Degree Year: 2012, 2013
Jeremy Blum (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
I'm a recent Cornell ECE graduate trying to juggle a whole lot of exciting stuff - both technical and not. Presently, I'm living in NYC where I am the CTO and Co-Founder of SUNN, a startup developing innovative lighting solutions that allow indoor LED lights to emulate natural sunlight, with the aim of creating a healthier living and working environment. The lights consume about one-fifth of the energy of an incandescent bulb, all while drastically improving light quality over compact flourescent bulbs. Through a web connection, the bulbs can intelligently geolocate themselves and determine the time, enabling them to always provide the right light at the right time. We're working with manufacturers to get this technology out into the market.
Simultaneously, I'm the owner of Blum Idea Labs, my consulting and content product firm. I produce Youtube videos that have taught engineering concepts to millions of people around the world. Most recently, I published a book, Exploring Arduino, which uses the popular Arduino microcontroller platform to teach concepts in electrical engineering, computer science, and human-computer interaction. It's available worldwide and as an EBook. Reviews are positive, and sales are going well.
Degree Year: 2010
Allison Smyth (Degree(s): MEng)
The Cornell M.Eng program was a great experience for me. I have always believed that it is important to balance both theory and practice when learning. The ECE M.Eng program was able to effectively provide this balance. In addition to a great learning environment, I also met great people who I continue to stay in touch with today.
Since graduating, I have worked on en route air traffic control systems at Raytheon Company and now drag racing timing systems at Portatree Timing Systems. In my free time, I work on other racing/car related projects including Smart Signals (wireless blinkers for antique cars) and the Moroso Electronic Switch Panel (power distribution and control system for race cars).
My family has been involved in drag racing since before I was born. I began racing at 14 years old and have not stopped since! My hobby has definitely affected the projects I have worked on and even influenced my M.Eng project.
Hopefully the future will hold more fun projects and learning experiences. :)
Sriharsha Muttineni (Degree(s): MEng)
Cornell's M.Eng program taught me life's biggest lessons---(1) survival and (2) facing difficult situations with a smile.
Ever since, I have been applying LEDs to exterior automotive lighting. In three years, I have ended up at a place where a majority of people take about eight to ten years to be. To put it in one statement---living the dream.
Degree Year: 2009
Rich Rothman (Degree(s): BS)
The impressive reputation and rigorous preparation of Cornell ECE allowed me to secure a job at Lutron Electronics before the end of senior year. I spent about two years designing and maintaining manufacturing line test equipment before attending Lehigh University for an M.Eng in Energy Systems Engineering.
I now work for PJM Interconnection, the Regional Transmission Organization for much of the Mid-Atlantic region. PJM is responsible for operating and planning the high voltage power grid in its footprint, as well as operating fair and efficient wholesale electricity markets. I work on the technical side of one of these markets running auctions, managing participant data, and testing website functionality.
It's great to read about Cornell ECE alumni doing such amazing things!
Degree Year: 2006/7
Idan Beck (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
Since graduating, I had a short stint at Microsoft before founding Incident, where we build the gTar a pure-MIDI guitar using some novel sensors to detect real-time user action as well as an integrated RGB LED display driven by a docked iPhone running different applications for everything from learning how to play to manipulating synthesizers.
Degree Year: 2006
Adam Kerin (Degree(s): BS)
After Cornell ECE, I joined Intel's Rotation Engineer Program where I got to experience three different jobs in one year. That set me on the path of Technical Marketing, where I know work with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors for today's leading smarthones, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Google Nexus 5.
Pamela Ongchin (Degree(s): BS)
Cornell ECE has enabled me to develop problem solving skills required to tackle complex technical problems that I have come across throughout my career and provided a network, which I can always reach out to.
The technical skills that I built while I was at Cornell have helped me throughout my career. Through the undergraduate curriculum in ECE (specifically Computer Architecture and VLSI), doing research on faster architectural simulation with Sally McKee (now an Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology), and taking part in Cornell's Co-op program at AMD, I was able to build the experiences I needed to get my first job at Broadcom designing Blu-ray chips. Following Broadcom, I went back to school and joined MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program and got a dual degree in M.B.A. and M.S. in EECS to get more experience in business, operations, and software. I continued to work in semiconductors after school as part of Business Development in Intel's Custom Foundry. There, the technical knowledge from my ECE degree helped me to make good business decisions. Today, I continue to use the coding skills that I learned through my experience in ECE as a Technical Account Manager at Optimizely.
In addition to providing the resources that I needed to build technical expertise, the Cornell ECE network has been extremely valuable for finding advice and mentorship throughout my career. I continue to be surprised by the number of Cornell ECEs from various years that have helped me in my different jobs, including senior engineers and managers at Broadcom.
However, the best part of my whole experience has been the friendships that I made from working on impossible coding projects and problem sets with my fellow classmates late into the night during undergrad. These are the friends that I still keep in touch with to this day. We have all gone on to pursue a variety of career paths including engineering, law, and business. Nevertheless, we continue to give each other advice about our careers, provide constant moral support, and reminisce about our college days.
Degree Year: 2005
Chen Chow Yeoh (Degree(s): BS)
I graduated from Cornell ECE in 2005. Reflecting back on my time in Cornell, it has been amazing experience.
I started my career with Accenture as a Management Consultant, focusing in Customer Relationship Management. Subsequently, I joined JobStreet.com as Product Manager.
