Industrial Advisory Board
The ECE Department’s Industrial Advisory Board is a collection of highly-accomplished and respected individuals that provide strategic advice and personal support to the Department Head and faculty on existing and proposed educational, service, and research activities.
The objective of the board is to assist the Department in achieving its vision of being recognized as the national model for combining cutting-edge research, revolutionary educational approaches, and external partnerships in the advancement of electrical and computer engineering.
Duane Blackburn (Chair)
Science & Technology Policy Analyst/Strategist
The MITRE Corporation
More than 20 years of experience leading interagency and public-private teams in the development of federal policies and strategies that are objective, nonpartisan, data-driven, actionable, and measurable.
Adedoyin "Doyin" Adewodu
Infrastructure Solutions International (INFRASI)
Experienced technology professional with over 15+ years delivering technical solutions in the most complex environments. Expertise in enterprise mobility, technology strategy and security architecture.
Highly experienced and accomplished Engineering Team Lead and Organizational Strategist, who possesses dynamic, proactive, and results-oriented attributes.
Technical Director I – Systems Engineering (Space Systems)
Systems Engineering lead on multiple space programs and emerging technologies, with experience in trusted and assured electronics and electronic systems.
Fellow, Advanced Measurements
Pratt & Whitney
More than 35 years of experience in applied research and product development in Biomedical Instrumentation, Telecommunication equipment design, and Aerospace Test and Measurements. In 2017 he was appointed to the position of Engineering Technical Fellow for Advanced Measurements where he focuses on the development of advanced measurement systems and methods.
Technical Director, Processing and Analytic Capabilities
U.S. Department of Defense
A long history of scaling innovative ideas and projects to enterprise-wide capabilites with enduring results. Most recently he served as the Technical Director for the NSA organization that is responsible for all of its back-end mission data processing, compliance, dataflow, decryption, analytics, storage, and analyst toolsets.
Vice President Of Product Management
Results oriented and versatile technology executive with 20+ years of experience in the US, Europe, and Asia. Developed strong organizations in Professional Services, Engineering, Operations, Data Science, and Product Development, with outstanding execution against objectives in each area.
Software Development Engineer II
With six years of experience at Amazon Web Services, Curtis leads a software engineering team focused on increasing velocity for AWS revenue operations at a global scale.
Senior Principal Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Technical Advisor
Computer scientist, retired from 34 years of federal service at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and is starting a new position as Senior Principal Technical Advisor to MITRE’s Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy Innovation Center. He was honored to serve from 2019-2021 as the Chief Technical Advisor to the congressionally chartered National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence delivering their final report to the President and to Congress on March 1, 2021. His interests are in technology and policy around areas of artificial intelligence, image processing, pattern recognition, and biometrics.
Director, Advisory Services
A corporate executive in the defense industry performing roles in program management, corporate operations, cybersecurity management, and business development. Lynne served as Chair, Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Industrial Advisory Board 2018-2020 and Vice Chair, 2016-2018. She has a BSEE from Virginia Tech and MSEE from Northeastern University. Prior to entering the corporate world, Lynne retired as a Colonel after serving 25 years in the USAF.
Vice President - Transport Engineering and Operations
A technical leader with 21 years of experience in planning, engineering and deploying Long Haul, Metro and Access Communications Networks. A charismatic leader with strong people skills and the ability to direct cross functional groups toward successful results.
Director of Data Science
Holds a position at Maxar as their Director of Data Science. Dr. Harvey is also a Faculty Researcher at The Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Biostatistics Department.
A leader with 25+ years of transportation operations with expertise of data-driven process improvements and sustaining results through developing people, strategy, and vision.
Analytics Solutions Associate
JP Morgan Chase
With a degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech (2015) and a Master of Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University (2020). Kassalen was an electrical engineer on the ground crew for Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered airplane to circumnavigate the globe. After Solar Impulse, Kassalen helped, material science company, Covestro develop its strategy for materials for autonomous, electric and shared vehicles, and now uses her problem solving skills on teams at JPMorgan Chase to develop big data strategies and implement innovative technologies.
Ting-Pui (Ivan) Lai
19+ years of extensive experience in R&D, support operation, and customer relationship. A proven record in creating organization efficiency, improving product quality for customer, and driving growth in revenue.
Roanoke Electric Steel Professor and Department Head
Bradley Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Experienced Head of Electrical Engineering with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Strong engineering professional skilled in Nanomaterials, Laser Physics, Nanofabrication.
Senior Manager - Reliability
A seasoned critical infrastructure manager (and former electric utility engineer) with strengths in reliability, root-cause analysis, energy management, project management, critical space build-out, and commissioning.
Lt. Col. Michael Pochet
Chief, Microelectronics & Embedded Systems Assurance - (MESA) Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory
United States Air Foce
Electrical Engineer with over 19 years of experience as an Air Force Developmental Engineering Officer, where he has held various levels of engineering and program management positions. Currently, Lt Col Pochet serves as the Chief of the Microelectronics & Embedded Systems Assurance Branch within the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Sensors Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Mike completed his BS in EE at Virginia Tech in 2001, and was a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
Director of Programs
Strategic, Innovative, Systems-Thinking Executive with 17+ years of defense and engineering experience. Passionate and skilled at Strategic Thinking, Design Thinking, RF/Digital Systems, Hardware/Software engineering development lifecycles. Product delivery and development experience in Space, Air & ground based systems. Experienced in both domestic DOD, Commercial and international business capture and execution.
Microprocessor Yield Engineering & Characterization
Four years experience in the semiconductor industry as a yield and characterization development engineer working on data analysis, modeling, and forecasting. Currently supports products ranging from ASICs to large IBM mainframe server microprocessors.
Chief Operating Officer
30 years of professional engineering, defense, and leadership experience. Skilled in Strategic Leadership, Program Execution, Engineering and Program Management, System Integration, and full life cycle Software and Hardware Engineering Development across many different platforms and applications.