Strategic Advisory Board

The Strategic Advisory Board plays a major role in setting directions for ECE research and education as well as providing a source of new partnerships with industry. We recruit members from corporations and academia that are well connected with the industry and can provide the insights necessary to keep the ECE department current and vital.

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John Amein

President Voice Biometrics Group
John Amein is President of Voice Biometrics Group, a developer of voice authentication software technology. John has more than 30 years of telecommunications experience across US and Europe, specializing in call center on-premise and cloud solutions, interactive voice response, and mobile web application development. From 2013 to 2015 John served as Vice President for Product Management for Aspect Software, a multi-national company where he led global planning for Aspect's full product suite. He previously spent seven years as a Senior Vice President at Voxeo Corporation prior to its acquisition by Aspect, where he oversaw Strategic Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Product Management. John founded VoiceReady in 2005, which he sold to Voxeo. Before founding VoiceReady, he served as CEO of NetByTel, Inc, a company specializing in cloud-based speech recognition solutions for enterprises, and led its successful sale. Prior to NetByTel, John was with Intel Corporation and Dialogic Corporation in sales and executive roles. John has an MSEE from Stanford University and a BSEE from NCSU.
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Greg Booth

President PowerServices, Inc.
Mr. Gregory L. Booth was born into a family with a long history of engineering, with his grandfather, father, and brother all being engineers. His unique and early exposure to electrical engineering started at the age of 12, while traveling every summer with his father to visit electric utility clients across the United States. This fostered a strong desire to become an electrical engineer, and Mr. Booth grew to admire NC State and its cutting-edge engineering programs. His desire to attend NC State was further encouraged by university staff such as Coach Al Michaels and later Drs. Herman and Stevenson when they provided assistance to his father?s engineering firm. These experiences added to his desire to become an NC State Electrical Engineering graduate and lifelong supporter of this beloved university. Mr. Booth graduated from NC State in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He became a principal in Booth & Associates, Inc., and grew the firm to over 80 employees serving over 300 utility clients in 30 states. After a failed attempt at retirement, Mr. Booth started PowerServices, Inc. in 2005 and has grown that firm to 70 employees with over 250 utility clients in 28 states. Mr. Booth?s wife Catherine and three children have supported him through the good and the difficult times, as running your own business comes with many personal and business challenges. His career spans the days of slide rules then computer punch cards to the current ever-changing technology. Mr. Booth remains extremely active with clients as the President of PowerServices, performing a wide range of engineering work from traditional generation-transmission-substation-distribution line design and planning to aggressively active involvement with smart grid advancement, AMI metering, renewable energy including solar and wind, and microgrid projects. Mr. Booth attributes his career and successes to those around him and all of his NC State experiences before and after graduation.
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Michael Glander

Electrical Design and Analysis Engineering Boeing Phantom Works
Michael Glander works for The Boeing Company as an avionics board designer and technical consultant. He currently serves as an Early Career Member of the Strategic Advisory Board, providing insight on the transitional experience and desired skills for college new-hires. Michael began his career with Boeing in the Puget Sound with Engineering Operations & Technology. In 2014, he relocated to St. Louis, Missouri to begin an internship with Boeing?s Phantom Works division. Michael assumed his current position within Phantom Works in 2015 after graduating from North Carolina State University. During his career at NC State, Michael served as a board member for the North Carolina State University chapters of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. Michael also worked as CTO for an Engineering Entrepreneurs Program startup, Impackt Technologies. Michael holds a BSEE and BSCPE from NCSU.
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Russ Gyurek

Director of Technology, IoT CTO Group, IVSG Cisco
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Bob Kepley

Senior Vice President, Engineering Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Bob is senior vice president of engineering at Hughes Network Systems, LLC located in Germantown, Maryland. He is responsible for hardware engineering and manages the development of satellite based products and systems for consumer, enterprise, and government markets. Over his 34 year career at Hughes, he has made numerous technical contributions in the areas of wireless and satellite products and services. Specifically he was instrumental in the development of satellite based telephone and video conferencing systems, and the Hughes airplane telephone system; he led the development of multiple generations of DIRECTV set top boxes; and he currently leads the development of Hughes VSAT terminals, gateway equipment and government systems and products.

