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Industry Leadership Panel

ASEM’s Industry Leadership Panel is constructed of various leaders with vast experience in a multitude of industries.

Thomas Day

NOAA”s National Weather Service

Jay Glascock

U.S. Department of Energy

J. Morgan Nicholson

InTrack Radar Technologies (IRT)

Mark Taylor

U. S. Special Operations Command

Meet the IAB

Shawn Brougham is Vice President of Engineering at Altec, Inc. a leading provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets.  Altec delivers products and services in more than 100 countries throughout the world.

Shawn began his career at Altec in 1997 as an Applications Engineer for Altec WorldWide, supporting Altec’s distributor partners around the world with product support and the installation of Altec equipment on foreign chassis.  In 2000, Shawn joined the Marketing team as a Market Manager covering Electric Utility Distribution, Tree Care, and Lights & Signs markets.  In this role he worked with sales, engineering, and operations to identify, prioritize and bring to market several new products at several focused factories.  In 2006, Shawn assumed leadership of the Product Engineering organization.  He also led the Marketing organization from 2008 to 2015 and spent 2 years as a Regional Sales Manager in 2019 and 2020.

Shawn was a member of the Green Truck Association from 2013-2017 and served as the Chairman in 2016-2017.  Established in 2010 as a division of the NTEA, the Green Truck Association is a voice for companies moving forward to create vocational trucks and products with a focus on sustainability.

Shawn holds an Associate of Arts degree from Johnson County Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management, also from Kansas State.  Shawn and his wife, Claire, live in Parkville, Missouri and have sons Collin (22) and Dylan (21).  In his spare time he enjoys cycling, golf, and hiking.  When not spending time with his family he enjoys reading, playing chess and learning to play the guitar.

Thomas J. Day, Ph.D. is Program Management Branch Chief at the NOAA”s National Weather Service and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Maryland Global Campus.  Over his career, he has led teams, built projects, and developed engineering talent for projects and programs that exceeded $1.2 Billion life cycle.  He is also an internal instructor for the US Department of Commerce developing and delivering both on-line and hybrid certification courses leading to the Government FAC-P/PM certifications in project and program management. 

Dr. Day has been an engineering manager in both the Federal arena and private industry as a contractor for over 35 years.  Because of his unique blend of experience, he is and has an outstanding track record in the development and delivery of teams and solutions to both industry and Government.  Besides holding two patents in Green Energy Systems, Dr. Day has over 70 peer-reviewed published papers and three textbooks germane to Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.   Dr. Day holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management, the first ever conferred at the Stevens Institute of Technology, M.E. in Computer and Software Engineering, B.S.E in Electrical Engineering both from Widener University, Chester, PA.  He is also a Paralegal trained at the Widener Delaware Law School, with that training approved by the American Bar Association.

Jay D. Glascock is the Director for Site Operations for the Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Legacy Management (LM), at their Operations Center in Westminster, Colorado. He oversees environmental teams responsible for long-term surveillance and maintenance of over 100 sites in the United States and the territory of Puerto Rico under various regulatory frameworks. He guides transition activities at sites that will eventually become the responsibility of LM to manage. He champions major repair and maintenance projects to ensure that environmental remedies put in place during site cleanup continue to protect human health and the environment. In addition, he oversees critical functional areas such as environmental compliance, safety and health, and quality assurance for the organization. He also steers the Defense-Related Uranium Mines (DRUM) program, which is a partnership between DOE, federal land management agencies, state abandoned mine lands programs and tribal governments to inventory and safeguard more than 3,000 mines located on public, tribal, and private land. Finally, he administers the Uranium Leasing Program, which facilitates the mining and exploration of uranium and vanadium ores on 25,000 acres of land within the Uravan Mineral Belt in southwestern Colorado providing a domestic supply of critical minerals important to national and energy security.

Glascock has been with DOE since 2009 in various assignments. He has worked in DOE’s Office of Project Management and the Office of Management, specifically in the Office of Acquisition and Project Management, as well as the Office of Engineering and Construction Management.

Glascock served in the U.S. Air Force more than 20 years as a member of the civil engineer and RED HORSE communities. He held various assignments including command and headquarters staff, predominantly involved in operations management, environmental management, program and project management, and executing construction programs and projects.

Glascock graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in general engineering. He also obtained Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering with an emphasis in construction management from the University of New Mexico. He is a certified project management professional and a certified cost professional.

