The School of Engineering has an active, engaged, and diverse advisory board representing industry, government, alumni, and higher education. The board meets as a group twice a year, but sub-groups may meet more often to provide timely input on issues of importance to the school. Members are also contacted by the dean when guidance or support is needed. Members are appointed for renewable three-year terms.
|Dr. Hamid Adib, P.E., is a senior executive with Jacobs Engineering, a US based global company and provider of solutions to critical challenges of thriving cities, resilient environments, mission critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting edge manufacturing. Dr. Adib’s responsibility is leading the buildings group within the Buildings, Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities business in the US North region.|
|Ron Angelo is President and CEO of Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc., which is a dynamic and innovative applied technology organization that leads regional and national partnerships that assist global industrial companies and the manufacturing supply chain across industry sectors to drive advancements, efficiencies and adoption of leading-edge technologies.
Angelo has held leadership roles in state government as well as public and private sectors involving project financing and business development for leading-edge technology and advanced manufacturing companies.
Previously he served as Deputy Commissioner of the state Department of Economic Development, (DECD) appointed in 2004 by then-Governor M. Jodi Rell. Angelo was responsible for administering business development programs that targeted retention and expansion of in-state businesses as well as state and federal programs focused on building strong neighborhoods and communities.
Prior to his DECD appointment, he served as Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Consumer Protection and Vice President for Fleet Financial Group.
He has over 25 years of management experience in both the public and private sector including complex union environments. He also has experience working with universities and institutions of higher education and with several successful not-for-profit organizations. Angelo is a board advisor for several corporations and has held numerous boards of director’s seats and professional designations and memberships.
He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.
|Sudhi Bangalore is the global V.P and global corporate leader for Industry 4.0 technologies for SBD. He is a passionate and visionary leader who has innovated, built and commercialized several successful Mfg solutions in the areas of Design Automation, Workflow Digitization and Diagnostics for companies like Rockwell Automation, Siemens and Wipro Technologies. With a vibrant global career that spans systems engineering, product management and business leadership, he brings thought leadership to solve large scale architectural and deployment challenges.
In his last role at Wipro, he founded the Smart Mfg practice in 2013 with a clear focus of leveraging the IT/OT integration promise for global companies. Recognized for co-innovation of enterprise excellence, he has been a trusted advisor for many companies in their transformation journey and is a frequent speaker on the topic of practical deployment of Industry 4.0 technologies.
His career spans over 25 years with techno commercial leadership positions at Rockwell, Siemens and Danaher and Wipro.
He holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville and an MBA from Kent University.
|Scott Beecher is an Engineering Fellow at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT and a Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for the Federal Aviation Administration. He has worked over 35 years in the aerospace software development domain primarily between UTAS and Pratt & Whitney. He has been primarily involved in software development and the certification process for Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADECs). He has most recently been working on the Next Generation Product Family (NGPF).
Mr. Beecher received a B.S. degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1980. He has been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at UConn. He received his M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Business Management from RPI, Hartford. He is currently president and a founding member of the UCONN Computer Science Engineering Advisory Board. For the past ten years, he has been instructor for the software engineering course for the Federal Aviation Administration Academy, Oklahoma City, OK.
|Kevin Bouley is President and CEO of Nerac, Inc. a global research and advisory firm for companies developing innovative products and technologies. A recognized leader in the information industry and Connecticut native, Mr. Bouley holds a B.S. in Finance (’80) from the University of Connecticut. He serves on the Werth Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, the School of Engineering Advisory Board and Dean’s Advisory Cabinet for the School of Business. Bouley received the School of Engineering Distinguished Service Award in 2010 and was inducted into the School of Business Hall of Fame in 2014.
A passionate speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship, and strong advocate for research enabled technology venture development; he supports and encourages entrepreneurial studies in the UConn School of Engineering, School of Business and School of Nursing. In addition to contributing ideas for new curriculum to stimulate and challenge the aspiring student entrepreneurs, he frequently serves as mentor and judge for a number of competitive programs that function as an entrepreneurial gateway for students. He regularly chairs the XcellR8 “Shark Tank” pitch events and has provided or secured seed money for a select number of students’ ventures/products.
|Kenneth Bowes is Vice President, Offshore Wind Siting & Permitting for Eversource Energy. In that role, he is responsible for the leadership and direction of siting and permitting activities for Offshore Wind and related transmission infrastructure projects, and compliance for those projects. He serves as a technical consultant for various large transmission projects, clean energy projects, and provides expert testimony in regulatory proceedings concerning them.
