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Industrial Advisory Council

The School of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council include the following members:

Mike Abba , Ameren, IL
David Addison , Maxar Technologies, CA
Craig Davis, SIH, IL
Tim Doiron , Infinera, IL
Evan Ehrenheim, Boeing, MO
Edward Flanigan , Northrop Grumman, D.C.
Rathish Jayabharathi , Intel, CA
Moiz Khan , TSMC, CA
Karl Kiefer , INVOCON, TX
Ganesh Kondapuram , Intel, AZ
Michael Krenz , Collins Aerospace, IL
Sandeep Kumar , Silicon Laboratories, TX
Saravanan Padmanaban , Intel, OR
Eric Rossi , EMAC, IL
Claudeliah Roze , Raytheon, TX
Jeffery Schmidt , Cirrus Aircraft, MN
Gary Sommer , Exegy, MO
Lisa Steinhoff, BioMerieux, MO
James Stewart , NSWC, IN
Kashyap Tadisina, WUSTL, MO

Mike Abba is the Director, Smart Grid, Integration and Improvement at Ameren, IL.  He is a graduate of SIUC with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

David Addison graduated from SIU School of Electrical Engineering with a Doctorate of Philosophy in May, 2017.  He works as a Senior Electronic System Design Engineer at MAXAR Technologies Space Infrastructure in Palo Alto, Ca.  He and his team develop custom antenna products to meet the requirements of MAXAR's customers across all its product lines.  The customers whose products David has worked on include NASA, Sirius XM, Hughesnet, Ovzon, BSAT, Hispasat, Intelsat, Asiasat, Star One, Bulgaria Sat, EchoStar, PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantar, nbn, Facebook/PointView, and internal products including WorldView Legion.  His responsibilities include future and current product development, risk assessment and mitigation, and product testing support.

Craig Davis is the System Director of Hospitalists at Southern Illinois Healthcare. Previously, he was a Hospitalist with Southern Illinois Healthcare in Illinois and also with Duke Health in North Carolina. He received his BS in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in North Carolina. He received his Medical Doctor degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Illinois. His Internal Medicine Internship and Residency was at Indiana University in Indiana.

Tim Doiron is Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking practice, at ACG Research.  Doiron’s work is focused on network innovations and transformations in the areas of packet optical transport, data center inter-connect (DCI), transport/multi-layer SDN, and network function virtualization (NFV). Prior to joining ACG Research, Doiron was Vice President, Product Management at Coriant.  Doiron has more than 25 years of telecommunications industry experience.  In addition to previous General Manager, product planning and product management posts at Tellabs, Doiron has held a variety of leadership positions in software development, product management, business development and marketing at ARRIS, Cadant, Ericsson and Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems. Doiron began his career working on fighter jets as an engineer in the avionics labs at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. Doiron also holds seven U.S. patents and is a long-time member of both the IEEE and the Business Marketing Association (BMA).

Evan Ehrenheim graduated from SIUC in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.  Since graduation, he has worked at The Boeing Company as a software engineer.  During his first three years at Boeing, he worked on a network traffic security filter at the driver level, and he has since transitioned to working on the T-7A Red Hawk team.  Within the T-7A team, Evan has specialized in navigation software and collision avoidance systems.

Edward Flanigan is a senior engineer with Northrop Grumman. He was previously with Boeing and Raytheon. He has a BS, MS and PhD from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Rathish Jayabharathi is a Senior Staff/Technical Lead at Intel Corporation.  He has a Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. During his 20 year career at Intel, he has been involved in all aspects of EDA and silicon development.  He currently manages a team that designs and tests Smartphone System-on-a-Chips (SoCs).