Since April 2011, I have been with Groupon, starting from Malaysia, initially. Currently, I am a Regional Operations Director for Asia Pacific. I also represent Groupon in its Observer seat in the board of Life Media Limited (Groupon's JV with Tencent and Legend Capital in China).
Selected as an Eisenhower Fellow for 2013, I have the opportunity to visit various cities in the U.S., learning more on education sector in the U.S.
Degree Year: 2004, 2005
Simon Li (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
I earned my B.S. '04 and M.Eng '05 in ECE, focusing on digital communications. After graduating, I worked for four years in the intelligence industry, applying all of the theory I learned to real-life problems. After two years in business school, I worked at Samsung Mobile and Amazon, both in product roles. Although I'm squarely on the business side of the company, the technical foundation I developed at Cornell is still critical in my day-to-day work.
Robert Meyers (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
I received a B.S. in Engineering Physics in 2004, and my M.Eng in ECE in 2005. My first job was at General Dynamics C4S in Scottsdale, AZ, where I spent about two years working as a systems engineer on a digital communications product. I then went back to graduate school at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability and received my M.S. degree. My research focused on renewable energy, grid efficiency, and the environmental assessment of information technology.
I now work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and develop voluntary energy efficiency standards for IT equipment and data center products as part of its ENERGY STAR program. I work with most major international and US-based electronics manufacturers/brands, many foreign governments, NGOs, and advocacy groups to develop these standards, plus travel around the U.S., and sometimes internationally, to speak at conferences, sit on panels, etc.
Degree Year: 2004
Vikrant T. Nanda (Degree(s): BS)
Since graduating Cornell, I've pursued a career in Information Security & Risk Management spanning the Financial Services, Consulting, and Tech/Internet industries. Along the way, I attended b-school at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Most recently, I've relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and joined Google's Privacy team. On the personal front, I am married and we are proud parents of a beautiful little girl!
Jeffrey Chen (Degree(s): BS)
Jeff has developed a fruitful career over his 10 years at Intel Corporation, which included a seven-month co-op program through Cornell's Career Services. Since graduating from Cornell, he has worked in several roles, spanning technical marketing, product marketing, and product management for processors and even remote patient monitoring solutions. He even completed an Master's of Business Administration from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business along the way. Jeff is now responsible for defining the business strategy for Intel's notebook and tablet business.
Josh Silbermann (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
After graduating from Cornell ECE, I joined Eastman Kodak's Image Science and Career Development program. During that two year rotational program, I worked on OLED display technology as well as digital radiography projects.
When I left Rochester, NY, I joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where I continue to work today. I have spent seven years working on the FAA's Traffic-Alert and Collision Avoidance System which flies on all aircraft in the U.S. with 29 or more passengers. We are currently involved in creating the next-generation system known as ACAS X which should begin flying on manned as well as unmanned aircraft gradually over the next five-to-ten years.
My education at Cornell allowed me to be involved in all aspects of the system design, from real-time software development used during flight test, modeling and simulation, software tool development, and project management.
Degree Year: 2003
Allison Goodman (Degree(s): BS)
Solid State Hard Drive Validation Program Manager, Intel
As a systems engineer, I have found myself using a large variety of the knowledge I learned in ECE, from NAND solid state physics, to microcontroller and embedded software design, to computer architecture and circuit design.
Cornell taught me to collect and analyze data, and then communicate it in a clear and concise way. Those skills have propelled me to success and provided opportunities to work on one of the most cutting-edge and innovative new computer technologies.
Yujin Chung (Degree(s): BS)
I help build relationships between our portfolio companies and the broader corporate ecosystem of technology buyers, builders, and consumers. More simply, if one of our portfolio companies desires a deal with Facebook, I help advise on the right contact, strategy, and approach to facilitate productive conversations.
While I never practiced as an engineer, I am extremely grateful for my Cornell engineering experience. The challenging curriculum and tight-knit community of Cornell ECE helped me develop a strong foundation for the technical and business skills I use every day in my role at Andreessen Horowitz.
Degree Year: 2002
D. Darian Muresan (Degree(s): MEng, PhD)
I enjoy developing new technology and Signal Processing Applications, especially 2D and 3D. I am extremely fascinated by sensors and the signal processing associated with extracting information from hardware sensors.
At DMMD we develop software that allows users to easily integrate advanced signal processing algorithms and hardware into their own applications. I am always looking for collaborators and would love to hear from any Cornell Alumni. Contact me at: darian at dmmd dot net.
Degree Year: 2001
Jim Liu (Degree(s): BS)
I am proud to be a Cornell ECE alum and had four of the best years of my life at Cornell. Cornell's ECE department prepared me well and gave me the confidence to pursue and overcome challenges in various fields, including engineering, finance and now, entrepreneurship, in Asia. The extremely rigorous analytical training at Cornell's College of Engineering, together with access to the broad range of disciplines across Cornell, provided an invaluable opportunity to learn and to stretch my personal limits. Furthermore, the Cornell brand is very strong across geographies and the alumni network is a tremendous resource.
After graduating in 2001, I practiced as a wireless network engineer at Nokia in Southeast Asia for a couple years, then moved on to sales & marketing and business development at Nokia before returning to school to pursue my M.B.A. at Kellogg. After working for a number of years in investment banking in Southeast Asia and Greater China, I recently joined my family business to drive its international expansion out of my bases in Shanghai and Bangkok.
