Advisory Council

The College of Engineering Advisory Council, a collection of distinguished alumni and friends of the College of Engineering, meets annually to advise the college and to evaluate its progress towards its goals.

Advisory Council

Class of 2013-14 (term ends August of 2014)

Dr. Barry Bentley (2010)

Executive Vice President and Director - Bentley Systems

Barry J. Bentley is one of Bentley Systems’ co-founders and has served as a director and an executive officer since the company’s inception in 1984. He is one of the originators of MicroStation and has been continuously involved in the planning and development of Bentley’s software products and technology. From 1984 to 1996, Dr. Bentley served as chairman of the board. His software development career dates back to 1979, when he co-founded and served as vice president of Dynamic Solutions Corporation, where he worked on products for data acquisition and analysis. Dr. Bentley holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Mr. Keith A. Bentley (2010)

Chief Technology Officer and Director - Bentley Systems

Keith A. Bentley, chief technology officer, co-founded Bentley Systems in 1984 and has been a leader in the development of the company’s products ever since. Mr. Bentley was Bentley Systems’ CEO until 2000 and president until 1995, and has also served as a director and an executive officer since its inception. Mr. Bentley holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Craig Binetti (2010)

President (Retired) DuPont Nutrition & Health and DuPont Applied BioSciences

Craig F. Binetti is president – DuPont Nutrition & Health and DuPont Applied BioSciences; and chairman - Solae. He joined DuPont in 1977, and his career includes a wide variety of professional and managerial positions covering research, manufacturing, finance, sales, and business positions in Chemicals, Pigments, Elastomers, Polymers and Fiber businesses.

Class of 2014-15 (term ends August of 2015)

Dr. Mark P. Bendett (2002)

Business Develop Mgr. Advanced Technology Laboratories - Lockheed Martin Corp.

Mark Bendett is currently serving in a business develop role for the Advanced Sciences Laboratory. The group is responsible for developing novel materials and manufacturing processes as well as understanding human physiological and cognitive states and creating ways to optimize human – autonomy interaction.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Bendett was Director of Medical Products at Aculight in Bothell WA. His team and their university collaborators developed proprietary medical technologies and products for neurology and otolaryngology. Prior to that, he was VP of Business Development and Director of Product Development at IMRA America, a developer and manufacturer of femtosecond lasers. From 1997-2002 he was President and CEO of Northstar Photonics, a venture-backed firm developing and manufacturing integrated-optic components. Prior to that, he held a variety of leading technical roles in the optoelectronics arena at companies including Unisys and Honeywell. He holds a B.A in physics from Haverford College and an M.S. and a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware.

Mr. Francis “Skip” Gardiner (2009)

Gardiner Realty and Development Company

Francis E. "Skip" Gardiner, Jr. is Founder and President of Gardiner Realty and Development Company in Crofton, Maryland. Gardiner has a Masters in Civil Engineering from Cornell and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware. His extensive involvement in the real estate and construction communities has strategically placed Gardiner Realty in the center of up and coming growth in Anne Arundel, Calvert, and Prince George counties. For over 35 years, Mr. Gardiner owned and operated Gardiner and Gardiner, LLC., a commercial general contracting company. During his tenure at Gardiner and Gardiner, Mr. Gardiner received many awards for excellence in construction and involvement in the community. Mr. Gardiner has served on various boards and committees during his career and continues to remain an active participant in the local business community.His name was added to the Alumni Wall of Fame in 2009. He and his wife have established the Francis E. Gardiner, Jr 62 & Mildred W. Gardiner Visiting Professors Fund for the newly established Construction Engineering & Management Program in February of 2017. They have previously established the Francis E. Gardiner, Jr. Scholarship for deserving Civil Engineering students.

Mr. David R. Helwig (1997)

President - Helwig Consulting Services, LLC

David Helwig is a senior executive with over 35 years of leadership experience in energy-related companies including engineering, construction, operations and corporate roles. He has been involved with many facets of resource development, power generation, and energy delivery as well as alternative energy and efficiency. His endeavors have frequently involved major business transformations including start-up, turn-around, and rapid growth situations in a variety of settings. He has most recently devoted his efforts to the creation and development of corporate enterprises with private equity backing. Dave is a Registered Professional Engineer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware and M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He also attended the Duke University Advanced Management Program and has participated in a number of Director Continuing Education programs.

Mr. William G. Mavity (2002)

CEO and President Cerephex Corporation

William G. “Bill” Mavity has served as the President and CEO of Cerephex Corporation, an early stage company focused on the development and commercialization of a non-invasive cortical stimulation technology for the treatment of chronic pain, since early 2012. He led the funding effort for the Company’s initial venture capital funding round, which closed in September, 2012. Mr. Mavity holds a Bachelor of Engineering Administration degree from the University of Delaware (1972), and did graduate study in Business Administration at Rider College and Furman University. He also served as an officer in the U. S. Army Reserve, Corps of Engineers, from 1973 until 1983.
In addition to his Director role with Cerephex, Mr. Mavity serves as a Director of Sinusys, Inc. He has previously served on the Boards of Hotspur Technologies, USGI Medical, Inc., Cohesion Technologies, Inc., InnerDyne Medical, Inc., Cardeon, Inc., AMed Sytems, Inc., Aspire Medical, Inc., Fidus Medical Technologies, NeuColl, Inc. and the Michigan Technology Council. Mr. Mavity also serves on the Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware.

