilities with current or new commodity products.  She earned a Professional Engineer’s License in Mechanical Engineering and a Project Management Professional certificate.  She holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA both from the University of Washington.

Tony Clark, PE – POWER Engineers, Inc.
Area Lead Mechanical Engineer

Nicholas Hoaglin – ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston
Manager of Plant Engineering, Twin Falls Facility
Mr. Hoaglin has been a Project Engineer/Manager of Engineering for ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston for 9 years.  He worked as a project engineer for the Lamb Weston Central Engineering team, and was able to participate in the construction and startup of a greenfield LEED Platinum Sweet Potato processing facility.  He has worked as a Manager of Plant Engineering for Lamb Weston for the last 4 years of his career. His responsibilities include leading the Twin Falls, ID facility capital investment program and the facility’s maintenance team to ensure reliable daily operations. He obtained a  B.S. Degree in Biological Engineering from Utah State University.

Rick Koebbe – PowerWorks LLC
President
Mr. Koebbe is President of PowerWorks LLC and its affiliates and subsidiaries, which are all heavily involved in the wind industry, including the ownership and operation of over 900 wind turbines in California and Idaho. Mr. Koebbe’s entire career, which spans over 25 years, has been focused upon clean, renewable wind, solar, and hydroelectric power projects, including the following responsibilities:  project investments/acquisitions; complex financial and risk analysis; corporate and project finance; utility power marketing; permitting; engineering and design; equipment installation; construction; project operation and maintenance; etc. Mr. Koebbe holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Larry Moresco – Solari Farms, LLC
President/Owner
Larry started his career in the coal, wood and municipal waste combustion process and exhaust gas stream (gas and particulate) pollution control industry (working for Weyerhauser).  He then worked for 30 years in electronics packaging and temperature control (working for Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, and Intel).  The last 15 years he’s managed his own business, assisting startup companies often times re-designing their products for manufacturability, enabling and training their engineers to achieve high volume production and assembly of their products. He has also designed passive solar energy buildings and concentrated solar PV collectors.  In 2011 he joined the Center for Advanced Energy Studies: Energy Efficiency Research Institute, part time, as an Associate Research Professor. In 2014 he started an experimental agriculture company working on sustainable energy solutions and unique high value crops for Idaho’s southwest climate and soils.

Holly Staffan, CPE – Hewlett-Packard
Hardware Engineer, HP Laser Jet
Holly is a native of eastern Washington and studied mathematics at Whitman College before moving to Boise in 1999. She graduated from Boise State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. While attending BSU, Holly worked with TechHelp and what would become the New Product Development lab, focusing on CAD and FDM rapid prototyping. Holly joined Hewlett-Packard in 2002 as a Current Product Engineer for the LaserJet Supplies organization. She is currently a Hardware Engineer, working with a wide range of color LaserJet printers and MFPs. A member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) , she is also active in STEM outreach, volunteering with BSU, Women in Technical Careers and HP’s Young Employee Network.

Bruce Wiegers – TrailMax Trailers by GemState Manufacturing
Operations Manager
Mr. Wiegers was employed by Hewlett Packard as an engineer for a total of 23 years over two series of employment. Between the two times at HP, he was employed by Jabil Circuits in Meridian for 5 years in various management positions, and for the past 10 years he worked for PKG in leadership roles ranging from the Engineering Manager, New Business Development Manager, Business Unit Director, and now as the Chief Operating Officer.

Michael Witt, PE – SGW Designworks
Engineer/Co-Owner
Mr. Witt received his BSME from University of Idaho in 1998. Started with Trus Joist (later bought by Weyerhaeuser) in 1998 as an EIT. Worked as a Design Engineer, Project Engineer and later Lead Engineer and Design Group Supervisor for the Manufacturing Support Group. Provided all of the engineered lumber manufacturing facilities with product and process development support as well as machine and full manufacturing line design. He obtained his Idaho PE license in 2004. Co-founded SGW Designworks, LLC in 2008; went full time from Weyerhaeuser to SGW in 2010.