Corporate Advisory Board (CAB)

The School of Engineering Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) has been developed to ensure that the growth and evolution of the School accords with industry needs, and that the School will be guided and supported by robust industry involvement.

The main purpose of the Corporate Advisory Board is to mutually benefit industry partners and the School. This is accomplished by developing relationships that enhance both student internship and employment opportunities, and explore ways for faculty to partner with industry in performing high-impact research. The Corporate Advisory Board will provide the Dean with guidance on the School’s educational program – its quality and relevance to state-of-the-art engineering challenges, together with the preparedness of its graduates.

EMCPaul Bechta ’87 Sc.M.’88
Senior Director, Global Services
Hopkinton, MA

RaytheonLou DiPalma Sc.M. '89 P'08 
Chief Engineer - Undersea Systems
Portsmouth, RI

GMLou Hector, Jr., Ph.D. 
Technical Fellow, Research and Development
General Motors
Warren, MI


DraperSheila Hemami 
Director, Strategic Technical Opportunities 
Draper Laboratory
Cambridge, MA

AnalogDan Leibholz ’86 Sc.M.’88
VP, Chief Technology Officer
Analog Devices, Inc.
Norwood, MA 

SimuliaColin Mercer, Ph.D. 
Vice President, R&D
Providence, RI

NVIDIAEarl Owens '89
Sr. Account Manager, Federal Systems Integrators 
NVIDIA Corporation


XimedicaMichael Pereira 
Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations 
Providence, RI

AristaRyan Ross (CAB Chair)
Director of Software Engineering 
Arista Networks
Boston, MA


Virgin/VOXJeff Trauberman ’76, J.D.  
VP, Government Affairs
Virgin/VOX Space
Washington, DC

BoeingRichard J. Walsh
Senior Director
Boeing Research & Technology
Philadelphia, PA

CumminsAxel zur Loye, Ph.D. ’81
Chief Engineer (dual fuel engines)
Columbus, IN