Bob joined Hughes in 1981 as a member of the technical staff in the corporate research center. With a background in digital signal processing and information theory, he was responsible for advanced research and development of video and audio coding and compression technologies. Since 1985, he has held a variety of technical and management positions within engineering at Hughes.

Bob received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is co-inventor of numerous patents in electronics and communications systems and has authored published technical papers.

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Steve Marbut

President & CEO Lummus Corp.
Steve Marbut is President and Chief Executive Officer of Lummus Corporation, a world leader and global supplier of cotton ginning and cotton seed cleaning equipment. Prior to this position, Steve?s career with General Electric Corporation, Inc. spanned nearly 25 years where he held various management positions, including Representative Director with Hitachi GE Lighting in Japan and Vice President and Director of Logistics in England. Steve is currently the chairman of the board of trustees at Hilton Head Preparatory School and has served in many volunteer capacities throughout the States of Georgia and South Carolina. Steve has a BSEE from NCSU.
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Steven W. McLaughlin

Steve W. Chaddick School Chair & Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

Steven W. McLaughlin received the B.S.E.E. degree from Northwestern University, the M.S.E. degree from Princeton University, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. He joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in September 1996 where is now Steve W. Chaddick School Chair for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

From 2007-2012 he was Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement. As Vice Provost he was responsible for Georgia Tech's global engagement in research, education, and economic development. He was also President of GT Global, Inc. a not-for-profit corporation created to manage select Georgia Tech international initiatives. He was President of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2005 and is a Fellow of the IEEE. In 2011 he was awarded the honor Chevalier dans l`Ordre Nationale de Merite, (Knight of the National Order of Merit) from the President of the Republic of France. His research interests are in communication and information theory, has published more than 250 conference and journal papers in those areas and holds 32 US patents. He is a co-founder of Whisper Communications, a physical-layer security company established in 2009.

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Andy Rindos

Program Director for the Emerging Technology Institute IBM
Andy Rindos is currently the Program Director for the Emerging Technology Institute for IBM Cloud (previously the IBM Middleware Chief Technology Office), and also heads the Research Triangle Park Center for Advanced Studies (CAS; IBM North Carolina university relations) and IBM Cloud Academy. Most recently, he was the WW CAS Leader (for 29 centers), and has previously headed the WebSphere Technology Institute as well as performance for Tivoli and Networking Hardware divisions. He is an IBM Senior Technical Staff Member, as well as an NC State Adjunct Associate Professor. He joined IBM in 1988, after receiving his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Prior to IBM, he was a Neurophyisologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD.
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Anders Sjoelin

Region Division Manager, Power Systems Division ABB North America

Anders assumed the role as President and Division Manager for the Power Systems Division in North America on May 1, 2010.  He formerly held the position of Senior Vice President & General Manager for Business Units Grid Systems and Substations within the Power Systems Division in North America.  Anders has more than 21 years with ABB, working in several countries in different management positions. Before moving to US in late 2004 Anders worked in Switzerland at ABB’s headquarters.

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E. C. Sykes

CEO Black Box

EC Sykes is President and CEO of Black Box. Black Box is a leading global technology solutions provider dedicated to helping customers build, manage, optimize and secure their IT infrastructure. Black Box delivers high-value products and services through its global presence in 150 countries and 3,800 team members. Black Box trades as NASDAQ: BBOX with annual revenues of about $1B. Prior to these roles, EC was CEO of SWITCH Lighting, an LED lighting solution that was scaling into the large and rapidly growing LED lighting market. SWITCH won the most awards in the industry for innovation and design.

Prior to SWITCH Lighting, EC was a Named Executive Officer and Group President of Flextronics, a $28B Fortune 500 company. Part of his responsibilities included leading the Industrial and Emerging Industries Group which included $4B in revenue from 400 customers and managing 35,000 people in 30 international sites. Prior to the President role, EC was Vice President of the Guadalajara, Mexico campus and General Manager at the North Carolina site.

