The Society of Cost Engineers Advisory Board is made up of respected members of the Cost Engineering Profession.  All members have agreed to serve the Society of Cost Engineers in an unbiased manner.


Gerald (Jerry) Collins

Owner and Founder of Society of Cost Engineers

Mr. Ruediger Stern

Ruediger Stern began his career as a development engineer in the automotive and home appliance industry. He worked for 14 years at Accenture, the last ten in leading positions responsible for key accounts and major development projects in the field of product lifecycle management. He is highly experienced in business transformation. Since 2015 Ruediger has served as Vice President Professional Services at FACTON. In 2017 FACTON appointed Ruediger Stern as President for North America.

Mr. Rick Burke

Rick is responsible for leading the company’s marketing efforts to help drive aPriori’s revenue growth. Rick brings to aPriori nearly more than 30 years of experience working with high growth software technology companies. He comes to aPriori from Oracle’s Agile PLM Business where he co-led the development of a highly successful global market development program. Prior to Oracle/Agile, he held a variety of marketing and business development roles in software companies focused on product development automation, including Eigner + Partner, PTC and Computervision.  Rick has been with aPriori since 2007.





Mr. Christopher Hutchings

Chris is an Electrical/Electronic Engineer and business transformation expert who leads global growth operations across all the Galorath business units. 

Before this, he was evolving his engineering and management skills within the British Army and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, serving in several roles within the Defense engineering and procurement fields, including Integrated Logistic Support, Requirements Management, Systems Engineering, and Cost Analysis. Common to all these areas was the application of a robust Risk Management process skills developed through study at the

University of Southampton.


Over the last thirty years, Christopher has provided expert support in the field of Cost Analysis, Project Management, and Risk Analysis to a wide range of Government, commercial and Academic organizations. He is a PMI, certified Project Management Professional.


He is an adopted Texan, Vegan, Kung fu teaching parent of four, and the fortunate husband of one.





Ms. Niki Inglis

Niki Inglis combines 10 years of experience in the engineering industry and 15+ years of experience in program management, leadership, product design, and product stewardship. Passionate about developing technical solutions and using resources responsibly, she thinks that looking at design through a sustainability lens highlights the opportunities for improving the quality and efficiency of products. She currently develops customer accounts and new business at Makersite.

Mr. Adrian Rochofski

Adrian Rochofski is Solution Leader at 3C Software, a leading provider of product cost and profitability solutions. He is a hands-on, experienced controller, as well as product costing expert and CXO advisor with a passion for lean process building. He has successfully implemented budgeting, costing, and profitability architectures at multiple Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

Mr. Joe Bauer

Joe is the Director, Government Sector for the Americas at PRICE Systems, LLC.  He oversees training, mentoring and consulting in parametric estimation and data analysis for all government and government-supporting clients in the United States and Canada.  Prior to his director role, Joe was a Solutions Consultant with PRICE® for over 8 years focusing on U.S. Air Force and Canadian government customers.  Joe joined PRICE® in 2012 upon retiring after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.  He earned a Master of Science degree in Cost Analysis in 2009 from the Air Force Institute of Technology and an MBA in 2005.  Joe has earned certifications in cost estimation and data analytics. 

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