Colonel James M. Harrington is the Deputy Director, Communications Systems (J6) and Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He is responsible for developing USSOCOM’s Information Technology strategy, as well as executing the Command’s C4 acquisition program. Colonel Harrington is also responsible for operating and maintaining USSOCOM's global SOF Information Enterprise, providing support to more than 70,000 special operations personnel. Most recently, in 2022 Colonel Harrington was a National Security Affairs Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, California.

Colonel Harrington entered the Air Force in 1998 at the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated and received his commission in 2002 with a degree in Computer Science. He completed his Masters in Management Information Systems at the University of Illinois, Springfield in 2008. He is a Master Cyberspace Operations Officer and Joint Qualified Officer with 22 years of professional work experience in deployable communications, network architecture & engineering, cybersecurity, information operations, cyberspace operations, software development, customer support, and joint planning.

Colonel Harrington is a two-time graduated squadron commander who has served within the Pentagon and at various Air Force, Joint, and Multi-National 4-Star Headquarters. He has led Airmen in named operations and major contingencies across the Middle East, Europe, and the Pacific.

Mike Holman first became affiliated with ASEM in 2012.  He is a contributing author for our Engineering Management Book of Knowledge (EMBOK) and has enjoyed serving as a judge for our student case competitions.

Mike currently serves as Director of Quality at Kratos Defense.  He has previously served as Senior Manager for Northrop Grumman’s commercial, strategic and NASA launch vehicle programs and as Vice President of Production Operations for Coleman Aerospace.  His skills and experience focus on developing effective teams, processes, and operations.  He was recently fortunate to participate in NASA’s SLS / Artemis I launch, as Mission Assurance Chief Engineer for Northrop’s solid rocket boosters.

Mike and his wife split their time between the Atlantic coast of Florida and the mountains of Utah where their four grown children reside.  They enjoy boating, travel, and spending time with grandchildren.

His education includes bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah.  He completed graduate certification in Engineering Management at the University of Tennessee Space Institute, which is where he first became engaged with ASEM.  Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer and Structural Engineer.  He earned his Certified Professional Engineering Manager (CPEM) from ASEM in 2018 and was elected a Fellow of the Society in 2022.

Tony Klaumann currently serves as NE/IA Freight Rail Track/Civil Section Manager at HDR. In this role, Tony is responsible for the operations of the freight rail track/civil/planning section, including staff growth and development, technical leadership, quality control, marketing support, and coordination with other disciplines. 

Other responsibilities include serving as a Project Principal and Senior Engineer on freight rail projects, project management (including planning, directing, and monitoring) of projects from concept through final design, management of subconsultants and technical support staff, exceeding client expectations for quality/schedule/budget, maintaining close relationships with existing and potential clients, assisting with business development for the freight rail market, tracking up-coming project opportunities, and collaborating on project pursuits. Owing to his role, Tony plays a part in setting strategic goals for his organization.

Highly skilled in Railroad Engineering, Consultancy, Operations Management, Workplace Safety, and Construction, he possesses a master’s degree in engineering management and business and a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering, both from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tony is also a licensed Professional Engineer in Nebraska and Illinois.

Dr. David Murfett is a Manager and Professional Engineer with a talent for building quality Engineering teams. Since 2012 he has led the Engineering R&D team at REDARC, a company with 40 years’ experience in the research, design, development and manufacture of electronic voltage converters, inverters, power supplies, battery chargers, brake controllers and trailer braking products.

David transformed Engineering in the business, growing a small group of Engineers into an 80 strong team delivering quality power conversion products. Recognised by global Automotive OEMs, the RV and caravanning industry, and Australian Defence Force, as meeting the highest quality and reliability benchmarks. The team includes Mechanical, Electronic, Firmware, Mobile App, and a multimillion-dollar EMC and Environmental testing facility.

Completing his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering at the University of South Australia in 1992, David developed a keen interest in Microelectronics, leading him to pursue his Ph.D in Microelectronics (1996) on the emerging technology of silicon IC based car air-bag accelerometers.

Starting his first role with a Sun SPARC station rescued from the trash, he built and managed a team of IC designers developing and patenting novel RFID technologies. Frequenting semiconductor plants in Singapore, France, and Switzerland, he managed the design, manufacture, assembly, and testing of IC’s. As IC Development Manager at Gemplus Tag (a French smart-card company, later TagSys), the small Engineering team then built these ICs into the world’s first RFID based library automation system, where David took a hands-on role installing it throughout the Singapore public library system.

