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External Advisory Boards

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Helping us stay on track

Swenson College benefits from an External Advisory Board which reviews the overall content of our programs to make sure we are compatible with the current and potential needs and practices of industry and other employers. The board also makes suggestions and supports the implementation of curricular or structural changes, if such needs are identified.

This External Advisory Board leads us in discussions of real-world scientific and engineering issues, as well as economic and political realities. The board’s advice is extremely important as we strive to properly prepare our students for the workforce or continue their professional education.

2017 Board Meeting Minutes

2016 Board Meeting Minutes

Current Board Members are:

Bill Bennett, LHB Corp, Chairperson of the External Advisory Board

Tom Aney, Benefit Tech

Jason Bjork, Conduent

Marianne Bohren, WLSSD

Duane (Dewey) Fansler, 3M

Sheryl Filby Williams, Barr Engineering

Eric Hesse, Graco Pump


Michael Johnson, NRN191 Seagate Technologies

Allyz Kramer, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.

Lisa Nebel, Parametric Technology Corp

James Orrock, Ergotron

Phillip Powers, Integrity Engineering Associates

Bridget Rogers, Sandia National Labs

Allan Rudeck, Jr., Minnesota Power

Terry Therneau, Mayo Clinic

Joseph Wivoda, ACS Group