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Class of 1992
Oregon Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science,
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Dr. Nagi Naganathan President
Oregon Institute of Technology
Dianne Appell leads a diverse team of engineers and operations personnel in the design and implementation of the 777 Future Production System as a Boeing Company Program Manager. Over her 25 year career, Dianne has led multiple cross-functional teams with responsibility for production system design, manufacturing execution system design, business process development and functional skill development. She views her role mentoring future leaders as an essential investment. Dianne is the Boeing Executive Focal to Oregon Tech, partnering with academia to develop curricula for graduates that meet emerging industry needs as well as relevant continuing education opportunities for current Boeing employees.
Class of 1988 University at Albany Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration
Debra Gelinas Assistant Vice Provost, Experiential Learning University at Albany
Dean Backer began his first and only internship, at Kidder Peabody, on an ominous date, October 19, 1987, Black Monday. The worldwide stock market crash did not deter him, and only strengthened his attraction to finance. After beginning his career at Andersen Consulting, Backer joined Goldman Sachs, an Andersen client. As a Managing Director and Partner, Backer oversees and serves as global head of sales and capital introduction in the global securities service business. He supports the University at Albany through the Dean C. Backer ‘88 Scholarship, membership on the Dean’s Advisory Board and mentoring students.
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            Sarah Brownhill, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Development for Foot and Ankle at Zimmer Biomet. Sarah graduated with a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Toledo, and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. As a development engineer, Sarah designed the orthopedic industry’s first patient- specific total ankle instruments at Wright Medical Technology, a surgical helmet at CoorsTek Medical, and a total ankle arthroplasty system at Zimmer Biomet. Sarah has managed development engineers, published 7 literature articles, received a Young Investigator Award, contributed to over 25 conference proceeding abstracts, posters and presentations, and has 3 issued patents.
Class of 2004
The University of Toledo B.S., Bioengineering
Dr. T. Michael Toole, PE
Dean of the College of Engineering The University of Toledo
Charles Chang is a born entrepreneur with a passion for innovation, active living and mentoring. While at SFU, he completed four Co-op work terms and even met his wife on his first Co-op work term. He is currently the President and Founder of Lyra Growth Partners, which provides smart private capital and brand-savvy coaching to emerging consumer brands. Prior to starting Lyra Growth Partners, Charles was the President and Founder of Vega until it sold in 2015 for US$550 million. In 2016, he donated $10 million to the SFU Beedie School of Business to establish the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Class of 1995 Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
Dr. Peter Keller Vice President, Academic and Provost Simon Fraser University

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