A native of New Hampshire, Bowes joined Eversource in July 1984 in the System Test department. He has held several engineering and management positions in the Energy Delivery organizations becoming the Director – Transmission and Distribution Maintenance in 1999, Director – Transmission Construction, Test, and Maintenance in 2002, Director – Transmission Projects in 2004, Vice President – Customer Operations in 2008, Vice President of Energy Delivery in 2010, Vice President of Engineering in 2014, Vice President of Transmission Performance in 2017, and Vice President of ISO Policy, Siting & Compliance in 2018.
Ken has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the past Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission Committee and presently serves on the EEI Transmission and EEI Security Committees. He serves on the Connecticut Science Center Women in Science Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Connecticut, the Bristol Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, and is Past Chairman of the Board of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bowes was inducted into the University of Connecticut, Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2016 and elected into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2017.
|Michael Cantor leads one of the country’s largest and most productive intellectual property law firms. After graduating from UConn with a B.S. in with honors in Chemical Engineering / Materials Engineering and a J.D., Michael became a partner at Fishman, Dionne & Cantor. Thirty years later, the firm has grown exponentially to more than 115 attorneys and patent agents, with offices in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, and Detroit. Cantor Colburn’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, select high tech start-ups, universities, and numerous mid-size companies in the U.S., Japan, Korea, Europe, Israel and the Americas. Michael has represented businesses from a broad range of industries, including high-technology, entertainment, and consumer products.
Michael is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues, and is active in industry associations such as International Trademark Association (INTA), American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), the Connecticut IP Inn of Court, and the Connecticut Bar Association, where he is a James W. Cooper Fellow. Michael is also active in supporting economic development and innovation. In 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy appointed Michael to chair Connecticut Innovations, the quasi-public agency charged with growing Connecticut’s economy by making strategic capital and other investments that encourage the development of high-tech industries within the state, such as energy, biotechnology, information technology, and photonics.
UConn has remained important in Michael’s life since graduating. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the School of Law, where he teaches patent law as an Adjunct Professor at UConn’s School of Law. He is a former member of the UConn Foundation. Michael’s wife Shari is a UConn trustee, and two of their four sons are currently enrolled in UConn graduate schools. He serves on many other boards, including the Connecticut Technology Council, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the Connecticut Historical Society.
|Connecticut native Anne Evans was appointed in January 2008 as the District Director of the US Department of Commerce District Office in Middletown, Connecticut. She is a successful business leader and entrepreneur with 30 years experience in international trade. Prior to her appointment, she grew a family tire business in to an international tire recycling company developing recycling facilities and renewal energy facilities in Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East. As director of the Department of Commerce Connecticut office, she leads a team of business and trade professionals in assisting over 2,500 Connecticut companies grow their businesses and attract overseas customers. Since her appointment as Director, she has led numerous statewide training projects, business development initiatives and trade missions to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.|
|Mr. Forster joined FLEXcon in 2004 as Vice President, Corporate Development. The corporate development group is responsible for evaluating new markets and technology platforms, especially in determining if significant opportunities exist for FLEXcon. His projects also include overseeing sponsored research at UCONN, and mentoring FLEXcon’s new employees in the rotational, development program. Mr. Forster also has prior experience as an executive officer: a release liner supplier to FLEXcon; a printer customer of FLEXcon; and at a publicly held environmental company. Mr. Forster received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
FLEXcon Overview: FLEXcon is a worldwide manufacturer of pressure-sensitive film products for applications that include indoor and outdoor advertising; product identification and safety/hazard labels; bar coded labels; primary labels; and bonding/mounting. FLEXcon also develops custom solutions to meet unique converting or application needs. The company is headquartered in Spencer, Massachusetts, and has operations throughout North America, Europe and China, with distribution worldwide.
|Bryan Garcia is the president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank – the nation’s first state-level green bank. The “green bank model” is demonstrating how smarter use of public resources can attract private investment in the clean energy economy reducing the energy burden on households and businesses, creating jobs in local communities, increasing the deployment of clean energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global climate change.
