CEIAS Dean’s Advisory Board
The purpose of the College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board is to provide support and advice to the College in developing and achieving its strategic plan/vision. The Board helps in sustaining and enhancing the reputation of the College, making a connection to industry partners, and drawing upon perspectives, knowledge, and experiences from global trends. The Board members will assist the College in identifying future opportunities and foster fundraising efforts to support strategic initiatives.
Eric (‘81) and his wife, Carin (‘82), are two of the family owners of SEAKR Engineering, a Colorado company that is a leading provider of advanced electronics for space applications. Eric is the President and COO and leads efforts in spacecraft high-performance processing for commercial, NASA, and DoD programs. Eric started his career with the Intel Corporation as a Product Engineer for the Special Components Division. He joined his father, Ray, and brother, Scott, at SEAKR in 1985. Eric and Carin have been active volunteers for NAU’s Electrical Engineering department. Eric transferred to NAU on a Track and Field scholarship and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach in 1987.
Lisa is currently the Field Application Engineering Director at ABB, a Swedish-Swiss technology corporation. Prior to joining ABB, Lisa was a Global Medium-Voltage Product Line Leader at General Electric Company. She had been with GE for more than 25 years, progressing from a Field Engineer to District Sales Manager to Product Marketing Manager, to Executive of Global Specifications. In this role, managing over $1 billion in electrical and lighting products, she was instrumental in positioning GE as a leading global provider of electrical distribution products and services, increasing regional market shares and elevating GE from fourth to second in specifications against industry competitors like Eaton and Siemens. She was heavily involved in the development of all electrical equipment specs for the Olympic Games in Beijing and Vancouver. Lisa served as Hub Leader for the GE Women’s Network and the Global Remote Commercial Leader, a 250-person affinity organization that helps to develop women as future leaders. Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989 from Northern Arizona University. She has served in the NAU Foundation Board since 2018.
Bob was the Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station for Arizona Public Service Company. He managed all nuclear-related activities associated with the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the nation’s largest power producer of carbon-free energy. Prior to joining APS in 2007, Bob held nuclear leadership positions with Arkansas Nuclear One, as the site general manager, and Clinton Power Station as the site vice president. He began his career in the U. S. Navy serving aboard submarines as a nuclear-trained electrician. Bob graduated from the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School and Prototype Training Unit. He acquired his reactor operator and senior reactor operator licenses from Arkansas Nuclear One. He also graduated from the INPO Senior Nuclear Plant Management Program, the Wharton/Entergy Executive Program, and the Exelon Leadership Institute. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical science from Arkansas Tech University. Bob has served on the NAU Foundation Board since 2017.
Brian is a technology leader with 20 years of experience in the Semiconductor Memory Industry. As the Vice President for Advanced DRAM Design and Cross Point Technology at Micron Technologies, he is a champion of innovation with proven track record for time to market product launches, leading advanced circuit design teams and industry leading product costs. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Northern Arizona University and a Professional Certification in Business Administration and Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Martin Casado
Dr. Martin Casado is a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz where he focuses on enterprise investing. He was previously the cofounder and chief technology officer at Nicira, which was acquired by VMware for $1.26 billion in 2012. While at VMware, Martin served as senior vice president and general manager of the Networking and Security Business Unit, which he scaled to a $600 million run-rate business by the time he left VMware in 2016.
Martin earned his BS in Computer Science from NAU in 2000 and started his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on large-scale simulations for the Department of Defense before moving over to work with the intelligence community on networking and cybersecurity. These experiences inspired his work at Stanford where he created the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, leading to a new paradigm of network virtualization. While at Stanford he also cofounded Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova Inc. in 2006.
For his work, Martin was awarded both the ACM Grace Murray Hopper award and the NEC C&C award, and he’s an inductee of the Lawrence Livermore Lab’s Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame. He holds both a PhD and Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Trent D’Hooge is a Computer Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Deputy Division Leader for Operations in Livermore Computing. He leads the Tri-Lab Operating System Stack (TOSS) focusing on providing a common, stable HPC OS for use on commodity Linux clusters. Other activities include System Software lead for LLNL for the CORAL-2 project providing exascale-class supercomputer systems for the US Department of Energy, and CTS-2 (Tri-Laboratory Commodity Technology System ) technical lead. Prior to joining LLNL, he worked at the United States Geological Survey and the US Army. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University.
After graduating from NAU in 1982, Kelly accepted a job with Hercules Aerospace, Orbital ATK Inc. and now Northrop Grumman, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her career in aerospace included positions in composite structures IR&D, process engineering, quality assurance, operations management, and program management. Some notable projects have included development of liquid hydrogen tanks on the X-33 space plane, management of the composites backplane on the James Webb Space Station while leading a $40M/year satellite components facility, development of composite rotor tubes for the American Centrifuge Program, also fabrication of the Nitrogen-Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) tanks for support of the International Space Station and fabrication of composite stringers & frames incorporated into the fuselage of the Airbus A350 aircraft. Kelly retired from Northrop Grumman as a senior program manager, planning to re-join on a part-time basis in early 2021.
Kelly obtained her BS-Engineering (Mechanical emphasis) degree at NAU in 1982, followed by a MS of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, and her PE license in the State of Utah.
