Advisory Board

The primary mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tennessee Tech University is to prepare its students to become productive members of the electrical engineering profession at the basic and advanced levels. In addition, the department strives to enhance and expand the knowledge in the various fields of electrical engineering by conducting research and scholarly activity and to be of service to the public and the profession by sharing the expertise of its personnel.

Thus, a major activity of the department is to educate engineers to meet the needs of the industry. Also, the department, by its graduate program, plays a vital role in the continuing education of electrical engineers for industry. Hence, it is important for the department to receive feedback from industry on the effectiveness of its academic programs and to receive input regarding changes in the curriculum needed to keep pace with the changing needs of industry. Therefore, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has established an Industry Advisory Board that will function as a communication channel between the department and industry. By participating in this activity, industry will be able to provide timely input in the education of its engineers and so have available an engineering work force well educated with necessary skills needed for a fast changing industrial environment. The scope, the membership, and the structure of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board are outlined below.

Scope and Role

The role of the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is to provide a forum for communications between the department, industry, and working electrical engineers in the region. This formal dialogue will enable the groups to identify and discuss areas of mutual interest. Specifically, it is the desire of the university, college, and the department that the industries in the region interact with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in its efforts to develop and maintain a dynamic curriculum for its degree programs, establish and support appropriate laboratory and other educational facilities, and provide opportunities for its faculty to be current in their teaching and research disciplines. The Industry Advisory Board will provide advice and counsel regarding the department's academic programs, facilities, areas of growth relevant to the needs of the industry, and such other matters for incorporation into the department's planning process, and will assist the department in finding resources to achieve the above objectives. Thus, the topics addressed by the Board may include, but will not be limited to, departmental goals and objectives, industry needs for instructional programs, co-op programs, scholarship and fellowship programs, and faculty development programs.

The Board will meet once a year for one day during the Spring Semester to carry out its business. Additional meetings may be called as deemed appropriate by the Board or the department. It is expected that each individual member or his/her company will bear the lodging, travel, and other expenses associated with the meeting.

Board Membership and Member Terms

The Board membership will be composed of representatives from organizations, both private and public, who employ electrical engineering graduates or are involved in electrical engineering education and research. Individuals selected from these organizations will include those who are recognized leaders in their organizations with experience in any combination of performance, evaluation, or supervision of electrical engineering personnel, and who have special interest in our programs.

The board will consist of persons appointed by the President of the University. Once appointed, they will serve for five-year terms. Any board member may be appointed for subsequent terms by the President. The Board will select its own chairperson. The Department Chairperson will be an ex-officio member of the Board.

Industry Advisory Board Members

  • Dr. Allen R. Atkins, II, V.P. Information, Space & Defense Systems; Retired, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Dr. William Dale Blair, Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Steve Carter, Test and Measurement IT System Architect, ATA, Arnold Air Force Base TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Clayton L. Clem, P.E., VP Power System Operation Electric System Projects, TVA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Kristen Deardorff, Data and Measurement IT System Architect, ATA, Arnold Air Force Base TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Navin S. Dedhia, QMS Consultant, Hitachi Global Storage Tech Inc./IBM, San Jose CA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Arnold Dillon, Associate Manager Instrumentation and Controls Engineering Design Team, I.C. Thomasson Associates Inc., Nashville TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Dudley E. Garner, Jr, Retired, Melbourne FL, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Kevin Givens, Project Manager, Adtran, Huntsville AL This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Bob Gower, President & CEO United Memories Inc.; retired, Colorado Springs CO,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Barry H. Graves, Product Line Manager Excitation Control Equipment, Eaton Electrical, Arden NC, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Trudy Harper (Board Co-Chair), President, Tenaska Power Services Co., Arlington TX, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Dr. Robert P. Howard, Technology Development, ATA/AEDC, Arnold Air Force Base TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Thomas H. Jones (Board Co-Chair) Co-owner and General Manager, Research Electronics Intl., Algood TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Leonard Early Leech, Engineering Manager, Nashville Electric Services, Nashville TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Ben Edward Martin, Vice President Computer Engineering Services, Inc., Chattanooga TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Dr. John H. Matthews, President, John Matthews & Associates, Cookeville TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • William W. Morrison, Vice President Power Operations, Tennessee Valley Authority, Chattanooga TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Karen O'Donoghue, Research Analyst for Networks and Trust, Internet Society, VA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • James D. Peterman, Senior Product Manager, Oracle, Communications Global Business Unit, Morrisville NC, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Dane J. Phillips, Optical Engineer, Kratos Defense Security Solutions, Huntsville AL, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Michael W. Pyle, VP Cyber Security, Partner Business, Schneider Electric/Square D Company, Hermitage TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Dr. P. K. Rajan (Ex-officio), Interim Chairperson, Electrical and Computer Eng. Dept. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Eric J. Renner, Manager, Threat Systems Intelligence Branch, Dynetics Inc.,  Huntsville AL, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Robert Sexton, Radar Systems Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren VA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • C.O. Doc Stokley, Directory of Technology, Stokley Petroleum Technology Inc., Houston TX, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • David L. Swindler, President DLS Engineering, Murfreesboro TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Emmett Woodard, Quality Assurance Engineer, CK Electronics, Manchester TN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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