Advisory Board

Bill Rushing

Vice President, R&D
Berntsen International, Inc.

Berntsen International, Inc. is a manufacturer and supplier of survey markers, survey monuments, utility markers, and related accessories. Berntsen has been “Marking the Infrastructure of the World” since its founding in 1972 by Phillip Peterson and Peter Berntsen. Today Berntsen has a product line of more than 1,000 markers, monuments, and identification products for Surveying, Utilities, Construction, and Parks & Recreation. We also specialize in one-of-a-kind markers custom made for specific projects. Berntsen has acquired multiple patents and has been honored twice by the governor of the State of Wisconsin for new product innovation.

Bill says that he “was intrigued by the notion of a research university cooperating with local municipalities and public utilities in a new way to expose students to real life situations of extreme importance. I contacted Dr. Sankar and discovered that he welcomed a new cooperative effort to do some additional research. He designed a meaningful randomized test that combined the synergy of Berntsen’s Magnetic RFID concepts with stand-alone GPS for recovery of an asset point. Once again, Auburn students were given exposure to unfamiliar technology applications in a real-world situation that has great implications for saving lives and significant savings in recovery dollars. The results of our recent 2012 test were impressive. The enthusiasm of the students and faculty at Auburn for learning by field testing has convinced us that the efforts are informative and provide valuable data not only for Berntsen and public utility asset managers, but are also instructive for the students.”

Corley Lauderdale

Engineer, Gas, Water and Wastewater
Eastern Division Wastewater Plant
Riviera Utilities

Riviera Utilities Main Office is located at 413 East Laurel Ave. in the City of Foley, Alabama, and is responsible for providing electric, water, wastewater, natural gas, and cable TV cable services within the corporate limits of the City. A branch office can also be found at 700 Whispering Pines Road in the City of Daphne, Alabama, and provides electrical service to Daphne, Point Clear, Spanish Fort, and portions of Fairhope. Riviera’s mission is to continuously provide high quality reliable service to their customers at reasonable rates, while constantly striving to improve themselves and the communities they serve.

Stephen Dawe

Chief Technology Officer
City of Opelika

Stephen describes his department’s mission at the city as

  • Coordinating the design, development, and operation of information systems throughout City departments.
  • Providing guidelines for the acquisition and interface of hardware and software in order to ensure compatibility with City computing resources.
  • Providing technical assistance in the maintenance and repair of computing and telecommunications equipment.
  • Offering assistance, training and orientation in the use of information systems components and software.
  • Maintaining integrity of information systems and data within City of Opelika computing facilities.