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School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Group

Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Alumni Group is the combined alumni group of electrical engineering and computer science and engineering whose objective is to promote fellowship and communication among the alumni, faculty and students of the school in order to work for the improvement of the department and the college. There are a number of opportunities for involvement including participation in several active committees, attendance at networking events and participation in student projects.

The charter of the School of EECS Alumni Society can be found here.

Board of Directors

Andrew Berger

Andrew Berger - President
Parsons Corporation
Charlotte, NC

Andrew Berger is the Vice President and Director of Corporate Operations for Parsons Corporation, headquartered in Pasadena, California. Parsons delivers engineering, construction, technical services, program and construction management to federal, regional, state and local government agencies and private sector industrial customers worldwide. Berger holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and has over 28 years’ experience as an engineer and manager with companies including URS, Dames & Moore Group and Aydin Monitor Systems. He has held positions in engineering, project management, contracts, business management, finance, general management, mergers and acquisitions, operations and human resources in businesses spanning North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australasia. Berger is based in Parsons’ Charlotte, NC office.

Rich Prewitt

Rich Prewitt - Vice President
Centre Hall, PA

Rich Prewitt is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Test Engineer for the IBM Systems unit. He is responsible for the testing and validation of IBM's portfolio of hardware and operating system software products. He has spent 30+ years at IBM, all of it entirely focused on providing the delivery of high quality enterprise-ready IBM Systems' products and solutions. Rich was actively involved as an officer and member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association while a resident of New York. Most recently, Rich is serving on the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Board of Directors and a member of the Penn State EECS Alumni Society. Rich holds a BS in Computer Science from Penn State, graduating in 1984.

Chet McQuaide

A. C. (Chet) McQuaide, Jr. – Past President
StraDis Consulting, LLC
Berkeley Lake, GA

Chet McQuaide retired from AT&T Laboratories as Executive Director, Architecture Migration after a career in telecommunications R&D leadership at Bell Labs, BellSouth, and AT&T. Since his retirement from corporate life, he formed StraDis Consulting, LLC, a consultancy focusing on communications technology, innovation, and R&D leadership. McQuaide graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1965 (NROTC). He subsequently earned an MSEE from Stanford University (’71) and an executive MS from the Lubin School of Business of Pace University (’84). He is inventor/co-inventor of over 30 patents in the field of communications technology. McQuaide is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honoraries, a Life Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Life Member of the Penn State Alumni Association. McQuaide is active as a Penn State EE mentor and as a volunteer recruiter representing Penn State at Atlanta area career fairs. McQuaide and his wife reside in Berkeley Lake, Georgia.

katie Barrett

Katie Barrett

Katie Barrett was in the first graduating class in Computer Science from Penn State in 1968. Katie worked as a mathematician at Raytheon before going to Kentucky to join the faculty of the University of Kentucky Computer Science Dept. From there she was the computer dept at a civil engineering company that was converting from using entirely calculators to a computer and then, after moving to central Texas, was the computer dept for the largest John Deere dealership in the country. In 1977 Katie joined Texas Instruments in the Factory Automation area. Projects included robotics, early laptop computing and LISP machines. Katie entered management at TI. In 1989 Katie joined IBM on their OS/2 project, a project you would find very similar to Windows, and then moved into management in IBM's Unix, product integration and WebSphere areas. Her last position prior to retiring was as manager of WebSphere's SWAT team managing a WW team with WW customers. Katie has a daughter, Olivia, two sons who work for SpaceX, and a husband who enjoys rockets and most of her hobbies. She enjoys cycling, skiing, swimming, traveling, volunteering in support students and new cyclist and creating who knows what in the backyard.

Rob Masters

Robert (Rob) Masters
Paul Hastings, LLP
Washington D.C.

Rob Masters is an attorney and partner in the Washington D.C. of the international law firm of Paul Hastings LLP. Masters serves as global vice chair of Intellectual Property at Paul Hastings, overseeing the firm’s 100 plus lawyer IP practice, and chair of the firm’s litigation practice in Washington, D.C. For over 20 years, Masters has focused his practice on patent and trade secret litigation where he has served as lead trial lawyer on a number of major cases. He has extensive experience representing leading technology companies in a broad range of technologies, including computer hardware and software, secured internet/network communications and protocols, consumer electronics and semiconductor designs, financial services, telecommunications, medical devices, and sporting goods. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Masters led a successful career as an electrical design engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation at its BWI facility. There, Masters was involved in the design and development of microprocessor and computer based designs and software development for the world’s most advanced ground-based radars. Masters earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore. Masters currently serves as a mentor to Penn State electrical engineering students and is a member of the Penn State Electrical Engineering Board. Masters and his family resides in Olney, Maryland.

Julia Erdley

Julia Erdley
Applied Research Laboratory
State College, PA

Julia Erdley is a Research and Development Engineer with the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State.   Her research includes data and information fusion, real-time signal processing and control for autonomous systems, and counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) technologies.

