Advisory Board

Industrial and Professional Advising Committee

The Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) is a select group of alumni from industry, government agencies, and academia who advise the department on academic issues and on current trends and future directions in engineering. The council meets regularly with EECS faculty and students to receive an update on the department, undergraduate and graduate programs and research activities.

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Jason Armstrong, SID Security Education Academic Liasison (SEAL) to Penn State, NSA Security
Katie Barrett, retired, Software Development Manager, IBM 
Mike Bracken, Director, Processing Technologies, Northrup Grumman Corporation
Robert Burger, retired, first Ph.D. in Computer Science at Penn State, consults with RMB Associates
Don Carretta, retired, Executive Director-Network, Verizon Wireless
Laura Chan, Engineering Manager of Avionics and Tactical Networking, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Donald Chavey, retired, Independent IT Consultant, IBM
Stephanie De Garay, Industry Team Lead, Rockwell Automation Inc.
Girish Gaitonde, CEO and Founder, Xoriant Corporation
Eric Gayle, Silicon Development, Google
Thomas Hartman, President, LB&A Consulting Group
Eric Hennenhoefer, Vice President of Research, ARM
Kenneth Huntsman, retired co-founder AOL
David Hurry, Director of Applied Data Science, Merck
Igor Jablokov, Entrepreneur in Residence, Blacksone EN
Christopher Kelly, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen
Scott Morris, Deputy Director of Division of Preparedness and Response, U.S. NRC
Amy Purdy, Director of Power Storage, IBM
Allen Puy, Staff Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Global Solutions
Shishpal Rawat, Director of Business Enabling Programs, Design Technology Solutions and Intel Capital
Rose Schooler, Vice President, Internet of Things Group, Intel
Cetin Seren, Mobility Division, Maxim Intergrated Products
John Shavinsky, Chief Operating Officer, Intrepid Aviation Management, LLC
Sri Sridharan, Managing Director and COO, Florida Center for Cybersecurity
Jamie Steffie, Engineering Project Leader, Lutron Electronics
Jan Uhrich, Chief Delivery Officer, Sutherland Global Services
Rod Woodruff, Downstreams IT Controls Manager, Exxon


2016 School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Industrial and Professional Advisory Council.



The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Pennsylvania State University

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University Park, PA 16802