CSE Dean’s Advisory Board welcomes three new members

New members bring expertise from academia, research consulting, and manufacturing

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/18/2022)—The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is happy to welcome three new members to the Dean’s Advisory Board. Made up of both University of Minnesota alumni and members of industry and academia, the board plays an active role in advising the Dean on issues related to industry partnerships and maintaining its place as one of the top engineering and science academic programs in the country.

Alec Gallimore

Alec Gallimore is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on plasma physics from Princeton University. His primary research interests include advanced spacecraft (electric) propulsion, plasma physics and advanced plasma diagnostics, nanoparticle energetics, and the use of plasma for energy transfer and environmental remediation. He has been a faculty member in the University of Michigan's Department of Aerospace Engineering since 1992, and is founder and director of the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL).

Navjot Singh

Navjot Singh is a senior partner in McKinsey & Company's Boston office. He graduated from the India Institute of Technology in 1989, received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in 1994, and completed an MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2000. Before joining McKinsey in 2001, Singh was a laboratory manager at General Electric. In his current role, he works with pharmaceutical companies to enhance R&D productivity, with contract-research organizations to strengthen performance, and with private-equity players that invest in a variety of science- and medicine-intensive areas. He also works with public-sector organizations to refine strategy and operations.

Jeff Wilke

Jeff Wilke is chairman and co-founder of Re:Build Manufacturing, a private company helping to bolster America's industrial competitiveness by leveraging new technology in partnership with U.S.-based customers and suppliers to create thousands of new American jobs in factories around the country. Wilke holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. in chemical engineering and MBA from MIT. He began his career writing code and managing software development projects at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and also held the position of vice president and general manager of pharmaceutical fine chemicals at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) prior to joining Amazon in 1999 to lead the buildout of global operations. He retired as Amazon's CEO of Worldwide Consumer in 2021.

See the full list of CSE Dean’s Advisory Board members.