Ryan is currently a Water Resources Engineer at Black & Veatch where he works in the planning and asset management group. He has experience in drainage planning studies, and final design services for municipal capital improvement projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Prior to this position, he worked for T.Y. Linn International drainage designer and Holder Construction as a project engineer. These past experiences included working on large municipal transportation projects throughout Arizona and the completing construction management services on the Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California. Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University with his Bachelor’s in Science in Environmental Engineering in 2016.
Dan finished a successful career as Director of Supply Chain Management at Raytheon Missile Systems. He worked in various engineering, manufacturing, program management and supply chain roles for 30 years and retired in the summer of 2015. In 2017, he took on a brief consulting assignment at DZYNE Technologies, a small business specializing in the rapid design, development, and demonstration of advanced unmanned vehicles and analytic systems under demanding schedules. Dan’s most recent work was for the University of Arizona. He was an adjunct professor teaching Supply Chain Management to seniors and graduate students in the Systems and Industrial Engineering (SIE) department from 2018 -2020. In the fall of 2018, he took on a dual role as Corporate Relations Manager for the U of A College of Engineering, where he focused on obtaining corporate sponsors for the engineering design program. He still maintains a connection with SIE as a Designated Campus Colleague. He earned his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona 1993.
Cindy retired two years ago from Raytheon after a 22-year career in program management and leadership. She was also a member of the following Raytheon employee resource groups: Raytheon Asian Pacific Association (RAPA) and Raytheon Woman’s Network (RWN). Cindy received her degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona (UA). In 2017, she was recognized by the UA’s College of Engineering as the Systems and Industrial alumna of the year for her support to the college and students. Cindy also serves on the UA College of Engineering Da Vinci giving circle, UA President’s Diversity Advisory Council, UA Alumni Governing Board and the UA Foundations Board of Trustees.
Major General Earl D. Matthews, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at FireEye/Mandiant. FireEye/Mandiant is a business platform that provides organizations with the evidence needed to measure, manage, and improve their cybersecurity effectiveness. Previously, he was the Vice President of Enterprise Security Solutions at DXC Technology which merged with HP in 2016. In this role, he was responsible for managing a team of experts who helped clients manage cybersecurity threats. Prior to this position, he was Director of Cyberspace Operations, U.S. Air Force. Major General Matthews retired from the United States Air Force in 2014 after more than three decades of distinguished service, holding high-ranking positions such as the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Cyberspace Operations, Chief Information Officer of the United States Transportation Command and Chief Information Officer of Air Mobility Command. He received his commission in 1983 through the ROTC program at NAU. In addition to his NAU degree, he holds a master’s degree in computer resource management and government procurement and material management from Webster University.
Dale “DJ” Mongeau
Dale “DJ” Mongeau is a Process Engineer focused on technology development at W. L. Gore and Associates. He became interested in Electrical Engineering during his time with the US Navy. While in the Navy, DJ completed Avionics Electronics Technician school and began work in San Diego at MCAS Miramar to complete final phase of training and earn the qualification to maintain and operate the Consolidated Automated Support System (CASS), which was used to operate and troubleshoot airborne electronic countermeasure systems. After all training was completed, DJ was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island and USS John C. Stennis to troubleshoot and repair the airborne radar jamming systems on the EA-6B Prowler. This encompassed multiple fields of electronics knowledge to perform such as high-power circuit theory (10k volts), electrical fault isolation, Radio Frequency theory, bit logic diagnostics and input/output diagnostics with an automated system. In 2007, DJ worked for a small startup company called Barcode Resourcing. There he repaired and refurbished vehicle mount and handheld bar code scanners. This involved troubleshooting down to modular component as well as modular troubleshooting from many different makes and models of products. DJ graduated from NAU in 2015 with an Electrical Engineering degree.
Peggy served as Senior Vice President of Engineering & Global Product Development at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems before retiring in 2015 after 32 years with the company. She is currently acting as an executive consultant with the company, supporting programs, major operations, new business pursuits and NGC Executive leadership. Previously, Peggy was the Vice President and Program Manager of Advanced Mission Programs, leading the Northrop Grumman team chosen to co-design the program’s spacecraft in conjunction with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Peggy earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Northridge. She also completed the Executive School of Management Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Peggy joined the NAU Foundation Board in 2017.
Dr. Hector de Jesus Ruiz, a luminary in the technology field for nearly three decades, is an accomplished engineer, corporate strategist, and chief executive. He is co-founder and currently Chairman of the Board for Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. (ANS).
In 2000, Dr. Ruiz joined AMD as President and Chief Operating Officer, and in April 2002 was named Chief Executive Officer. At AMD, Dr. Ruiz set the strategic direction of the company, helping guide its growth from a small, broad supplier of components to an innovative technology solutions leader in the processor space. In 2009, he led an industry transformation by spinning out AMD’s manufacturing assets to form GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the first truly global leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company. During his tenure at AMD, Dr. Ruiz received numerous accolades, including: the Semico Bellwether Award (2009); Executive of the Year – 2005 (EE Times); CEO of the Year – 2005 (Electronic Business); and Top 25 Business Leader – 2006 (FORTUNE Magazine), among others. Prior to his work at AMD, Dr. Ruiz worked at Texas Instruments and then spent two decades at Motorola, ultimately serving as President of the company’s Semiconductor Products Sector.
Dr. Ruiz attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1968 and 1970 respectively. He completed his doctoral degree at Rice University in 1973.