Although I've worked as a "real" engineer for only a couple years, my Cornell engineering education has served me well in all of my other professional pursuits. After all, engineering is about problem solving, and Cornell Engineering provided me with the analytical training and sensitivity that are applicable in diverse fields such as tech, finance, and entrepreneurship and in a remarkable environment that fostered permanent, genuine friendships with my classmates.
Michael Maskulinski (Degree(s): BS)
I am currently working as a Primary Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I have been at the office for over 12 years examining patents for fault tolerance in computer systems.
Degree Year: 1998, 1999
Andrew Hoffman (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
After graduating in 1999, I thought it would be a good idea to try my hand at the internet software consulting business, so I joined a small custom software firm in Boston. Unfortunately, the market didn't agree that this was such a great idea, and the company folded after four years. But I did pick up some great experiences.
Fast forward to 2004, and one of my Cornell professors was getting involved in a seemingly crazy idea to use robots to move shelves around in warehouses. I joined the tiny start-up and we grew the concept and the company, Kiva Systems, into a receptive market, eventually selling the company to Amazon for around $775 million and doing a lot of fun stuff in the process.
It turns out that coordinating thousands of robots in a warehouse is only 10% a control/EE problem and 90% a resource optimization and contention problem. Happily, the EE mindset of modeling a system and controlling its output applies nicely to this space, regardless of whether the optimization you are seeking is in hardware or software.
Degree Year: 1998
Sean Burns (Degree(s): BS)
After graduating from Cornell in 1998, I spent a year working in IT consulting before heading back to medical school at NYU. I am now a physician-scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, using the tools of human genetics and chemical biology to develop new therapies for common diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
While I am no longer focused on traditional applications of electrical engineering, my education at Cornell has served me well throughout my career, and has helped me succeed in the pursuit of my dream career: improving the care of patients through innovative, transformative approaches to medicine.
G.G. Heitmann (Degree(s): BS)
Senior Compositor, Weta Digital, Wellington, New Zealand
Thanks to the computer graphics and image processing techniques I learned at Cornell, I was able to land a position in visual effects and be confident in my understanding of a wide range of issues in this frequently, very specialized profession.
Degree Year: 1996
Levina Wong (Degree(s): BS)
I give legal advice to an internet and technology company, including counseling on product development, reviewing marketing materials, negotiating technology licenses and managing intellectual property such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks.
My Cornell engineering background helps me interface with engineers and software developers because I am able to "talk the talk." Also, there is something empowering about having studied electrical engineering; having conquered that, nothing one later encounters seems too difficult or hard -- not even the first year of law school.
Degree Year: 1993
Kent Yen (Degree(s): MEng)
I graduated from Cornell with an M.Eng in EE. Coming from a state school (SUNY), I wasn't sure what to expect going into a Ivy League school. The education I received at Cornell turned out to be an excellent education experience.
I especially value the opportunity to have exposure to various engineering subjects and fields. I chosed to major and concentrated in signal processing and I gained a great deal of computer skills while I was at Cornell.
Now I am working for the U.S. government as a civilian employee and looking forward to pass on the Cornell educational experience to my children (if I can afford and if my children have the grades).
In the future, may Cornell continue to be the best it can be with its excellence in education and creative, innovative learning and achievement.
Degree Year: 1992
Wes Gamble (Degree(s): BS)
I'm currently employed as a senior software developer at a small startup here in Houston, TX, called HealthPost. We make software to help people schedule medical appointments online and to allow hospitals and hospital systems to do more effective internal referrals.
I have been involved on the software side of things ever since leaving Cornell (and even on my co-op assignments while there), but I've found that my degree prepared me extremely well for the challenges of software design and development.
Degree Year: 1991
Keith McAfee (Degree(s): BS)
Loving the Bay Area (except for the imminent drought) and working at Salesforce in post-sales relationship and product adoption. Two young ones (2.5/4.5) take most of my time, but trying to stay active and social.
Jesse Lackey (Degree(s): BS)
I received my BSCS/BSEE double-major in 1991, and then spent most of the 1990s working on 3D rendering software/R&D. Don Greenberg's computer graphics class blew me away and I knew I wanted to work in computer graphics after graduation. I was very fortunate to work with some stellar people (other Cornellians!) doing just that for more than 5 years in Ithaca at 3D/Eye and later Autodesk.
Around 2001 I decided to change careers and became a freelance electronics designer. I've done hundreds of designs in pro audio, zigbee smart energy, LED lighting, and control systems areas in volumes of a few to 10,000. Most of my clients are small startups and occasionally artists, but I have also custom-designed and installed 5,000-10,000 pixel LED systems in three nightclubs in the UK, Washington, D.C., and Prague. I also sell a specialized LED controller that was used by the Metropolitan Opera in NYC for their production of Rigoletto last year and just recently in the movie Ender's Game.
I moved from Ithaca to NYC in 2000, and from NYS to the Bay Area in 2006. I enjoy the more laid back pace (relative to NYC) and how technology and entrepreneurship thrive here, and expect to stay here for a long while. :)
Paul Hayre (Degree(s): BS)
I traveled the globe consulting in IT after Cornell EE 1991, returned States-side in 1994 to marry my Cornell sweetheart (HUEC '91, now a leading Pediatric Radiology researcher and clinician) and earned an M.B.A. at Harvard.