Class of 2015-16 (term ends August of 2016)

Mr. J. Rodman Steele, Jr. (2007)

Partner - Novak Druce & Quigg, LLP

Rodman Steele is a partner with Novak Druce + Quigg LLP, representing clients in all phases of patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright law. His clients include universities, technology and food product companies, and service businesses. He has extensive experience in the mechanical arts and with the various businesses that utilize his trademark expertise. Steele has been chairman of a number of community-related boards. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Delaware and his J.D. degree from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. He also holds an LLM in Patent Law and Trade Regulation from George Washington University Law School.

Class of 2016-17 (term ends August of 2017)

Ms. Terrie L. Kelly (2009)

President/CEO - W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc.

Terri Kelly is President and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than 8,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. Kelly joined Gore as a process engineer in 1983 after graduating from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. In 1998, Kelly became part of the leadership team for the global Fabrics Division. In this role, she helped establish a fabrics manufacturing plant in Shenzhen, China—Gore’s first fabrics plant in Asia. While in the Fabrics Division, Kelly also served on the Enterprise Operations Committee working closely with the CEO and other leaders to help guide the strategic direction of the company. Kelly’s leadership abilities have driven her success in a company known for its non-hierarchical “lattice” structure. At Gore, associates become leaders based on their ability to gain the respect of their peers and to attract followers. Terri earned the title of president and CEO in 2005—one of the few titles within the enterprise—following a peer-driven selection process. Kelly is a member of the Management Executives’ Society, the Forum of Executive Women of Delaware and the International Women’s Forum. She also is on the board of directors for the Nemours Foundation—one of the nation’s leading children’s health care systems.

Dr. Sean Xialou Wang (2013)

Managing Director/CEO B&W Tek, Inc.

Sean Wang, EG’92 PhD, is the CEO of B&W Tek, a leading Photonics company producing analytical instrumentation, medical systems and lasers. He also co-founded and is the chairman of board, Litecure, an advanced medical equipment company. Since 1990s, he had series of entrepreneurial activities. He has founded and co-founded more than 10 high-tech companies with many failures and occasional success. He holds 31 patents and additional 20+ patent applications pending in the field of analytical instruments, lasers, spectroscopic sensors, and medical devices. He serves on the board of advisory council, college of engineering, University of Delaware. He is a member of OSA, SPIE and a fellow of The American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. He is a recipient of the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement, University of Delaware in 2012 and the recipient of the inventor of year award in 2014, Delaware Bio-technology industrial Association.

Mr. Michael R. McMullen (2013)

President and COO, CEO-Elect Agilent Technologies

Mike McMullen is president and COO for Agilent’s $4.2.B Life Sciences, Diagnostics and Applied Chemical Markets business. He will succeed Bill Sullivan as Agilent’s next CEO at Agilent’s March 2015 shareholder meeting.
Mike joined the Hewlett-Packard Company in 1984 as a financial analyst in the Analytical Products Group. Since then he has served in various senior management positions . His global experience includes a five-year overseas assignment in Asia.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Delaware and a MBA from the Wharton Business School.

Mr. Vance V. Kershner, Chair (2013)

President, LabWare Ltd.

Vance moved to Delaware to attend the University of Delaware, and graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering in 1978, as a member of Tau Beta Pi. DuPont recruited him directly from University to work in their Engineering Department. Vance worked for DuPont for thirteen years, and then left to form his own company, LabWare. DuPont became LabWare’s first customer, and currently has a project at the Experimental Station. LabWare develops and implements software for automating laboratory operations. This market is mostly known as LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems) and ELN (Electronic Laboratory Notebooks). LabWare is a global company with offices in 15 countries, employees in over 40 countries, and customers in about 90 countries. LabWare is a very flat organization, which is organized much along the lines of W.L. Gore, who also happens to be a LabWare customer. LabWare is privately held, with its’ Worldwide HQ in Wilmington Delaware. LabWare operates in a niche market with about 50 competitors, and enjoys about a 20% market share.