Before joining the Green Bank, Garcia was program director for the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. At Yale, Garcia led efforts to develop a leading global program responsible for preparing environmental leaders for business and society. There he was co-editor of two publications – “Carbon Finance: Environmental Market Solutions to Climate Change” and “Carbon Finance II: Investing in Forests for Climate Protection”. Prior to Yale, he served as Connecticut’s Climate Change Coordinator where he supported the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change. Early in his career, he was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer specializing in NGO capacity building and environmental education in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Bryan is the Co-Chair of the Financing Solutions Working Group of the State Energy Efficiency Action Network of the USDOE, on the of Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Connecticut (Co-Chair), and the Center for Sustainable Energy, and on the advisory boards of UConn Engineering and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment.
He holds a B.S. degree in political economy of natural resources from U.C. Berkeley, M.P.A. in public and non-profit administration and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University, and an M.E.M. degree from Yale University.
|Dr. Shekhar Garde is the Dean of Engineering and the Elaine and Jack Parker Chaired Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where is has positioned the school for leading innovations in 21st century technological education and world-class research linked to global challenges. With ~100 publications in top scientific journals, Dr. Garde is a leading authority on the role of water in biomolecular interactions. He has given over 140 invited talks and keynote lectures at universities, industries, and international conferences. He has received numerous awards, including the NSF-CAREER Award, School of Engineering Research Award, Rensselaer Early Career Award, and the 2011 Robert W. Vaughan Lecturer-ship at CalTech. He was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers and of American Association for Advancement of Science.|
|Joseph J. Giulietti has served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation since January 2019.
A 48-year veteran in public transportation and a native of Connecticut, “Joe” Giulietti served as President of Metro-North Railroad from 2014 to 2017, and as Deputy Executive Director and then Executive Director of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority from 1998 to 2014.
Giulietti began his career in 1971 with Penn Central Railroad as a brakeman. In 1978, he became a foreman with Conrail (the successor to Penn Central) and joined the newly formed Metro-North in 1983 as superintendent of transportation.
In 2014, Giulietti was tapped by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to serve as President of Metro-North. He retired from Metro-North in 2017 and then worked as an independent industry consultant.
|Joseph J. Helble was appointed Provost of Dartmouth College in May 2018. Formerly the Dean of Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, Helble brought national prominence to the school, making it a national leader in educating women in engineering, and creating the first engineering PhD innovation program in the country to prepare doctoral candidates for entrepreneurial success.
He is a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2014 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for the design and implementation of Dartmouth’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Program (which includes the PHD Innovation Program), and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Helble received his BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh University, and his PhD in chemical engineering from MIT.
Kurt A. Hesch became Sr. Vice President – Programs and Planning, in November 2019. This follows his roles as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President – Engineering and Vice President and Virginia Class Program Manager. In his current role, Hesch is responsible for key functions including Engineering, Supply Chain, Virginia Program and Columbia Program. Hesch received his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1980 and his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992. He is married with three children, all University of Connecticut graduates (along with two of their spouses).
|Geoff Hunt is senior vice president of Engineering at Pratt & Whitney. He leads Pratt & Whitney's global Engineering team, with a focus on designing and supporting world leading propulsion systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation use, developing technical leadership and capability, and advancing technology development programs that will support the next generation of engines. His 34-year career in the aerospace industry has included leading roles in the development of landmark products, primarily in the area of large commercial aircraft.
Hunt holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sheffield University, England, and an MBA from Boston University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
|As the Chief Information Officer of Synchrony Financial, Carol drives our overall Information Technology strategy and vision, with a continuous focus on payments innovation. As CIO, Carol leads growth for our company, our clients and customers by delivering innovative solutions, driving the company’s digital transformation, and developing strong technology partnerships.
Prior to Synchrony Financial, Carol served as CIO of GE Capital Retail Finance. In her ten year tenure with GE, she held a variety of senior leadership roles, focused on IT Governance, Security, Business Development, Digital and Marketing. Before joining GE, Carol spent nearly a decade in technology consulting at Accenture. She focused on the financial services sector, delivering strategic and complex technology initiatives to drive growth and operational excellence for clients.