Since then, I started as an advisor, and now for the last decade have been a entrepreneurial growth strategist, both at the helm of start-ups and in multinationals founding new divisions in cleantech (tapping my Cornell EE atomic physics training in crystalline silicon solar/photovoltaic innovations).
Currently, I co-founded and lead a chronic wound diagnostic start-up, spending my time fiercely marketing our model for both seed funding and rapid commercialization. I'm very excited that one vein of our business strategy has us engaged with Cornell's Vet School to trial early indication of equine arthritis using our same wound diagnostic assay. Cornell is, for me, an ongoing and deepening relationship, and after spending time on campus in the summer of 2013, my kids kindled their love affair with Cornell and Ithaca as well.
Degree Year: 1990, 1991, MBA '92
Fernando J. Garcia (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
I started my career at Eastman Kodak Company working as an embedded software engineer for document products. Early on, I became the commercialization manager for the first high-speed color document scanner and continued on to lead a team to develop a whole platform of lower cost yet high performing document scanners that won numerous industry awards.
I transitioned into business management and doubled our Distributed Scanner business in two years to $50M. After this I spent some time in Kodak's research labs leading a team developing ultra high-speed inkjet printing technology that is now part of a $250M business before shifting back to the "dark side" of business strategy.
Today, I simultaneously lead strategy as well as business analytics for the company. Looking back it is clear that my experiences at Cornell helped me to see how to successfully bring new technology to market to create value and help people, which after all, are the same thing. Looking forward, there are far more opportunities for Cornell grads than I ever dreamed of when I was a student, all there for the taking.
Fernando J. Garcia BS '90, MEng '91, MBA '92
Degree Year: 1989
Chad Magendanz (Degree(s): BS)
After completing my degree at Cornell, I spent several years as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, followed by 10 years as a full-time Program Manager at Microsoft, where I shipped 16 products and received over 20 patent awards. Since 2004, I've been a freelance software design consultant for Microsoft as well as for Nike, Panasonic, and other award-winning local high tech companies.
In 2011, I was elected President of our local school board (18,000 students) and then the following year elected State Representative for our legislative district (140,000 citizens). I currently serve on the Education (asst. ranking), Higher Education, Technology & Economic Development, and Rules committees for the Washington State House of Representatives. In June, I was elected Asst. Floor Leader by my caucus.
John Erickson (Degree(s): MEng)
I look back on my time in Phillips Hall with great fondness! I was there from '88-'89 on a fellowship from my then-employer Digital Equipment Corp --- remember them? --- on a mission to earn my M.Eng in a year. My project was the design of an advanced memory test pattern processing "kernel," the purpose of which was to execute a wide variety of DRAM test pattern algorithms that were previously difficult to run on lower-end production test systems. I hand-built the hardware (two very dense wire wrap boards) and hand-coded the software (custom microcode plus a Turbo C-based controller). The system became the basis for a development program when I returned to DEC!
In 1992, I left DEC and received a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College, where I wrote one of the first doctorates on copyright management in the digital, networked environment. After a couple startups and a decade at HP Labs (Bristol, UK), I'm now with the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, involved in a number of projects that will contribute to the future of the Web.
William E. Pence (Degree(s): PhD)
As Chief Technology Officer, William Pence leads all aspects of AOL’s global technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships, as well as plays a key leadership role in the overall strategy and direction of the company. He is an accomplished leader in the digital technology industry with over 25 years of experience. William joined AOL on April 30, 2014.
Before joining AOL, William served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of WebMD from 2007 to 2014 as well as Chief Operating Officer of WebMD from 2012 to 2014. At WebMD, he led many cross-company initiatives that drove innovative new products, improved operational efficiencies and user experiences for consumers and advertiser partners. He also drove technology and corporate operations improvement through automation, cloud technology and data management systems. William was instrumental in mobile product efforts across WebMD’s properties as well as the company’s global expansion. Prior to WebMD, William served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Napster from 2003 to 2007. From 2000 to 2003, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Universal Music Group’s online initiatives. Previously, William spent more than a decade at IBM.
William received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Degree Year: 1988
Chloe Barzey (Degree(s): BS)
I am a Managing Director at Accenture with over 23 years consulting and industry experience. My primary focus is in the Communications Industry, guiding clients to design and implement business strategies to increase profitability and customer satisfaction. I direct clients to identify business value, and to address the critical management challenges to realize and sustain that business value. Since 2008, clients served have realized over $1 billion in net bottom line savings. It is a fun and challenging career.
Degree Year: 1987
John Sievers (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
I am writing this note to encourage kids who didn't necessarily do great in math or physics to still go for ECE at Cornell. My specialty was parallel processing and digital signal processing and I have had a terrific 25 years since graduation, using my skills to land some outstanding jobs and work on really interesting stuff.
I have been working on video compression algorithms for most of my career, using the basic DSP theory I learned at Cornell to apply to many practical applications. I worked on developing the H.264/AVC video standard, the basis of most internet video, where recently it was noted that a full 50% of all internet traffic consists of H.264 bits.
Recently I have been attending standards meetings to define the next-generation video compression algorithm: H.265. With lots of power positioning recently with Google giving away VP8 for free and traditional broadcasters trying to keep their territory, it is an exciting time for internet video, and it all started for me with ECE at Cornell.
Barbara Waldman (Degree(s): MEng)
I am active in the Boston area group and am networking to hire folks as well as get a new job for myself in this area.
