Advisory Council

The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering Advisory Council, or COEAC, is a group of industrial, business, legislative and professional leaders committed to the vitality of engineering education at Kansas State University. The council helps the college

  • strengthen its learning, research and outreach programs;
  • improve its facilities;
  • expand its base of support; and
  • serve its alumni.

Council members actively participate in the continual assessment of the college’s progress and development of college/industry partnerships.

Advisory Council

COEAC responsibilities

The mission of the advisory council is to

  • Advise the college leadership team on programs, policies and operations;
  • Facilitate resource development through advocacy for state and federal funding, internal campus budgeting, and corporate relationships and private gifts;
  • Assist with graduate employment placement;
  • Recognize achievement of alumni and other college supporters;
  • Assist with publicity and public relations; and
  • Promote a connection among faculty, students, alumni and industry.

Current members

View bios of current members (Bio Book pdf)

Kevin Burke, ME '86
President and CEO
Burke Construction Group

Chrysta Castañeda, IE '85
The Castañeda Firm

Tim Chadwick, CNS '90
MMC Corp.

Jim Coen, CE '82
Vice President
MVP Holdings LLC

Richard Fornelli, CE '72, M.S. '73
Vice President - Retired

Kimberly "Kim" Gerard, CE '84
CEO and Founder
360 Electrical LLC

Don Glaser, ME '74
Product Designer, Entrepreneur, Business Founder-Owner - Retired
Glendo LLC

Deyona "Dee" Hays, EE '89
Founder and CEO
Excellence Engineering LLC

Kevin Honomichl, CE '86

Warren Kennedy, CHE '90
Senior Vice President, International and Strategic Initiatives — Oil, Gas and Chemical Division
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company Inc.

Karl Miller, ME '84
Jingoli Power LLC

Mark Nyquist, CNS '80
CEO - Retired
DynaTen Corporation

Robert Reichenberger, EE '89
President and Founder
Solar Prime

Simeon O. Terry, IE '91
Vice President, Diversity Affairs
Austin Commercial

Art K. Umble, CE '82
Senior Vice President, Global Wastewater Treatment Sector Leader
Director: Stantec Institute for Water Technology & Policy
Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

Beth Ward, IE '93
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Jerry Westhoff, CE '74
J.J. Westhoff Construction Co.