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SE 290 - Mike Brunetto

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Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
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Sep 30, 2021   11:00 - 11:50 am  
Julie Murphy
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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 Teams
while 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 

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

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