Leadership Roundtable: Featuring Emma Knight and Ian Itschner | April 17, 2019

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This event was an informal leadership roundtable with Emma Knight (project engineer at McKinstry) and Ian Itschner (owner, Talon Consulting). This was an outstanding opportunity to ask questions, and hear the perspective of two highly accomplished OSU engineering alums in an informal setting.

Emma Knight is a project engineer at McKinstry in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from OSU in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering and minor in business and entrepreneurship. While at OSU, she was heavily involved in many areas of campus, including the COE Student Ambassador program, the Leadership Academy, Pi Tau Sigma, student teaching, and Global Formula Racing team. Before joining McKinstry, Emma served as a mechanical designer at Systems West Engineering, Inc. In this special roundtable, Emma will be sharing about leadership lessons she’s learned in her career so far, and her experiences as a woman in engineering. 

Ian Itschner is a 1993 OSU Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering graduate.  He has been a consultant in the Portland area for the past 15 years helping companies improve strategy and business processes typically during major changes such as business acquisitions, family ownership transitions, or major growth spurts.  Ian often takes a role as an interim leader in his client’s companies and has served as CEO, COO, CFO, and CIO for businesses ranging from $10M to $500M in sales. 

Ian began his career as a MECOP intern in aircraft manufacturing and food processing companies.  He progressed through roles as process engineer, engineering manager, and operations manager before taking on executive leadership positions.  He actively seeks out opportunities in a wide variety of industries and has worked in areas such as electronics manufacturing, software development, steel manufacturing, fabric retailing, and sporting equipment manufacturing. 

Ian received his MBA from UCLA and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional (PMP).  He is an active volunteer and member of non-profit boards, and works as a mentor for both executives and young professionals.