Peterson and Mortensen join MSE External Advisory Board

Peterson and Mortensen join MSE External Advisory Board

Dr. Irene Peterson (PHD '87) and Dave Mortensen (BSE '72)

MSE is pleased to welcome two new External Advisory Board members: Irene Peterson (PHD '95) and Dave Mortensen (BSE '72).

Irene Peterson is a Principal Research Scientist at Corning Research and Development Corporation, in the Process Research group. She studies the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase reactions in ceramic materials, and also provides technical support to glass production plants in the United States, Europe and Asia. Among the many different products she has worked on are ceramic filters for exhaust filtration and glass for display and pharmaceutical applications. She received the President’s Black Belt Award for Innovation. She recently developed a new class on glass science and technology for Corning Community College with her colleagues.

Irene is an active member of the American Ceramic Society, and serves as the Secretary of the Glass and Optical Materials Division. She frequently organizes sessions and gives invited lectures at international conferences.

Before joining Corning, Irene was a post-doc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she worked with Brian Lawn on fracture mechanics. She earned her PhD from MSE in 1995, as a student of Professor T.Y. Tien.

Dave Mortensen graduated from U-M in 1972 with bachelor degrees in Mechanical and Metallurgical Engineering. After six years as a helicopter pilot in the navy, he returned to Michigan and earned an MBA with concentrations in marketing and finance.  In 1980, he joined GE Lighting and held a number of new product development, product management, marketing and sales management positions with emphasis on OEM customers.  He left GE in 1993 to lead an OEM sales group selling power supplies to lighting fixture manufacturers.  Then he held the senior sales and marketing position in a number of companies manufacturing hydraulic, pneumatic and power transmission products selling through industrial distributors.  He had international experience in Europe, Brazil, Vietnam and China. He retired in 2012. Dave is an avid golfer and lives in a golf community in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The mission of EAB is to enhance the department’s position as a premier research and higher education program by advising the MSE Chair on matters such as strategic planning, curriculum feedback, alumni engagement, talent acquisition and retention, and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering, etc.