Industry Partners

Our department was formed out of the results of an extensive industry survey conducted with over 600 responses.

Because of our origin as a department, we continue to work closely with our industry and government partners to develop new systems engineering research, and to establish a collective capability to engineer systems in aerospace, energy, civil, and social applications.

We meet multiple times a year with our Managers Forum and Executive Committee to ensure that our courses are responsive to industry needs.

Managers Forum

The CSU Systems Engineering Managers Forum is an assembly of leaders and exceptional practitioners of Systems Engineering.  The Managers Forum includes Systems Engineers, Managers, and Educators from across the region, who meet quarterly to provide technical and tactical guidance to the program.

Jeff Stewart, VP of Systems Engineering for Industrial and Turbo Machinery Systems

Sierra Nevada Corporation
Carl “Tuna” Thunberg, PMP, Director, Technology

Henry (Lad) Curtis, Director of Technology, Spacecraft

Northrup Grumman Information Systems
Marcos J. Stephens, Manager, Engineering Training Programs

Lockheed Martin
Brice P. Buches, Manager, Ascent, Orbit and Missions Analysis

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Neil Snyder, Director of Systems Engineering and Program Integration

United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Kurt Austad, Enterprise Systems Engineering and Test Manager

Hewlett Packard (HP)
Mike Stahl, Productivity / IT Engineer

Merrick & Company
John R. Andrzejczack, Vice President of Engineering, Nuclear Services & Technology

Ball Aerospace and Technologies
Mike C. Davis, Director of Engineering Systems

Boeing Company
James Barduniotis, Mission Operations Chief Engineer and Colorado Region Engineering Manager

Western Digital
Keith Flaming, Senior Staff Engineer Advanced Technology Firmware LSI and Systems

USAF Academy (Colorado Springs, CO)
Dan Jensen, Proessor U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Engineering Mechanics
Cory Copper, Director, Systems of Engineering Program at U.S. Air Force Academy

Executive Committee

The CSU Systems Engineering Executive Committee is made up of nationally-recognized leaders from systems engineering industry. This committee meets semiannually to provide strategic advisement to the program.

Tom Gendron, Woodward, Chairman and CEO

Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin, Executive Vice President, Space Systems

Robert Schlue, The Boeing Company, Director Missions Operations

Russ Anarde, Northrop Grumman, Corporate Lead Executive

Dave Huelskamp, Merrick & Company, President and CEO

Mike Gass, United Launch Alliance, Retired, President and CEO

Ron Sega, Colorado State University, Director Systems Engineering Programs

Harold Teague, Western Digital, Vice President Enterprise and Program Management