ISyE Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

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Mike Anderson (BIE 1979), Walter G. Ehmer (BIE 1989), Edward M. Rogers (BIE 1982, MS IL 2002), Stephen J. Rogers (BIE 1981), and Julio Villafane (BIE 1985) recently joined the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering Advisory Board. The Board, comprised of distinguished professionals and community leaders, serves as a sounding board for the School Chair in an advisory capacity as well as assists with the School's development goals. Each member brings extensive industry knowledge and unique expertise to this role and will serve a five year term (2007-2011).

"We are delighted to welcome our newest members to the ISyE Advisory Board. Their commitment and dedication to the Stewart School is extremely valuable to ISyE's continued success," said Chelsea C. White, III, ISyE School Chair.

Mike Anderson is corporate services vice president for the Georgia Power Company. His responsibilities include corporate safety, labor relations, fleet management, and building services. Anderson also serves as president and CEO of Georgia Power Childcare, LLC. Since joining Georgia Power in 1979, Anderson has held numerous leadership positions in Capital Budgeting, System Planning, Customer Operations, Information Technology, Marketing, and External Affairs. Prior to joining Georgia Power, Anderson was recruited from Texas Instruments Government Products Division in Dallas, Texas where he authored design criteria of nuclear warhead guidance systems technology for the U.S. military. Anderson is an Atlanta native. He and his wife Andreane have one son, Christopher, a senior at Georgia Tech.

Walt Ehmer is president and chief operating officer of Waffle House. He joined the company in the Purchasing Department in 1992. He was promoted to director in 1996, vice president in 1999, chief financial officer in 2001 and president and chief operating officer in 2005. In addition, he serves as chairman of Ozark Waffles, an operation of 38 Waffle House restaurants in Arkansas. He was president of Alpha Tau Omega and has continued his involvement with the fraternity, since graduation, by serving on its board. He was co-chair of the Thousand Club for the 54th Roll Call Leadership Circle, and he has served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Ehmer also has raised funds for cancer, leukemia and cystic fibrosis research. He lives in Dunwoody, Georgia, with his wife, Cindy, and their three children, Gregory, Anna Kate and Lesley.

Ed Rogers is a senior staff manager with United Parcel Service's corporate strategy group in Atlanta, Georgia. He has twenty-five years of experience in industrial engineering, program management, management consulting, business process redesign, operations improvement and strategy development. Rogers joined the UPS corporate industrial engineering department in 1994 and has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to UPS, he served as a U.S. Air Force officer from 1983-87, managing programs to modernize defense industry manufacturing capabilities and reduce acquisition costs. He was an engineering management consultant with BDM International in Dayton, Ohio from 1987-1989 and later with the SysteCon division of Coopers & Lybrand Consulting from 1989-94 where he consulted on a variety of manufacturing and logistics systems improvement projects for more than twenty clients, including UPS. In addition to his Georgia Tech degrees, Rogers earned a master's in engineering management from the University of Dayton in 1994. He and his wife Jeanette, ChE 1983, have three children and reside in Roswell, Georgia. Their eldest daughter Kyla is an undergraduate at Georgia Tech; their other two children, Matlock and Kay, are students at Roswell High School.

Steve Rogers is vice president of integrated supply chain for IBM Integrated Supply Chain, where he has worked for 25 years. He joined IBM in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1981 after graduating from Georgia Tech. He spent the first five years in various production engineering and planning roles for IBM printing and banking products. After receiving an Executive MBA from Wake Forest University in 1986, Rogers held various financial management positions including manager of Financial Analysis for IBM's Personal Computer Division. He was the division controller for IBM's PC business in North and South America. Later he became the server group controller for Manufacturing where he had responsibility for all IBM's server manufacturing locations worldwide and had a seat on IBM's Corporate Manufacturing Operations Board in Somers, New York. He then became worldwide VP of Finance and Operations for IBM's System X Server division in Raleigh, North Carolina. In January of 2002, Rogers joined the newly formed IBM Integrated Supply Chain organization as director of supply chain for the Retail Store Solutions business. In August of 2003, Rogers returned to New York to take on the role of VP for Demand/Supply and Inventory Planning for all IBM hardware brands. In June of 2006, Rogers took on his current role where he is responsible for the end to end supply chain execution for two separate multi-billion dollar brands. He currently resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife of 21 years and three sons.

Julio Villafane is vice president of strategic account management for Motorola Sales and Services Inc. He is responsible for managing Motorola's business efforts with Telefonica Latin America, the region's largest telecommunications company with over $53 billion dollars invested and 112 million customers across 19 Countries. In his ten years with the company, Villafane has implemented aggressive market penetration strategies that resulted in increased revenues, increased market share and solid relationships with the region's telecommunication power players. These efforts helped position Motorola as the undisputed leader in several arenas including radio communications, digital video, and MSO broadband technologies. Prior to joining Motorola, Villafane held several international telecommunications sales management roles with EF Johnson (EFJ) Company, a leader in the two way radio industry. He helped to establish and staff the Latin American go to market organization with offices in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and HQs in Miami, Florida. He first entered the telecommunications industry as an outside plant facilities engineer at BellSouth, and developed his management and sales skills as an international management consultant at Peat, Marwick and Mitchell. In addition to his Georgia Tech degree, Villafane holds an MBA in Finance and International Business with national academic honors from Mercer University. He is of Salvadoran descent and lives in Miami with his wife, and four children.


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  • Created By:Barbara Christopher
  • Created:05/23/2007
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016



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