Class Notes: ECE

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Degree Year
  • 2004
  • 2005

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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
  • 2001

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
  • 1966

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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
  • 1989

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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.

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.