Before Cornell I studied Electrical Engineering at Stanford for my BSEE. After finishing my Masters of Engineering at Cornell, I worked for five years at Bell Communications Research (BELLCORE). During that time, I was on campus recruiting for our company to hire Cornell Engineering studuents.
I have 12 years of consutling and engineering experience.
I look forward to networking with Cornell folks and others. I am hoping to take a new job in the next few months in engineering, consulting, information technology, project management, or product management.
email barbarabailey @ rcn . com
Degree Year: 1986, 1989
Bijan Tadayon (Degree(s): BS, PhD)
I have been involved with several startup hi-tech companies, as co-founder, advisor, inventor, or investor. Our latest company is: www.ZAdvancedComputing.com
We are working on the next generation search engine and analytics, e.g., for image search and recognition and data reliability. Prof. Lotfi Zadeh, of U.C. Berkeley, is our main inventor/chief technology advisor. He previously invented Fuzzy Logic in the 1960s and co-invented Z-Transform in the 1950s, among many others. Many famous professors are involved in this company. We want to revolutionize the search engine, particularly based on image recognition.
I have worked in various technologies. For five years, I was the Director of Intellectual Properties for ContentGuard, Inc., a major DRM company, which is a Xerox-PARC spin-off, jointly owned by Microsoft, Time Warner, and Thomson.
I was a co-founder of an educational multi-media software company. I worked for the U.S. Naval Research Lab for more than five years as a semiconductor researcher. I have given 19 invited technical and IP lectures at the U.S. Patent Office and was involved in the Patent Office Training Advisory Board and Work Sharing Roundtable at the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO). I have expertise in many diverse technical fields, including Digital Rights Management (DRM), semiconductors, transistors, software, Internet, security, image processing, telecommunication, and data compression. I am a former Primary Patent Examiner and a former Patent Examiner Trainer at the USPTO.
I have had more than 80 technical journal publications and presentations (in various technical fields) and more than 100 pending or issued U.S. and foreign patents related to security, digital rights management (DRM), and semiconductors, among others. I earned my Ph.D. degree from Cornell related to semiconductors and circuits, with Prof. Lester Eastman. I received my B.S. degree in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell. I am also a graduate of the Georgetown Law School. My brother and sister are also Cornellians.
I live in Maryland. You can contact me by phone at 301-294-0434 or email@example.com.
Degree Year: 1985, 1986
William Page (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
After graduating, I worked for General Electric for three years as a hardware design engineer. I then returned to academics and received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. I am currently on the faculty of the Neurology Dept at Strong Hospital (UofR) and my wife, Cornell ALS '85, is in private practice as a pediatrician.
Cornell ECE provided tremendous in-depth knowledge in so many different fields. My core courses provided me with the insight and confidence to rapidly immerse myself in high tech (Star Wars) work at GE and then in various system neuroscience laboratories at UofR.
As an undergrad, I was also able to take neuroscience courses that motivated my future career path. My M.Eng project involved a collaboration with the neuroscience department, where I built an instrument to assist neuronal recording in frogs. All of these things, including Cornell's reputation, paved the way for my acceptance into grad school.
Oh, forgot to mention, I'm also an owner of a local indoor volleyball facility that has been in business for 20+ years.
No doubt, ECE at Cornell was the perfect foundation for all my future endeavors.
Degree Year: 1985
William Chu (Degree(s): BS)
Hello from Class of '85 grad, Bill Chu!
Karl Towle (Degree(s): MEng)
I loved my time at Cornell and hated to leave, but my work there prepared me for a varied and fulfilling career. I spent several years designing telcom hardware and software at AT&T Bell Labs, then transitioned to networking hardware design, first at Larscom and then Cisco. I'm now a few years into rebooting my career as a web software engineer, first at McClatchy Interactive and now with Vital Source Technologies.
Mehmet Kerim Gokay (Degree(s): MEng)
I currently own and manage a consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions in Turkey. Most of our clients are foreign investors looking for acquisition opportunities in Turkey as well as Turkish clients looking for strategic or finacial partners to grow their businesses. Our emphasis is on service industries and real estate.
We may be reached through www.gokayconsulting.com
Degree Year: 1984
Diana Darcy (Degree(s): BS)
I had a very successful engineering career after graduating with my B.S. EE back in 1984. At that time, companies were recruiting heavily, and I was flown out to Silicon Valley a few times for interviews. I had five job offers to choose from. Probably should have gone with Intel, but it all worked out well anyway!
I made the move to Silicon Valley where I still live. I worked for 15 years in high tech at three different companies with increasing levels of responsibility up until I reached acting VP of Engineering, then I took time off with my kids. It was a highly energetic 15 years which I remember very fondly.
During my first position I went to Stanford part-time while working full-time and gained my M.S. EM (Engineering Management) degree in 1989 to help me become an effective manager.
After staying home a few years, I decided to move into another field---genetics---and went to medical school at Stanford to become a Genetic Counselor. My well-rounded Cornell education is most definitely a contributing factor to my success in this new endeavor. I find that my technical education prepared me very well for the technical challenges of genetics, and my non-engineering Cornell classes helped lay the groundwork for my future in management and counseling.
Robert I. Dodge (Degree(s): BS)
After Cornell, I went on to Columbia for a law degree. I'm now a trial attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission in its Division of Enforcement. The bulk of my current practice involves suing multinational corporations and their executives for bribing foreign government officials.