Carol is committed to diversity in the workplace and mentoring women in technology, serving as the executive sponsor of Synchrony Financial’s Women’s Network and our Summer Immersion Program with Girls Who Code. She chairs the Technology Working Group and co-chairs the Innovation Steering Committee at Synchrony Financial. Named one of the Most Influential Women in Payments for 2016, Carol is passionate about driving a culture of innovation at Synchrony Financial.
Throughout her more than 20 years in Information Technology, Carol has leveraged her deep technology and financial services background to develop creative technology solutions to meet the needs of customers and clients.
|Bridget is VP and Chief Architect at Intuit’s Consumer Group, focusing on products for personal tax and finance management. Previous to Intuit, she was at Comcast and served as President of a joint venture developing next generation conditional access and security products for the cable industry. She has also held senior engineering roles at Motorola, Copper Mountain Networks, General Instrument and Hughes Space and Communications Group.
She has received numerous industry awards and recognition, including 2016 CableFax Most Powerful Women in Cable (Technology Award) in 2016, and has a strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of women in technology. She also has served on the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, was a past mentor for Athena, and volunteered as a troop leader and mentor for the Girl Scouts of America.
Bridget has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC) and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University. She has also completed the Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers (EPSE) at the University of California, San Diego, and an executive leadership program through the Center for Creative Leadership. She holds five (5) US patents.
|David Lehman is Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the state agency that oversees a wide range of programs promoting business retention and recruitment, brownfield redevelopment, the arts, historic preservation and tourism. Governor Ned Lamont nominated him for the position earlier this year.
Mr. Lehman will also serve as the Governor’s Senior Economic Advisor. He is already hard at work at creating an innovative public-private partnership between DECD and CERC known as the Partnership to Advance the Connecticut of Tomorrow (PACT), a new economic development delivery model for our state.
Mr. Lehman’s business development priorities include helping build our urban centers into engines of growth; further capitalizing on the state’s top-flight colleges and universities; strengthening the state’s workforce pipelines; and marketing Connecticut as a place that is open for business.
Prior to joining DECD, Mr. Lehman worked in the financial services industry. Most recently he was Global Head of Real Estate Finance for the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 15 years.
|Dr. Liu is the President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, an independent, not-for-profit organization focusing on mammalian genetics research, in order to advance human health. Dr. Liu, who was the Past President of the Human Genome Organisation, was the founding Executive Director of the Genome Institute of Singapore between 2001-2012, a major research institute of 27 laboratory groups and a staff of 270, with faculty in functional genomics, computational biology, population genetics and genome-to-systems biology. Before moving to Singapore in 2001, Dr. Liu was the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute’s then Division of Clinical Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Liu’s research has focused on the functional genomics of human cancers, particularly breast cancer, uncovering new oncogenes and deciphering the dynamics of gene regulation on a genomic scale. His current work focuses on the genomic dynamics of triple negative breast cancer that has an impact on drug sensitivity and resistance. He has authored over 300 scientific papers and reviews and co-authored two books.
Dr. Liu obtained his B.S. in chemistry and psychology and his M.D. at Stanford University.
|After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a BSEE of Biomedical Engineering, Robert Madonna explored engineering and sciences until 1988, when he founded Excel Switching Corporation.
Spurred by de-regulation in the telecommunications industry, Excel introduced an open-based switching platform that enabled rapid deployment of new features. Excel became a leading provider of open programmable switches, leading to a successful IPO in 1997. Two years later, Excel was purchased by Lucent Technologies for $1.7B.
Madonna founded Savant Systems LLC in 2005, changing the smart home marketplace with a revolutionary configuration software solution called RacePoint Blueprint™. Delivering vastly superior efficiency and scalability, Savant is sold globally through qualified integrators and specialty retailers.
Most recently, Madonna founded RacePoint Energy, a new venture specializing in groundbreaking alternative energy solutions.
|Tom A. Martin was born in Great Bend, KS. He received his B.S. (Engineering Science ’63) from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ; M.S. (Math ’69) from Trinity College, Hartford, CT; and M.S. (EE ’71), Ph.D. (EE ’74) and MBA (’81) degrees from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the application of microwave network theory to the analysis of acoustic devices.
From ’64 to ’65, he was a systems analyst with IBM’s Advanced Systems Development Division, Yorktown Heights, NY. He then joined Andersen Laboratories, Bloomfield, CT (’65-’80), where he was Vice President and Technical Director.
