Advisory Board

Edward Bartone, Ph.D., PE, RedViking

Edward is an experienced engineering leader, holding positions in the industry ranging from engineer through engineering director and plant manager. He's experienced in product design with a focus on capital equipment supply. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering, an MBA, a master's in quality management and a Ph.D. in engineering management. His area of focused interest is the building of high performance engineering and operations teams.


Harold Brothers, Guardian Industries

Harold earned his bachelor's in civil and mechanical engineering with a diploma in technology management and entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick and a master's in engineering management from University of Michigan Dearborn. He is certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Some of the projects he's worked on include: project management including process design and construction; process engineering and quality management for the Irving Group; and chemical application systems, large scale continuous batch reactors, vacuum deposition systems and various automated material handling systems at Guardian Industries as a quality manager. He also serves as an independent consultant in project management including machine design and fabrication, process design, industrial and institutional construction.


Thomas Firestine, Toyota (TEMA)

Thomas Firestine retired in 2017 from Toyota after 26 years as a quality engineer and manager. He earned his bachelor's in mathematics and master's in quality from EMU. His years in quality taught him that real quality is much more personal than theoretical and that there's true beauty in simplicity. This makes quality available to everyone and not just the privileged few.


Beth Jones, University of Michigan Hospitals

Beth received a bachelor's in industrial distribution and is currently completing a master's in quality management, both from EMU. Her career has ranged from event planning and non-profit development to foundation and association management. Currently she works as an administrative specialist for the IMPACT Collaborative Quality Initiative. Her goal is to continue to improve care and reduce costs for patients.


Dan Meyer, AVL Test Systems


Carmo Ribeiro, Ph.D., Federal-Mogul

Carmo is a Brazilian native who earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering in Sao Paulo, where he started his professional career. After relocating to Michigan in 1993, he completed his master’s and Ph.D. in technology management at EMU with emphasis in the innovation process. He has a background in working with ideas from inception to fruition. He's been involved in numerous awards related to powertrain engines technology and published more than 15 patents. He's currently director of global steel piston technology at Federal-Mogul corporation and an owner of a Senior’s Helping Senior’s Franchise.


George Smith, Magna International

George earned his bachelor’s in aerospace systems from Southern Illinois University and master's in quality management from EMU. With over 40 years in the aerospace and automotive industries, he's worked in electrical, manufacturing, mechanical, quality and reliability engineering and quality management. He continues grow by both studying quality, reliability and manufacturing and teaching these subjects. He is a Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Reliability Engineer and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.


Mark Stevens, Toyota (TEMA)

Mark earned his bachelor's in statistics from the University of Michigan, master's in industrial technology quality from EMU and an eLearning Instructional Design Certificate from University of California Irvine Extension. He currently works in human resources at Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) as a functional talent development consultant focused on the development of team members and management. He also facilitates core trainings. He previously worked within R&D as a principal engineer in quality promotion and as a supplier quality engineering staff specialist.