Degree Year: 1983, 1984
Michael Vernick (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
After graduation from Cornell many years ago, I spent six years at a startup. I then went back to graduate school and received a Ph.D. in Computer Science. I spent 17 years working in Industrial Research Labs (Bell Labs Research, Avaya Labs Research) focused on video communication systems and applications.
I recently left Avaya to go to Worldnow, a small company that provides technology so that TV News stations can easily publish their content to the web. As the Senior Video Architect, I am responsible for Worldnows' video streaming strategy and product architecture.
Degree Year: 1982
Brian Pickerall (Degree(s): BS)
I now lead Booz Allen Hamilton's Surface Transportation business. We are doing exciting work with the U.S. Department of Transportation in major transformative programs, including High Speed Rail and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Our support is across the board, from engineering to stakeholder outreach, finance to environmental modeling, and everything in between!
Degree Year: 1981
Bob Zeidman (Degree(s): BS)
I've written three textbooks, one mass market engineering book, three novels, and three screenplays.
The diverse academic departments at Cornell allowed me to pursue many of my interests, which I've continued since graduating.
Steve Cogger (Degree(s): BS)
Since my graduation from Cornell, I have had many interesting and varied career opportunities. My first job was with EHV Systems, a start up company devoted to electric vehicle technology started by John Santini, Cornell EE '75.
Over the years I have been with startups that have perished, (EHV, Ubicom), as well as large multi-nationals, (Seiko-Epson). As I climbed the career path, leaving engineering for managment and sales, I realized that living in hotels and out of suitcases was lucrative but not terribly satisfying.
In 2007, I received Massachusetts teacher licenses in Technology/Engineering and in Physics and have spent the last seven years teaching Physics, Robotics, and Electronics. My motivation was a presentation by Dean Kamen about the state of STEM Education, especially Engineering in public schools. Teaching has allowed me the opportunity to share and give back some of the experience that has been provided to me by my Cornell education.
As part of my professional growth, I completed my Master's degree in STEM Education at Tufts. This year I started my course work towards a Ph.D. in STEM Education, also at Tufts.
Degree Year: 1980 BSEE
Scott Peer (Degree(s): BS)
After decades of aerospace work, including wonderful times contributing to space science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I decided it was more pressing for me to do something that helps our own planet. And so my energies are now devoted to energy efficiency and related areas.
I'm a co-founder at Wireless Peak where we are developing smart plugs (electrical outlets) and switches with low power RF communication to allow remote control and energy measurement.
Degree Year: 1979
Mitch Gershonowitz (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
I received a B.S. and M.Eng in electrical engineering with a concentration in power systems. My first job out of college was with Schlumberger as a field engineer, logging oil wells in Ohio and Pennsylvania (so much for learning power systems!)
I worked for the next 13 years or so in the oil industry, testing new oil field measurement hardware and software on oil rigs around the world. After moving back to New York City, I became a software test engineer, which I've been doing for the last 20 years.
While I never did do power systems, the engineering techniques I learned at Cornell certainly helped solidify my career, and were easily transfered to other industries.
Three times a year, I host Cornell undergraduates for one or two weeks through the Cornell Career Services extern program. The externs help me test software and give me insights into the user experience. In exchange, they experience real-life work as entry-level QA engineers.
Degree Year: 1978
James C. Rautio (Degree(s): BS)
After four years of EE, I joined GE Space Systems, Valley Forge (now Lockheed Martin). I did a Master's part time at U. Penn as part of the GE Advanced Course (very tough, but highly recommended if you are up to it). Among other things, I worked on microwave measurement systems and microwave circuit analysis softaware.
After four years there, I moved to GE Syracuse Electronics Laboratory Syracuse (later sold to BAE and moved to Nashua, NH). There I worked some of the first GaAs monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MIMICs). Cool stuff, but the tuning and tweaking common with microwave circuits was no longer possible. Doing six or more design iterations was way too length and costly. So I went to Syracuse University full time for my Ph.D. in electromagnetics. My advisor was Roger Harrington, father of the Method of Moments, which is in wide use in microwave electromagnetics, but at that time, mostly for antennas.
There, I came up with a neat way to apply MoM to multilayer planar circuits. When I completed my Ph.D. I tried to find a company that would commercialize the technique. No luck. I also tried at both SU and Cornell for a tenure track position. Again, no go. Both outcomes really bummed me out, but are probably among the best things that ever happened to me...because I decided to take the plunge and start a company and commercialize it myself.
That was 30 years ago. We now have 20+ employees and we are viewed as the standard for accuracy in a now crowded field of applied numerical microwave electromagnetics. Wow, what a ride that has been!
Degree Year: 1974, 1975
Loring Chien (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
I have worked for a series of petroleum exploration-related companies in the Houston Area, including Dresser, where I commercialized the design of an intrinsically safe battery-operated stroke rate meter (which was my M.Eng project) and other drilling rig instrumentation, and Western Atlas where I was manager of Aqusition Systems, desiging large arrays of towed marine seismic acquisition streamers, seismic sources, and land acquisition systems.
I worked for a few years for Input/Output, another seismic company, and then for Syntron and Sercel, competitors of Input/Output, designing more seismic acquisition systems.
Currently, I have more of a design/project manager position rather than in engineering management, working for Weatherford Int'l. on smaller projects using optical sensing---all fiber optic sensors for flow, pressure, acceleration, and temperature in deep downhole environments and surface interrogators for the optical sensors.
