College of Basic and Applied Sciences Virtual Mentoring

Students,

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences has alumni and industry friends who have agreed to become virtual mentors for you!  These virtual mentors are available to the College of Basic & Applied Sciences majors to give career advice and answer questions via email (or skype when needed).  Our hope is that you will use this resource to find professionals that are already in the field you want to go into and ask them questions about what their job is like, how you can prepare now to get a job like theirs when you graduate, and get feedback as you pursue a career path.  This is not intended to give you people to ask for a job or to write your resume for you – they are simply available for career advice and insight into their professional field.  I encourage you to utilize these mentors and anticipate you will find this to be a valuable resource to help you in your career journey and your time at MTSU.       

With my very best wishes for your success.
 
Dr. Bud Fischer
Dean, College of Basic & Applied Sciences
 **If you are interested in becoming a virtual mentor or know someone who is, please email Nancy.miller@mtsu.edu a 3 sentence bio, headshot, and preferred email address and she will respond to you with information on the program.**
 

Concrete & Construction Management

 Max Barrett

Max Barrett
Max.Barrett@jedunn.com
Max joined JE Dunn Construction as an intern in 2011 while finishing up his Bachelors of Science in Construction Management from Middle Tennessee State University. After graduating in 2013, Max was brought on full-time as an Estimator, utilizing his education and previous six years of work experience in the industry to our Estimating and Preconstruction department. Max’s attention to detail, analytical thinking and problem solving play a key role within the department and on the jobs he manages. 

Kate Holliday

Kate Holliday

kholliday@straussco.com

Kate is a 16 year veteran of the construction industry and Vice President of Greater Nashville for the Strauss Company, Inc., a commercial general contractor headquartered in Chattanooga, TN. Much of her career has focused on pre-construction, including estimating and business development.   She also has a background in construction safety and human resources. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and received a B.S. in Organizational Management from Covenant College.

 Mickey Williams

Mickey Williams
MickeyWilliams@bsinet.us

BS Construction Management MTSU. He is now Senior Project Manager with Batten & Shaw, Inc. construction management / general contracting company which specializes in Healthcare Construction. He manages healthcare construction projects ranging from $6,000,000.00 to $25,000,000.00 in value.

Engineering Technology

Ken Frizzell
Ken Frizzell
Ken.Frizzell@nissan-usa.com

Ken Frizzell has 43 years of manufacturing experience. He has been at the Nissan Americas – Smyrna plant for 33 years with jobs ranging from Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Engineer, Maintenance Supervisor, and Maintenance Section Manager and is now a Senior Manufacturing Engineer with a focus on project management and automation.  He majored in Industrial Technology at MTSU and presently a member of the ET Advisory Board.

 Blair Russell Glenn Blair Russell Glenn
Blair.Glenn@qualityindustries.com
Blair is the Chairwoman at Quality Industries, Inc., known as QI. QI is a family held fabrication company, started in 1972 by her father, the late Bob Russell. She is on the Workforce Development Board for Wilson, Rutherford, Davidson, and Williamson Counties, and the Engineering Advisory Board at MTSU.
Bob Henry 
Bob Henry
bhenry@m-tekinc.com
Bob Henry gradiated from MTSU in 1985.  He is a Senior General Manager, Corporate Purchasing, M-Tek, Inc. He is responsible for purchasing for all manufacturing locations in USA. Bob joined M-Tek in 2013 after more than 16 years with Nissan North America where he held several positions of increasing responsibility within the Renault Nissan Prior to joining Nissan North America. He has held several management positions.
Bobbie Jo Meredith  Bobbie Jo Meredith
bobbiejo.meredith@schneider-electric.com

Bobbie Jo is a Product Manager at Schneider Electric, a global company of 140,000 employees focused on solving the energy crisis. She received her B.S. from MTSU in Computer Engineering Technology with a Minor in Computer Science. She started with Schneider Electric on an internship and was hired on in 2006.  In addition to her career, Bobbie Jo is also a member of the Engineering Technology Advisory Board and the Girls Raised in Tennessee Science Leadership Committee at MTSU.  

Bryant Tokarz
Bryant Tokarz
btokarz@oflex.com

I have a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I have 20 years of experience in the Automotive Industry working for GM, Honda and as a supplier to GM, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes, Toyota, Volvo, and VW to name a few. I have experience in tooling and manufacturing equipment as well as product design and overseeing production at our current facility.

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