Mike Brunetto is a 1976 graduate of General Engineering (now Systems Design and Engineering) with a secondary concentration in Engineering Management. In 1984, he received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Production and Operations Management.
Mike recently retired as Senior Manager of Construction for Panera Bread, directing the construction of new Panera bakery-cafes, as well as its twenty-two food processing and distribution facilities across the country.
Prior to that, Mike spent the majority of his career with Anheuser-Busch (now Anheuser-Busch InBev), in various engineering, construction, operations, sales and marketing and executive positions for the world’s largest brewer. He credits the diversity of the ISE / GE degree for the broad range of job responsibilities he enjoyed, and likes to describe his career as “a series of happy accidents”!
An enthusiastic proponent of the ISE degrees and department, Mike is a twice-past president of the ISE Alumni Advisory Board. He was the industry sponsor for four ISE Senior Design Teamswhile with Anheuser-Busch, as well as hiring two ISE interns. He is a recipient of the General Engineering Distinguished Service Award, the Gamma Epsilon Distinguished Alumni Award, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s Loyalty Award, and a member of the President’s Council.
A frequent presenter on campus, Mike has presented to SWE, SHPE, MEforMe, ISGE, SITES, NAESC and SBME on topics such as interviewing skills, engineering career paths, personal branding, and “myth-busting” the engineer stereotype.