Degree Year: 1971
Ken Goldman (Degree(s): BS)
I have had a good career combining my Cornell EE degree and Harvard MBA as have been engaged in financial roles in Technology companies since moving to the Silicon Valley Area during the 70s. This remains a hotbed of innovation and I have had a firsthand view and owe much of my success to the training I received at Cornell Engineering. I have had CFO roles at a diverse set of Tech companies, including Semiconductor (VLSI Technology and Cypress), Database (Sybase), Internet (@Home Network), Applications (Siebel Systems), Security (Fortinet), and now Internet again, as CFO of Yahoo!. All have been fun and rewarding roles. Also I have been on the boards of Yahoo! Japan; Infinera, Inc.; NXP Semiconductor; Gigamon; and several private companies and nonprofits. I have taken three companies public.
I continue to see the benefits of a strong engineering background and especially CS, as hiring out here for these roles remains strong. Feel free to get in touch.
Joseph Thanhauser (Degree(s): BS)
I'm not a practicing engineer, and never have been; I got an MBA from Columbia immediately after my BSEE from Cornell, and went into real estate. My first job was with the Uris brothers. When I graduated from Cornell, it was not a good job market for engineers. The joke used to be, how do you get an engineer out of a tree? A: Cut the rope.
Over the years, my experience at Cornell in the engineering program has been of critical and increasing importance to me, both in business and other pursuits. Beyond the analytical skills and comfort with mathematical relationships, the ability to survive in an atmosphere of adversity, to face recurring series of challenges (cross reference: PRELIMS), to prepare at the last moment for events that draw upon a long thread of information and principles (not always directly related), and to relate practical, specific steps and objectives to seemingly stochastic inputs and outcomes...all of these aspects of making it through the EE program were priceless.
A lot has changed at Cornell since I went through; I described some of the key changes (and improvements) when I spoke to the graduating ECE class in 2012, which is the one item that is currently on my personal website (www.thanhauser.com). The biggest laugh line was that, in my day, they used the campus food to make spies talk.
However, in general, I think that recent graduates are much more (and better) attuned to the needs and culture of the world at large. Although it has taken decades for me to appreciate this, and for Cornell to have changed institutionally, the changes have been fundamental, positive, and are ongoing.
Degree Year: 1970, 1975
William M. Johnson (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
It’s been a lifetime, it seems, since I was a Cornell EE student. Somehow I missed that we are now alumni of the “ECE” school. In my school days, the “C” was present but not as prevalent in the 60s and early 70s.
After a tour in the Navy, I returned to Cornell with the aim of getting “tooled up” again. This entailed pursuit of an M.E.(Elec) degree awarded in 1975. My Navy background helped in the teamwork required for the electric car and STEECO projects I was involved with. My mentors were Simpson Linke and Joe Rosson, both stellar educators and great folk. After leaving Cornell I took a job with the Navy as a civilian engineer working on ships, mostly submarines. Eventually I became responsible for a large chunk of the Navy’s sea going computer based systems. I became of pioneer in practice of, what is now known as, "open architecture."
You’ve heard the phrase "do more with less." We did that---but much better and faster while saving billions of dollars along the way. Bill Bratton (former Chief of Police in NYC and LA) and Zach Tumin (Harvard) included a case study of my work in their book: Collaborate or Perish!: Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World. I thank my lucky stars that I was able to attend Cornell and learn so much along the way.
All the best, Bill Johnson (BSEE(70), MEE(75))
Degree Year: 1968
Tom Manuccia (Degree(s): BS)
Career summary (all in the Washington, D.C. area):
23 years - Naval Research Lab (laser physics, laser induced chemistry, spectroscopy, laser microscopy)
10 years - Physical Sciences, Inc. & Schafer Corporation (developing theoretical and experimental tools for neuroscience)
2003 to present - Professor, ECE Department, George Washington University.
Degree Year: 1966
John William Monroe (Degree(s): BS, MS, PhD)
My years at Cornell prepared me for a very diverse career. My engineering education gave me the quantitative skills and confidence to undertake a broad range of ventures. I am especially indebted to Professor Les Eastman, my Ph.D. advisor and Professor Nelson Bryant, who recruited me into EE in the fall of my Freshman year.
Thanks to Professor Eastman, I began my career as a III-V semiconductor device researcher at Monsanto, and then moved to Watkin-Johnson. I shifted out of research into manufacturing in 1973, when I joined Hewlett-Packard's Components Group, making solid-state microwave devices for commercial and defense markets. HP whetted my appetite for management, and I enjoyed assignments as manufacturing manager and marketing manager for HP's personal computer business, and as a strategic consultant in manufacturing for HP Computer Systems Organization. I finished my HP career in the Corporate Quality department responsible for the Worldwide Technical Regulations function, a group of 50 people in 16 countries responsible for obtaining and maintaining local regulatory approval for HP products.
Thanks to Professor Bryant, a fine trumpet player as well as a very practical EE, I never put down my trombone. So today, as a retiree, I have played in excellent ensembles in interesting locations all over the world, from the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to the Great Wall of China.
Degree Year: 1964
Stephen Stephenson (Degree(s): BS, MEng)
I've published papers, books, and videos on Ancient Computers (a.k.a., counting board abacuses). See my blog post for details.