Prior to Flextronics, EC was CEO of Circuit Board Assemblers, a design and manufacturing service provider which was recognized as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in the nation.

EC holds a BSEE and Masters in Management from North Carolina State University and holds several board positions and is an active supporter of a number of charitable organizations.

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John A. Toebes

John is responsible for leading a developer community in the field of Software Defined Networks at Extreme Networks.

John has been awarded 98 US patents for his work in MPEG video and XML compression, IP telephony, distributed computing and distributed network services. He currently has over 40 additional patents pending with the U.S. PTO.

Previously at Cisco, John was Senior Director, Patents Effectiveness, Tools and Processes at Cisco, responsible for evaluating patents and encouraging innovation. Prior to that, John was the Chief Architect of the Cisco Media Solutions Group, responsible for evaluating technologies, both internal and external to improve the content experience for consumers. Prior to that, he was a Senior Manager in Cisco's Technology Center, where he managed a team of software engineers who evaluated, designed, and developed innovative technologies. John and his team worked at the bleeding edge on a wide variety of technologies, including Network Search, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Network Gaming, and XML Applications.

John joined Cisco in December of 1999. Prior to this, he was Founder and Vice President of Research & Development for SouthPeak Interactive, a division of SAS Institute. While at SouthPeak, John was the Producer for Men in Black: The Game.

John received a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and went on to be stationed at the Pentagon as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. He has also worked at SAS Institute and Nortel Networks as a Manager and Systems Developer.

John resides in Cary, NC with his wife where he likes to tinker with electronics and help coach high school Robotics and Science Olympiad teams. John was honored as the 2011 FIRST Tech Challenge Volunteer of the Year for development and support of their robot communications system.
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Jonathan White

R&D Director Synopsys Corporation

Jonathan is an R&D Director for Synopsys Corp out of their RTP, NC office. He leads a worldwide team focused on the Synopsys design tools for the backend flow and physical layout. His 20+ years in EDA (Electronic Design Automation) began with work as a software developer, and has included various R&D management, business development and marketing roles. His expertise is primarily in Physical Verification, Place & Route and Floorplanning and includes two patented EDA algorithms. In addition to his R&D work, Jonathan is passionate about recruiting, hiring and mentoring new college hires at Synopsys, and is the lead for the relationship between Synopsys and NCSU.

Jonathan received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University in 1991 and his MS in Computer Engineering in North Carolina State University in 1994.

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Mary Whitton

Research Professor UNC Chapel Hill, Dept of Computer Science
Ms. Mary C. Whitton made a life-changing pivot in 1976 when she left teaching middle-school math and entered NC State to study EE and computer graphics technology. Drawing on her two degrees from NC State, Master of Science ECE (1984) and Master of Science Guidance and Personnel Services (1974), Ms. Whitton has brought to her career a unique combination of system engineering and human factors expertise, along with managerial skills developed in industry and professional organizations. Ms. Whitton was co-founder of two companies?Ikonas Graphics Systems (1978) and Trancept Systems (1986)?that produced leading-edge user-programmable hardware and software. The Ikonas and Trancept products were the direct predecessors of today?s General Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs). Ms. Whitton designed the Ikonas Programmable Matrix Multiplier and sold systems into the seismic exploration, 3D medical imaging, remote sensing, computer animation, and scientific modeling and simulation markets. Ikonas and Trancept, respectively, were acquired by Adage, Inc. and Sun Microsystems where Ms. Whitton held Director of Technical Marketing positions. In 1995, Ms. Whitton joined UNC Chapel Hill where she is Research Professor of Computer Science. Since 1998 she has co-led the Effective Virtual Environments research group investigating how technology, guided by knowledge of human perception, can make virtual reality experiences more effective. While a student, Ms. Whitton was active in the Society of Women Engineers. She is a member of ACM SIGGRAPH and a senior member of ACM and IEEE. She has held leadership roles in ACM including a term on ACM Council representing the 25+ Special Interest Groups (SIGS). She was a member of the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee for ten years, serving as President 1993-1995. For her broad engagement with SIGGRAPH as a technical contributor and leader of the organization, Ms. Whitton received the SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award in 2013.
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