The BSE Advisory Board is made up of individuals who are actively involved in private industry or government and have maintained close relationships with the department. They provide the feedback necessary to improve our programs and to produce high quality students to meet industry's needs. The Board members meet twice a year at Virginia Tech to receive updated information on changes in the department and share their ideas on how to improve our programs.

BSE Advisory Board
2016-2017 Advisory Board: (l-r) Bernie Engel, Mary Leigh Wolfe, Andy Southerly, Janette Wolf, Bob Hines, Mike Slusher, Mathew Lyons and Charlotte Lukas; Not pictured: Dale Lehman, Amanda Jones, Xun Liu and Cully Hession.

Advisory Board Members (2017-2018)

Dr. Bernie Engel
Professor and Dept. Head
Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Cully Hession
Biological Systems Engineering Deptartment, Virginia Tech

Mr. Bob Hines
Sr. Automation Engineer
NNE Pharmaplan

Ms. Amanda Jones
Senior Scientist in Global Quality & Applied Sciences
Nestlé Purina North America

Mr. Dale A. Lehman, P.E., C.F.M.
Vice President

Ms. Charlotte E. Lukas
Associate Director
AZ Operations Biologics Product Strategy Lead (Global Technical Operations)
MedImmune, Inc.

Mr. Mike Slusher, P.E.
President and Sr. Project Manager
Davis-Martin-Powell & Associates

Mr. Andy Southerly
Vice President - Supply Chain
Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats

Ms. Janette L. Wolf, P.E.
Project Manager
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc

Mary Leigh Wolfe
Professor and Head
Biological Systems Engineering Department, Virginia Tech

Current NRCS Liaison is: 

Mr. Mathew Lyons, P.E.
State Conservation Engineer
USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service