Advisory Board

Industrial and Professional Advising Council

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
  • Don Carretta, retired, Executive Director-Network, Verizon Wireless
  • Donald Chavey, retired, Independent IT Consultant, IBM
  • Jiayu Chen, Vice President of Engineering and Advanced Technologies, Gynesonics
  • Stephanie De Garay, Industry Team Lead, Rockwell Automation Inc.
  • Eric Gayle, Silicon Development, Google
  • Thomas Hartman, President, LB&A Consulting Group
  • David Hurry, Director of Applied Data Science, Merck
  • Igor Jablokov, Entrepreneur in Residence, Blacksone EN
  • Scott Morris, Deputy Director of Division of Preparedness and Response, U.S. NRC
  • Amy Purdy, Director of Power Storage, IBM
  • Shishpal Rawat, Director of Business Enabling Programs, Design Technology Solutions and Intel Capital
  • Rose Schooler, VP, Intel’s Internet of Things, Strategy and Technology Office
  • Raymond Sharp, Director, Software & Digital Technologies
  • John Shavinsky, Chief Operating Officer, Intrepid Aviation Management, LLC
  • Eric Stahre, President and CEO, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Molecular Imaging and Computed Tomography (CT), GE Healthcare
  • Jamie Steffie, Engineering Project Leader, Lutron Electronics
  • Jan Uhrich, Chief Delivery Officer, Sutherland Global Services
  • Murali Vilayannur, Software Engineer, Facebook

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, computer engineering and data science 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

207 Electrical Engineering West

University Park, PA 16802


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Department of Electrical Engineering