Degree Year: 1962
Randolph Scott Little (Degree(s): BS)
I took the “electronic” track in studying EE at Cornell. Although semiconductors and computers were both fledgling developments at that time, those studies prepared me well for a career at Bell Laboratories. There I developed the first solid-state, stored-program-controlled system for automatic routing of long distance calls throughout the Bell System. A favorite class was that in digital logic design taught by Professor “HC” Torng.
A strong interest in birds, bird sounds, and recording bird sounds in particular, led me to take an elective course in acoustics. Although the course was listed in the catalog, it had not actually been taught recently. Professor Ingalls agreed to monitor the course for two students, with the two of us alternating as the instructor for successive chapters in the primary textbook. That experience not only enhanced my understanding of sound propagation, but also served well when I was tapped at Bell Labs to teach their in-house post-graduate course in the design of switching systems.
One of the most important lessons of the Cornell EE experience was learning how to learn, by which I mean realizing that while a grasp of fundamental principles and current practice may be sufficient to perform today’s tasks, self-driven continued education is a key to lifelong success. Several times during my career at Bell Labs and AT&T Headquarters, significant technological advances and changing business parameters required learning new methods and procedures. Not the least of those was developing management and marketing skills to complement my engineering talents.
Today’s ECE students have excellent opportunities through such initiatives as team projects and undergraduate research to develop skills that will help them excel beyond the strict engineering "box," while still getting the very best education in engineering theory and practice.
R. S. Little CU’62 (BEE’63)
Degree Year: 1961
Charles Rhodes (Degree(s): BS)
The story of what Cornell meant to me professionally is extremely simple.
1. I discovered what I wanted to do (Physics),
2. I found out that I did not need the professors. This insight arrived perforce because of the immediate need for a prerequisite and the consequent necessity to teach myself Quantum Mechanics over the summer. The realization that I could teach myself anything effortlessly followed.
3. My experience at ECE enabled me to obtain one of those truly great NSF Fellowships that were available in those days; this support bankrolled my entire graduate education at MIT in the Department of Physics.
4. With the help of Professor Eastman on the ECE faculty, I was able to make my first international research connection. He organized a position for me involving Radio Astronomy at Chalmers in Goteberg, Sweden during the summer between Cornell and MIT. The leading consequence is the fact that international connections have been a key advantage for me during my entire career. It launched a series of subsequent activities in Russia, Germany, Sweden, England, and Japan that yielded millions of dollars in research support; the recruitment of several key people; the ability to import technologies vital to my research, but not available to me in the United States; and the creation of new ideas.
A set of advantages of this magnitude is hard to imagine, but they all go directly back to ECE at Cornell and I believe that they can be available to any ECE students.
Richard L. Sharman (Degree(s): MEng)
After 35 years in laboratory and corporate management positions, I have retired and for the last 17 years have been teaching at Lone Star College in Texas. My undergraduate engineering physics degree from the University of Toledo and my M.E.E. degree from Cornell qualify me to teach courses in "business, management, marketing, and entrepreneurism." I guess that this illustrates how an engineering degree prepares students for many diverging career moves.
After managing the optics and infrared technologies section in a laboratory, I moved on to positions from product planner for reprographic machines, to VP of marketing during the early deployment of duopoly cellular service. Most of my career includes management positions in disciplines that can only tangently relate to engineering. I attribute the success that I have had in these positions to the problem solving and critical thinking abilities that engineering teaches and requires.
Degree Year: 1960, 1966
David Berkley (Degree(s): BS, PhD)
I graduated from Cornell in 1996 with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics (Engineering Physics Department) with a thesis on early work in Laser Optics. Before that I also earned a 5-year B.E.E. degree at Cornell.
After two years working as a Docent in the Electron Physics Department of the Royal Insitute of Technology, Gothenberg, Sweden, I commenced a 33-year-long career at AT&T. Much of that time was in Bell Labs Research followed by some years in AT&T Labs Research after the AT&T/Lucent split. I worked primarily in Acoustics Research and related fields.
I retired in 2000, leaving my position as Speech and Image Processing Services, Vice President, and moved to become Chief Scientist of a small value-added mobile messaging company, Kirusa, Inc. With a couple of years break, I continue in that job today.
Through this entire professional career, my strong Cornell background has been an essential part of my technical and life toolkit. I also actively maintain my Cornell connection as a Director of the Cornell Club of Nothern NJ.
Degree Year: 1954
Vic Wintriss (Degree(s): BS, MS)
I am presently the Executive Director of a non-profit school teaching kids Java starting in the 5th grade. Previously, I founded three electronics manufacturing companies in San Diego and served 20 years as a U.S. Navy patrol plane pilot, retiring at the rank of Commander.
Degree Year: 1949
Richard Thomas Guilbert (Jr) (Degree(s): BS)
Two administrative notes - our class was the last four-year class and my diploma reads Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. As I understand it, the "B.S." degree started with the next class. We will be leaving Hilton Head next year for somewhere in Atlanta, GA.
Recent history - At the moment I am halfway through my 86th year, and am still playing tennis (super senior men's doubles). I have spent the last 10 years trying to start a business which would have helped those aspiring to retirement without a substantial portfolio. We would have provided the research tools and a strategy for do-it-yourselvers. However one of the things I did not learn at Cornell was marketing and I ran out of resources.
Our church has a successful GED program which I am looking into with the idea of transporting it to Atlanta.