External Advisory Council

The External Advisory Council for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) is a group of industry and academic experts, as well as alumni of the department, who advise the department on ways to improve and ensure that our degree programs continue to excel and meet the needs of employers in industry and academia.

External Advisory Members


Sasha Oster, Associate Director, Directional Electromagnetic Systems, Advanced Technology Center, Collins Aerospace (Member since Spring 2013)



Chaz Beck, Software Engineer, Microsoft (Member since Fall 2014)

Rob Bowen, Senior Engineering Manager, ASIC & FPGA Design – Advanced Datalinks, Communication Products, Collins Aerospace (Member since Spring 2011)

John E. Derrick, CEO, Skywriter Systems, Inc. (Member since Fall 2020)

Jerry Doorenbos, Design Engineering, Texas Instruments (Member since Spring 2018)

Justin Dorhout, Director, NAND Product Development Engineering (Member since Fall 2019)

Sam Ellis, Program Director, Hybrid Cloud Development at IBM (Member since Fall 2010)

Bob Erger, Senior Staff Software Engineer, Schneider Electric (Member since Spring 2010)

Benazir Fateh, AI/ML Specialist, Google (Member since Fall 2022)

Ryan Hammond, Chief Engineer, Mission Defense, Missile & Weapon Systems, Boeing Research and Technology (Member since Spring 2012)

Nicholas J. Multari, Senior Advisor, Cybersecurity Research, Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) (Member since Fall 2010, Past Chair 2016-2019)

Alan Naumann, Chairman Of The Board, President & Chief Executive Officer, Contrast Security (Member since Spring 2021)

Jay Roltgen, Software Engineering Team Leader, Garmin International, Inc. (Member since Spring 2016)

Chris Ruckman, Energy Storage Director, Burns & McDonnell (Member since Spring 2013)

Terry Ryan, Retired Engineering Manager (Member since Spring 2013)

Brian Sander, Semi-Retired Hardware Engineer and Entrepreneur (Member since Fall 2019)

Bryan Sulzer, Engineering Manager, John Deere (Member since Spring 2020)

Tim VanGoethemVice President of Advanced Mobility Solutions in HARMAN’s Corporate Technology Office (Member since Fall 2018)