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Meet Our Board of Advisors

Meet Our Board of Advisors

The College of Science Board of Advisors serves as an advisory body to advance our mission and vision within the University, across Oregon and beyond with external constituents.

These leaders and experts provide invaluable insight and advice on research opportunities, funding strategies, the student experience, diversity and inclusion, and special projects.

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Jan Armstrong (’57)

Retired Director of Community Relations, Kansas City Southern Industries

Jan earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Oregon State University. Early in her career, she worked in hospitals as a registered medical technologist. But for almost 20 years, Jan worked in zoos, including the National Zoological Park and the Kansas City Zoo.

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She focused primarily on animal health, education and public relations. She retired as Director of Community Relations for Kansas City Southern Industries, a transportation and financial services company. Jan’s interests include nature conservation, science education, reading, music and international travel.  She spends her volunteer time with Rotary, an international service organization, and The Nature Conservancy. Jan recently became an International Ambassador for The Nature Conservancy. She also belongs to four China-related organizations in Kansas City and is a vice president of the board of the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation and the Society for Friendship with China.  

She has traveled all over the world, including Mongolia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Europe, Antarctica as well as several African, South and Central American countries. Jan made two trips recently to Zambia to develop a village education project for her Rotary club and District. Jan has deep interests in global wildlife and conservation issues as well as in diverse people and cultures from around the world.

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Scott Clark ('08)

Co-founder and CEO, SigOpt

Alumnus Scott Clark is co-founder and CEO of SigOpt in San Francisco, a startup company for tuning complex systems and machine learning models. He’s a 4th-generation Beaver and earned three bachelor’s degrees in physics, computational physics and mathematics in 2008!

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He conducted research with physics professor Rubin Landau and mathematics professor Malgo Peszynska as an undergraduate at OSU. Scott earned his Ph.D. in applied mathematics and his master’s in computer science from Cornell University. He then spent two years at Yelp developing black-box Bayesian global optimization techniques. Scott founded SigOpt with his business partners and has raised more than $8 million in start-up funds.

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Megan Cook ('09)

Director of Education and Outreach, Ocean Exploration Trust

Megan Cook has built a diversified international career spanning research, marine operations, media communication and ocean education. Since graduating magna cum laude from the College of Science in 2009, Megan has made good use of her bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry and marine biology option, conducting and facilitating interdisciplinary research across biology, geology, marine chemistry and maritime history.

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Megan manages Ocean Exploration Trust and Exploration Vessel Nautilus' suite of at-sea and onshore education programs and partnerships. She designs, implements, supports and assesses STEM education and workforce development programs. She also delivers high-quality, research-based professional development for K-20 educators nationwide.

A highly skilled technical diver, she is experienced in exploration and field research in tropical and polar climates with extensive experience in remote locations. She is talented in employing digital media, film, photography and adventure writing. As a featured writer of Mission Blue's 'Young Explorer Series', she is one of the emerging young voices for our ocean.

Megan inspires the next generation of explorers by bringing the excitement of discoveries via these live broadcast expeditions. Her life’s mission remains helping people “fall into fascination with our planet” and use technology to bring people to the “soggy parts of Earth.”


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Eileen Hartmann (’74, ’76)

Retired certified public accountant

Eileen grew up on a farm in southern Idaho and graduated from the very small Castleford High School. She was active in 4-H during her childhood. She attended the University of Idaho and graduated with a major in mathematics and a minor in German in 1972. She was fortunate to spend her junior year abroad in Germany.

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She attended graduate school at Oregon State University earning a M.S. in Statistics and later a second bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Her professional career was as a certified public accountant. She had her own practice in Corvallis for many years and also worked from home for several years before retiring in 2014. Since retiring, she has pursued her hobbies of photography, sewing, travel and gardening. She serves on the College of Science Advisory Board for the University of Idaho.

She met her husband, Norbert Hartmann, while at Oregon State University. They have been married since 1973 and live on a farm near Monmouth, Oregon.

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Keith E. Krueger (’86)

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Krueger & Lenox

Dr. Keith E. Krueger is a native of Central Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in 1986. While at Oregon State he was a varsity athlete for four years on a wrestling scholarship. 

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He then attended Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry where he received his doctorate in 1989. Following this, Dr. Krueger completed his internship while serving three years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was deployed with the Air Transportable Hospital to the Persian Gulf War.

Dr. Krueger then began his four year residency, pursuing his passion for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He completed his training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey / Rutgers University in 1997. He practiced in Portland, Oregon for over three years before establishing his practice in Bend, Oregon in 2000.

Dr. Krueger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which is the highest level of professional achievement. He has been on active medical staff at St. Charles Medical Center since 2000. He is on call on a monthly basis in the ER for facial trauma and is frequently in the OR performing elective surgery. 

Dr. Krueger volunteers his time as a Student Advisor at Summit High School.  He also treats patients with Medical Teams International and Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Clinic in Bend.

When he is out of the office, Dr. Krueger enjoys spending time with his wife and his three children and being active in his church. He is a Board Member for the Kilns College (theology and missions) and Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center. In his free time, he loves the outdoors; hunting, fishing, and running half and full marathons.

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Prabu Nambiar (’88)

Founder and Principal, Syner-G Pharma Consulting

After his M.Sc. in chemistry from Madras University, India, Prabu Nambiar came to OSU in 1983 and completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1988. After 3 years of post-doctoral training at Brown University, he started his pharmaceutical career at Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1991.