Moiz Khan joined Synopsys Inc in 2006 and is currently a senior member of R&D staff and manager in Test Automation group. Synopsys is the world leader in electronic design automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with software, intellectual property (IP), systems and services used in semiconductor design and manufacturing. In Test Automation group he works on TetraMAX and DFTMAX, industry leading ATPG and test compression solutions. He manages a team of engineers working primarily on ATPG power and diagnosis. He received a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2006. He has published and is active reviewer of several conferences and journals. He has served on the technical program committee of ISQED (2007-12) and ASQED (2009-12). He is also a senior member of the IEEE.

Karl Kiefer  is the President and CEO of INVOCON, Inc. He received his B.S. from Southern Illinois University and his M.S. from the University of Colorado. He served in Viet Nam as an Army Infantry Commanding Officer for a Long Range Reconnaissance Platoon. He has held Research and Development management positions with Litton, Data Systems Division; TRW, REDA Pump Division; and FMC. He founded INVOCON, Inc. in 1985. IVC is a high technology system engineering firm specializing in remote sensing and wireless data gathering networks. IVC has a wide revenue base consisting of commercial, government, and military customers. The company has provided NASA, DOD, and commercial customers with many wireless data acquisition and communications networks. IVC developed and delivered the impact detection and location system for the wing leading edge on the Shuttle for “return to flight” operations as well as MMOD detection and evaluation systems for the ISS. IVC is currently delivering wireless micro-gravity data acquisition and processing systems that will service the outboard trusses of the ISS and the JEM Module. IVC is in a concept formulation phase of a wireless vibration analysis system for launch to orbit verification of payload stress on the JAXA HTV launch vehicle. IVC has also developed and is currently delivering production impact detection systems for “smart targets” used in the verification of the MDA national missile defense system.

Ganesh Kondapuram is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of experience in semiconductor industry with more than 14 years at Intel Corporation. He has held several positions as Engineering Manager and Technical Lead working on various leading edge products that include CPUs, Chipsets and System Platforms for Desktop, Mobile Computation and Consumer Electronics. He is currently a Platform Architect in Internet of Things Group (IoTG) at Intel, looking at Functional Safety of Intel products targeting Automotive, Industrial and Energy market segments. Ganesh Kondapuram earned his BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Osmania University, and MS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University.

Michael Krenz  Michael Krenz is a Technical Fellow, Electrical Generation/Distribution at Collins Aerospace in Rockford, IL. Prior to that he was the Manager of Emerging Technologies, and his responsibilities included monitoring competitive technologies and working with companies in adjacent markets on new technologies.  Prior responsibilities at UTAS include Advanced Technology Department Head, Systems Engineering Department Head and Software Engineering Manager.  Prior to UTAS, Mike spent almost 20 years working for Rockwell Collins (RC) in Cedar Rapids, IA where he managed the Advanced Products product line, and held various technical and managerial roles in software, electrical hardware, sub-systems and systems engineering.  Mike currently holds 28 US Patents, 19 issued in association with his work at RC, and 9 more with UTAS.  His formal educational background consists of a BSEE from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MSECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) from the University of Iowa.

Sandeep Kumar  joined Silicon Laboratories in 2006 and is responsible for worldwide CAD organization, process engineering and package engineering, product and test engineering, quality assurance, failure analysis, manufacturing engineering, as well as the prototype production and reliability test labs. Dr. Kumar’s group drives the company technology strategy and supplier choices. Prior to joining Silicon Labs, Dr. Kumar managed global test engineering teams and was responsible for worldwide product and test engineering for the storage business at Agere Systems, Lucent technologies and AT&T Bell Labs. As a member of the Bell Labs technical staff, Dr. Kumar also was a member of the group that designed ISDN U-interface chips, Speaker Phone Codec and Sigma-Delta A/D converters. Dr. Kumar has a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Saravanan Padmanaban received a B.E. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India, in 1997, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2000 and 2003 respectively.  He was a visiting assistant professor with the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore between 2003-2004.  Saravanan joined Intel Corporation in 2004 as a senior CAD engineer, working on projects in the area of layout processing, layout synthesis and process shifting.  He currently leads a team, developing tools for layout processing.

