2018 Alumni Excellence Academy Award Recipients

John Bayha, B.S. Civil Engineering ‘06, M.S. Civil Engineering ‘09

John Bayha is District Floodplain Engineer/Environmental Engineer for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Water Resources Division. His responsibilities include enforcing environmental regulations for a wide variety of construction and development projects, reviewing construction permits and working with local governments on efforts related to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Following his formal education, John worked for Jones & Henry Engineers, based out of the firm’s Kalamazoo office, in the design and field services group for seven years. During his time at Jones & Henry, he worked on a wide variety of municipal projects from large water towers to wastewater treatment plants, and gained important field experiences working on many construction sites as the site engineer.

John joined the MDEQ’s Kalamazoo District Office in 2013 as the District Floodplain Engineer, covering the eight counties in Southwest Michigan. He has been involved in many permitting and compliance projects with the MDEQ and has recently been striving to strengthen his outreach and training efforts. He continues to have a strong connection to WMU and routinely teaches civil engineering courses at the university. He is a Professional Engineer for the state of Michigan.

Favorite Bronco Memory: Spending long hours on Saturdays in the lab working on our senior design project.


Robert (Rob) Missman, B.S. Chemical Engineering ’09

Rob Missman currently works at Amway in Global Sales as a Senior Marketing Specialist.  A trained Expert & Master Speaker, Facilitator, and Moderator, Rob now uses these skills to grow business and product knowledge across Amway’s global direct selling business. Working with global partners in the US and around the world, Rob has had the opportunity to experience global culture and develop competency and organizational strategy.

Rob began at Amway in 2009 as an associate scientist in the water filtration department.  During his seven years in Research & Development, Rob worked on product development for water filtration technology, technology investigation, and university and industry partnerships. Rob’s responsibilities centered on Amway’s eSpring brand, developing water filtration technology, which culminated in 2012 with his support of the largest product launch in company history. 

Whether through science or education, Rob has a passion for helping others. At Amway, the ability to positively impact people’s lives gets Rob excited to go to work every day.

Favorite Bronco Memory: Waiting outside Lawson Arena hours ahead of the hockey games to watch the Broncos take on U of M, MSU and Notre Dame and the many long nights spent at the Parkview campus.


Alexander (Alex) J. Porter, B.S. Aircraft Engineering ‘89, M.S. Mechanical Engineering ‘92

Alex Porter is the Global Director of Engineering at Intertek. He has been with the company since 1992, holding additional positions in materials testing, finite element analysis, sales and engineering development.

Starting in 1996, Alex began working with automotive, furniture, industrial and appliance manufacturers to develop accelerated test methods that could quickly identify design inherent failure modes and reduce development time. He has three patents related to accelerated testing equipment, and is the author of Accelerated Testing and Validation as well as more than 40 articles and technical papers on accelerated testing.

In his current role, Alex serves as principal architect for Intertek’s current global qualification system that tracks engineering qualifications across three continents. He also has deployed a global system for tracking non-standard and benchmark testing.  Alex has personally tested everything from robotic babies, kitchen sinks and parts of the International Space Station.  

Alex is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is a Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan.

Favorite Bronco Memory: Flying with Art Hoadley in the experimental Cessna 182 doing zero g parabolic flights to test the liquid cooling capability of a data acquisition system being developed for NASA for high angle of attack airflow study on the F/A-18.


Timothy (Tim) Schultz, B.S. Industrial Engineering ‘90, M.B.A. ‘99

After earning his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Tim Schultz started his career at the Perrigo Company in Allegan, Michigan. From 1989 to 1999, Perrigo, a leading global healthcare supplier, was experiencing significant growth and Tim quickly advanced through positions in engineering, purchasing, shift supervision, plant management and eventually became the Director of Graphics Services, overseeing all functions for Perrigo’s printed packaging needs. During this time he also earned his MBA at Western.

In 1999, Tim facilitated the sale of Perrigo’s printing operations to The John

Henry Company and then became President of the The John Henry Packaging Division, supplying printed packaging components, primarily to the healthcare industry. In 2005, The John Henry Company was purchased by a private equity group and became a new entity, Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS). Tim served in a variety of leadership roles with the company, helping grow the business to $1.6 billion, and culminating in an IPO in 2015.

In 2015, Tim moved back to his hometown of Alpena, Michigan, to join the family businesses, where today he is the President of Terra Caloric, LLC, a startup that manufactures a unique hybrid geothermal system. He also provides oversight and advising to his family’s construction company and wood manufacturing business.

Favorite Bronco Memory: While my academic foundation from WMU has served me well, the opportunity to play for Western’s men’s club volleyball team led to years of enjoyment both playing the game (to this day) and coaching my kids’ travel volleyball teams.


Richard (Rick) Sutton, B.S. Metallurgy Engineering ‘80

Rick Sutton serves as Vice President of Operations and is responsible for manufacturing operations, lean manufacturing and change management across the Waupaca Foundry enterprise. Waupaca Foundry is North America’s leading supplier of iron castings to the automotive, commercial vehicle, agriculture, construction, and industrial markets, producing gray and ductile iron casting components using state of-the-art processes and technology.  Headquartered in Waupaca, Wisconsin, Rick leads the manufacturing operations of Waupaca’s seven strategically located manufacturing sites in five states, employing some 4,400 people.

Prior to joining Waupaca Foundry, Rick completed a 30+ year career at General Motors where he held a number of manufacturing executive positions in casting, machining and engine assembly operations.   

Rick is featured in the Jon Katzenbach book titled “Why Pride Matters More Than Money,” on pride building and motivational leadership. His awards include receiving the “William Grede Award” from the American Foundry Society for major contribution in the field of management and education resulting in expanding the effective use of metal castings.

Favorite Bronco Memory: Bilbo’s Pizza, Knollwood parties, Friday night guitar playing and Professor Pridgeon’s casting lab.