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Prabu completed his Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) by RAPS and the Executive MBA program at Boston University. Currently, Prabu is the founder and Principal at Syner-G Pharma Consulting, a Boston based company that provides strategic consulting in the areas of pharmaceutical development, regulatory affairs and quality and compliance for the biotech and pharma industry. Previously, he was the Vice President and Head of CMC Regulatory Affairs at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA and held CMC Regulatory Affairs positions of increasing responsibilities at Bristol Myers Squibb, Sepracor, Wyeth and Cubist Pharmaceuticals. He is a member of AAPS, ACS and RAPS. He was the 2009 Chair of the AAPS Regulatory Science section. Currently, he is a member of the USP Physical Analysis Expert Committee and Chair of the USP <1086> Expert panel.

Prabu is extremely indebted to OSU, his first institution up on landing in the US, and as a way of giving back to OSU, he has contributed to an endowed gift towards Student Travel Fund in the Department of Chemistry. Prabu lives with his family in Westborough, MA.

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Joel Peterson (’69)

Founder, Ravenswood Winery, Once & Future Wine

After graduation from Oregon State University in 1969, Joel Peterson drove ambulances, travelled around Europe, worked as a research immunologist at the Harold Brunn institute in San Francisco, worked as a clinical lab scientist at Sonoma Valley Hospital and, in his spare time, became a wine writer and wine consultant. 

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In 1976, Joel founded Ravenswood winery and has shepherded Ravenswood from a small unknown winery producing 327 cases of Zinfandel to a respected, high quality producer of approximately 800,000 cases of red wine.  

Joel is on the Board of Directors for Sonoma County Vintners and is a current member and past president of Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Association. He is a founding Board member and former two-time president of Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. Joel is also a Senior Vice President with Constellation Brands. In 2010, Joel was inducted into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame, and in 2012 he was voted as one of the “20 most admired people in the North American wine industry" by Vineyard and Winery Management magazine.  The magazine also voted Joel as one of the “20 most admired winemakers in North America” in 2014. 

Joel lives in Sonoma, California, is married to Madeleine Deininger and has three amazing and talented children ranging in ages from 16 to 42.

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Heather Runes (’01)

Director of GMP QA, Myovant Sciences

Heather graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology from Oregon State University. Heather began her career working at a consulting firm as an analytical chemist performing environmental fate studies for pesticide registration. 

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In pursuit of her passion to help others, Heather sought career opportunities in the biopharmaceutical industry in drug development. Since 2002, Heather has worked at a variety of biopharmaceutical companies in the San Francisco Bay Area in research, Quality Control and currently heading a Quality Assurance department responsible for oversight of Quality Control and manufacturing.

Heather has previously served as a member of the Younger Chemists Committee and councilor for American Chemical Society. In addition, Heather served as board member of her neighborhood association.

Heather lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Rodney Prell, also an Oregon State alumnus, and their four adorable pets—two dogs and two rabbits. In her free time Heather enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter, hiking, cooking, scuba diving and traveling the world.

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Ronald Schoenheit (’65)

President, Cascade Coil Drapery

Ron Schoenheit holds a bachelor’s degree in math from Oregon State University and an MBA degree from Marylhurst University. In 1987, he founded Cascade Coil Drapery where he currently serves as President. 

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The successful wire weaving firm is based in Tualatin, Oregon, and specializes in woven wire products for architectural and industrial applications. With more than 55 years of experience in the wire weaving industry, Ron has served as Vice President of Pacific Fence & Wire Co., a major Pacific Northwest chain link fence manufacturer, and cofounder and President of Pacific Fireplace Furnishings, Inc. He has also held facilities engineering positions with FMC (Gunderson) in Portland and with LTV in Dallas. 

Ron is also the President of the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, a federally funded organization that provides consulting and assistance to companies in the five-state Pacific Northwest region impacted by import competition. 

In the mid-1980’s. Ron was a co-owner of the AAA Portland Beaver Baseball Club.  

A long-time resident of Lake Oswego, Ron enjoys gardening and running. He periodically participates in marathons and has completed the Boston Marathon twice in recent years. He enjoys his three grown children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Luisa Snyder ('09)

Dentist, Snyder Family Dentistry

Luisa Snyder was born and raised in Escuintla, Guatemala, and arrived in Oregon in 2004 after marrying her husband and fellow OSU alumnus Nathan in Antigua Guatemala. She attended Linn-Benton Community College and graduated from Oregon State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. 

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She attended Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, where she earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 2013. She then completed a general dentistry residency at the Los Angeles V.A. Hospital in conjunction with UCLA School of Dentistry. Drs. Nathan and Luisa Snyder own two successful dental practices in Salem, Oregon: Snyder Family Dentistry and Fairmount Dental Center. They enjoy taking care of their patients and serving their community.

Luisa loves spending time with her family, especially her two children, Patrick Antonio and Isabel Rosalina. She enjoys watching basketball, reading, spending time with family and learning about new cultures. The Snyders are happy to be back in Oregon and are enjoying what the beautiful Pacific North West has to offer.

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Michael Waterman ('64 and '66)

Emeritus University Professor at the University of Southern California and Distinguished Research Professor to the University of Virginia

Michael Waterman received a bachelors and masters in Mathematics at Oregon State University ('64 and '66) and a PhD in Statistics and Probability from Michigan State University.

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A founder of the field of computational biology and bioinformatics, he has received international recognition for work that advanced the Human Genome Project. He is Emeritus University Professor at the University of Southern California and Distinguished Research Professor to the University of Virginia.