Allen Puy

Allen Puy
Lockheed Martin Integrated and Global Solutions
Chester County, PA

Allen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (1986) with a B.S. in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. Following graduation, he began his career at General Electric Aerospace in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania as a programmer working with knowledge-based expert systems supporting intelligence analysis. As the organization became Management & Data Systems (M&DS) over the next several years, Allen took on several positions of increasing leadership in research and development, systems definition, proposal development, and subcontract management. In 1994, he became the Manager of Graphical User Interface (GUI) Engineering for programs throughout Valley Forge. He was a key leader for the implementation of the first-ever Lockheed Martin technical symposium, Solutioneering '96. In 1996, he became Manager of Information Systems Engineering, providing functional management and technical leadership to projects in Valley Forge. He was appointed Web Program Manager in January 2001, overseeing a variety of web implementation efforts throughout the M&DS organization across multiple locations and coordinating the governance, strategy, and tactics for the web efforts. Allen joined the Business Development organization of the newly-formed IS&GS organization in February, 2004 and moved with the Business Development applications team to IS&GS CIO organization within LM Enterprise Business Solutions in 2012. He’s also acted as Lockheed Martin’s liaison to the Pennsylvania State University College of Information Sciences and Technology since its launch in September 1999, sits on the Industrial & Professional Advisory Committee for the Penn State Department of Computer Science & Engineering, and is involved in all manner of relationship management efforts for Lockheed Martin at the University. Allen is involved in music and drama activities in Community Theater and at his church, where he’s a Worship Leader for the contemporary services each week. He and his wife and daughter reside in Chester County, Pennsylvania, where he's lived for more than forty-five years.

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Eric Foreman
IBM Microelectronics
Essex Junction, VT

Eric A. Foreman has been with IBM Microelectronics since 2001, where he is responsible for developing microchip design methodologies for server processor and ASIC designs. During his career, he has focused on the development of methodologies for noise cross-talk affects on timing, manufacturing process variation-aware timing, and statistical timing. Foreman has supported design teams with the successful tape-out of well over 100 designs, has filed over 50 patents, and has published more than 25 papers. Foreman is currently the technical team lead for timing methodology development, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and an IBM Master Inventor. Foreman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a Mathematics Minor from Pennsylvania State in 1999, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2001, and a Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University in 2011. Foreman and his family live in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Elizabeth Gemmell

Elizabeth (Beth) Gemmell
Berenato & White
Columbia, MD

Having over a decade of experience in intellectual property as a patent attorney, agent, and a patent examiner, Elizabeth K. Gemmell has represented domestic and foreign clients in a wide range of intellectual property issues including U.S. and foreign patent procurement and portfolio analysis, ex parte reexaminations, and patentability, validity, and infringement analyses. Gemmell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State in 2001. Gemmell received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2011. Gemmell’s expertise extends to diverse technologies in the electrical, electro-mechanical, and mechanical fields. Specific technologies include telecommunication systems, displays including organic light emitting displays, plasma displays, and liquid crystal displays, light emitting diodes, computer networking, consumer appliances and electronics, software and information systems, utility measuring, semiconductors, x-ray and gamma ray systems, medical devices, optical waveguides, and optical measurement and testing. Gemmell is admitted to practice in Maryland and Virginia and is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Dale Hoffman

Dale T. Hoffman
Penn State Engineering Alumni Society – Vice President
Port Matlida, PA

Dale Hoffman retired as the Technical Director and Deputy to the Commanding Officer of the Aegis Technical Representative Navy Command in Moorestown, NJ in 2008 after a 35 year career with the Department of the Navy as a civilian System Engineer. Hoffman received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State in 1972 and in 1994 achieved Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certification in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE) and became a member of the Navy Acquisition Professional Community. Since retirement, Hoffman has been actively involved as a member of the Electrical Engineering Department Industrial and Professional Advisory Council from 2006-2010 - Chair 2009 & 2010; the Penn State Electrical Engineering Society - President 2011-2014; Centre County Chapter Penn State Alumni Association - President 2011-2013; a Member of the Navy League of Centre County; and presently Penn State Engineering Alumni Society - Vice President 2014. He is involved in the Electrical Engineering Mentoring program, participates in the Career Services Resumania and the College of Engineering resume review, supports the College of Engineering Design Showcase, volunteers at the Hintz Alumni Center and is the Fellowship Chairman of the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society. He received two Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Awards in 2001 and 2003, a Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Award in 2008, the Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumnus (OEA) for Electrical Engineering in 2011 and the Penn State Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012. He resides in Port Matilda, Pennsylvania.

Not pictured: Matt Graham (BS CMPEN '00)

Mentoring Program

PSEES sponsors a mentoring program for alumni and students. An advisory board was developed to assist in the organization, improvement, and functioning of the program. The advisory board members are as follows: Andy Berger (chair), Chet McQuaide, Chris Hetro, David Gasda, David Markman, Jerry Knotts, Joe Sullivan, Matt Chang, Paul Mittan, and Scott Ackerman. Check here for more information or to sign up for the mentoring program.

Pictures of past events can be found here.

Joining School of EECS Alumni Group

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Silicon Happy Valley

April 18, 2016
Nittany Lion Inn
University Park Campus

Join fellow alumni, faculty, and students as we gather to discuss current topics of common interest, to encourage networking, and to share experience in the diverse and evolving practice of the electrical and computer engineering and computer science professions. The conference theme for this year is: "The Culture of Engineering".

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