MEM is an independent academic program that belongs to both the School of Engineering and the School of Business. The students majoring in MEM graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree conferred by both the School of Engineering and the School of Business.

Industry Advisory Board


Mr. Christopher P. Eber
Maintenance/Engineering Senior Resource, Frito-Lay Manufacturing Plant, Killingly, CT
Mr. Eber joined Frito-Lay in 1992 as a Production Shift Manager, managing multiple shift teams across the manufacturing operation. From 2002 to 2008, he served as a Quality and Food Safety Manager, directing quality and sanitation systems and processes for snack food. From 2008 to 2011, he served as a Corn and Potato Chip Products Manager, leading operations for a high speed snack food manufacturing operation. In 2011, he served as a Site Senior Manufacturing Business Unit, leading the development of processes and cultural change plans to improve productivity in multiple departments. He is responsible for Site Daily Maintenance and Long Term Engineering, Manufacturing Project execution and continuous improvement process changes since 2012.
Mr. Gene H. Frohman
Vice President of Engineering at i2System, Inc
Mr. Frohman is responsible for the overall planning, execution, and success of all Research and Development as well as Engineering support for all legacy and current production products at i2Systems, Inc. i2Systems is an industry leader in LED lighting technology, product design, and manufacturing. A technology innovator, i2Systems has been instrumental in the widespread adoption of LED lighting. Mr. Frohman is also a partner at Spinnaker Venture Partners, LLC (SVP), a strategic growth and innovation consulting firm based in Boston, MA that helps companies create and capture new value in the globally connected economy. SVP works with global industrial leaders in consumer goods, power and energy, and technology and industrial services. Prior to i2Systems, Gene was the Vice President of Engineering at DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica Company and Vice President of Engineering at Governors America Corporation. He also held positions of Chief of Air Vehicle Design for the S-76D Commercial Helicopter Program and Senior Program Engineering Manager for Test and Trainer Systems at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. He has been actively involved in advocating student interest in engineering and science and has sponsored multiple University of Connecticut senior projects as well as implementing student internship programs. He received his BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Postgraduate work includes an MBA, MS in Sustainability, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the IEEE, EGSA, and the SAE.

Ms. Arianna Kalian
Vice President, Engineering and Operations at UTC Power
Arianna KalianMs. Kalian is responsible for overseeing all engineering activity, including technology and product development, as well as all operations activities for the fuel cell systems, including supply chain, materials management, manufacturing and facilities. She joined UTC Power in 2008 from General Motors (GM), where she led a range of high-level product design and development efforts. During her 19-year tenure at GM, she was the Vehicle Line Director for the 2006 Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS. She also held both product and manufacturing engineering positions on GM’s Electric Vehicle program, and held an overseas assignment at Opel in Germany. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, as well as an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and an MS in Engineering Science (Management of Technology) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A registered Professional Engineer, she holds two patents in the application of aluminum technologies.
Mr. Mark M. Lech
Manufacturing Quality Manager, GE Consumer & Industrial, Plainville, CT
Mr. Lech graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1987 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He joined GE in 1987 on the MMP Program (now OMLP) with his first assignment in Pittsfield, Mass. He later accepted a job in Plainville as a mechanical engineer on a product design program. He went back to school for an MS in Manufacturing Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1993. In 1998, he accepted a position in technology as a product owner for residential equipment, and in 2000, as a Master Black Belt for manufacturing, where he led the design and development of a Quality Management System. He then accepted his current position as Manufacturing Quality Leader for GEIS.
Dr. Thomas Maloney
Director – Technology, Research and Applications Initiative, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), Inc.
Thomas MaloneyDr. Maloney is a senior-level professional with over 25 years of experience in alternative fuel and energy technologies for commercial, aerospace, and military applications. He serves as Principal Investigator for the National Aerospace Leadership Initiative, through which CCAT develops, applies, and transitions advanced manufacturing technologies, such as laser processes and machining optimization, to the aerospace and DoD supply base. He also leads a DoD-funded carbon management program to examine the best methodologies for disposing CO2 emissions generated from DoD coal-based fuel and electricity systems. His experience includes technical and leadership positions at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, United Technologies Corporation, and at Proton Energy Systems. He has taught engineering courses as a visiting faculty member at Cleveland State. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University.
Mr. Leo Veilleux
Chief Engineer, United Technologies Aerospace Systems 
 Leo VeilleuxLeo J Veilleux Jr. is a chief engineer with United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS), where he is responsible for the technical adequacy and safety of Environmental and Engine Control Systems for aircraft. The author of over 30 patents and pending patents, he provides technical leadership for the 4,000-employee Electric, Environmental & Engine Systems business at UTAS, where he develops and advances technology-leveraging solutions for aerospace. Mr. Veilleux has been involved in development of systems for several advanced aircraft including the Airbus A320neo family, A380, Embraer E-Jet E2 family, the Joint Strike Fighter, the Bombardier CSeries, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet. He began his UTC career as a mechanical design engineer at Hamilton Standard in 1985 and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility, including project engineering roles for mechanical and electronic products, electronic design manager, and system integration manager. Mr. Veilleux is a member of the UConn Electrical & Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. Mr. Veilleux received his B.S.M.E and MBA from the University of Connecticut, and his M.S.E.E from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Mr. David W. Zack
Vice President, United States Government Defense Systems and Services at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
David ZackMr. Zack is currently the Vice President of United States Government Defense Systems and Services (DSS). Dave has the responsibility for all U. S. Government military programs, including aftermarket support. Dave also serves as the primary interface between Sikorsky and the U. S. Government customer for all product line activities. In addition to the execution of existing contracts, Dave is responsible for expanding the UH-60 and HH-60 platforms globally, as well as supporting future needs of the U. S. Army, Navy and Air Force, including the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) and Future Vertical Lift (FVL).Formerly, Dave was the Chief Engineer for Defense Systems and Services (DSS). In this capacity, he served as the technical authoritative point of contact between Sikorsky and its national and global customers for both product and support activities, including all U.S Government and international applications.

Prior to this position, Dave was the Director of Maritime Military Programs. In this role, Dave had full management responsibility for the U.S. and International Naval Hawk product lines consisting of the MH-60S, MH-60R and international S-70B platforms, as well as the U.S. Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Executive Transport mission consisting of the VH-60N and VH-3D platforms.

Previous Sikorsky positions included the Director of the CH-53K Heavy Lift Program. In this role, Dave had full management responsibility for the CH-53K program as the point of contract between Sikorsky and the U.S. Government and was responsible for $3.5B System Development and Demonstration Program.

Previous Sikorsky positions included the Director of Connecticut Assembly and Flight Operations. In this role, Dave was responsible for Sikorsky Military Systems (SMS) major assembly and flight operations for the UH/HH-60M BLACK HAWK and MH-60S/R Naval Hawk aircraft. He was responsible for the safety, quality, cost and schedule performance for over 160 aircraft deliveries per year, $1.5B cost of sales, comprised of 1,800 employees.

Previous Sikorsky positions included the Director of Program Operations, UH/HH-60M BLACK HAWK and MEDEVAC Program Manager and Program Manager for Government Advanced Programs. Program accomplishments included BLACK HAWK development testing, full rate production, fielding of the first unit equipped (FUE), fly-by-wire development and flight testing, and special projects that brought rapid deployment technologies in support of Global War on Terror. P&L responsibilities exceeded $1B in annual sales.

Mr. Zack has over 22 years of engineering research, development, operations and program management experience. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Systems Engineering and Albertus Magnus College with a Masters in Business Administration.