The Department of Mechanical Engineering external advisory board is made up of notable Stevens alumnae and industry experts from across the globe. 

Advisory Board Members

Yiannis Andreopoulos


Jim BreenYiannis Andreopoulos holds an Engineering Diploma (Dipl. Ing) in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece, a M.Sc. (Aeronautics) from London University in England, a Diploma of Imperial College degree (D.I.C) and a PhD in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of London University, UK. He has extensive experience in laser techniques and optical methods acquired during postdoctoral research appointments at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and at Princeton University. Dr. Andreopoulos’ research expertise is in the areas of fluid dynamics which impact transportation, manufacturing, medicine, biology, energy, the environment, built environment and defense and homeland security. He has developed several unique experimental techniques and designed a large-scale wind tunnel and a unique high energy/enthalpy experimental shock tube research facility for compressible flow studies in various configurations where high spatial and temporal resolution is required. Dr. Andreopoulos’ current research focusses on: Low- and high-speed turbulence; Shock wave interactions with i) porous, ii) monolithic and iii) composite materials; Flows through deformable soft porous materials; Wind power and energy harvesting; Manhole explosions and public safety; Climate change effects on winds of hurricane strength and related public safety of New York City built environment; Transition and relaminarization in pulsatile flows. Dr. Andreopoulos is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2008 he received the Charles Sharpe Beecher Prize of the Aerospace Industries Divisional Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK. 

Mark Biamonte


Jim BreenMark Biamonte is responsible for nine different Environmental Control and Protective Systems for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Mark joined UTAS in 2001 after he graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Computer Engineering. He also holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Space Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Mark spent the first 9 years of his career at UTC as a Systems Analyst and Systems Architect developing and optimizing system level and component level models of active thermal control systems for Space & Defense programs. He took over the group in 2011 as the Chief Systems Engineer for ISR & Space, WL. In that role he led several strategic initiatives to improve the efficiency & effectiveness of the Systems Engineering organization. Mark was a Director in Central Quality for United Technologies Aerospace Systems for 2 years (2016 – 2018) where he led the Process Excellence Organization. During his tenure he led the establishment of the Quality Fellows Program, established the Discipline Health Review Process, was a steering team member of the QLEAD rotation program, and led initiatives to drive improvements to multiple Quality Processes, including the Zero Defect Plan™ (ZDP™). Mark transitioned back into Engineering in the summer of 2018 as the Director of Engineering for the Rotating Machinery and AMS Pack Product Lines and Shared Engineering Services. He transitioned into his current role in November of 2018.

Jim Breen


Jim BreenJim Breen joined Johnson & Johnson in 1997 in Shanghai, China and has progressed through a variety of roles in project management, manufacturing, and engineering in the biologics, pharmaceutical, and corporate groups. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Master of Business Administration from Drexel University and Master of Engineering in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Claire Griffin

Program Manager & Senior Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Shipboard Instrumentation and Systems Calibration Aircraft Carrier Program

Jim BreenClaire is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division, within the Shipboard Instrumentation and Systems Calibration (SISCAL) department. In her work, she has collaborated with technical experts, active duty sailors, governmental representatives, and a variety of other entities to ensure that all systems installed onboard US Navy ships are properly calibrated and maintained by providing technical and programmatic support. She has been the Program Manager for the Aircraft Carrier SISCAL program since 2018, working to support the Aircraft Carrier fleet in regard to calibration needs, installed instrumentation documentation, and overall system health. In her time working for the US Navy she has worked aboard over 70 ships, including every aircraft carrier in the fleet. Claire graduated from Stevens in 2016 with a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Robotics and a minor in Science Communication.


Calvin Kinsel


Jim BreenCalvin "Cal" Kinsel joined United Engineers & Constructors, an United E&C Inc. legacy company, as a mechanical systems engineer supporting nuclear power projects in 1977 after receiving a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken NJ. In 1989 Cal Kinsel was first assigned as a project engineering manager and through 2005 managed multi-discipline Engineering teams on projects associated with the design and construction as well as the modification and maintenance of nuclear power plants, fossil power plants and metals industry facilities, all within United legacy companies. In 2002 Kinsel received his MS in Engineering Management from Drexel University. In 2006 he left his project engineering management role and was assigned as the discipline manager for all mechanical engineering within the Engineering & Construction division of AECOM (the United E&C Inc. predecessor) responsible for the discipline engineering work processes as well as the on-going development of the engineering staff. In September 2019 Kinsel was named director of project engineering management for all nuclear services work performed within United.

Thomas A. Litzinger


Jim BreenThomas A. Litzinger's work in engineering education involves curricular reform, teaching and learning innovations, assessment, and faculty development. Dr. Litzinger has more than 50 publications related to engineering education including lead authorship of an invited article in the 100th Anniversary issue of JEE and of an invited chapter on translation of research to practice for the first edition of the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research. He teaches design and thermal sciences. His disciplinary research on combustion in engines and rockets has resulted in more than 120 publications. Dr. Litzinger was selected as a Fellow of ASEE in 2008 and of ASME in 2012. He serves as an Associate Editor for Advances in Engineering Education. He holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State, an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from RPI, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton.

Patrick Marks

Director of Engineering Services, Global Applied Products, Johnson Controls

Jim BreenPat Marks has worked in HVAC and Noise and Vibration control engineering for almost 30 years. He is currently responsible for managing the Engineering Services Group which includes Heat Transfer, Systems Ratings and Modeling, Sound and Vibration and Structural Analysis for Johnson Control’s chiller product lines. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Ventilating and Air-conditioning Engineers and currently serves as the Chair of the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Technical Committee on Sound. He has nine patents in HVAC noise control and heat transfer applications.

Regina Pynn


Regina PynnRegina Pynn is Sr. Product Manager for Additive Manufacturing at Hexcel. In this role she has responsibility for industry and customer relationships, including NCAMP qualification, entry into service on the F-35 platform, and commercial customer adoption. She also manages next-generation materials development and design-for-producibility services. Hexcel is a leader in advanced composite materials for aerospace and defense and the HexPEKK® material family is an industry leader in flightworthy, high performance thermoplastic Powder Bed Laser Fusion (PBLF) 3D printing. Before joining Hexcel in 2017 Regina worked for UTAS where she led development through Entry Into Service activities for hydromechanical and electromechanical control systems on commercial and defense platforms. Regina holds a B.E. from Stevens in Mechanical Engineering and an M.E. from Stevens in Systems Engineering.

Raymond C. Rossi


Jim BreenRaymond (Ray) Rossi joined EBASCO Services Mechanical Engineering Department as an Assistant Mechanical Engineer in 1965, after receiving a B.E. in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Although the company/engineering team was purchased 8 times over his 50+ year career he has remained with the same engineering group. He received a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute in 1973 and presently holds 11 Professional Engineering Licenses.

In 1965, as assistant ME he was assigned to a team designing systems and specifying equipment for several oil-fired power plants in Japan and Spain. In 1967 nuclear energy became a major part of the power business and over the next 20 years was associated with overall plant layouts, designs and specifications of mechanical systems/piping/equipment for the Japanese Tsuruga, Tokai and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants, with responsibilities growing to Project Engineering Manager. As these projects were completed, he was assigned to numerous coal fired, fluidized bed, flue gas desulfurization, gas/oil fired combined cycle and nuclear power plants designing/managing similar tasks as described above, on projects in the United States, England, Canada, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic where he held roles of Mechanical Supervisor, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Chief Mechanical Engineer.