In 1982, Dr. Martin co-founded Phonon Corporation, where he was President and Chairman of the Board. Phonon wss a leading manufacturer of custom high performance SAW microelectronic devices and subsystems for the military and space electronics markets. He retired in 2017 when Phonon was sold to Microsemi Corp.
Dr. Martin is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the IEEE.
|Rick Mastracchio is a Director in Program Management at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is serving as program manager for NASA's Gateway programs.
Rick is a former NASA Astronaut, Mission Specialist, Flight Engineer and EVA Spacewalk Lead. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an Astronaut and extensive experience in project management, systems design, engineering and technical operations. He has served as a crew member on the Space Shuttles Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavor, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and ISS.
A native of Connecticut, Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Connecticut, and master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Houston.
|Matt manages CI’s full array of business startup and growth initiatives, which include venture and equity investment funds, loans and loan guarantees, and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and commercialization. A veteran business executive, Matt has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, sales, marketing and product management.
Matt comes to CI from Chart Venture Partners (CVP), a New York City-based technology venture capital firm. While at CVP, Matt led investments and played an operating role in turnarounds for several successful portfolio companies. Prior to CVP, Matt was a director at Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures (STV), where he helped launch and manage a portfolio of spinout companies, as well as the deployment of STV’s profitable seed fund. During his tenure, 11 portfolio companies went public or were acquired by publicly traded companies.
Prior to Columbia, Matt co-founded Eureka Networks, a communications and application software organization. Eureka was eventually sold for more than $100 million. Prior to that, Matt managed product development, new product roll-outs, and sales and marketing for two Fortune 500 companies, Becton Dickinson and MCI.
Matt has also served as a business and technology reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Energy and various other agencies in the U.S. government. Matt received his B.A. from Boston College and his M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
|As Carnegie Mellon University's vice president for research, J.Michael McQuade provides leadership for the university's research enterprise and advocates for the role that science, technology and innovation play nationally and globally.
From 2006 to 2018 he served as senior vice president for Science & Technology at United Technologies Corporation (UTC). At UTC, McQuade's responsibilities included providing strategic oversight and guidance for research, engineering and development activities throughout the business units of the corporation and at the United Technologies Research Center, focused on a broad range of high-technology products and services for the global aerospace and building systems industries.
McQuade held senior positions with technology development and business oversight at 3M, Imation and Eastman Kodak. He served as vice president of 3M’s Medical Division and president of Eastman Kodak’s Health Imaging Business. His early career at 3M was focused on research and development of high-end acquisition, processing and display systems for health care, industrial imaging and remote sensing. He has broad experience managing basic technology development and the conversion of early stage research into business growth.
McQuade holds Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in experimental high-energy physics for research performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory on charm quark production.
McQuade served as a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and is a member of the Defense Innovation Board.
|Kris has 35 years of corporate, academic and professional society leadership experience in environmental health and safety (EHS), sustainability and engineering. She has led global EHS operations for Fortune 100 companies, including GE (Global Leader – Environmental Programs and Water Program), Tyco International (Director, Environmental Programs), United Technologies Corporation - Pratt & Whitney (Director, Global Environmental Programs and EH&S Governance) and Asea Brown Boveri - Combustion Engineering, Inc. (Environmental Services Leader). Kris comes to us from AECOM where she served as EHS Management Strategic Executive Director.
She will be part of our GES global sales team focusing on relationship development and management with several new and current Jacobs clients, while also leading initiatives to enhance the company’s focus on industrial water and wastewater services and corporate sustainability.
Kris earned a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale University, and an Executive MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in nine states; a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists; a Certified Safety Professional, Diplomate; Water Resources Engineer; and an ENVISIONTM Sustainability Professional.
For several years, Kris was a visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and previously served on its alumni board. She was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at the University of Connecticut, School of Engineering, and presently serves on the University of Connecticut’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering advisory board. Kris is also an advisory board member of ehsAI, an artificial intelligence developer for EHS compliance, and a board member at large for the Abundant Environment Foundation.
