LIMBS International Board Members
John Busch, PhD, PE
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Dr. John Busch has had a 40-year career of professional work in higher education and government service. He has a BS, MS and PhD degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Idaho.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Oregon and Idaho. Dr. Busch’s academic career includes 20 years at the University of Idaho and 10 years at LeTourneau University. His technical expertise centered on water resources and irrigation engineering, and he directed statewide research programs and taught various engineering courses. He was major professor for 16 MS and PhD graduate students, some of whom have become recognized nationally and internationally for their continued work.
Roger Gonzalez, PhD, PE
Dr. Roger Gonzalez is Chair and Professor of Engineering Education and Leadership at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and holds graduate degrees in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. He earned his PhD and MS in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.
He was awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award (NRSA) for his postdoctoral work in neuromuscular control and musculoskeletal biomechanics on children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, while working as a research scientist at Northwestern University Medical School and the premier Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. His scholarly efforts with students have focused on musculoskeletal modeling, dynamic modeling of human movement and neuromuscular control with applications to upper extremity neuroprosthesis and on the effects of knee ACL-deficiency on osteoarthritis.
Dr. Gonzalez is an Elected Member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). More than 125 publications detail his research endeavors having received multiple National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Education research grants, including support from various foundations for his international humanitarian endeavors. He has also received the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) Teaching Award, the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award for 2008, and LeTourneau University’s top research and scholarship award. He also serves as an engineering program evaluator for ABET (Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology), which is the sole U.S. entity for accrediting engineering programs throughout the United States.
As Founder, former CEO and President of LIMBS International, Dr. Gonzalez has worked with students in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and Latin America on various international engineering research and humanitarian projects.
BOARD OFFICER & SECRETARY
Eric Minelga is a senior engineering manager with The Boeing Company where he has led a variety of teams in aircraft interior design, certification, and production. He has a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of Washington and an M.B.A. from Seattle Pacific Univ. Eric also serves on UTEP’s E-Lead advisory committee and is an active dog raiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Mike Williamsen, PhD
Mike Williamsen is a nationally recognized workplace safety consultant with more than 25 years of safety and business change management experience. His background includes serving in Engineering, Operations, and Safety Manager positions for companies such as Frito-Lay, Inc. and General Dynamics. In 1985, Mike teamed with safety author Dr. Dan Petersen for three years to develop and implement a nationwide safety accountability and continuous improvement system that helped a Fortune 20 company reduce injuries by 80% within two years.
Since that time Mike has applied these and other high-impact safety principles with similar success to other Fortune 500 companies, such as General Dynamics, Baxter Healthcare, ATCO Electric, Rohm and Haas Co., and BASF. He received his academic degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.S.), California State University, Hayward (MBA) and Columbia Southern University, Orange Coast, Alabama (Ph.D., Business).