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


  • Nicholas J. Multari, Senior Advisor, Cybersecurity Research, Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) (Member since Fall 2010)


  • Chaz Beck, Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • Tyson Benson, Attorney at Law, Harness Dicky (Member since Spring 2013)
  • Rob Bowen, Senior Engineering Manager, ASIC & FPGA Design – Advanced Datalinks, Communication Products, Rockwell Collins (Member since Spring 2011)
  • Candace (Candy) Charity, Retired, Hewlett Packard (Member since Spring 2014)
  • Emeka Anyanwu, Director, Engineering Support, Kansas City Power & Light (Member since Spring 2016)
  • 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)
  • Jay Roltgen, Software Engineering Team Leader, Garmin International, Inc. (Member since Spring 2016)
  • Michelle (Moseman) Miller, Senior Director & IP Strategist, Population Health Development, Cerner Corporation (Member since Spring 2013)
  • Daniel L. Mineck (Past Chair), Retired, Alliant Energy Corporation and University of Iowa (Member since Spring 1999)
  • Albert (Bert) Nelson, Consultant to Applied Materials, Inc., Applied Power Systems group (Member since Spring 2011)
  • Sasha Oster, Senior Engineering Manager, Directional Electromagnetic Systems, Advanced Technology Center, Rockwell Collins (Member since Spring 2013)
  • 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)
  • Jim Todsen, Director of Engineering, Precision ADC Product Line, Texas Instruments (Member since Fall 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 Spring 2018)