An active member in professional organizations, Kris is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, President of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), and a former President of the National Association of Environmental Managers (NAEM).
|Dr. Sharon Nunes retired from IBM in 2012, after 28 years in several areas of IBM’s businesses: Research, Development, Office of the Chairman, Business Development and Sales. During her career, Sharon helped to launch two global businesses for IBM: Life Sciences (2001) which grew into a billion dollar business, and Big Green Innovations (2006), which became one of the cornerstones of IBM’s Smarter Planet program. Sharon merged her background in Materials Science and Engineering, with her knowledge of Information Technology to anticipate new business needs and convince her superiors to invest in new growth areas for the business. Together with clients and partners, Sharon’s mission at IBM was to demonstrate how information technology played a critical role in helping to solve the world’s problems.
Dr. Nunes held numerous executive positions at IBM, but is most proud of the recognition she received for mentoring women and early-career employees. In 2004, she was awarded IBM’s Fran Allen Mentoring Award and in 2006 was named a National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) “Women of Excellence”national award winner for her impact in mentoring technical women. In 2009, Sharon was recognized as a Women’s History Month Honoree as one of the “Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” and was inducted into the WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame. While at IBM, Sharon was a leader in the IBM Global Women’s Council and co-chair of the global “Women in Technology”committee at IBM.
Dr. Nunes received her Ph.D. in Materials Science in 1983 from the University of Connecticut. She has held numerous board positions over the past two decades, including the Board of Directors for the University of Connecticut Foundation for eight years, and five years on the Project Advisory Board for Idaho’s “Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services”NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement award. Dr. Nunes was a National Academy of Engineering “Frontiers of Engineering” fellow and was a member of the National Academy of Engineering “Engineer of 2020″ advisory board. In 2006, she was inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Engineering for Distinguished Engineers and in 2019 was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
|Thomas Prete was named Engineering Vice President for Military Engines for Pratt & Whitney in August of 2016. In this newly created position he has overall leadership responsibility for all technical activities related to military engine programs. This includes working with Military Engines Leadership to create future product strategies, technologies and innovation, and advanced military propulsion systems for the Warfighter and their allies. His responsibilities also include the on-time, on-budget delivery of critical program milestones and external customer requirements as well as leading military airworthiness, product reliability and safety, production and sustainment support, and flight test support for Pratt & Whitney’s development and operational fleet.
Thomas has been with Pratt & Whitney since 1989, holding roles of increasing leadership responsibility in engineering, operations, aftermarket, and customer support.
During his career at Pratt & Whitney, Tom has been heavily engaged in various leadership positions focused on helping the community and the engineering profession through organizations such as the United Way, Engineers Without Borders, ASME and Engineering Ambassadors.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UConn, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer and an MBA from UConn.
|CIO Mark Raymond has been a member of the State of Connecticut leadership team since 2011. As CIO, Mark Raymond oversees the Department of Administrative Services’ Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology as well as the operational responsibilities for the state’s technology infrastructure.
During his tenure with the State, Mr. Raymond championed several critical initiatives to make government more effective and efficient. His contributions included relocating and modernizing the State’s data center facilities to reduce costs and add resiliency; advancing shared services in both human services and criminal justice industries; growing and diversifying the state’s fiber-optic network to include municipalities and public safety entities; publishing the first statewide cybersecurity strategy; and, upgrading the state’s online government portal to a modern, mobile friendly platform.
Additionally, Mr. Raymond served as the President of the National Association of State Information Officers from 2016 – 2017 and as a member of the executive board from 2014-2018.
Prior to joining state service as the CIO, Mr. Raymond worked in the consulting industry. During this time, Mr. Raymond performed technology and business consulting for state, local and federal clients specializing in the areas of large project implementation, technical architectures, shared services, finance, payroll, human resources, budgeting, procurement, human services, revenue, and transportation.