After finishing his MBA at the University of Adelaide in 2004, David took a role as IC Design Manager at Hendon Semiconductors (former Philips Semiconductors design centre and Bipolar IC foundry), where his team developed many I2C-bus products for NXP.

David is a member of the Industry Advisory Panels for Electronic Engineering at both TAFE SA and The University of Adelaide. Having recently obtained his helicopter pilot’s license, he enjoys taking family and friends on flights.

J. Morgan Nicholson is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at InTrack Radar Technologies (IRT), a aerospace and defense startup company located in Colorado Springs, CO. IRT is a leader in Space Domain Awareness, Electronic Warfare and Radar Systems Engineering. Morgan is also an Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves where he serves as the Chief of Engineering at the 379 Space Range Squadron, Schriever Space Force Base, CO. Morgan teaches Systems Engineering and Engineering Management courses at University of Colorado Colorado Springs as well as University of Denver.

Previous to founding IRT, Morgan was the Chief Engineer for a relatively large (100 person) technical staff at L3Harris Technologies. He served as the Principal Investigator on a large Internal Research and Development project focusing on modeling and simulation for the space enterprise. Morgan worked at the US Air Force Academy in Fall 2023 as an instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He began his career as an Active Duty Air Force Officer for the Air Force Electronic Systems Center.
Nicholson earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He earned M.E. Engineering Management and M.E. Systems Engineering degrees from UCCS and an MBA from University of Kansas. Morgan earned a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama Huntsville.
Nicholson earned his Certified Professional Engineering Manager (CPEM) from ASEM in 2011, Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) from INCOSE in 2011 and Professional Engineering (PE) licensure in the state of Colorado in 2013.  

Dr. Michael O'Connor is a Senior Research Program Director, Program Management in Minneapolis, Minnesota (20+ years of Medtronic experience). He has over 37+ years of professional work experience and 32+ years of professional experience (mainly in project, program, and portfolio management) in the Medical Device Industry. O'Connor received his B.A. and minor in Project Management from Metropolitan State University. He holds Graduate degrees in Project Management, Technology Management and Business Administration.

O'Connor earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, majoring in Project Management, from the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James School of Engineering. He was selected as an American Society for Quality Fellow (ASQ), Medtronic Technical Fellow, American Academy of Project Management Fellow (AAPM), Association for Project Management Fellow (APM), Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow (BMES) and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow. He is a (PDMA) NPDP, (PMI) PMP®, PgMP®, (IPMA) IPMA-B certified, (IPM) CPD, (AAPM) MPM, CIPM and CPRM. He is currently on the Board of Directors as a President and CEO for the Minnesota PMI chapter, and he is the Medtronic liaison for the Minnesota PMI chapter. He is also the representative for Medtronic on the PMI Global Executive Council. He is on the board of Directors as a director at large with the Product Development and Management Association in 2020-2023 and is a former Director at Large for the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) 2009-2012. He is a Community Faculty Member at Metropolitan State University and an Adjunct Faculty instructor at the College of St. Scholastica, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Wisconsin-Extended Campus, University of Maryland, College Park, A. James Clark School of Engineering teaching Graduate level Product Development, Project Management, Portfolio Management, Project Capstone, Procurement, and Culture / Organizational course(s).

Mark Taylor, D.Eng. is the Chief Technical Officer for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which conducts persistent, networked, and distributed operations against state and non-state actors to protect and advance U.S. policies and goals. In this role, he guides a vast portfolio of Digitally Transformative programs to include developing an enterprise Hybrid/ Multi-Cloud strategy; Zero-Trust architecture; Global Enterprise Data Fabric framework; and engagement with industry, academia, and fellow/international government agencies to identify technology for incubation, cybersecurity compliance, and continuous integration and delivery. Coordination and interaction with the greater federal government are paramount efforts he focuses on to enable a smoother and more consistent adoption of modernization efforts.
Prior to returning to support the federal government, he worked in the commercial industry at Microsoft as an enterprise focused customer technical advisor, also with other federally focused companies such as Dell EMC, and General Dynamics. Mark also served years on active duty in the United States Army, as a Field Artillery Officer, after he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute.

Mark has a Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) in Engineering Management from The George Washington University and is a Certified Professional in Engineering Management (CPEM). He has experience in academia, having taught at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

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