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, Senior Engineering Manager, Directional Electromagnetic Systems, Advanced Technology Center, Rockwell Collins (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, Rockwell Collins (Member since Spring 2011)

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

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)

Ryan Hammond, Chief Engineer of Cyber Security, 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)

Albert (Bert) Nelson, Consultant to Applied Materials, Inc., Applied Power Systems group (Member since Spring 2011)

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

Chris Ruckman, Electrical & Controls Department Manager, Burns & McDonnell (Member since Spring 2013)

Terry Ryan, Manager, Electrical, Electronic, Hybrid & Software Development, John Deere Construction and Forestry Division (Member since Spring 2013)

Tyson Stichka, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Non-Volatile Product Engineering, Micron Technology, Inc. (Member since Fall 2015)

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