A native of Connecticut, Mr. Raymond graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
|Currently Steve is the WW Director for IBM Cognitive City Solutions in IBM’s Internet of Things organization. Steve has 30 years of experience designing, developing and deploying worldwide technology and City solutions. In the past five years, he has led the creation and growth of IBMs City Solution, Command Control, Physical Security and Public Safety businesses working closely with international officials and public safety experts from around the globe. Steve is focused on advanced research technology and emerging technologies in a variety of segments. He works very closely with clients on the implementation of technology to improve efficiency to better manage personnel and assets, and to proactively handle threats. He has worked closely with public and private sector on technologies to continuously optimize these solutions. He has degrees in software and hardware engineering with experience in executive management, as well as industry experience, business and solution development, solution architecture, advanced technology implementation. Stephen as served on the IJIS board of directors. He also serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Ethics in Technology of UC University, Lviv, Ukraine. He has also taught under-graduate and graduate classes on Emerging Technology and business development. Steve has lectured at numerous international conferences and universities. He also serves as PEP Executive for the University of Connecticut. In addition, he holds leadership positions in multiple charitable organizations.|
|Jean Scire has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, operations, information technology and business transformation. She is the VP of ERP Strategy and Transformation at Schneider Electric, where she leads the global quote to cash digital strategy and business transformation programs including master data management, applications and infrastructure focused on delivering business value while reducing risk. Prior to Schneider Electric, Jean was the SVP and Head of IT, Business Groups and North America, at Philips, where she led the IT organizations and business transformations supporting Philips’ global Health Tech-focused businesses. Prior to Philips, Jean spent more than 27 years at Raytheon Company where she progressed through a variety of engineering, supply chain and leadership positions making significant contributions to defense systems including Patriot and Amraam.
Jean is a champion for agile and lean methodologies to enable business agility, advancing women in technology and leadership, and inclusion and diversity as a competitive advantage. Jean resides in the Boston area, has three grown children, is a sports junkie and an advocate for healthy living and life balance and was the co-chair for the Boston American Heart Association Heart Walk.
Jean received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at UConn in 1984. She is a member of the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers Class of 2015.
|Ramesh Sepehrrad is the former Vice President and Risk Officer overseeing Technology, Information and Business Resiliency risk areas at Freddie Mac. In her role, Dr. Sepehrrad is part of the Enterprise Risk Management group and is responsible and contributes to the overall operational risk framework as it relates to governance, risk management process and risk culture. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, she was at Comcast for 10 years and was responsible for cybersecurity innovation and several GRC oversight programs. She also led successful R&D initiatives on hardware security focusing on IoT, Blockchain, AI and ML. Dr. Sepehrrad is a founding member and executive sponsor of Center for Security Innovation at University of Connecticut and holds degrees in Computer Science, Master of Science in Political Science and PhD in Conflict Analysts and Resolution.|
Sudhakar V. Shenoy is Founder, Chairman and CEO of ALYX Technologies, Inc. (a technology services company) and was recently named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Washington, DC high-tech industry, as well as being awarded the 2004 Executive of the Year by the Northern Virginia GovCon Council, the Professional Services Council, and Washington Technology. Mr. Shenoy embodies the same technology expertise and unique, client-driven approach that has earned both he and ALYX Technologies recognition in media including Time (August 2000), ABC News, Washington Technology, and the Washington Business Journal. ALYX Technologies projects have received the prestigious Golden Hammer Awards, awarded by the Vice President of the United States – as well as ALYX Technologies was listed in the Top 20 “Ones to Watch” list and won a GCN Industry IT award for being the Top Fast-Growth Firm.
Mr. Shenoy received a B. Tech.with honors in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, an M.S. in electrical engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut Schools of Engineering and Business Administration, respectively.
|Doug Shidler is a consultant specializing in industry and military vertical lift challenges with 35 years experience. Provide consulting services to both government and industry teams in vertical lift areas that include program management, business development, product support, strategic planning, and next generation technology applications. Prior to this role, he was responsible for development of the next generation high-speed medium lift helicopter in a partnership between Sikorsky Aircraft and Boeing Aircraft. The SB>1 Defiant™ will take the X2 Technology TM that was demonstrated and will be apply it in a military application. Prior to his current position, Doug was the Program Director for the S-97 Raider™ development program. The S-97 also leveraged the X2 Technology™ for Light Tactical Helicopter applications.
Doug joined Sikorsky Aircraft as an engineer in February 1984. He supported the development of the MH-60K Special Operations aircraft program in several capacities. He became the UH-60Q chief engineer, and then moved on to become the Chief Engineer for the BLACK HAWK Product Line. Doug became Director, Air Vehicle Design in April of 2000 and then promoted to the position of BLACK HAWK Program Manager in May 2002. In May 2006, Doug was assigned Vice President Marine Corps Programs. This included the VH Fleet, support of the CH-53D/E aircraft and the CH-53K Development Programs. In February 2008, Doug was assigned Vice President Army Programs, which included U. S. Army, Air Force, and International programs.