Eric Rossi  is the founder and President of EMAC, Inc. where has been employed for the last 22 years. Along with his business acumen, Eric has a wealth of knowledge in embedded systems development using a variety of hardware platforms and operating systems. During his tenure at EMAC, he led the development of EMAC's proprietary hardware and software products and has determined the strategic direction of the company. Prior to working at EMAC, Eric was employed at Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale. As an Assistant Professor, he taught classes in electronics and computer programming. Before being employed at SIU Eric was employed as an Engineering Manager for Advanced Energy Technology Inc. (AETI). Projects he managed include an Energy Management System, a Parabolic Solar Tracking System, and an Ethanol Plant Monitor and Control System. Eric worked for several electronic companies where he performed various engineering and programming tasks before working at AETI. Eric attended college at SIU where he received a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Technology, an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology, and a Minor in Math.

Claudeliah Roze is a Senior Systems Engineer with the Raytheon Corporation.  She has worked with several teams to develop, test, and validate software solutions for military intelligence agencies.  Claudeliah is currently providing test and acceptance expertise to capture new business with international customers.  She received a BSEE from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2002.  Since then, Claudeliah has held various test and evaluation positions with the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Boeing Company.

Jeffery Schmidt is a Sr. Principal Software Engineer at Cirrus Aircraft, Duluth Minnesota. He was a Software Design Fellow at the Collins Aerospace Systems, Rockford Illinois. He received his BSEE from University Milwaukee and his MSCE from Walden University. As an Avionic Software Engineer, Jeffery Schmidt is responsible for developing and certifying Avionics software.  He has been working in software reuse, platforms and real-time Operating Systems.  He has developed a real-time partitioned Operating System that allows different safety level applications to run on the same microprocessor.

Gary Sommer brings 25 years of experience in Management and Engineering in a diverse range of fields including Financial, Medical, Networking, Gaming, and Communications.  Gary currently serves as Vice President of Engineering for Exegy driving programmable hardware, software, testing, and performance teams delivering top-performing market data appliances for high-frequency and enterprise trading customers.  He has worked in engineering and management roles for BioMérieux, Celox Networks, 3Com, WMS Gaming, and U.S. Robotics.  Gary received his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lisa Steinhoff is a Sr. Director – US Hardware Engineering at bioMerieux, St. Louis, MO,  since August 2015, and has been with bioMerieux since August 2001. She holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a Masters in Engineering Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Graduate Certificate in Systems and Product Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Sloan School of Management.

James Stewart received a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering (EE) and Master's of Science in EE from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. degree in EE at Purdue University in Indiana. James Stewart began his professional career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Crane, Indiana as an electronics engineer for DARPA's Highly Integrated Photonics (HIP) headed by Dr. Preston Marshall.  He has been active in Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) systems for 11 years supporting both the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler jamming platforms as the project site lead for Jamming Techniques Optimization (JATO).   Among other duties, James is currently a lead engineer for Next Generation Jammer's (NGJ) funded Advanced Technique Group (ATG) where he is charged with developing modulations and techniques for manipulating communications and RADAR systems.  He's also a naval lead engineer for DARPA's Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) program as well as DARPA's Communications through Extreme RF (CommEx) program.  James holds three patents in UAS technologies with the Navy and one pending with Purdue University where he is pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering.  His PhD research involved optical obscurants due to Kerker scattering suppression of silica nanospheres with metallic fractal structures and the characterization of such spheres with a novel flow cell as well as pure dielectric metasurface focusing lens using a post structure array to achieve greater than 2pi phase manipulation.

Kashyap Tadisina received his BS in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) in 2009 and his Medical Doctor degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 2015. He is currently a Peripheral Nerve Surgery Fellow at WUSTL. Previously, he was a Resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Saint Louis University and also held a research and teaching appointment with the Department of Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He has authored/co-authored over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals primarily in the area of plastic surgery.