Class of 2017-18 (term ends August of 2018)

Dr. Kathleen Stebe (2013)

Deputy Dean for Research, University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen J. Stebe received a B.A. in Economics from the City College of New York, Magna cum Laude, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Levich Institute, also at CCNY, under the guidance of Charles Maldarelli. Thereafter, she spent a post-doctoral year in Compiegne, France working with Dominique Barthès Biesel. Professor Stebe joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where she rose through the ranks to become Professor and to serve as the department chair. In 2008, Professor Stebe joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as the Richer and Elizabeth M. Goodwin Professor of Engineering and Applied Science. From 2008-2012, Professor Stebe served as the department chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In July 2012, she assumed the post of Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Dr. Vincent P. Manno (2013)

Provost and Dean of Faculty, F.W. Olin College of Engineering

Vincent P. Manno is Provost and Dean of Faculty, as well as Professor of Engineering, at the Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA. Prior to joining Olin in 2011, he was Associate Provost and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University. He has worked in the private sector and was a U.S. Navy Senior Faculty Fellow. He received a BS from Columbia University and MS, Engineer's and ScD degrees from M.I.T. He has authored or co-authored over 150 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports and holds a US patent. He is an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow and a recipient of the ASME Curriculum Innovation Award, Fischer Award as Tufts Engineering Teacher of the Year, Rosten Award for Excellence in the Thermal Analysis of Electronic Equipment, SAE Teetor Educational Award, , and the Tufts Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering, he serves on the boards of Ashesi University (Ghana) and the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education Outreach.

Dr. David F. Welch (2013)
No available bio

Class of 2018-19 (term ends August of 2019)

Mrs. Linda Myrick (2016)
No available bio
Mr. Guy Chiarello (2016)
No available bio
Mr. Robert Zanzalari (2016)
No available bio
Mr. Guy Marcozzi (2016)
No available bio

Class of 2019-20 (term ends August of 2020)

Dr. Levi T. Thompson (2016)

Professor Thompson earned his B.ChE. from the University ofDelaware, and M.S.E. degrees in Chemical Engineering andNuclear Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering fromthe University of Michigan. He served as Associate Dean forUndergraduate Education in the College of Engineering from 2001to 2005, and is currently Director of the Hydrogen EnergyTechnology Laboratory and Director of the Michigan-Louis StokesAlliance for Minority Participation. He has published nearly150 journal articles and several book chapters describing hisgroups research in the area of nanostructured materials, isco-inventor on more than 10 patents, and has given more than150 invited presentations. Professor Thompson is recipient ofawards including a 2006 Michiganian of the Year Award for hisresearch, entrepreneurship, and teaching, National ScienceFoundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, McBrideDistinguished Lectureship, Union Carbide Innovation RecognitionAward, Dow Chemical Good Teaching Award and Engineering Societyof Detroit Gold Award. He is also co-founder and founding CEOof T/J Technologies, a developer of nanomaterials for advancedbatteries; the company was acquired by A123 Systems in 2006. Herecently co-founded Inmatech to commercialize low cost, highenergy density supercapacitors for automotive and militaryapplications. Professor Thompson was Consulting Editor for theAIChE Journal and served on the National Academy’s ChemicalSciences Roundtable and American Institute of ChemicalEngineers (AIChE) Board of Directors. He presently serves onthe Department of Energy Hydrogen Technology AdvisoryCommittee, University of Delaware College of EngineeringAdvisory Council and City College of New York Department ofChemical Engineering Advisory Board. He is also active in thecommunity, serving on the Board of Trustees for the Ann ArborArea Community Foundation and the African American EndowmentFund.

Emeritus Members

Dr. Robert W. Gore (1993)

Chairman of the Board of Directors - W. L. Gore and Associates, Inc.

Son of the founder of W. L. Gore & Associates, Robert Gore graduated from the University of Delaware in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and went on to the University of Minnesota to earn his master’s degree and doctoral degrees. He joined the company’s board of directors in 1961 and joined W. L. Gore & Associates as an employee in 1963. In 1969, his work led to a watershed discovery—a new polymer, expanded PTFE, which entirely reshaped the company’s future. In addition to expanding its electronic products business, the discovery led W. L. Gore & Associates into myriad new product applications. Perhaps the best-known result of his discovery was Gore-Tex® fabric, the world’s first breathable waterproof fabric and a product that eventually became synonymous with adventure products. Today, Gore-Tex® expanded PTFE is found in thousands of medical, industrial, and fabric products, as well as electronic ones. Gore became president of the company in 1976 and was named chairman of the board in 1986. He resigned as president in 2000, while still retaining chairmanship. With other members of his family, he provided the University of Delaware with an $18.5 million gift for the construction of a Gore Hall.

Dr. Richard E. Emmert (1993)

Executive Director (Retired) - American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Dr. Richard E. Emmert is a chemical engineer and retired executive whose expertise in chemical reaction technology and mass transfer has been recognized by many career honors. Most of Emmert’s professional career was with the DuPont Company, from which he retired as Vice President-Electronics after 34 years of service. In 1988, Emmert was named Executive Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers from which he retired in 1996. Emmert holds master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1985 for outstanding engineering research, administration of engineering work, and corporate planning in the chemical industry. Emmert is a trustee of the Christiana Care Health System; he has previously served on advisory boards at the University of California-Berkeley and Villanova University and as President of the University of Delaware Research Foundation, the Delaware Foundation for Physical Education, and the Delaware Tennis Association, and as Vice-chair of the Stanton, Del., School Board. He has also served on the boards of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the United Engineering Foundation, and the American Association of Engineering Societies.


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