MEM Industry Advisory Board members serve the MEM program by offering valuable insights into emerging trends in manufacturing and industry in Connecticut, specifically with regards to how these trends may impact MEM graduates and how we can strengthen the program to continue to meet the demands of a fast-paced ever evolving industry.
Gene 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.
Leo Veilleux 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.
Tim Sasur is the Director of Engineering at HORST Engineering. He has shown his skills in product development and strategy deployment, can transcend industry or market segments. Previously serving the needs of customers in Medical, Electronics, and Industrial markets at Dymax, Tim is leading the charge with breakthrough new products in advanced ultraviolet LED curing equipment. Tim holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut Executive MBA program, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Hartford, receiving a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a manufacturing concentration.
Victoria Marino is a New Product Development Engineer where she is responsible for mechanical design and validation. She led a recent project to create and execute a New Product Development Stage Gate process used for transitioning new products into production. Prior to starting this role, she completed an 18-month rotation program at Kaman where she spent six months each in Sustaining Engineering, Program Management and New Product Development. Throughout this program, she received leadership training and personalized development. Ms. Marino graduated from the University of Connecticut Magna Cum Laude in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management and Engineering for Manufacturing. She is interested in pursuing her Master’s degree in the near future.
Adam Duong is currently employed by Pfizer as a Digital Client Partner / Experience Designer for the pharmaceutical giant’s Global Operations move to Hudson Yards in Manhattan. He is working on planning space and emerging technologies. Previously, prior to his 2016 graduation date, he also worked for Pfizer as an Analyst and for Southern Tide as a Brand Ambassador. He graduated in 2016 from University of Connecticut with a BS degree from both the School of Business and the School of Engineering with a major in Management and Engineering for Manufacturing.
Bill Luchon is an experienced professional who has been providing leadership, technical support and project management to manufacturing operations in a variety of industries including wire and cable, electrical products, telecommunications, and aerospace. A successful manager who develops and improves manufacturing processes, meets, and exceeds production goals, and has led many large capital projects over his 30+ year career. Currently he leads the Process Engineering team at Prysmian Group, the world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. Each year, the Group manufacturers thousands of miles of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, as well as medium and low voltage cables for the construction sectors. Bill has been a member of the E2: CBIA Energy and Environment Council, served as its chair from 2013 – 2016, and has spoken at various energy and sustainability conferences. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.