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Industry & Alumni

External Advisory Board


The Mission of the ISE External Advisory Board (EAB)

Is to advise, promote and advocate for the University of Washington Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering in the education, training and mentoring of students.

The Purpose of the EAB is to:

  • analyze issues and make recommendations to the ISE chair and department
  • provide advice and feedback on strategic planning
  • advocate for industrial & systems engineering
  • strengthen the department's relationship with all constituencies

The EAB has actively engaged members who are leaders in industry, non-profits, government, academia, and professional industrial engineering organizations. Four committees — External Relations, Student Advancement, Recruiting & Governance, and Philanthropy — support and promote the ongoing work of the EAB.

Interested in Joining the EAB?

ISE is always interested growing our network of thoughtful and passionate advisors. We invite you to reach out to us if you are interested in joining the board. Please contact Kelly Foong at

Current External Advisory Board Members:

Name Company
Tracy Ballweber, Business Development Manager, UMC
Ben Bourlier, Industrial Project Engineer, Starbucks
Richard Cross, Senior Program Manager, Amazon
Tracy Daly, Director - Production Engineering, Boeing
Fanny Goey, Vice President, Process Engineering Director, U.S. Bank
Jimmy Kwong, Senior Supply Chain Audit Program Manager, Microsoft
Gary Martz, Sr. Director Intel Foundry Services, RISC-V Ecosystem Enablement, Intel Corporation
José Meléndez, Sr. Manager, Industrial Engineering, The Walt Disney Company
David Israel Mendez, EAB Chair, Management Consultant, ScottMadden Inc.
Suraj Shetty, Executive Director of Operations, Sound Transit
Himanshu Sinha, SVP, Growth & Storefront, Quince
Kaz Takeda, Founders of Kaz and Effect Solutions, LLC

 Nicholas Tom, Improvement Consulting Manager, Seattle Childrens


 Vicky Tseng, Manufacturing Quality Engineer, Apple
Emily Whelan, Quality Systems Data Engineer, Tesla
Yun Zhang, Co-founder and CEO, Wyze Labs
GL Zunker, Senior Managing Director, Accenture


Previous External Advisor Board  Members

Name Company
Viggo Forde, CIO & Director of IT, Snohomish County  
Sean Xuan, Product Management, Uber