Doug received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1983. He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at UCONN, serves on the University of Connecticut, School of Engineering Advisory Board and Roger Williams School of Engineering Advisory Board. He received his MBA from the University of Bridgeport in 1989. He was the Connecticut Chapter President for Army Aviation Association of America for 13 years. In addition, Doug co-founded and mentored a local high school FIRST robotics program for 13 years.
|Paul serves as the Technology Platforms Leader for ABB’s Electrification division – a $12B electrical products and services business within ABB Group where he leads division-wide processes and new product platforms in multiple R&D centers globally. In this role he is responsible for software and electronics platform development, product cybersecurity, technology advanced research programs, product “should cost” analytics and cost-out, engineering labs and analytical tools, and product safety. Paul joined ABB as part of the company’s acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions business in 2018. Prior to joining ABB, Paul served as the Chief Engineer for GE Energy Connections’ Industrial Solutions business.
Paul started as an aerospace engineer at Chandler Evans Control Systems Co. developing aircraft fuel control and flight avionics. He joined GE’s Electrical Distribution & Control division in 1993 as a New Product Introduction Program Manager where he developed new protection and control products. He progressed through several leadership roles including assignments in product quality, NPI, Six Sigma, and reliability engineering. In 2003, he took a role in Chicago, Illinois to lead the engineering teams for GE’s Zenith Controls, transmission & distribution, and power delivery businesses. He went on to lead the electronics and systems engineering teams for the electrical equipment and Digital Energy businesses in Louisville, Kentucky. There, he created global design Centers of Excellence for GE’s critical power business.
In 2007, he returned to Connecticut as Engineering General Manager for Industrial Solutions, leading global engineering to research, design, develop and support all electrical infrastructure products and projects. Paul was appointed Chief Technology Officer in 2013 and expanded his technical leadership role to drive the Brilliant Factory and Digital Thread initiatives, expand advanced manufacturing engineering, and lead the global Quality team for the business.
Paul earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds 14 patents for various electrical distribution inventions and was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. He serves as GE’s Executive for the University of Connecticut, is a member of School of Engineering Advisory Board, and was named a Distinguished Alumni of the School.
|Mark Vergnano was named the first CEO of The Chemours Company prior to its spinoff from DuPont in July 2015. He brought with him three decades of experience in the chemical industry as well as an enviable legacy of thoughtful and results-driven leadership.
Under Mark’s leadership and with an ambitious five-point transformation plan as its blueprint, the company navigated financial uncertainties and addressed the challenges associated with building a new company from the old—challenges that included adopting policies more appropriate for a smaller company and creating a distinctive corporate culture, rooted in entrepreneurship. This transformation—this re-invention—complete, the CEO is now leading a company poised for future profitable growth.
Mark is widely known throughout Chemours as an accessible and collaborative leader. He’s sought to build a culture in which employees at all levels feel free to contribute ideas for improving the company and upholding its corporate values. Vergnano has a passion for safety, one of those values. As an expression of this commitment, he has served on the board of the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC) since 2007 and chair of the NSC Board of Directors from 2017-2019.
Vergnano began his career at DuPont in 1980 as a process engineer in its fibers business. He went on to serve the company in various leadership capacities and geographic locales over the next 35 years with distinction, culminating in his appointment as executive vice president in October 2009.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Vergnano received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame.
Mark serves as Chairman of the American Chemistry Council Board of Directors and co-chair of the Council's Sustainability Committee. Mark is on the executive committee of the Society of Chemical Industry and the 2018 recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' (AIChE) Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of the National Safety Council, where he continues to serve as a board member. He also serves on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and is a member of the board of directors of Johnson Controls International.
|Ray Wright is the Dean of Engineering at the University of Rhode Island and holds the Vincent and Estelle Murphy Chair in Engineering. He has held this position since 2007.
Wright served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in 1997 was named a Distinguished Engineering Professor in the College of Engineering. He joined the URI faculty in 1981. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Rhode Island.
During his URI career, Wright has been the principal investigator on many multi-disciplinary research projects in the areas of water quality monitoring and modeling of surface water systems. His work has been published in national and international journals. He has been the advisor and mentor to over 60 graduate students.
He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University in 1973 and his Masters and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1978 and 1982.